Diagnostic Services

Identifying Cognitive Decline

Evaluation and diagnosis are the first steps in identifying cognitive impairment and to what degree a person is in cognitive decline. At Texas Alzheimer’s and Memory Disorders, we are trained to perform a variety of diagnostic services to identify often-complex cognitive disorders.

Initial Screening

Initially, a brief screening test may be performed to assess any issues or changes in thinking or reasoning. Core elements of our screening test typically include:

  • A thorough medical history, including family history of Alzheimer’s or other dementia
  • Evaluation of independent function and daily activities
  • Input from a family member or trusted friend
  • In-office neurological examination assessing function of nerves and reflexes, movement, coordination, balance and senses
  • Laboratory tests including blood tests and brain imaging (MRI)

Neurocognitive Testing

Neurocognitive testing may be done to provide a more detailed evaluation of specific thinking skills such as judgment, planning, problem-solving, reasoning and memory. This testing can provide us with more information and possible evidence of a recent stroke or other brain blood vessel changes.

Medication Management

We take a minimally invasive approach to treating memory disorders. Whenever possible, we use advanced medications to provide a level of independence and improved quality of life for our patients. We also strive to incorporate research into treatment when appropriate. Learn more about medication management and research.