How We Treat Dementia

With the right care a dementia patient can slow their progression of dementia and have more life to live. 

How we treat dementia

We’ve seen it too many times

We’ve seen too many families receive a dementia diagnosis and then hear, “There’s nothing we can do, come back in a year”. A loved one receives the dementia diagnosis, but the family and patient receives no direction on what to do next. No suggestions for dementia-related services provided. The family and patient feels helpless and struggles to find hope. 

A better way

We believe that collaborating with a patient, their family and their dementia clinician can slow progression of dementia symptoms leading to more life to live. We start with a thorough dementia risk assessment and evaluation in our office, then formulate a diagnosis and management plan. A patient’s referring primary care or specialty clinician remains in charge of their care, but we partner with them to provide a more thorough and successful management. Through personalized recommendations for diet, exercise, sleep, relaxation, personal connection, health habits, and therapeutics can be effective in slowing progression.

Tracking a patient’s progress

We offer patients regular follow up in collaboration with their primary clinician and dementia services providers. And, we provide caregivers and families educational sessions and prevention strategies to help them partner in their loved ones progress.

Group of young doctor during home visit senior people

Initial consultation and ongoing personalized care

Intake (Scheduled appointment time 2 hours)

Our certified staff will start by getting to know the patient, asking them questions—preferably with a loved one / caregiver present. We review their current symptoms and their Dementia Risk Assessment results. We conduct cognitive and other screenings. 

Chart Review

The clinician will review all medical information from the intake and other providers either electronically or on paper.

Evaluation/Care Plan (Scheduled appointment time 2 hours)

The clinician will start by getting to know the patient, asking them several questions – preferably with a loved one or caregiver present. The patient’s current symptoms and any issues, caregiving status, medications, and results from the Intake will be reviewed. Additional screenings and a brief physical exam will be performed. Our certified staff will create a care plan that outlines our findings, patient goals, and recommended steps. Recommendations for additional tests or referrals for specific care may be suggested. 

Ongoing Care

Our staff may contact the patient in person or by phone approximately four or more times per year. Onsite and outreach education will be offered for caregivers, friends, and families.

Appointments Required

Dementia Prevention Consultations are available to current and new Dementia Resource Center Clinic patients and their caregivers. Are you concerned about dementia for you or a loved one? Call our Dementia Resource Center Clinic and book an appointment.

Central MN Dementia Community Action Network

3701 12th Street North, Suite 103
St. Cloud, MN 56303

Call: (320) 640-6726
Fax: (320) 774-1238
Email: contact@dcan-mn.org
Hours: by appointment only

All content on this website is intended to be informational only and does not create a patient-client relationship and does not intend to constitute medical advice.