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Cognitive Disorders

It's natural to worry when you or a loved one experiences changes in cognition, which can include shifts in memory, attention, language, judgement, learning or emotion. Are the changes just a part of normal aging or a sign of more serious problems?

When cognitive changes raise concern, it's important to talk to your primary care provider. Stress, injuries, illness, medicines and more can all affect cognition. Your provider can help you determine the cause of the changes and form a treatment plan, as well as help decide if specialized care is needed at Gundersen's MiND (Multi-disciplinary Neurocognitive Disorders) Clinic.

The MiND Clinic

We aim to provide quality and comprehensive care to support patients and families with neurological conditions affecting memory, behavior and other cognitive abilities.

Our MiND clinic providers have specialized training in brain health, including neurology, psychiatry, neuropsychology, psychometry, counseling and nursing. We understand that changes in brain health may cause problems with your body, memory, emotions and behavior. Our team approach integrates a patient-centered health and social history, neurological exam and cognitive testing to find the cause of your cognitive problems. We work together to design a care plan to fit your needs.

How to meet us

Cognitive changes may occur as you get older. Some cognitive changes may be due to normal aging. They also may be related to a medical condition. Talk with your provider about changes that worry you. Many cognitive problems can be caused by stress, injuries, illness, medicines and more. Your primary care provider can help you decide if it's necessary for you to visit the MiND Clinic.

Your first visit

Before you visit the MiND Clinic, you may have an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging). This test makes clear, detailed pictures of your brain. Our team has special experience evaluating changes in the brain and cognition, and we will go over your MRI results with you at your MiND Clinic visit.

For your first visit to the MiND Clinic, plan to:

  • Bring someone with you who knows you well. They can be a friend or family member. You should be comfortable sharing your health information in front of them.
  • Spend two to three hours at your visit. Before you arrive, get plenty of rest, eat a good meal and drink water so you are hydrated.
  • Meet with a provider, nurse and counselor. If you had an MRI, we will review the results with you. We will spend a lot of time talking with you about your concerns.

After your first visit, you may need further cognitive testing so we can create a complete care plan for you.

Follow-up

Your care plan may include more visits to the MiND Clinic, or you may continue to work with your primary care doctor. Cognitive issues are difficult and challenging. This can be hard for you and your family. Our team will work together to design the best care plan for you. Treatment may include education, counseling and support for you and your care partners to cope and adjust to the changes you're experiencing. We will support and guide you through this process.

Research

With our patients and the future in MiND, we are dedicated to seeking out and developing research to improve our understanding, diagnosis and treatment of a full spectrum of neurocognitive disorders. Our Clinic is part of the Wisconsin Alzheimer's Institute clinic network through the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and we collaborate on research projects to improve care for people with cognitive disorders.

what to expect

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