Overview

Expert care, tailored to you or your loved one

At UW Health, we understand how concerning it can be when you notice forgetfulness or memory loss in yourself or a loved one.

Our memory care team provides in-depth evaluations for you. If you are diagnosed with a memory loss condition, we work with you and your family to create a care management plan.

Programs

How we can help

Our doctors, nurses and social workers are experts in age-related declines in memory and cognitive function. We talk with you about what’s causing your condition and how to live well while managing your health. Our geriatric and memory loss experts provide complete assessments of your condition.

Our programs

If you are concerned about memory changes in yourself or a loved one, the specialists at UW Health can help. Our memory assessment clinic sees patients over age 65. You need a doctor’s referral. We provide care for any of the following concerns:

  • Atypical features of dementia

  • Cognitive changes related to medications

  • Declining functional status related to cognitive issues

  • Memory loss, impaired problem-solving and associated behavior problems

If you are worried about the loss of independence for yourself or a relative, our specialists can help. We care for older adults with complicated health profiles such as:

  • Complicated medication management

  • Decline in self-care, including falls

  • Early or progressive memory difficulty

  • Late-life depression, anxiety, sleep issues and other psychiatric difficulties

Conditions and treatments

Diagnosis, treatment and prevention

At UW Health, we believe there is power in having a memory loss diagnosis and discussing all care options.

We diagnose and treat a full range of memory-related conditions, including:

  • Alzheimer’s

  • Dementia

  • Frontotemporal dementia

  • Mild cognitive impairment

  • Mixed dementia

  • Lewy body dementia

  • Parkinson’s dementia

  • Vascular dementia

Strategies to slow memory loss

You can try different treatments and strategies to reduce and prevent memory loss. Talk with your doctor about the best approach for you.

Treatments include medicines and supplements and preventive measures, such as:

  • Brain exercise

  • Getting enough sleep

  • Healthy hearing

  • Nutrition

  • Physical activity

  • Socialization

  • Stress management

  • Vascular health

Research

Volunteer for a research study

Research is an essential process in developing and testing new medical treatments and interventions for memory disorders like dementia and Alzheimer's.

Everything we have learned about memory, memory treatments, and memory disorders is known because someone volunteered for a research study.

Two groups conduct Alzheimer’s disease research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Many UW Health physicians who care for patients are also researchers with these programs.

Wisconsin Alzheimer's Disease Research Center

The Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center generally has several open studies and clinical trials recruiting men and women over the age of 45 with or without memory concerns.

Wisconsin Alzheimer's Institute

The Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute manages the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Prevention Registry (WRAP) study, the world’s largest longitudinal research study on adults whose parents were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

Meet our team

Memory care specialists

The memory care team at UW Health includes experts in dementia, memory loss and neurology.

Geriatrics

Locations

Specialized care close to home

Geriatrics services at UW Health offer memory assessments clinics in three locations around the Madison area.

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  • East Clinic - Memory Assessment Clinic
    • 5249 E. Terrace Dr. / Madison, WI
    • (608) 265-1210
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  • Fitchburg Clinic - Memory Assessment Clinic
    • 5543 E. Cheryl Pkwy. / Fitchburg, WI
    • (608) 263-7740
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Patient and family resources

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