Healthcare Services and Programs

Beginning with diagnosis, through treatment and family support our approach to patient care is one of compassion and dedicated expertise given to each individual patient and their families.

  • We spend the time required to diagnose individual patients, working step by step through the symptoms and testing results. We consult with families to understand behavioral changes in the patient's behavior at home and the workplace. 
  • We respect the dignity of our patients, knowing their debilitation may be frightening and frustrating — knowing each patient needs our understanding, as well as our expertise.
  • We understand families require assistance, as their loved one declines in daily functional capacity, and so we work with families, providing education and resources.

Clinical Assessments        

OhioHealth Cognitive Neurology provides a methodical, in-depth, personalized assessment process designed to deconstruct the subtle symptoms and complex signs associated with dementia.

Each assessment is individualized and typically includes:

  • Cognitive neurology assessment with a cognitive neurologist
  • Comprehensive dementia evaluation
  • Language evaluation
  • Neuropsychology testing

Tests and imaging often involved in diagnosing dementia may include:

  • Blood tests (to rule out reversible causes of memory loss, such as thyroid problems or vitamin deficiencies)
  • MRI (to look for patterns of atrophy or to rule out other causes of brain dysfunction, such as a tumor or stroke)
  • FDG PET Scan (to increase diagnostic accuracy regarding frontotemporal and Alzheimer's dementias)

Treatment 

Our cognitive neurology team works together to provide the results patients and their families need to be able to manage a neurodegenerative condition.

This includes providing the most advanced medications as well as:

  • Expert rehabilitative care with speech and physical therapists
  • Collaborative care with patient's primary care physician
  • Continued assessment, as needed, by our cognitive neurologists
  • Social work assistance
  • Support group connections

Conditions We Treat       

We treat common and rare complex dementia conditions, including but not limited to, those below.

Most common conditions of primary neurodegenerative diseases:

Mild cognitive impairment
Dementia of Alzheimer's type
Frontotemporal dementia
Dementia with Lewy bodies
Parkinson's disease dementia
Primary progressive aphasias (logopenic, semantic, agrammatic, apraxia of speech)
Posterior cortical atrophy

Most common conditions of secondary cognitive dysfunction resulting from:

Steroid-responsive autoimmune/paraneoplastic encephalopathy
NMDA encephalitis
Hepatic or renal failure related encephalopathy
Chronic sequelae of infectious encephalitis
Multiple sclerosis
Tumors
Epilepsy
Developmental delay - static brain injury
Strokes