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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.

MEET OUR TEAM

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).

Zoe 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 to neuropathology. 

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 aging. 

 

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 primary clinician. 

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Anna 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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Rush Memory Clinic
600 S. Paulina St.
Armour Academic Center
Suite 130
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: 312-942-3333
Fax: 312-942-4154
Email: Rush_Memory_Clinic@rush.edu
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