About This Center
UT Health Austin’s Comprehensive Memory Center within the Mulva Clinic for the Neurosciences diagnoses and treats neurodegenerative conditions that impact memory, behavior, and other cognitive functions in adult patients (18 years and older). Our mission is to put patients and their loved ones at the center of their care. We want to help you and your loved ones live your best lives, have hope, and know that you are not alone.
In 2021, the Comprehensive Memory Center was recognized as an Age-Friendly Health System-Committed to Care Excellence for its efforts to improve health care for older adults through the use of evidence-based interventions knowns as the "4Ms" (What Matters, Medication, Mentation, and Mobility).
In 2018, the Comprehensive Memory Center was recognized as an Innovator in Aging by Health and Human Services for being the first neurology specialty dementia clinic designed to put patients’ health values first.
At UT Health Austin, we take a multidisciplinary approach to your care. This means you will benefit from the expertise of multiple specialists across a variety of disciplines caring for you in one place to avoid having to schedule multiple appointments with providers at locations all over the city. The Comprehensive Memory Center care team includes neurologists, a geriatric psychiatrist, neuropsychologists, nurses, a speech-language pathologist, social workers, and more who work together to help you get back to the things in your life that matter most to you. We also collaborate with our colleagues at the Dell Medical School and The University of Texas at Austin to connect you with the latest treatment.
At UT Health Austin, we focus on you, the whole patient, making sure that you have the support you need throughout your care. We are committed to clear and timely communication with you, your referring provider, and other healthcare specialists, beginning with your initial visit and continuing throughout your cycle of care. Once our center receives a referral from your referring provider, members of the Comprehensive Memory Center care team will identify any existing records of treatment in the UT Health Austin system and communicate with your referring provider to obtain needed medical records and other information. If you have received medical treatment from a provider other than your referring provider, your care team will contact you to receive a written Authorization to Receive Medical Records from your other provider(s). The Comprehensive Memory Center generally will not schedule your initial appointment until it has received all relevant records. Once all records have been received and reviewed, the Comprehensive Memory Center will contact you to schedule your initial appointment.
Your first visit will consist of a minimum of two appointments, a diagnostic evaluation and a feedback session. We strongly encourage your caregiver to also attend both appointments.
The first visit will last at least 2 hours. You and your caregiver will meet with members of the Comprehensive Memory Center care team who will listen to your concerns and ask questions about your health, medical history, cognitive symptoms, goals, mood, living situation, and social support to get a better understanding of your situation. A social worker will meet with your caregiver and clinicians will conduct a neurologic exam to assess your strength, coordination, and reflexes as well as administer a memory screening test. You may also undergo more in-depth assessments of memory and thinking during this initial visit. At this time, it is also common to order diagnostic testing that best fits the patient’s situation, such as brain imaging, blood tests, and/or neuropsychological testing.
During your second visit, known as the feedback visit, a physician will meet with you and your caregiver to review your test results and provide a diagnosis and treatment plan. This visit typically lasts an hour, and we encourage both you and your caregiver to come prepared with questions and ready to take notes.
Once your care has been stabilized, you will return to your primary care or referring physician for ongoing management. We recognize that as your disease progresses you may have questions and additional needs, and our team is available to consult with you and your family members. Patients and their families are encouraged to contact us with questions in-between visits via the patient portal or nurse line at 1-833-UT-CARES (1-833-882-2737).
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