When present, subjective memory difficulties are often of great concern to individuals and their families. Difficulties may interfere with work, management of daily activities (e.g. financial management), leisure pursuits, and personal relationships. Memory and other cognitive difficulties may occur for a variety of reasons. There are many illnesses that affect the brain’s ability to form and maintain new memories. Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, Lyme disease, normal pressure hydrocephalus, are just some of the diseases that are associated with cognitive change. However, subjective memory difficulties are often due to factors other than brain disease. General medical conditions, medication effects, stress, psychiatric illness, sleep disturbance, and pain are just some of the factors that may cause changes to an individual’s ability to think well. The neuropsychological evaluation is the only objective method that allows for the measurement of current cognitive functions as well as the ability to distinguish between cognitive difficulties directly attributable to neurological dysfunction from changes due to non-neurological factors.
A typical evaluation involves a clinical interview, possible discussion with family member/spouse, review of available medical records, and neuropsychological testing with the patient. The measures administered are uniquely chosen to best answer the referral question and understand the patient’s cognitive concerns.
The administrative staff at Long Island Neuropsychological Services, PLLC will review your insurance and assist in determining whether or not you are eligible for reimbursement from your insurance carrier. However, LINS is not a participating provider for any insurance company. Instead, when covered by insurance, services are provided under out of network benefits.