The memory clinic incorporates the expertise available in the fields of Alzheimer's disease and frontotemporal degeneration within the University Hospitals Leuven into a single treatment programme.
The main aims are:
- early diagnosis without hospitalisation
- communicating and explaining the diagnosis to patients and carers
- detecting behavioural and psychological changes
- starting treatment with medication
- focusing on the family situation to ensure that the home situation remains tenable for both the patient and carers for as long as possible
Key areas for attention
We particularly focus on:
- early diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease, often even before the disease causes dementia
- patients with word-finding difficulties, for example caused by primary progressive aphasia
- patients with personality and behavioural changes, for example due to frontotemporal degeneration
- dementia diagnosed at a young age (< 65 years)
- familial forms of dementia
Within the memory clinic, neurologists, psychiatrists and geriatricians all work together to offer an integrated treatment plan tailored to the individual patient.
The emphasis is on:
- detailed assessment of all aspects of the problem
- correct, rapid diagnosis
- open communication with patients and those close to them
- evidence-based treatments
The University Hospitals Leuven memory clinic belongs to the European Alzheimer's Disease Consortium, an EU-sponsored consortium of 50 centres of excellence that are involved in providing clinical care for patients with Alzheimer's disease.