Memory & Aging Clinic

The UNM Memory & Aging Clinic is the only center in New Mexico devoted to the evaluation and management of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias including Lewy body dementia, Parkinson Disease Dementia, Frontotemporal Dementia, Vascular Dementia, and memory loss or cognitive impairment due to several other neurodegenerative disorders. Created in 2016 and currently led by Dr Rawan Tarawneh, MD, Chief of the Cognitive Neurology Section in the Department of Neurology, our center offers the region's most advanced care for cognitive and memory disorders in older adults. Our center also conducts several clinical research trials for AD and related dementias and healthy aging.

Our board-certified neurology team includes:

What to Expect at the First Visit 

During the first visit, we will thoroughly review the patient’s medical history, medications, and any previous testing. We will then perform a detailed neurological exam and assessment of cognitive functions. At the end of the first visit, we will discuss possible diagnoses and order additional testing that may be needed, including imaging and laboratory assessments. After the diagnostic assessment is completed on the first or second visit, we will discuss the treatment plan which may include starting symptomatic treatments to help stabilize memory, improve mood or sleep disturbance, and control behavioral changes.

Please bring the following:

  • A family member who knows the patient well
  • A list of active medications and allergies
  • Please bring copies of prior brain imaging (head CT scans, brain MRIs, brain PET or DAT scans) and any results of prior neuropsychological testing done outside of the UNM system to your first visit. You can also send these to our clinic address before your appointment.

Call (505)-272-1754 to schedule an appointment.