Jun.25.2018 Back to News Feed

GEM Clinic Helping Alzheimer's Patients Maintain Independence

When you think you or a loved one might have Alzheimer's disease it can be a confusing, emotional time. However, conversations about what it means for your family don't have to be complicated. 

Dr. Rebecca Reilly is the medical director of the Methodist Hospital Geriatric Evaluation and Management Clinic.

"They think if they don't have a name for it it might not be real or they are worried whether I'm going to try to put them in a nursing home which is exactly what I try not to do," Dr. Reilly said. 

Most people fear they will lose their independence, but health officials and those with the Alzheimer's Association say it is always their goal for a person to maintain as much independence as possible for as long as possible. 

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