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Connections for Memory Loss

New phone line recommends resources to patients

issue 15 | Spring 2012

It can be hard for patients with diagnoses that affect memory to get accurate information about their conditions and find resources to help them cope. That's why the U-M Health System has established a new phone line that connects patients and their families, friends and physicians to memory loss and dementia services.

"We need to do a better job of helping our patients and families find their way," says Henry Paulson, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Michigan Alzheimer's Disease Center and professor of neurology at the U-M Medical School. "We don't want patients, their families and friends to spend a lot of time on routes that don't lead to answers. The new call center is a great start to solving that problem."

The U-M Memory Connection is a one-stop resource to learn about and connect to U-M memory loss and dementia services in an easy, non-stressful way. Calls are answered by experts in conditions such as mild cognitive impairment, Alzheimer's disease, Lewy Body disease, frontotemporal dementia and vascular dementia. They offer advice and information about multiple clinics and departments at U-M, including the Cognitive Disorders Clinic, Geriatric Psychiatry, Neuropsychology, Pharmacology and the Turner Geriatric Clinic.

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