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Clínica Particular AlgarveShopping

00h00m

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Clínica Particular de Vilamoura

00h00m

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Hospital Particular Alvor

00h25m

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00h00m

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Hospital Particular Gambelas

00h19m

Medical Emergency

00h17m

Paediatrics

Centro Médico Internacional VRSA

00h00m

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Hospital São Camilo Portimão

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Medical Emergency

Memory Consultation



The Out-Patient Consultation for problems to do with Memory was created for diagnosing and supporting patients with complaints of memory loss.

Memory is a cognitive function that determines the functional independence and social participation of individuals.   Memory loss may be due to the normal aging process or may be the first signs of serious illness.

An early diagnosis can be decisive in reversing or delaying Memory loss.


MAIN PATHOLOGIES / DISEASES

Memory loss can be due to several causes:
  • Part of a natural aging process;
  • It is the main complaint in the most prevalent neurodegenerative diseases (e.g., Alzheimer's Disease; Fronto-temporal Lobar Degeneration);
  • May be the result of psychiatric problems (e.g., Depression or Anxiety);
  • Resulting from acquired brain damage (Stroke or Cranial-Brain Injury);
  • The origin being a metabolic disease, sleep apnoea, biorhythm dysfunction, etc.

 

Patients presenting the following symptoms should seek this specialized consultation:
  • Elderly people complaining of memory loss;
  • Elderly people who seek to prevent memory loss and wish to continue a healthy aging process;
  • Patients in the pre-clinical stage of dementia, predominantly the geriatric population, with memory problems in their daily activities;
  • Patients with a diagnosis of dementia who seek specialized follow-up;
  • Patients with a family history of dementia who are already experiencing mnemonic difficulties or who seek  an early diagnosis of a dementia-type illness;
  • Professionals or students (in secondary education or university education) who find it difficult to work or study;
  • Patients with a history of stroke who experience memory loss and seek rehabilitation;
  • Patients who have suffered traumatic brain injury complaining of  memory loss and are seeking rehabilitation;
  • Patients with a history of epilepsy (especially refractory epilepsy).

RELATED EXAMS

Alterations of Memory may occur together with cognitive deficits, which need laboratory analysis and others in order to reach a diagnosis.

  • CT Scan;
  • MRI;
  • Electroencephalogram;
  • Clinical Analysis.

 

The specialized Memory consultation allows:
  • Detect if memory difficulties are due to age or may represent signs of illness;
  • Detect mimetic deficits, or deficits in general cognitive functioning as opposed to a natural aging process;
  • Assist in the differential diagnosis between neurocognitive disorders;
  • Differentiate between permanent memory loss (e.g., Alzheimer's) or reversible (e.g., Depression);
  • Referral to the relevant medical specialty for patient follow-up, eg Neurology, Psychiatry or General Practice;
  • Create a cognitive training plan, compensatory strategies and family support such as rehabilitation or anti-aging techniques.

MOST IMPORTANT ASPECTS OF THIS CONSULTATION AT THE HPA HEALTH GROUP

During the first consultation, in addition to the clinical interview where an assessment of the severity of the patient's cognitive complaints is evaluated, a number of evaluation tests will also be performed on the patient’s General Cognitive Function and Memory level.

Once a diagnosis is reached, the following can be made available:
  • Regular cognitive training;
  • Learning compensatory strategies;
  • Family counselling;
  • Systematic physical exercise;
  • Follow up by a Neurologist or Psychiatrist.

 

These services are available in Portuguese and English.

 


Links

medical specialty available on the following units

  • Hospital Particular do Algarve - Alvor
  • Hospital Particular do Algarve - Gambelas
  • Hospital São Camilo - Portimão
  • Clínica Particular AlgarveShopping
  • Clínica Particular de Vilamoura
  • Centro Médico Internacional - VRSA

medics

Hospital Particular do Algarve - Alvor

Hospital Particular do Algarve - Gambelas

Hospital São Camilo - Portimão

Clínica Particular AlgarveShopping

Clínica Particular de Vilamoura

Centro Médico Internacional - VRSA