The COPSA Memory Disorders Clinic
The multidisciplinary staff of the COPSA Memory Disorders Clinic
are dedicated to providing the most advanced treatment and highest
quality of care for people with dementia and their families. Our
physicians are all Board Certified geriatric psychiatrists from
the faculty of Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. They lead a
dynamic team of geriatric psychologists, nurses, and social workers.
The COPSA Memory Disorders Clinic provides a continuum of care,
including initial evaluations of memory problems, ongoing treatment
and medication management.
Our staff are experts at diagnosing rare dementias and managing
problem behaviors such as hallucinations, delusions, wandering,
mood swings, sundowning and combativeness.
Our initial diagnostic evaluation includes:
- Psychosocial assessment
- Review of medical history, labs, blood tests and scans
- Special feedback session to discuss results with patient and
Individuals who have already been diagnosed with a dementia
can come to the Clinic for ongoing care. Each patient and caregiver
will meet regularly with the Clinic team, who will monitor the
progression of the disease and advise family members about the
latest treatments. Case managers are always available to provide
support, answer any questions and provide information.
Anyone who has cared for someone with Alzheimer’s disease
knows that dementia is much more than memory problems. Clinic
- Identify the problem behavior
- Develop an individualized treatment plan
- Explain management and communication techniques
- Prescribe medications (where applicable)
- Refer to community services
Caring for Both Patient and Family
The diagnosis of dementia has a profound impact on the family.
Therefore we focus as much attention on caregivers as we do
the patient. At each appointment we discuss the results of our
assessment of the patient and explain how this will impact the
caregiver. Social work and nursing staff are available on a
continuing basis to assist families with problems related to
Referrals are made to community services such as day care,
support groups and benefit programs. Assistance with legal,
financial and long term care planning is available. Clinic staff
also runs support groups, including a specialized group for
the wives of young dementia patients.
Call 800 969-5300 to schedule an appointment or a visit.