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Memory Care

Mild forgetfulness can be common, but when memory issues become consistent and limit the ability to do everyday tasks, it may be a sign of a more serious condition.

Look to Avera’s memory care programs – offered at Avera St. Benedict Health Center Memory Diagnostic Center in Parkston, SD, and Avera Medical Group Marshall in Marshall, MN – to find out whether a slow and gradual decrease in memory abilities results from the normal aging process or from a condition, such as dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

When to Seek Help for Memory Loss

You may benefit from a memory care program if you or a loved one experiences difficulty in functioning independently and safely with daily activities, such as:

  • Communication
  • Finances
  • Food preparation
  • Managing medications
  • Navigating the community

When you seek care early, you’ll have the help you need to alleviate symptoms and possibly slow the progression of your condition. Helping someone with memory loss can be overwhelming and an isolating experience, but diagnosis can start the path to treatment support.

Expert Diagnosis for Memory Issues

Ease the uncertainty of memory loss when you meet with our expert providers. They use the latest in advanced technology to deliver an accurate and early diagnosis as part of developing the treatment plan that best fits your situation.

Your initial, comprehensive assessment will include:

  • In-depth medical history
  • Cognitive examination
  • Depression screening
  • Functional and sensory exam
  • Targeted physical and laboratory exam
  • Psychological assessment
  • Patient and family education

Comprehensive Memory Care Treatment

After determining the extent and cause of memory deficit, your care team will provide treatment recommendations, such as one of Avera’s counseling, inpatient, outpatient or partial hospital programs. Your recommendations may also include:

  • Medication changes
  • Nutrition consultation with a registered dietitian
  • Referral to community resources for additional support for you and family members
  • Speech, occupational or physical therapy
  • Tools and strategies to help you remain independent as long as possible
  • Home health care support, if needed

Behavioral Health Expertise

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Get Started With a Confidential Assessment

If you suspect a mental health problem, don’t hesitate: call our 24-hour line at 1-800-691-4336 or 605-322-4065.

Everyone should know the warning signs of behavior that can show a developing problem.

Warning signs can include:

  • Acting withdrawn, sad or overly anxious
  • Extreme difficulty interacting with friends and/or siblings
  • Substantial mood swings
  • Persistent drop in school or work performance
  • Change in sleeping and/or eating patterns
  • Increased or persistent use of alcohol or drugs
  • Persistent aggressive behavior
  • Threats to self or others
  • Hallucinations, paranoia or delusion

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