Dr. Gorman specializes in the evaluation and diagnosis of memory disorders and dementia, including Mild Cognitive Impairment, Alzheimer’s Disease, Vascular Dementia, Parkinson’s Disease, Lewy Body Dementia, Frontal Lobe Dementia, or normal age-related changes. Dr. Gorman employs a comprehensive approach to assessing cognitive abilities, including memory, attention, language, visuospatial abilities, and executive functions. She spends time talking with the patient, family members, and doctors, in order to get a complete picture of their symptoms and relevant medical history. She provides a compassionate and understanding environment to help ease the anxiety around age-related memory changes.
The process of testing and diagnosis for memory disorders and dementia involves a thorough evaluation of an individual’s medical history, psychiatric history, educational and occupational history, cognitive symptoms, activities of daily living and performance on standardized assessments. The goal is to identify the underlying causes of memory impairment, differentiate different types of dementia, and determine the most appropriate diagnosis and treatment recommendations.
A neuropsychological evaluation can help clinicians make an accurate diagnosis. Many types of dementia can present with similar symptoms, and it can be challenging to distinguish between them. Early and accurate diagnosis allows for timely interventions, treatment planning, and the opportunity to maximize an individual’s quality of life. It enables us to identify reversible causes of memory impairment that can be treated. Additionally, a proper diagnosis provides individuals and their families with a clearer understanding of the condition, allowing them to access support services and plan for their future.
Possible outcomes of a neuropsychological evaluation for memory disorders and dementia vary depending on the individual’s specific situation. If a particular diagnosis is identified, these results can be used to guide medication management, lifestyle modifications, cognitive rehabilitation, mental health support, participation in clinical research trials, or support services to optimize functioning and enhance quality of life. Results of an evaluation may support the need for disability or a leave of absence from work. Regardless of whether a specific diagnosis is identified, results of a neuropsychological evaluation can provide a baseline against which to track cognitive functioning over time.
The process of neuropsychological evaluation for memory disorders and dementia is crucial in identifying the underlying causes of cognitive impairment and providing tailored interventions. As a board-certified neuropsychologist, Dr. Gorman is dedicated to utilizing evidence-based assessments to help individuals and their families navigate the challenges associated with memory disorders, promoting early diagnosis, intervention, and personalized care.
Dr. Gorman is a Medicare provider and is passionate about providing care to the aging population.
Dr. Gorman provides evaluation services that empower individuals with learning disorders to overcome challenges, reach their full potential, and thrive in academic and personal endeavors.