Since 1985, the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center (RADC) has
provided services to more than 15,000 Alzheimer’s patients and their families
through the Rush Memory Clinic.
The Rush Memory Clinic offers a thorough neurological
and psychological evaluation for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. The
comprehensive evaluation lasts approximately three hours and consists of a
standardized battery of cognitive tests as well as a consultation with a
physician who specializes in the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease and other
cognitive disorders. Family members often take the initiative to arrange for an evaluation.
Our clinical team consists of geriatricians,
neurologists, neuropsychologists and advanced practice nurses. They do not
offer primary care, but they do encourage close communication with your primary
care provider. Referrals are not needed from your primary care provider,
although prior approval is required if you are enrolled in an HMO (health
maintenance organization) or other insurance plan.
The Memory Clinic staff work closely with families to guide them in their
decisions about the care of a loved one with dementia, including decisions
about care in the home and other living arrangements.
Neelum T Aggarwal, MD is a board certified Neurologist with
clinical expertise in Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Her clinical interests lie in the diagnosis
and clinical management of persons with all types of dementia including Alzheimer’s,
Lewy body, fronto-temporal and vascular dementias. She is involved in nationally and
industry funded clinical trials.
Danielle Arends, RN, MSN, APN is a certified gerontological
nurse practitioner with over 15 years of experience working with older
adults. She received her master’s degree in gerontological nursing and completed requirements for her nurse practitioner certification from Rush University. She provides comprehensive follow up care for patients with dementia and their families and is a member of the Chicago Gerontological
Advanced Practice Nurses (CGAPN) and the Gerontological Advanced Practice
Nurses Association (GAPNA).
Arvanitakis, MD, MS is a cognitive neurologist with particular interest in
dementia caused by different types of brain degeneration (Alzheimer’s disease
and fronto-temporal dementia) and by vascular disease (stroke). She is a clinician-scientist who teaches, conducts research on neurological aspects of
aging and provides care for patients with memory and
other cognitive or behavioral problems.
Debra Fleischman, PhD is a senior neuropsychologist at the
Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center. She is
internationally known for her research in the cognitive neuroscience of implicit
memory. Fleischman has published widely in the
areas of aging, Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, parkinsonism, and
functional disability, and has employed a range of techniques from neuroimaging
Julie Schneider, MD, MS is a board certified neurologist and
neuropathologist with clinical expertise in Alzheimer’s disease and
dementia. Her clinical interests include
the diagnosis and treatment of age-related cognitive impairments and the post
mortem neuropathologic diagnosis of dementias.
She is active in longitudinal epidemiologic studies including the Rush
Religious Orders Study and the Memory and Aging Project.
Raj C Shah, MD is board certified in geriatrics and family
medicine. He is the medical director for
the Memory Clinic, where he evaluates and treats individuals with memory
loss. He is also a principal
investigator for clinical trials in Alzheimer’s disease and he provides
physician support to ongoing longitudinal research projects on memory and
Rita Shapiro, DO, FACP, FAAN is board certified in
neurology, geriatrics and internal medicine with over 25 years of experience in
neuro-cognitive disorders. She is
committed to providing high quality, compassionate care to best meet the needs
of patients and their families. She
believes in a holistic approach to medical care in collaboration with the
Treinkman, RN, MSN, APN is a certified gerontological nurse practitioner with
over 25 years experience working with older adults. She received her master’s degree in gerontological nursing from Loyola University and completed requirements for her nurse practitioner certification from Rush University. She provides comprehensive follow up care for
patients with dementia and their families. Treinkman is a member of the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses
Association (GAPNA), the Chicago Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses
(CGAPN), the American College of Nurse Practitioners (ACNP) and the Illinois
Society for Advanced Practice Nursing (ISAPN).
She is a past President of GAPNA and CGAPN.
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Our office is open from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through
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Parking is available in the garage at the southeast corner of Harrison and Paulina Streets. Valet parking is available at the Professional Building, Tower and Bowman Center. Please be aware that you will pay the full price for valet services. If mobility is a problem, you may pull up in front of the clinic and bring the patient into the clinic before parking the car.
The Rush campus is conveniently located just west of downtown Chicago and is easily accessible from I-290 off of Ashland Avenue or the Chicago Transit Authority’s Blue line (Illinois Medical District stop) or Pink line (Polk stop).
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We accept many managed care and private health insurance plans, as well as government-sponsored programs.
If you are a new patient, please complete the New Patient
Forms and bring them to your visit.
Insurance registration must be completed. This is done over the phone by calling (312)
563-4848 at some time before your visit.
Be prepared to provide your current insurance information.
If you need to be tested in any other language than English,
please call as soon as possible to make arrangements for an interpreter. We
cannot use family members to interpret for patients.
Arrive in the clinic 20 minutes prior to the visit. Due to the length (approx. 3 hours for new
patients) and complexity of the visit, prompt arrival is important. If this is your first visit to Rush, please
allow for extra time as Rush University Medical Center is a large and busy
We ask that you not come to the appointment alone. Please bring a trusted family member or
friend with you to assist with your appointment.
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