Improving the lives of those impacted by memory disorders

If you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms of memory loss, trying to figure out what to do next can be challenging. Where do you turn for diagnosis, education, treatment, services, and care coordination? Understanding, evaluating, and navigating complex and fragmented services can be difficult.

The Center for Memory Health at Hebrew SeniorLife is designed to help individuals with cognitive impairments and their families get the information and care they need, delivered with kindness and understanding. Dementia is a journey no one wants to take — but with proper and timely assessment and diagnosis, and early intervention our experts can introduce interventions that maximize remaining cognitive function and enhance quality of life.

Backed by our deep experience serving seniors and affiliation with Harvard Medical School, our new Center for Memory Health offers an integrated approach to support those who are experiencing symptoms and their families, as well as clinicians who need to refer to specialized services.

Clinical Programs

Whether the symptoms of memory loss are early or advanced all seniors who come into the Center for Memory Health will receive a cognitive assessment and referral to an appropriate program or service— either within the Center for Memory Health, or an external resource.

All of our care services are delivered through three clinical programs.

  • Memory assessment — In partnership with area clinical centers, we will assess seniors’ cognitive function, applying advanced diagnostic testing as needed.
  • Family care — We provide educational materials, counseling, and referrals to help individuals and family members make informed decisions and cope with the stress of their loved one’s condition.
  • Care management — We provide comprehensive care management, ensuring that patient and family needs are met over the long term. This includes personalized care plans developed with the referring physician, and follow-up to assess the effectiveness of the plan and make modifications as necessary.

Who We Serve

We serve seniors at all stages of memory loss, including those with:

  • No cognitive symptoms, for whom preventative activities can help stave off memory loss
  • Early, undiagnosed cognitive symptoms, for whom proper assessment and diagnosis can lead to interventions that slow the progress of dementian
  • Moderate or severe cognitive symptoms, for whom evidence-based therapies can maximize remaining cognitive function
  • Advanced cognitive symptoms, including end-of-life care to ensure that seniors maintain their dignity and are comfortable and well cared for
  • We also offer services to family members of any age who are seeking support to help a person living with cognitive symptoms.

What makes the Center for Memory Health unique?

Being part of HSL, we have the unique ability to integrate the health care and community support needs of patients, families, and clinicians. Through implementation of evidence-based services, we are establishing a model of care coordination, education, and support that encompasses all parties, settings, and stages of the disease.

Center researchers work with experts around the world to discover new ways to ease the effects of dementia. In collaboration with HSL’s Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research and other institutional partners, we are assess the efficacy of the programs we deliver, as well as develop and evaluate new approaches in the diagnosis and care of seniors with memory loss. Patients have the opportunity to participate in clinical trials if they choose. In addition, our staff is actively involved in training the next generation of clinicians and service providers.

Center for Memory Health Leadership

Gary Epstein-Lubow, M.D., Medical Director of the Center for Memory Health at Hebrew SeniorLife
Dr. Lubow brings nearly 20 years of academic and clinical achievements to his role as medical director of the Center for Memory Health. He is associate professor of psychiatry at Brown University and he previously served for nine years as the assistant unit chief for inpatient geriatric psychiatry at Butler Hospital in Providence, RI. Dr. Lubow was appointed a Visiting Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

Learn More

CMH@hsl.harvard.edu
617-363-8600

Contact the Center for Memory Health:
617-363-8600