Memory Disorders

There are many types of memory disorders, including: Dementia, characterized by a slow decline in memory, problem-solving ability, learning ability and judgment. In Alzheimer’s disease — the most common cause of dementia — healthy brain tissue degenerates severely, causing a steady and profound decline in memory, as well as intellectual and social abilities. Delirium, another memory disorder involves a sudden change in a person’s mental status, which leads to confusion, disruption of the sleep-wake cycles and unusual behavior. While not a part of normal aging, the risk increases with age. Although there is no cure, there are treatments, including medications, that may improve patients’ quality of life.

Alzheimer’s Program:

Winthrop Neuroscience Medical PC and Winthrop Geriatric Medicine Associates have collaborated together to create the Alzheimer’s Program at Winthrop-University Hospital. This program is committed to providing high quality care for patients with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.  By utilizing a multidisciplinary approach to care, we are able to leverage the strengths of our Geriatric Medicine, Neurosciences, Psychiatry, Psychology, Social Work, Pharmacy and Home Care programs.  We believe that this approach allows for the best possible care for our patients.

Directors of this program are:

  • Irving Gomolin, MD, FRCPC, FACP, Chief, Division of Geriatric Medicine and Chief, Division of Clinical Pharmacology.

Our dedicated staff Include:

  • Lucia DiSpirito, LMSW, Neuroscience Social Worker
  • Linda Martinez, LCSW,ASW-G, Geriatric Social Worker