The Barbara and Maurice Deane Center for Wellness and Cognitive Health

Be it challenges with remembering things, finding words or changes in behavior and mood, each person with cognitive or behavioral concerns has their own set of medical and environmental circumstances. The Barbara and Maurice Deane Center for Wellness and Cognitive Health treats each patient individually, with a team of internationally recognized neurologists, neuropsychologists, nurses, social workers and neuroscientists working together to personalize the best treatment plan for you.

Through our extensive evaluation process, we carefully assess your condition then create a coordinated management plan that relies on the newest available therapies. We offer compassionate and empathic treatment for the full range of cognitive disorders, including dementias such as Alzheimer’s disease, where we work with both those affected by the dementia and their loved ones to develop a personalized care plan. We also provide treatments for cognitive symptoms related to other conditions like epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, and multiple sclerosis. With such skilled care to offer, we are one of five medical centers in the country selected as part of the Neurological Care Program for retired National Football League players.

Through our collaborations with Mount Sinai research centers such as the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, we give our patients access to the newest and most promising therapies in the form of clinical trials. As part of the Friedman Brain Institute, we are active in research programs seeking to discover the underlying causes of cognitive and related neuropsychiatric disorders.

Our commitment to science and patient care allows us to provide our patients and their loved ones with the best available therapies. We provide expert guidance through the journey of navigating cognitive and behavioral brain conditions.

Conditions We Treat

The Deane Center is comprised of a group of neurologists, neuropsychologists, nurses and social workers who evaluate and care for people with concerns about cognition, such as memory, language and thinking difficulties, or about behavior, such as disinhibition, loss of empathy and apathy.

Several conditions that manifest as cognitive or behavioral changes include but are not restricted to the following:

  • Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)
  • Dementia secondary to Alzheimer’s disease (AD)
  • Dementia secondary to Vascular Disease (VD)
  • Dementia with Lewy Body Disease (DLB)
  • Parkinson’s Disease Dementia (PDD)
  • Posterior Cortical Atrophy
  • Behavioral variant of Frontotemporal Dementia (bvFTD)
  • Primary Progressive Aphasia (PPA), including non-fluent variant, semantic variant and logopenic variant
  • Corticobasal Syndrome (CBS)
  • Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP)
  • Chronic traumatic encephalopathy
  • Early onset dementia

Neurological Examination

At your initial visit to the Deane Center, you can expect to receive a comprehensive neurological examination which will include a thorough review of your medical history, social history and detailed descriptions of cognitive complaints, and changes in behavior, if any. We ask you to bring a family member or a close friend to your appointment to help describe symptoms and provide support. The doctor may do a cognitive testing to assess memory, language, visual processing and other symptoms related to your thinking. The doctor will also perform a full neurological examination which includes checking your strength, sensations, walking and reflexes.

The doctor may discuss preliminary findings and may order additional tests that are required in order to complete the evaluation. For example, the doctor may request that you complete a neuropsychological evaluation to obtain bloodwork and/or a brain scan. Once your doctor confirms your diagnosis, he/she will go over it with you and design a personalized treatment plan.