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Spotlight on: Memory Evaluation and Treatment Service (METS) Program

Published July 2, 2014

Are you wondering if the memory problems you or a loved one are having are a normal part of aging or something else? Burke is here to help.

While some types of problems with memory are “normal” as one grows older, others indicate the first signs of disease, such as dementia, stroke, Parkinson’s disease or Alzheimer’s disease. An evaluation is necessary whenever memory problems interfere with relationships, work, finances, and other routine activities of daily living. Memory may be improved in some cases or the progression of memory loss slowed with early treatment of disorders such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

In the Memory Evaluation and Treatment Service (METS) outpatient program, patients receive a comprehensive assessment and examination focusing on memory problems and their possible causes.

Specialized program services include:

  • Pre-evaluation screening and intake
  • Detailed history with a physical examination and neurological exam
  • Formal neuropsychological evaluation of cognitive function
  • Diagnostic neurological imaging (CT, MRI and PET scans)
  • Clinical laboratory screen to exclude reversible causes of cognitive decline
  • Caregiver assessment & assistance
  • Behavioral evaluation and management
  • Routine neurological and neurobehavioral follow up


Burke’s board-certified neurologists, led by Barry Jordan, M.D., M.P.H. and Pasquale Fonzetti, M.D., Ph.D., offer treatment options as well as a conference with the patient's family—an integral part of the process—to discuss next steps.

To arrange for an evaluation and for information, call METS coordinator Kathy Byrnes at (914) 597-2307 or e-mail her at kbyrnes@burke.org.

For more on aging and Alzheimer’s disease, read Dr. Fonzetti’s most recent post on Burke’s Rehab Insights blog here.