November marks National Alzheimer’s Disease and Awareness Month, and at Burke we have a number of resources for patients and their families. These include:
Outpatient Assessment: Through our Memory Evaluation and Treatment Service (METS) outpatient program, Burke offers comprehensive outpatient assessment and treatment of memory disorders. Under 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. Specialized services performed by the METS program include a 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 and more. Plus, a family conference provides the opportunity to discuss diagnosis and treatment options after the evaluation. For more information on the METS program, click here.
Clinical Research: Burke also offers the opportunity for participation in clinical research studies. One study currently underway at Burke: Benfotiamine in Alzheimer's Disease: A Pilot Study. The goal of this trial, which is supported by the National Institute of aging (NIA) and the Alzheimer’s Disease Discovery Foundation (ADDF), is to determine if increasing brain thiamine with the investigational new drug benfotiamine will slow the cognitive decline associated with Alzheimer’s disease. The study is for patients over age 60 who have mild Alzheimer’s disease dementia. For the full list of study inclusion and exclusion criteria, as well as more information on the study, click here. There are no costs associated with participation in this study.
Support Groups: Burke is home to an Alzheimer’s Caregiver support group which meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. While the support group is held at Burke, is it hosted by the Alzheimer’s Association Hudson Valley Chapter. The group encourages caregivers to maintain their own personal, physical and emotional health as well as optimally care for the person with dementia. In addition, they may provide a needed break from caregiving responsibilities. If you are interested in attending, pre-registration is required by contacting Patricia Gaston at (914) 253-6860 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Kristen Bonistall at email@example.com.