Posts Tagged ‘dementia test’

American Society on Aging (ASA) – Andrew Dougherty Medinteract President to present on Diagnosising Different Types of Dementia at ASA Conference in Chicago, March 24, 2015

Diagnosing dementia in the family practice setting has always been a challenge. Join us March 24th from 9:00 to 10:30 AM and learn how medical imaging and cognitive testing is being used today to diagnose the different types of dementia.

At the 2015 Aging in America Conference, Sue and her colleagues will present “Diagnosing Different Types of Dementia: Cognitive Testing and Medical Imaging” on Tuesday, March 24, 9-10:30 AM in Soldier Field at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. You can search the entire program via our website and get the conference app.

We are so excited to be presenting at this years Aging in America Conference! This is our second year to present and we have created an engaging workshop titled, “Diagnosing the Different Types of Dementia: The Evolution of Cognitive Testing and Medical Imaging.” We will provide a comprehensive program because there are some serious questions to be answered when it comes to knowing what testing is available and how it is being used. Nearly fifty percent of individuals are not given an appropriate dementia diagnosis until it is too late for available treatment options, or to participate in clinical trials.

Ruth Tesar will begin our workshop with a detailed update on the status of routine and advanced medical imaging for dementia, including PET and MRI. What are the newest imaging agents and what is in the pipeline? Ruth will discuss which imaging tests are appropriate and available, as well as help you understand what role they play in getting to a diagnosis, answering the question, “what is the right test at the right time?”

Sue Halliday will discuss the development of diagnostic algorithms and help you understand how they are used in routine clinical practice. Sue will provide updates on private payer and Medicare guidelines for routine cognitive testing as well as coverage guidelines for diagnostic imaging. What tests are covered and paid for by the different payers and Medicare? She will also provide an update on the status of medical imaging within the large clinical trials.

Andrew Dougherty will discuss the role of cognitive testing in the primary care and neurology practice setting. What are the different tests, what do the results tell your physician and when is it appropriate to obtain more comprehensive tests? Andrew will give an overview of all the primary forms of dementia. The talk will cover screening for areas of cognitive function including: executive function, verbal fluency, visual-spatial, memory, attention and orientation and why it is imperative to test each domain. Andrew will also focus on specific preventative treatment options for each cognitive domain and how it can improve overall cognitive function. Also included will be a brief review of recent studies on diet/nutrition and physical exercise as preventative measures to delay the onset of dementia.

Medinteract Co-Founder – Speaks at Knoxville Event

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Hundreds of people were at Sevier Heights Baptist Church Thursday to hear what a leading Alzheimer’s specialist had to say about the degenerative brain disease.

Dr. John Dougherty, with Cole Neuroscience Center at UT Medical Center, not only talked, he listened as people of all ages shared their stories about life with a loved one struggling with the mind-robbing disease.

Knoxville News Sentinel – Hundreds turn out to hear Alzheimer’s Expert

WATE TV Knoxville, TN – Alzheimer’s Expert Shares His Knowledge at Knoxville Event

  • Blog
  • April 20th, 2010

Finding Peace of Mind Through Early Screening

A few days ago we received a very nice testimonial on our Facebook page and it made me realize that what we offer is truly two-fold.  Here is the message we received:

I took the self test today, and the results were excellent in all areas. With a family history of Alzheimer’s, having access to a quick, easy, affordable tool to catch problems early, gives me great peace of mind. Now I’ll chalk up my memory problems to overwork, rather than to early ALZ.

We offer the ALZselftest as a way to help people discover early warning signs of Alzheimer’s and get diagnosed early, when treatment options are most effective. But on the other side are the millions of baby boomers who have begun to worry that their memory lapses are something far more serious than mere absent-mindedness or paying insufficient attention. For these folks, like our commenter above, the ALZselftest offers a quick, highly accurate way to find “peace of mind”. The less time you spend fretting about the occasional lost set of keys, the more clear your mind will be, and the better you’ll feel each day.

Do not fear the outcome! Knowledge is power, and for the first time you are empowered with the tools to screen your mind and learn crucial information about your cognitive function. Besides, think how relieved you will be when you find out that you forget the same things the rest of us do, and are suffering no serious deficits within any of your cognitive domains! Don’t delay, screen your brain today.

