The Leenaards Memory Centre - CHUV (CLM), in coordination with the memory centers of the Canton of Vaud, offers appraisals to people complaining of symptoms related to memory, appraisals that allow the identification of the nature of these symptoms. The memory problems can be explained by depression, anxiety or reflect diseases gradually affecting the brain, such as Alzheimer's disease.
The appraisals consist of assessments of memory capacity and of the psychological and physical state of the patient as well as of additional tests such as MRI of the brain. These evaluations are performed by different specialists working together: geriatricians, neurologists, neuropsychologists, psychiatrists, and other healthcare professionals (nurses, social assistants).
The multiplicity of causes and symptoms of these diseases justifies a diverse therapeutic approach.
There is no known cure to diseases such as Alzheimer's disease. However, many actions can alleviate the symptoms. These include medication and therapy sessions which aim to improve mood and the attention capacity of the patient and to maintain as much as possible intellectual abilities still intact. In addition, taking a more comprehensive geriatric care can treat or prevent problems with mobility (walking and driving autonomy), thanks to the collaboration with the Service of Geriatrics and Geriatric Rehabilitation.
Very often behavioral and psychiatric symptoms of dementia are a major problem for the patient, their families and caregivers, as well as having an impact on society as a whole. They may nevertheless be treated and are more easily cured than other symptoms or dementia syndromes. Treatment helps relieve the suffering of those affected, through collaboration with the University Service of Advanced Age Psychiatry (SUPAA).
In addition, the CLM takes part in highly active clinical research to validate new therapeutic approaches.
The Leenaards Memory Centre collaborates with the Social Music School of Lausanne (sponsored in particular by Delta health network) which is offering rhythm classes for seniors and discovery workshops.
More information: the benefits of rhythmic Jacques-Dalcroze for seniors
The Centre also provides support to families and individuals helping the patients. This includes specific psychological support, practical advice and establishing contact with health professionals and institutions (such as medical-social centers) that may be able to assist daily at home.
Psychological consultations for caregivers are made in collaboration with the University Service of Advanced Age Psychiatry.
These consultations are part of the cantonal network of caregivers. See the brochure (in French).
The Alzheimer's Association Vaud is also present at CLM to provide you with all the information you need.