The Memory Disorders Center (MDC) at St. Anthony's Hospital will be a center of hope, education and support for patients living with a memory disorder and the family members and loved ones who help care for them. 

Memory Disorders Center Services for Patients
or Care Partners

  • Use a clinical pathway to evaluate the patient's needs, develop a treatment plan, navigate care and regularly follow the progress of the patient
  • Provide support for family caregivers through education, training, navigation, support groups, information and referral
  • Develop and implement strategies for memory loss, cognitive deficits and/or functional impairment
  • As recommended by the physician, refer to theraputic trials of new treatments for individuals with all stages of memory loss
  • Provide information on state-of-the-art diagnostic evaluations for accurate diagnosis
  • Assist patients in meeting neuroimaging needs as requested by their doctor

Education and Resources

The MDC Resource Libary is a place where anyone can learn more about memory disorders and the issues they pose for patients, their families and caregivers.  The library has many resources that patients and families can access to help improve functioning and enhance roles.

Community Services

  • Offer on-site caregiver support groups
  • Conduct memory screenings in the community
  • Provide training and education for care providers and professionals caring for individuals with memory disorders, mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and dementia.
  • Present educational topics in the community


What are Memory Disorders?

The most common causes of memory loss are Alzheimer's diease, vascular changes and dementia with Lewy Bodies.  Depression can manifest as a memory disorder as well, but can be reversed with treatment. Metabolic (hormonal) and sleep disorders can also cause memory dysfunction that is treatable.  Some conditions affect related cognitive or brain abilities.  Early detection, diagnosis and treatment are all crucial to maintaining optimal brain function.

You’ve propelled me to move forward.” 

We are so glad you weren’t afraid to give us specific recommendations and referrals.  They were spot on & helped us avoid a lot of work & searching for the right person.” 

You helped me reach a turning point, where before I thought it would be my failure to hire help.  Now I realize it is for my dad & everyone in the family’s good and will help us keep him home longer.” 

 

We are so impressed with this center & the philanthropists who saw the vision for & created the MDC.” 

Your ideas really worked.  It’s not that it just sounds good.  I put your ideas in place & they really worked.  Now I am in a much better position.” 


Memory Disorders Center Support Group

  • Faciliated by the Memory Disorders Center at St. Anthony's Hospital, the monthly Memory Disorders Caregiver Group is for the family members and friends of persons living with memory disorders to share information and experiences with other caregivers.
  • This support group is free,
    and walk-ins are welcome.
    Reservations are not required.
    • First Thursday of every month 
      2-3:30pm
    • Third Thursday of every month 6:30-8pm
       
  • For more information or to register: (727) 825-1595
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Meet The Team

The clinical director of the Memory Disorders Center at St. Anthony's Hospital is board-certified neuropsychologist Veronica Clement, PhD, ABPP-CN.  The MDC Coordinator is Kim Saberi, a master's-level licensed clinical social worker.

"What sets the Center apart is our dedication to providing families and caregivers with education and support, such as counseling and referrals. Patients with memory disorders can face many day-to-day challenges, such as taking medicine accurately and having limited transportation, which can both lead to safety concerns or worries for family members and caregivers," Dr. Clement comments.  "Our team specializes in recognizing these concerns and identifying the resources that can help." 

 

(Dr. Veronica Clement pictured with Kim Saberi, LCSW at the
2014 Derby Gala to benefit the Memory Disorders Center.)
 

Kim Saberi stated, "The goal of the Memory Disorders Center is to first help the patient identify strategies that foster independence, and then implement – which will in turn – reduce the stress of the caregiver.”

Our caring and experienced social worker will evalutate needs and act as a navigator to coordinate care.  She will be a primary contact for all patients and caregivers.  Staff from our multidisciplinary team will work collaboratively to enhance functioning and treat the symptoms of memory disorders.

Multidisciplinary Team
  • Neuropsychologist – clinical director
  • Physicians – neurologists, gerontologists, primary care physicians
  • Social worker – MDC Coordinator
  • Rehabilitation therapists – speech pathology, occupational therapy, physical therapy
Collaborative Partners
  • Radiology and imaging
  • Nutrition – LifeHelp Nutrition and Diabetes Center
  • Home health care
  • Pharmacy Consultation

 Get Involved!

We also envision our participation in clinical research to advance knowledge of these diseases and to be part of finding a cure.
We welcome the involvment of the community in helping us fund this extraordinary center.

St. Anthony's Hospital Foundation holds a variety of different events and volunteer opportunities to benefit the Center's invaluable services provided to patients with memory loss and their caregivers.

Many Gifts. One Powerful Mission.
For more information, please contact The Foundation at (727) 825-1086.

 

 

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