The Aging Center offers two types of cognitive assessments, also known as neuropsychological evaluations. During a neuropsychological evaluation, several cognitive abilities are assessed, including memory, attention, visual perception, and problem-solving. Through a neuropsychological evaluation, people can find out:
If their memory and other cognitive abilities are normal for their age.
If a memory problem is present, what might be causing it. For example, it could be symptoms of depression or anxiety, a medical problem, Alzheimer's disease, or other causes.
If a recent stroke, head injury, or other medical problem is affecting one's cognitive abilities.
One's ability to continue employment, manage finances, complete important legal activities, and/or other instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs).
How to assist individuals and families with long-term planning when memory problems are significant.
How other professionals and agencies can offer appropriate services and assist in developing a care plan.
Standard cognitive assessment: This involves a thorough evaluation involving a 45-60 minute interview, 1-3 hours of memory and cognitive testing, an interview with someone who knows the client well, and a review of available external records. This thorough evaluation can assess whether a cognitive problem is present and what is likely causing it. It also provides a comprehensive baseline to be used for comparisons with follow-up screens or other evaluations. The client receives a detailed report for their records, which can be given to other professionals (such as physicians and attorneys) of their choosing. Clients pay on a sliding fee scale, with fees ranging from $250 to $700 depending on income level. Director of this service is Mike Kenny, Psy.D. (flyer pdf)
Memory clinic: This is a 45-60 minute brief evaluation of cognitive functioning. From this evaluation, clients can find out if their cognitive abilities seem normal for their age, if clear impairment is present, or if further evaluation is needed. The Memory Screens can be useful for establishing a baseline and used for comparisons with follow-up screens or other evaluations. Less information is provided on what might be causing any problems that are found. A two-page written summary of tests and results is provided to the client. Clients pay on a sliding fee scale, with fees ranging from $5 to $50 depending on income level. Directors of this service are Mike Kenny, Psy.D., and John Crumlin, Ph.D. (brochure pdf)