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 in Gundersen's MiND (Multi-disciplinary Neurocognitive Disorders) Clinic is needed.
The MiND (Multi-disciplinary Neurocognitive Disorders) Clinic specializes in cognition. Our team of experts has advanced training in brain health and provides comprehensive care to support patients and families with neurological conditions affecting memory, behavior and other cognitive abilities.
Your first visit
If it's determined that a visit to the MiND Clinic is needed, you may have an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) beforehand. This test makes clear, detailed pictures of the brain. We will go over these results at your MiND Clinic visit.
What to expect
For your first visit to the MiND Clinic, plan to:
- Bring someone with you who knows you well. It can be a friend or family member. You should be comfortable sharing your health information in front of them.
- Expect to 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.
- You will meet with a provider and possibly a nurse or social worker. 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 the first visit, you may need further cognitive testing so we can create a complete care plan for you.
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. This may include education, counseling and support for you and your care partners to cope and adjust to these changes. We will support and guide you through this process.