  • News
  • April 13th, 2010

ABC World News: Driving With Alzheimer’s

Dr. Dougherty was featured on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer April 12, discussing his research on driving with Alzheimer’s, in the driving simulator from the University of Tennessee. You can read the full story on the ABC site here, or watch the video below. If you are concerned that you or a loved one may have signs of early Alzheimer’s, you  may take the early warning screen, developed by Dr. Dougherty, here.

  • News
  • April 12th, 2010

Medinteract Founder on ABC World News Tonight

Dr. John Dougherty will be interviewed tonight on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer, to discuss his Alzheimer’s research, using the driving simulator at The University of Tennessee and Cole Neuroscience Center. You can read the original story, aired on Knoxville ABC-affiliate WATE here.

Free Memory Testing During Alzheimer’s Awareness Garden

This week Medinteract is offering the ALZselftest free to the public as part of the 4th Annual Alzheimer’s Awareness Garden. This is part of our ongoing effort to educate the public and screen seniors for early signs of Alzheimer’s, while there’s still plenty of time to treat it.  Please join us if you are in the Knoxville area. The Memory Walk takes place Saturday, April 17th.

The Brain and Spine Institute in collaboration with the Cole Neuroscience Center will again host the 4th Annual Alzheimer’s Awareness Garden April 12-16. The Alzheimer’s Awareness Garden honors families and caregivers impacted by Alzheimer’s. This year, the garden will be located outdoors in the Healing Garden.

April 5 to 9, the week prior to opening the garden, special activities are planned in the main lobby from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. daily including the following.

  • Computerized memory testing
  • Tips for coping with caregiver stress
  • “Food for Thought”
  • Diabetes, stroke and the Alzheimer’s connection
  • Brain games and teasers

Alzheimer’s ABC’s: Cognitive Changes (Depression and AD)

Depression and Alzheimer’s
In the first three posts (1, 2, 3) of this series we explored how to identify and understand many symptoms of early Alzheimer’s disease (AD), as well as how to use them to build a historical timeline.  These posts provide a good foundation for moving forward in our basic understanding of AD.

In this post we move into the topic of cognitive changes associated with early AD, and include an exercise you can try with your loved ones at home. Read More

Alzheimer's ABC's: Understanding Early Warning Signs

In the last post we began to take a closer look at some of the more widely known symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease (AD), as well as to explore the differences between normal aging and cognitive impairment within those symptoms.  In this post I am going to provide you a list of areas in your day-to-day life where symptoms of AD appear, to help you better distinguish normal aging from the signs of something more serious. Read More

Alzheimer's ABC's: Understanding The Symptoms

This is the second post in a blog series by Dr. John Dougherty, intended to simplify and demystify Alzheimer’s disease, and help you better recognize the signs and symptoms.

In the last post we learned that the single most important place to begin our understanding of Alzheimer’s is history. I start the process by building a timeline from symptom onset with the individual (and family members).  In the next few posts we’ll take a look at Alzheimer’s symptoms. We begin the list today with some of the more widely known symptoms, but we examine more closely how to distinguish signs of normal aging from those of possible impairment within them.

Repeated and persistent signs of forgetfulness
As people age they frequently complain of losing keys, losing a wallet or purse, a checkbook, or some other staple item.  With normal aging you may forget where you parked your car after shopping, or you may forget a turn or two in the car but not be lost. Read More

Alzheimer's ABC's: Start With Where We've Been

This is part of a blog series by Dr. John Dougherty, to simplify and demystify Alzheimer’s disease, and help you better recognize the signs and symptoms.

As the first in a series of posts I’d like to begin my telling you a bit about myself.  I’ve been a neurologist for 25 years, and an Alzheimer’s disease (AD) specialist for more than 10 years.  As the Director of the Cole Neuroscience Center in Knoxville, TN I currently follow over 2,000 patients with AD in my practice.

I lost my mother, my uncle and my grandmother to Alzheimer’s disease.  My mother died in her mid-eighties, and had AD symptoms for almost 15 years prior to her death. Read More