Get a Memory Evaluation


doctor running a test with patient

The evaluation of patients with memory loss and related symptoms typically requires two visits. It helps doctors assess the nature of problems experienced as well as if other medical conditions are contributing factors.

In the first visit we gather a detailed medical history. The individual being evaluated meets with one of our neurologists, who completes a neurologic exam. Then they meet with one of our neuropsychology technicians, who administers several paper-and-pencil tests to assess memory and other cognitive abilities. Afterwards, if additional diagnostic tests are needed – such as brain scans, lumbar punctures, or blood tests – the neurologist will order them.

In the second visit the evaluated individual will receive a diagnosis. They will also receive therapy, counseling, and long-range planning guidance as needed.

Through these two or more visits, doctors at the Goizueta Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC) are able to provide each evaluated individual a diagnosis, treatment recommendations, and answers to questions in a calm setting.

Contact Us

Evaluation Preparation

Gather the items below and bring them with you to your visits:
  • Your insurance cards
  • Any medical records you might have gathered from your physicians
  • Previous brain scans you may have had completed, such as an MRI, CT, or PET; bring either the films or a copy of the scan on a CD, either can be obtained by contacting the radiology department where the scans were done
  • All the medications you are currently using, including over the counter medications and any nutritional supplements
  • Your eyeglasses, hearing aids, or other assistive devices
  • Also, plan to dress casually for your appointment because you may be asked to partially undress. Socks or knee high stockings are recommended.

During your first appointment, you should expect:
  • One of our nurses to begin your evaluation
  • The neurologist to examine you and then possibly order blood work, brain imaging, or other tests
  • Several neuropsychological tests to be administered by one of our research specialists; these questions will help the doctor diagnose you; some will seem extremely simple and others will be difficult; there are no right answers
  • Information to be gathered from your family
  • Not to be given a diagnosis on your first visit
  • The results of all completed tests to be reviewed thoroughly and then communicated on your next visit

During your second appointment, you should expect:
  • A family conference to be held with you and any family members that accompany you
  • A diagnosis to be given, unless additional testing is needed
  • Treatments to be recommended and initiated, when appropriate
  • You and your family to have the opportunity to ask questions
  • Follow-up care to be planned
  • The option for you to sign forms to give us permission to provide physicians of your choice with a copy of the report from this evaluation
  • [Row label] Post-evaluation Follow-Up
  • [Row body copy] At the end of your second appointment, you should expect:
  • To have follow-up visits scheduled, as needed, with either the nurse, doctor, social worker, or other health care providers
  • To be given information on how to contact our staff when you have questions after you leave our clinic

At the end of your second appointment, you should expect:

  • To have follow-up visits scheduled, as needed, with either the nurse, doctor, social worker, or other health care providers
  • To be given information on how to contact our staff when you have questions after you leave our clinic