Northwestern Medicine Neurobehavior and Memory Clinic
The Northwestern Medicine Neurobehavior and Memory Clinic provides consultation to patients, families and providers about diseases that affect memory, behavior and other cognitive functions.
The clinic is directed by Marek-Marsel Mesulam, MD, and includes specialists from a wide variety of disciplines including neurology, neuropsychology, geriatrics, neuropsychiatry and social work. We typically evaluate and care for people with memory concerns, Alzheimer’s disease, primary progressive aphasia, frontotemporal dementia, corticobasal degeneration and progressive supranuclear palsy, posterior cortical atrophy, vascular dementia, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, and dementia with Lewy bodies. Our program is geared toward supporting both patients and their families so they can meet the challenges of cognitive change and achieve a better quality of life.
How we can help
The Neurobehavior and Memory Clinic is staffed by behavioral neurologists, neuropsychologists, neuropsychiatrists, geriatricians, and clinical social workers from the Northwestern Medical Group. Our clinic offers a comprehensive array of diagnostic, therapeutic and innovative care that treats the whole patient. Our treatment plans include:
- Evaluation of memory and other thinking abilities using specialized tests.
- Psychiatric evaluation and treatment for associated mood and behavior disorders.
- Assessment and follow-up care by behavioral neurologists dedicated to treating those with dementia.
- Disease education, counseling and referrals to Northwestern University and community support services
- Opportunities to participate in cutting edge research on Alzheimer's dementia, frontotemporal dementia and primary progressive aphasia.
For more information or to make an appointment, please contact our clinic at 312.695.9627.
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We strive to exceed the expectations of patients and their families, and our quality ratings detail how we work toward that goal by delivering care that is effective, safe, coordinated, timely and convenient. We encourage patients and their families to become our partner in providing safe and effective care.
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Meet the Teams
We specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of cognitive conditions. We focus particularly on patients who are experiencing early, mild, or unusual changes in memory, behavior, language, movement, visual perception, or other cognitive functions. We do not treat other medical conditions, but we will be happy to share our report with your primary care or other physicians to assist in developing an overall plan of care.
Prior to the physician visit, staff will inquire as to who should receive a report of the clinic visit. Any other request for records or notes must be made to the Northwestern Hospital Medical Records Office and a release of information form provided.
Dementia is not a single disease. The term "dementia" is used to describe the gradual deterioration of abilities and behavior that eventually interferes with customary daily living activities, such as handling finances, keeping house, driving a car, involvement in social activities and working at one's usual occupation.
Dementia is not a normal outcome of aging but is caused by diseases that affect the brain. Dementia may influence all aspects of mind and behavior, including memory, judgment, language, concentration, visual perception, temperament and social interactions.
Special evaluations are necessary to diagnose which of many possible conditions is causing dementia symptoms.