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Overview

The Memory Disorders Unit and the Frontotemporal Disorders Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital are tertiary care outpatient clinics located on the eighth floor of the Wang Ambulatory Care Center (WACC) of the hospital. We have several specialized services: the Memory Disorders Unit (MDU), the Frontotemporal Disorders Unit (FTD), the Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus clinic, and the Lewy body Dementia clinic. Each unit’s clinical staff consists of board-certified neurologists, geriatric psychiatrists, nurses and social work resource specialists who are fluent in a variety of languages, including French, Hebrew, Italian and Spanish. Complimentary translation and interpretation services in a variety of languages – including sign language – are provided by trained and certified personnel of the Mass General Medical Interpreter Services at all times.

Patients of the Units are treated with compassionate, courteous and professional care throughout their diagnostic, consultation and follow-up treatment visits. We require that all patients attend their appointments with a close family member or an individual who can provide reliable information about them. The services that we provide include:

  • Comprehensive medical and neurologic assessment, diagnosis and follow-up on pharmacological interventions for dementia symptoms
  • Psychiatric evaluation, monitoring and referral to specialists on an “as-needed” basis
  • Referral to the Mass General Psychology Assessment Center for neuropsychological examinations and follow-up evaluations
  • Referral to the Mass General Genetics Program for genetic counseling for rare cases of inherited memory disorders
  • Support groups and social service consultations for family members and caregivers
  • Participation in cutting-edge clinical trials and observational studies conducted by the Massachusetts Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center
  • Coordination with the Mass General International Patient Center for patients from other countries who seek medical care at Mass General
What to Expect at Your Appointment

Mass General Brigham Statement on the Use of Aducanumab for Patients

After careful deliberation and review, Mass General Brigham has decided that it will not provide aducanumab (Aduhelm™) for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease at this time. Like all other drugs used within Mass General Brigham, aducanumab was subject to evaluation by the Mass General Brigham Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, a multidisciplinary panel of experts from across the academic health system, that serves as decision-making body to Mass General Brigham on formulary management. The evaluation included a thorough review of clinical, economic, and operational considerations. This decision was based on the current data regarding aducanumab’s safety and efficacy. We understand that this may be difficult news for some of our patients. However, we fully support continued evaluation of this medication and should new data become available we will re-evaluate this decision. 

Learn more about aducanumab

Research

Our clinician-scientists are at the forefront of cutting-edge research in the neurodegenerative diseases, and partner with our patients and research participants in order to discover effective treatments for Alzheimer’s disease and related forms of dementia. Please visit MADRC.org to learn more about our current research opportunities, or call 617-643-5200 to find out how to join us in the fight against these brain diseases.

Study of Memory and Aging

Estamos buscando adultos mayores de 65 años para participar en nuestro estudio para entender cómo se desarrolla la pérdida de memoria en el cerebro humano. Aprende más.

We're recruiting Spanish-speaking adults over 65 to participate in our study to understand how memory loss develops in the human brain. Learn more.

 

MADRC Resources

The MADRC leads cutting-edge research and provides resources to professionals, people with dementia and their families. Disponible en Español.

Events

Events

Upcoming events at the MADRC.

Join a Research Study

Join a Research Study

Participate in research to help us understand, prevent and cure memory disorders.

Patient & Caregiver Resources

Patient & Caregiver Resources

Resources and support services for people with AD and their families.

Brain Health

Brain Health

A guide to maintaining brain health and preventing memory disorders before they start.

Road Map to Prevention

Road Map to Prevention

This booklet covers how we age over time and what you can do to prevent Alzheimer's.

Road Map to Diagnosis

Road Map to Diagnosis

A guide to understanding the difference between dementia and normal aging or forgetfulness

Road Map to Caregiving

Road Map to Caregiving

A guide to help caregivers support both themselves and those for whom they are caring.

Road Map to Research Participation

Road Map to Research Participation

You can help find treatments or a cure for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

Road Map to Behavior Management

Road Map to Behavior Management

Develop a plan to support your loved one with behavioral symptoms associated with AD.

Road Map to Social Engagement

Road Map to Social Engagement

Staying socially engaged can help protect against cognitive decline.


Patient Resources

You may also find the following resources from other groups helpful.

What Is Dementia?

What Is Dementia?

Information from the Alzheimer’s Association

Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Details about Alzheimer’s and dementia from the Alzheimer's Association

FTD Disorders

FTD Disorders

Information from the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration

What Is Lewy Body Dementia?

What Is Lewy Body Dementia?

Information from the Lewy Body Dementia Association

What Is Vascular Dementia?

What Is Vascular Dementia?

Vascular dementia details from the Alzheimer's Association

¿Qué es la demencia?

¿Qué es la demencia?

Información de la Alzheimer’s Association

¿Qué es el Alzheimer?

¿Qué es el Alzheimer?

Información de la Alzheimer’s Association

Sobre Demencia Frontotemporal

Sobre Demencia Frontotemporal

Descripción de la enfermedad, de la Asociación de Demencia Frontotemporal