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Memory Center at Unity

Memory loss does not have to be a loss of hope

If you (or your family) are concerned about your memory or thinking skills, it may be time for a visit to the Memory Center. Our highly specialized team provides comprehensive care for neurodegenerative conditions for people of all ages, from pediatrics to geriatrics.

We start with a thorough evaluation that helps us uncover all possible causes of memory or behavioral problems. Cognition disorders often affect memory, but they can also cause problems with talking, navigating your daily activities or even behavior. Many people experience normal changes of cognition as they age; others may have mild cognitive impairment or even a more serious brain disorder.

You'll start the process by meeting with David Gill, MD, the Medical Director of the Memory Center, and the only neurologist in the area who is board certified in Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry. Dr. Gill leads a team that includes highly trained neurologists, neuropsychologists, nurse practitioners, social workers and specialized nurses.

Being part of a well-respected health system also allows us to collaborate with other medical providers such as geriatricians, psychiatrists, cognitive and physical therapists, palliative care experts, senior community support agencies and living services.

We focus on providing high-quality services and compassionate patient care. You'll also find us to be friendly, flexible and approachable.

After your comprehensive assessment, you'll receive a customized treatment plan that addresses your specific needs. We'll work closely with you and your family to coordinate your care with the appropriate specialists. Many specialty services are available right in the same building, including speech therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, ACM labs and Borg & Ide CT/MRI.

Hear from Darlene Wischmeyer -- her mom has dementia. She found the highest quality care in a compassionate, supportive environment from our team.

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Our goal is to evaluate you as thoroughly as possible to ensure that you receive the right type of treatments. While some cognitive issues may be a normal part of aging or a mild impairment, we are also looking for disorders that can affect cognition (e.g., stroke, Multiple Sclerosis or Parkinson's disease) or that primarily affect cognition (e.g., Alzheimer's disease, vascular dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies or frontotemporal dementia).

When you visit our clinic, you’ll see a cognitive and behavioral neurologist and a neuropsychologist. You MAY also see a social worker or nurse specialist as part of your visit and undergo laboratory testing and/or brain imaging. With this extensive initial evaluation, we can usually accomplish in one day what may take two or three visits from different provider or center.

To prepare for your first visit, you should bring:
  • A family member or friend who knows you well and can share your memory concerns
  • Records of any prior evaluation for memory problems, including the actual films (or CD) of any prior brain imaging (or you can ask your doctor to send these ahead of time)
  • A completed neurology new patient questionnaire
If further testing is needed, you may need to return for a brain scan, bloodwork and/or follow up memory testing.

After the initial evaluation and follow up testing, our clinicians will discuss your case at our consensus conference. We will then share our findings with you and your family, including your diagnosis, recommendations and treatment options.

Services provided include:
  • Neurological and neurocognitive evaluation
  • Psychopharmacological evaluation and treatment
  • Neurorehabilitative care and management
  • Cognitive training
  • Physical, cognitive and behavioral rehabilitation (both inpatient and outpatient)
  • Neuropsychological testing
  • Pre-Driver screening
  • Patient and family support and counseling
Call 585.723.7972 to schedule your initial appointment. Your first visit may take several hours: we conduct extensive evaluations that typically would require two or three visits at other clinics.

You’ll see a cognitive and behavioral neurologist, a neuropsychologist and possibly other team members as appropriate (including medical students or residents). You may also have laboratory testing and/or brain imaging. For your first visit, please bring:
  • A family member or friend who knows you well and can share your memory concerns
  • Records of any prior evaluation for memory problems, including the actual films (or CD) of any prior brain imaging (or you can ask your doctor to send these ahead of time)
  • A completed Neurology-New Patient Questionnaire
  • Memory Center at Unity new patient form
2655 Ridgeway Ave, Suite 420
Rochester NY 14626
Phone: 585.723.7972 (Providers choose option #3)
Fax: 585.368.3119

Office hours: Monday - Friday: 8 am to 4:30 pm

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