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Memory Evaluation and Treatment Services

Memory Evaluation and Treatment Service (METS)

Burke Rehabilitation Hospital's 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.

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 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's METS Program is a member of the Montefiore Hudson Valley Center of Excellence for Alzheimer's Disease (CEAD). The CEAD is one of ten Alzheimer’s Disease Centers of Excellence supported in part by a grant from the New York State Department of Health in an ambitious program to expand knowledge about Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias and improve access to screening, diagnosis and clinical trial opportunities for patients; community-based support services for them and their caregivers; and training programs for providers in all clinical disciplines. 

To schedule an evaluation, please call (914) 597-2405.
For program information, please call (914) 597-2307 or e-mail mets@burke.org.

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Location:
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.

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