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Free Memory Assessments

The Roper St. Francis Research and Innovation Center is dedicated to the research and treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease and its symptoms. As part of this mission, we are committed to providing the community with free assessments of memory and cognition.

We value a collaborative relationship with patients and their primary care providers and specialists, and our assessments can provide additional information to inform our clinical decision making.


TYPES OF EVALUATIONS:

  • Standard Clinical Assessment
    • 2-3 Hour appointment
    • Assessments of memory and cognition with a review of medical history
    • Study partner required
    • Research diagnosis provided to patient after clinician review
    • Results sent to PCP for follow up
    • Relevant research opportunities shared with patient, if desired
    • Used to assess patients with reported memory changes or history of memory impairment
  • Memory Screen
    • Brief 10-15 assessment
    • Study partner not required
    • Provides basic measure of memory and cognition
    • Useful to track possible changes over time in patients without memory problems
    • Not a diagnostic tool

What are the benefits to taking a free memory assessment?

  • All testing is provided at no cost to the patient
  • Access to the most innovative clinical trial opportunities
  • Collaborative relationship with each participant’s referring primary care doctor and specialists

More About the Standard Clinical Assessment

As stated above, the standard clinical assessment involves various memory and cognitive tests called neuropsychological testing. This type of testing uses different scales to evaluate cognition and memory. For example, we may ask the participant to name certain objects, recall a story, or copy a drawing. The testing is conducted in a quiet, relaxed interview room with one of our research study coordinators.

The standard clinical assessment also requires the presence of a study partner. This individual could be any close family member or friend that would be able to answer questions about recent events and your general health status.


After the Standard Clinical Assessment

Once the assessment is complete, the research study team will review your evaluation in its entirety as well as your medical records (once received). This information is kept strictly confidential. This process may take a few weeks from your clinical assessment appointment.

Your primary care doctor will then receive a report of all scores, a description of the rating scales used in the assessment, a list of currently enrolling studies, along with notes regarding which study you may be eligible for participation. In some instances, there may not be a study that you qualify for. However, we will keep your information on file and recommend you contact us periodically to check on new studies. If in fact you do qualify for a study, a member of our team will contact you to explain the study and schedule a time for you and your study partner to review the study’s informed consent and/or have a final screen for the study. All of our studies are voluntary, so at any time you may discontinue the process based on your and your study partner’s discretion.


To get started, contact our office at (843) 724-2302 to speak to a clinical coordinator.
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