Lakeshore Memory Clinic
The Lakeshore Memory Clinic is a collaboration between Holy Family Memorial and Felician Village, and is an affiliate of the Wisconsin Alzheimer's Institute (WAI) Dementia Diagnostic Clinic Network. This specialty clinic provides proper evaluation, diagnosis, education and management to help ease the challenges of day-to-day care and keep your loved one safe. The clinic is located on the Felician Village campus at 1635 S. 21st Street in Manitowoc, Wisconsin.
As part of Felician Village's Dementia Center of Excellence, the Lakeshore Memory Clinic weaves our commitment to exceed industry standards by delivering quality, compassionate care to those we serve with dementia throughout our campus and community.
When to seek help
As adults age, many notice changes in their memory. For most people, forgetfulness is part of the normal aging process. However, memory changes may be due to reversible medical conditions or they may signal a more serious problem.
The following situations may indicate serious memory problems:
- Memory loss that disrupts daily life
- Difficulty completing familiar tasks
- Confusion with time, place or people
- New problems with words in speaking, writing or repeating
- Misplacing or hiding things
- Withdrawal from activities
- Changes in mood and personality
- Challenges in planning or problem solving
Benefits of a memory evaluation
If you are concerned about your memory or that of a loved one, it is important to have a reliable evaluation. Not everyone who undergoes a memory evaluation has memory problems and that may be reassuring.
If an evaluation shows findings of dementia, determining the cause will be critical for the following reasons:
- The symptoms may be treatable or reversible
- Certain treatments are more effective when started early
- Understanding changes can help avoid other medical issues
- A diagnosis allows you and your family to seek education, find support services, and make informed decisions and plans about your future
What to expect?
A treatment team consisting of a licensed psychologist, family nurse practitioner, and a certified dementia specialist will meet with the patient as well as family members. A family medicine physician is also available on an as needed basis. The initial appointment will take approximately two hours.
The treatment team consists of:
Cameron Goetz, PhD
HFM licensed psychologist
Melissa Koss, FNP, APNP-BC
HFM family nurse practitioner
Connie Thimmig, CDP
Dementia care consultant
Jeffrey Allen, MD
During this visit you will undergo a physical exam, review of your memory, thinking, and problem-solving skills. Staff will ask questions about medications, sleep, health, mood, and ability to perform daily tasks. You may undergo brain imaging scans and blood tests.
After the assessment, memory clinic staff will explain the results at either your appointment or during a follow-up visit. Based on your diagnosis, clinic staff will review options for treatment including medications, healthy lifestyle recommendations and offer information about community support services.
To make an appointment, call (920) 320-8600.