A Comprehensive Approach
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia among older adults. The Wien Center for Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Disorders at Mount Sinai Medical Center offers hope through screening programs; early diagnosis; delaying progression by treating memory, cognitive problems and behavioral disturbances at an early stage; supporting and providing education to the caregivers and the public; and in conducting cutting-edge research. The Wien Center’s multidisciplinary approach incorporates neurology, psychiatry, geriatrics, diagnostic imaging, counseling, social support and referral to appropriate community resources to develop successful and effective treatment options for Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia and memory disorders.
Alzheimer’s disease is just one of a number of potential reasons an individual may experience memory loss. Side effects of medications, depression and anxiety, endocrine problems, stroke, vision or hearing loss, cardiac or pulmonary disorders or vitamin deficiencies can also trigger memory problems. The Wien Center’s highly trained medical team utilizes comprehensive evaluation and neurocognitive testing to diagnose each patient. Free memory screenings also are available as an initial step in the diagnostic process.
Wien Center specialists develop comprehensive treatment plans according to each patient’s specific needs. Treatment may include referrals to medical specialists, as well as carefully supervised drug therapies and behavior management programs. Cognitive exercise interventions are available to help patients maintain mental function, and the Wien Center offers eligible patients the opportunity to participate in clinical trials that investigate new treatment options aimed at slowing or delaying the symptoms of the disease.
Case Management and Caregiver Support
The Wien Center’s medical team understands the unique challenges faced by family members who care for individuals with Alzheimer’s. Caring nurse practitioners, mental health counselors, social workers, medical assistants and psychologists provide a unique approach toward enhancing support for caregivers. The center also helps families connect with various community resources, including home health care, adult day care, respite care and homemaking services. Educational workshops and seminars, caregiver training and support groups also are available.
For more than a decade, the Wien Center has hosted the Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) Symposium, an international conference that focuses on advances in the study, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of mild cognitive impairment, which is the earliest stage of impairment at which Alzheimer’s disease can be diagnosed. The conference includes a community educational forum designed to educate the general public, especially those at greater risk for Alzheimer’s, about the latest advances in the diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, as well as its prevention.
We have also compiled a comprehensive information packet about Alzheimer’s disease and memory disorders. Click here to learn more.
Medical Excellence and Research
The Wien Center participates in national and international research and clinical trials for Alzheimer’s treatment and prevention. The Wien Center is the lead institution for the Florida Brain Bank, which helps researchers gain a better understanding of Alzheimer’s and other memory disorders and provides resources for researchers around the globe to study the disease. The Wien Center’s leadership in the field of memory disorders has also helped Mount Sinai Medical Center earn recognition from U.S. News & World Report as One of America’s Best Hospitals. The center also has earned a number of prestigious grants, including funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to conduct cutting-edge research on Alzheimer’s disease, and to be a major participant in an NIH initiative establishing Florida’s first Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC), one of only 31 ADRCs in the nation.
Complimentary Memory Screening
Early diagnosis is the key to controlling Alzheimer’s disease and other memory disorders. The Wien Center provides early assessments through its free memory screening program for individuals age 50 and older who frequently:
- Repeat questions
- Misplace possessions
- Are at a loss for words
- Forget recent events, conversations and names of friends or relatives
- Confuse sense of direction and time and become lost in familiar places
- Have difficulty performing chores or using appliances and tools
- Have difficulty handling finances
- Show changes in mood and/or personality
Screenings are available on the Mount Sinai Medical Center campus on Miami Beach. To schedule a free memory screening, please call (305) 674-2037.