UNT Health Science Center Establishes Specialty Clinic to Assess Memory Disorders

March 6, 2001

FORT WORTH, Texasâ?? Has searching for your keys become a frequent occurrence? Are you concerned that repeated memory lapses are really a sign of significant memory loss?

Recognizing that forgetfulness can be no joking matter, the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth has established a Memory Clinic for those concerned about their memory but who havenâ??t been diagnosed with dementia. The clinic is the only one of its kind in North Texas for the general public.

The Memory Clinic uses specialists in neurology, clinical neuropsychology, geriatric psychology, geriatric medicine, geriatric nursing and geriatric social work for its team approach to memory disorders.

“People joke about losing their keys, but after awhile, itâ??s not funny anymore,” said Susan F. Franks, Ph.D., clinical neuropsychologist with UNT Health Science Center. “If you have a family member who has been diagnosed with dementia or if youâ??ve noticed changes in your own memory, an evaluation is in order. If youâ??re concerned, you should do this for yourself and do it for your family.”

Memory Clinic patients will undergo a thorough assessment to learn if their memory problems are due to normal changes that occur with aging, treatable physical causes or chronic changes in brain function. Immediately after the assessment, they review the results and discuss specific recommendations and strategies to improve their memory with a psychologist. Patients can also choose for a report of this assessment to be sent to their doctor.

The cost for the assessment may not be covered by insurance. If needed, patients may be referred to appropriate health care providers.

Patients of the Memory Clinic will be seen in the new Patient Care Center on the UNT Health Science Center campus in Fort Worthâ??s Cultural District. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call Barbara Harty, R.N., at 817-735-2193. No physician referral is necessary.

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