Serious memory loss is not a part of normal aging. Ten percent of people over age 65, and half of those over 85, do develop memory and thinking problems. Washington University School of Medicine, in partnership with Barnes Jewish Hospital, operates the Memory Diagnostic Center (MDC) as a neurological medical practice specializing in Alzheimer disease and related dementias.
The purpose of the Memory Diagnostic Center is to evaluate people who may have a memory disorder. We work closely with their doctors and families to begin therapy to slow the disease process. We also help make any life style arrangements that may be necessary. The Memory Diagnostic Center is separate from Knight ADRC research projects (offered through the Memory and Aging Project) and from the Knight ADRC Clinical Trials Unit.