Monday–Friday 8 am–5 pm CT

Outpatient Assessments

Assessments for Older Adults

This 4.5 day outpatient assessment for adults aged 50 and older specializes in the interplay between psychiatric and neurologic disorders and is beneficial when you or a family member notice difficulties in thinking, planning or memory, emotion control or personality changes.

 

The assessment is led by a neuropsychiatrist certified as a diplomat by the United Council of Neurologic Subspecialties in behavioral neurology and neuropsychiatry, neuropsychologist and therapist, and may include other specialty clinicians as needed, such as a pharmacologist, addiction counselor or nutritionist.

 

The assessment team works to uncover how much of what the individual is experiencing is due to neurological pathology, and rules out potential medical and neurological causes of psychiatric diagnoses, such as depression or anxiety.

 

Issues

The neuropsychiatric team can assess the following:

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Anxiety disorders 
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Autoimmune encephalitis 
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Brain injury due to alcohol/drug use 
  • Brain masses
  • Cognitive changes
  • Dementia
  • Depression
  • Emotion control difficulties 
  • Executive functioning problems 
  • Frontal temporal dementia
  • Hashimoto’s encephalitis 
  • Hypoxic-ischemic injury 
  • Impulsivity problems
  • Increased aggression 
  • Lewy body dementia 
  • Memory problems 
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Neurocognitive disorders
  • Nutritional deficiency
  • Parkinson’s disease 
  • Personality changes 
  • Schizophrenia
  • Seizure disorders 
  • Stroke
  • Toxic exposures
  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI) 
  • Tumors
  • Vascular disorders 
  • White matter disorders

 

What's included

The assessment will include a thorough neurological exam, neurobehavioral status exam, cognitive screening tests and review of history and symptoms with the individual and family. 

 

Comprehensive neuropsychological testing (objective testing to evaluate cognition, memory, IQ, executive functioning, thought process, mental health and personality) will be completed by a board certified psychologist.

 

A licensed therapist will meet with the individual and family to facilitate an assessment of social and environmental stressors.

 

Laboratory analysis, genetic testing for medication, a physical exam and neuroimaging (e.g., MRI, CT, SPEC or DaTscan) will also be done. An EEG or sleep study can be added as needed.

 

On Friday, a written executive summary will be provided to the individual and family including all assessment findings, testing results, neuropsychiatric formulation, diagnoses and recommendations, which will be reviewed during the feedback session with the neuropsychiatrist and therapist.

 

For questions or to schedule an assessment, please contact Admissions at 713-275-5140.