The Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Disorders Center is the largest memory assessment program in Rhode Island and offers a full range of diagnostic and treatment services, including brain imaging, genetic testing and neuropsychological evaluation.
The center was established in 1989. The center relocated from Memorial Hospital to Rhode Island Hospital in 2005 to combine its high quality neurological services with the exceptional neuropsychologic and psychiatric services of Rhode Island and The Miriam hospitals, thus creating a comprehensive multidisciplinary diagnostic and treatment center for patients with memory disorders.
The center is nationally renowned not only for its clinical services but also for its research, including the clinical trials program that offers the latest in cutting edge new therapies aimed to not only treat but also hopefully delay and ultimately prevent the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.
The most common chronic memory disorder is Alzheimer's disease, which affects approximately 5 million people in the United States. Alzheimer's disease is a progressive disorder of the brain that slowly destroys a person's memory and ability to learn, reason, communicate and perform daily activities. Another common memory disorder, vascular dementia, occurs when blood flow to the nerve cells in the brain is reduced.
Because there are more than 70 different causes of dementia, a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation is an important first step when dealing with symptoms of memory loss.