Your generosity supports specialized care, treatment and research to help those with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. The Memory Disorders Center at St. Anthony's is an outpatient community support center, provided at no cost, for patients with memory disorders and their caregivers.
The Memory Disorders Center (MDC) at St. Anthony's Hospital is a center of hope, education and support for patients living with a memory disorder and the family members and loved ones who help care for them.
Memory Disorders Center Services
- Use a clinical pathway to evaluate the patient's needs, develop a treatment plan, navigate care and regularly follow the progress of the patient
- Provide support for family caregivers through education, training, navigation, support groups, information and referral
- Develop and implement strategies for memory loss, cognitive deficits and/or functional impairment
- As recommended by the physician, refer to theraputic trials of new treatments for individuals with all stages of memory loss
- Provide information on state-of-the-art diagnostic evaluations for accurate diagnosis
- Assist patients in meeting neuroimaging needs as requested by their doctor
Education and Resources
The MDC Resource Libary is a place where anyone can learn more about memory disorders and the issues they pose for patients, their families and caregivers. The library has many resources that patients and families can access to help improve functioning and enhance roles.
- Offer on-site caregiver support groups
- Conduct memory screenings in the community
- Provide training and education for care providers and professionals caring for individuals with memory disorders, mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and dementia.
- Present educational topics in the community
Atlas of Retinal Imaging in Alzheimer's Study
Physicians from St. Anthony’s team up with principle investigators at the University of Rhode Island to mark the start of a brilliant year and a $5 million Alzheimer’s study. ARIAS – a clinical research trial of retinal screening processes that could help clinicians detect Alzheimer's disease possibly two or more decades before impacting memory. The objective of the five-year longitudinal study is to create a gold standard reference database of imaging of the retina to identify reliable biomarkers of early Alzheimer's. This research study was designed to help advance our understanding and develop a screening tool with an ultimate goal to identify Alzheimer's risk 10-15 years before clinically visible and impacting memory.
- Screening protocol to be implemented by providers in the community.
- Develop a point-of-care diagnostic that will allow for effective screening and early intervention of individuals at risk for AD using retinal biomarkers developed by our ARIAS study.
- The Memory Disorders Center at St. Anthony's designated primary testing location in St. Petersburg.