How to make a new patient appointment:
- We accept referrals from physicians, hospitals, families and any individual who may feel worried about their cognition and would like an evaluation.
- To schedule an evaluation, call 631-954-2323 or click here to submit your information and someone will get back to you to answer your request.
- Some paperwork is required for your intial evaluation. You may download the paperwork here, or request the paperwork be mailed to you. (All completed paperwork can be returned by mail or faxed to 631-632-5870.)
New Patient Visit:
The assessment of a new patient requires approximately 1 ½ hours.
A caregiver that knows the patient is highly encouraged to attend the new patient appointment. The caregiver has an extremely important role during the initial evaluation.
At the first visit to the Stony Brook Center of Excellence for Alzheimer's Disease, any tests that have been previously performed should be brought with you to the appointment for review. These include: blood tests, neuropsychological testing, CT, MRI, and PET scans.
New Patient Visit Expectations
The individual undergoes a full neurological exam. The specialized team collects background information regarding the individual's past and present symptoms.
The caregiver is always welcome to meet with the physician or staff separately to discuss their observations of their loved one's current symptoms.
We use paper and pencil tests, oral questions, sensory and other measures to assess memory, language, perceptions, and concentration. We utilize a comprehensive approach that is backed by research and tailored to our patients.
The physician will review their findings with the person who is experiencing the symptoms and will also review the findings with the person's family. Additional testing may be necessary (for example: brain imaging or further neuropsychological testing) and will be performed separately. The physician's differential diagnosis (a list of diseases or disorders that could be a cause of symptoms a person is having) is reviewed with the center's team and shared with the person and their family.
After the initial visit the individual and their family will be advised of the individual's treatment plan and course of follow up. The individual who was evaluated will recieve a follow up appointment for two to four weeks from the date of their initial evaluation. And an appointment will be made for the family to follow up with the center's social worker to receive further guidance regarding the care of their loved one.
With consent from the individual and/or their family, as appropriate, our team will contact the primary care physician to review results of the evaluation and provide any technical assistance/guidance that they require.