Appointment Line: 321.841.9700
Orlando Health's Center for Aging is a comprehensive program for seniors in central Florida. Located at 21 W. Columbia Street on the second floor, we offer complete services for those who may be experiencing memory impairment or any age related medical issue.
The Center for Aging is the next step for the Memory Disorder Center. The aim of the Memory Disorder Center was to provide medical and psychosocial services to all patients seeking help for memory loss. The Center for Aging combines this essential service with a healthy aging program as well as acute care for the elderly and critical community resources for patients and caregivers. The Center for Aging provides continuity of comprehensive memory healthcare – from preventive to chronic disease management – while meeting the needs of patients, caregivers and family members. When the patient and caregiver arrive at the Center, they will both participate in an assessment by a multidisciplicary team. The diagnostics are ordered, referrals are made and the patient will leave that day with a follow-up appointment scheduled, if necessary. The second appointment offers all test results, a personalized care plan and information on resources as well as a clinical assessment summary.
Memory loss can have any number of causes. That is why it is so important to get a medical evaluation by a doctor who specializes in memory disorders.
Evaluation, Diagnosis & Treatment
The Memory Disorder Center's multidisciplinary team of caring and skilled healthcare professionals can help you or your loved ones understand the underlying cause(s) of memory loss through a thorough clinical evaluation and a variety of diagnostic tests. Once a diagnosis is made, your doctor will meet with you and your loved ones to discuss the diagnosis, treatment plan and recommended management strategies.
Multidisciplinary Clinical Team
Our team of clinical professions includes neurologists, a geriatrician, geriatric pharmacological specialist, neuropsychologists and clinical social workers. The team meets weekly to discuss the best plan of action for each patient.
Evaluating & Managing Memory Loss
Whether you're a caregiver or a potential patient, we want your experience at the ORMC Memory Disorder Center to be as seamless as possible. When you call to schedule your first appointment with us, we'll also schedule your follow-up appointment at the same time. You can anticipate the first appointment to last approximately 2 - 3 hours as we do a thorough examination of the patient. We suggest that you bring a light snack and/or a drink if you feel appropriate. Instead of making several visits to determine the next step, we provide a thorough assessment on one day in a few easy steps:
Once you call, steps 2-4 will happen at your first appointment.
- Call to schedule your initial and follow-up appointments (321.841.9700). Please have your insurance information ready.
- Meet with Clinical Social Worker
The first step is for the patient and family/caregiver to meet with the case manager/clinical social worker for an initial interview and assessment of memory function. The patient and family may also discuss any concerns with the clinical social worker.
- Meet with the Doctor
The next step is an appointment with a Memory Disorder Clinic doctor for a full evaluation. During this visit, the doctor asks the patient and family about the patient's medical history and performs a physical exam.
- Diagnostic Testing
The doctor often prescribes various tests, which may include lab tests (blood and urine tests), imaging studies (MRI, CT scan, EEG), and neuropsychological or psychological testing. If needed, the patient will receive diagnostic tests (lab) on-site, the same day as his or her appointment with the doctor. Some imaging studies can be performed the same day at one of our close by facilities. All other tests will be scheduled for you before you and your loved ones leave the office. It is important that any testing be completed within two to three weeks of your first visit.
- Follow-Up Visit with Doctor
The second visit with the doctor is to review diagnostic testing. During this visit, the doctor reviews the results of your diagnostic testing. The doctor will provide you and your loved ones with a recommended treatment plan and a strategy for management of the illness. The clinical social worker often attends this meeting to offer additional support and provide information about community services available to help support you and your loved ones.
- Referral Back to Primary Care Doctor
Once a diagnosis is provided with a treatment plan, you will be referred back to your family's primary care doctor for ongoing care.
Support & Referral Services
Education is an essential component of the Memory Disorder Center. Ask the clinical social worker about educational seminars, support groups, counseling or other opportunities available in your community.
- Resource Library
A resource library of book titles, brochures, community resources and other publications about Alzheimer's disease and related disorders is available to patients and their loved ones and/or caregivers.
- Memory Disorders Research: Brain Bank
Research is the key to finding better treatments and, eventually, a cure for diseases like Alzheimer's and other related disorders. One way that patients and their families can help future generations is to register in the Brain Bank program, which promotes critical research on brain tissue. To learn how you can make a difference in the future, please call 407.843.1910 or 800.330.1910.
Aging & Driving Safety Program
Partnering with experts from Orlando Regional Medical Center's Level One Trauma Team and the Orlando Health Rehabilitation Institute as well as nationally-known senior transportation expert Fran Carlin Rogers and representative from the American Auto Association (AAA), AARP, Orange County Sherriff’s Department and many other organizations, the Memory Disorder Center participates in a national community outreach and education program called CarFit at least once each year. At CarFit, seniors are invited to drive their vehicles to a CarFit event where trained representatives and occupational therapists assess the driver’s “fit” with their vehicle for comfort and ultimately, safety. This vehicle safety program for mature drivers was initiated by the American Society on Aging and developed by the AAA, AARP and the American Occupational Therapy Association. The MDC still holds the national record for hosting the largest CarFit event in the nation.
The Memory Disorder Center also partners with a local organization called Share the Care to provide dementia-friendly transportation training to new van drivers of A+ Lynx, the van service managed by Lynx to provide van service to those who are not able to use the traditional bus system. They serve elderly and disabled passengers. Share the Care trains drivers on the safest ways to transport patients with dementia or other forms of cognitive impairment.
Standard Clinical Practice:
The Memory Disorder Center clinical team maintains a standard practice of talking with patients and caregivers about their driving habits and driving safety. Typically, numerous members of the clinical staff talk about driving safety with patients and their caregivers. This sometimes opens the door to some difficult discussions about a very sensitive area.
Referral of Patients for Formal Driving Evaluation:
If further evaluation of driving skills is warranted, Memory Disorder Center physicians and/or neuropsychologists refer patients to occupational therapy at Orlando Health’s Rehabilitation Institute or to other organizations who perform driving evaluations such as DriveABLE or to Adaptive Mobility.
Partnerships with Law Enforcement on Silver Alert Program:
Recently, the State of Florida has engaged the Memory Disorder Center and nine other State-designated memory clinics throughout Florida to join hands with law enforcement to strengthen the Silver Alert program in our State. Silver Alert is a statewide plan to aid local law enforcement in the rescue or recovery of a missing elderly person known to be at risk for memory loss who has become lost while driving a vehicle. State-designated memory clinics across the state will work closely with law enforcement to offer follow up and support for cognitively impaired drivers who have been lost - and then found - through the Silver Alert program. In the end, this follow up and support is expected to reduce repeat Silver Alerts by connecting drivers and their loved ones with a wealth of community resources, helping to keep these cognitively impaired elders safe and secure.
For more information about issues pertaining to safe driving, check out the following websites:
- Alternative transportation options can be found at safeandmobileseniors.org
- For information on the CarFit Program, which helps seniors assess how well their vehicle "fits" them, visit car-fit.org
- The Silver Alert Program on missing seniors: floridasilveralert.com
- For helpful resources to assist a loved one in making the decision to stop driving and other important information regarding senior driving, visit: thehartford.com
- For information on AARP Driver Safety classes near you, go to: aarp.org
Center for Aging
21 W. Columbia St.
Orlando, FL 32806
Appointment Line: 321.841.9700