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Memory Evaluation and Treatment Services

Memory Evaluation and Treatment Service

The Burke Rehabilitation Hospital Memory Evaluation and Treatment Service provides comprehensive outpatient assessment and treatment of memory disorders. Some types of problems with memory are “normal” as one grows older. However, some memory problems are 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.

Read the MD News article about Burke's Memory Evaluation and Treatment ServicesUnder the direction of Pasquale Fonzetti, M.D., Ph.D., the clinical staff conducts a detailed examination focusing on memory problems, possible causes, and specialized verbal and written testing. In addition to Dr. Fonzetti, the Burke Memory Evaluation and Treatment Service clinical staff includes neuropsychologist Joseph Hirsch, Ph.D., and clinical coordinator Rosanna Cirio, M.A. Specialized Services performed by the Memory Evaluation and Treatment Service 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

A family conference provides the opportunity to discuss diagnosis and treatment options after the evaluation. Treatment is determined by diagnosis and medical findings. There are, for example, several options available for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, including FDA-approved medications, participation in therapeutic clinical trials and/or cognitive rehabilitation.

Burke Rehabilitation Hospital is a participating member of the Hudson Valley Alzheimer’s Assistance Center (ADAC). The ADAC program provides assistance to Alzheimer’s disease patients and their caregivers. Continued care and support services are coordinated through community organizations.

To arrange for an evaluation and for information, call METS coordinator Kathy Byrnes at The Burke Rehabilitation Hospital Memory Evaluation and Treatment Services at (914) 597-2307 or via e-mail at kbyrnes@burke.org.

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Located in White Plains, New York, Burke Rehabilitation Hospital's Memory Evaluation and Treatment Service attracts patients from Westchester County, New York City, Long Island, Northern New Jersey, and Connecticut. Burke also welcomes memory evaluation patients from across the country and around the world.

Note: A memory evaluation — sometimes called a memory exam — can help test immediate memory, short-term memory, and long-term memory.