In 2016, Glens Falls Hospital received the designation as a Center of Excellence for Alzheimer’s Disease by the New York State Department of Health, and was awarded $2.1 million in state funding over a five year period. It is one of ten such centers in the entire state. The Center of Excellence at Glens Falls Hospital offers an interdisciplinary approach to diagnosing and managing Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias. Our team is comprised of specialists who are trained to assess patients affected by cognitive decline, and offers a care management component to support the patient and caregiver when a diagnosis is made. The mission of the Center of Excellence is to promote earlier diagnosis, support patients and caregivers, act as a conduit to community resources, and serve as a leader in education for providers, patients and families.
Our Interdisciplinary Approach
Patients and families can obtain multiple services in one location at the Pruyn Pavilion at Glens Falls Hospital .
There is an array of services available at the Center of Excellence -these can include:
- An initial consult with Neurology
- An in-depth Neuropsychological assessment to determine state of memory, language and cognition
- Where necessary, an evaluation by a Geriatric Psychiatrist to differentiate the diagnosis, help manage co-morbid behaviors common in dementias, and offer recommendations on items such as medication management or non-pharmacologic strategies
- A Care Planning meeting for patients and families to formulate short and long-term priorities, as well as referrals to community resources
- Education for clinicians, patients and caregivers in our region
What to Expect
Patients should be accompanied by a trusted informant-this is a person who knows the patient well or, provides care to the patient. The informant has an important role as they will assist in providing history and background of the patient’s symptoms. Please anticipate being at the appointment for at least 1 hour.
The office recommends that the following be faxed to the office in advance of the appointment:
- Relevant medical notes
- Imaging and laboratory results
The patient can expect a full neurological workup as well as brief, cognitive assessments. These are “paper and pencil” tests to assess the patient’s cognition. Please be prepared to engage in these assessments by bringing appropriate eye wear, hearing aids etc.…
Depending on the individual’s need, additional visits to other areas of the program might be warranted. These include Neuropsychology, Geriatric Psychiatry or laboratory testing and imaging studies. The Neurology office will work with you to determine the best, diagnostic strategy. The physician will review their findings with the patient and family/caregiver.
Embedded in the program is a Care Manager who meets with patients and families to discuss priorities and to provide framework on what to expect, recommended next steps, and available resources.
After a diagnosis is made, the Center of Excellence will partner with the patient and family to provide support and help to manage the disease.
Making an Appointment or Referral
Appointments can be made by physician referral or directly by patients and family members by calling 518-926-2940.
Education and Training
If you are interested in receiving additional information about provider education and training, please contact Heather O’ Connor at firstname.lastname@example.org.