Geriatric medicine

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Our approach

The aging process can be associated with sometimes slowly progressive cerebral diseases, which have an effect on mood, as well as mental abilities. Common examples include depression and dementia, including Alzheimer's disease, vascular dementia and frontotemporal lobar degeneration.

Early detection can dramatically improve the quality of life for individuals and families affected by these disorders.

Our offer is directed specifically at older patients (typically those aged 50 years or over) who have noticed a decline in cognitive ability (memory, concentration, attention etc.) or who experience enduring depressive moods.

With many methods we can, at our outpatient clinic ("Memory Clinic"), distinguish if the symptoms may be caused by a cerebral disorder, such as dementia, depression and psychosis, or whether they are the result of a temporary functional disorder such as hyper- or hypothyroidism, malnutrition or medication side effects.

For the memory consultation we have two locations: one in Steglitz on Campus Benjamin Franklin - Hindenburgdamm and the other in Buch on Campus Berlin Buch at ECRC.

Diagnosis and treatment

We have a Geriatric Medicine outpatient Day Clinic at our location in Steglitz. Through the recording of relevant diagnostic examinations a treatment plan is developed. Emphasis in the clinic is on the treatment of depression, but patients with other diagnoses are also welcome.

Our aim isto maintain through medical, psychological and social care quality of life at a normal level for as long as possible. Close co-operation within a multi-disciplinary team (psychiatrists, psychologists, ergotherapists, nurses and social workers) helps to ensure comprehensive diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation.

At both locations you also have the opportunity to participate in clinical studies. As an institution of a university hospital, our goal is to offer therapies according to the latest scientific standards. This includes in particular the conduct of clinical trials. Participation in these is voluntary and does not affect our other diagnostic and therapeutic services.


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