A visualization of the brain's white matter constructed using data from advanced imaging techniques.
UC San Diego Health's Memory, Aging and Resilience Clinic (MARC) offers comprehensive assessment and consultative services for individuals with suspected cognitive impairments or memory complaints. The clinic is specifically designed to target early diagnosis and intervention, and to go beyond testing and evaluations, offering treatment recommendations and referrals to specialists and specialty services. Our goal is to help patients, families and caregivers develop a plan for managing a chronic, long-term neurodegenerative illness. Early intervention and diagnosis may help improve understanding of the impacts of neurocognitive disease on patients and families, improving quality of life for all.
What You Can Expect: How to Best Use Our Services
Bring A Family Member to Your Appointment
We strongly encourage patients to come to their appointments with a family member or close friend who can provide perspective and background.
At MARC, individuals are seen by an experienced team of professionals who conduct a thorough biopsychosocial review of each person's history. Given the complexities of assessing and managing a neurodegenerative illness and its impact on a person's social support system, we ask that a family member or someone close to the individual participate in the evaluation process. This will help us obtain additional information that may be valuable to a person's care.
Your visits to MARC are also a time to ask questions and "tell your story." We strongly encourage people to come to their appointment with the results of any prior tests or studies performed by other providers. We also encourage people to ask questions to enrich the assessment and consultative process. Depending on what we learn together during the first visit, patients may be asked to obtain additional tests or meet with other specialists. Testing may include laboratory work, neurological (brain) imaging or neuropsychological testing. These tests or consultations may require additional visits to UC San Diego Health. The results, however, can be extremely valuable in helping us accurately understand a person's suspected cognitive or memory issues.
Recommendations on Follow-up Care
Upon completion of the MARC assessment, the last appointment with our team is a "family conference." The patient and family (or caregiver) will receive a consensus diagnosis of what is causing the patient’s cognitive complaints. We then provide a detailed plan for moving forward to maximize functioning and quality of life.
We can recommend providers if you plan to see UC San Diego Health medical teams. Regardless of where you live or receive care, we will provide you with a detailed, comprehensive treatment plan that you can take with you.
Treatment plans may include recommended changes to the person's medication regimen, health education, home safety advice and information about applicable community resources.
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