Clinical Research: Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Clinical Research Alzheimer’s Support

When you or a loved one live with a progressive or chronic condition like Alzheimer’s or dementia, the right resources can make all the difference. As part of our mission, the Clinical Research team aims to help patients and their families find support when most needed.

Y(our) Alzheimer’s Journey: A Support Group for Caregivers

Are you a caregiver for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease? Does your role leave you feeling Isolated? Could you use more support – or a social outlet? Remember – you’re not alone.

Join Y(our) Alzheimer’s Journey, a free caregiver support group led by Stormont Vail Clinical Research Neurology Department team members. In each session, you’ll connect with others who share your experiences, learn effective coping strategies, find new resources, and more.

Meetings occur on the third Monday of each month from 4 – 5 p.m. in the Stormont Vail Topeka Campus Hospital Pozez Education Center Centennial Rooms. For more information, call (785) 368-0795.

Is it Forgetfulness, or Something Else?

Free Memory Screenings for Adults Over 50

Are you concerned about memory loss in yourself or a loved one? Early detection is key to managing symptoms and progression of Alzheimer’s disease. Memory screenings are not a diagnostic assessment – further testing may be needed based on the results. However, they offer an initial baseline to track changes in memory and other symptoms over time – Call (785) 368-0744 to schedule.

  • Self-referrals welcome
  • Available to anyone in the community
  • This 30-point test takes about 30-45 minutes
  • Chance to participate in clinical research depending on scoring results
  • 1-2 week waiting period (based on interest and coordinator availability)

Memory loss is a common warning sign of Alzheimer’s, but it’s not the only one. Talk to a doctor if you or a loved one experience these symptoms in addition to memory loss:

  • Dizziness
  • Constipation
  • Visual hallucinations
  • Reduced ability to smell
  • REM sleep disturbances