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Memory & Aging Clinic

About the clinic

What to expect

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Research opportunities

About the Clinic

The SIU Memory and Aging Clinic provides complete memory and cognitive assessment, treatment, education, referral and counseling services to patients and their families.  Ongoing research and teaching activities complement our clinical services, allowing us to provide the latest and most optimal medical care in the region.  

What to Expect

The SIU Memory and Aging Clinic evaluation may include:

  • Physical and neurological examination
  • Psychosocial evaluation
  • Evaluation of possible medication toxicity or drug interaction
  • Medical and social history
  • Diagnostic testing, including laboratory tests, a brain scan (CT or MRI) and /or neuropsychological testing as indicated.  PET scan, EEG and CSF exam may be recommended in certain cases.

Your First Appointment

As a new patient in the Memory and Aging Clinic in the SIU Clinics Building, you will be greeted at the reception desk.  Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment to complete the registration process. Bring the following with you

  1. Photo ID
  2. Insurance card & address of insurance carrier.
  3. The SIU questionnaire (sent via mail prior to appointment).
  4. Managed care referral, if applicable. 
  5. Accurate list of medications, or bring the actual medication bottles.
  6. Co-pay, if applicable.

In addition you may be asked to bring medical records, x-rays or laboratory reports.  If applicable, please make sure you bring these with you so your clinician can fully evaluate your medical history and condition.

Residents, Fellows and Medical Students

Because we are part of an academic medical center, you may be seen by a medical student, resident or fellow who is supervised by a faculty physician or health care professional, in addition to being seen by a physician or nurse practitioner.  Students are college graduates in their third or fourth year of medical school training.  A resident or fellow is a medical school graduate, and a licensed physician in the state of Illinois, who is pursuing advanced training.

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Office Hours

Office hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.  A physician is available 24 hours a day for emergencies and may be reached before and after hours by calling the answering service at 217.545.8000.


Appointments may be made by patients, families or referring clinicians by calling the clinic (217.545.8417).  If you are unable to keep an appointment, 24 hour advance notification is requested.

Payment, Billing & Insurance

We ask for payment, including insurance copayments, at the time of service, unless you are covered by Medicare, IDPA, Worker’s Compensation, or a special agency.  Cash, checks, VISA and MasterCard are accepted. If your insurance carrier requires a referral (such as managed care plans), please make sure to obtain one from your primary care clinician prior to your appointment. As a service to our patients, we will file all insurance claims for you.  If applicable, please bring the address of your insurance carrier with you to your appointment. 


We welcome calls from established patients concerning medication or health related matters. Calls will be returned as soon as a response from the treating clinician is received.  Please allow 24-48 hours for routine return calls.  Calls regarding urgent medical issues will be returned as soon as possible.

Prescription Refills

Refills at a Pharmacy:  Please ask your pharmacy to fax your prescription refill request to 217-545-4282.

Refills via Mail Order:  Phone the Clinic (217-545-8000) to place your prescription refill request.

Research opportunities

As part of SIU School of Medicine, the Memory and Aging Clinic participates in important clinical and psychosocial research studies, including clinical drug trials.  Each research study has its own set of unique criteria that a patient must meet in order to participate.  For example, a study may seek participants in a particular age range, who are diagnosed with a particular disorder.  Participation in a research study is always entirely voluntary.