The first step in helping an elderly person is identifying the
cause of his or her problem. Confusion, for example, could be
caused by medication, an infection, depression, stroke,
malnutrition, isolation, dehydration, or Alzheimer's disease or
The experts suggest consulting a doctor or group that
specializes in treating the elderly. Some specialists in the St.
Louis area are:
Alexian Brothers Hospital:
Three senior health centers, geriatric psychiatry, arthritis
center. Information: 865-7963, answered by a person from 9 a.m. to
4:30 p.m. weekdays; voice mail other times.
Bethesda General Hospital:
Acute geriatric psychiatric services. All mental illness
including depression and Alzheimer's and other dementias.
Assessments made in hospital, home or nursing home. Appointment or
information: 772-9200, ext. 4425, answered at all times by a
recorded message followed by a person.
DePaul Health Center:
St. Vincent's Division Geriatric Psychiatry Unit. General
geriatric services and dementia diagnosis and treatment.
Information: 344-7224, answered by a person from 7 a.m. to 3:30
p.m. weekdays; answering machine is on at other times.
Incarnate Word Hospital:
Geriatric psychiatry unit; general geriatric services and
dementia diagnosis and treatment. Information: 865-6628, always
answered by a person.
Jewish Hospital Memory Diagnostic Center:
Neurological testing only. Information: 454-5605, answered by a
person from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays; answering machine at other
St. Louis University Geriatrics:
Division of Geriatric Medicine; general geriatric services and
dementia diagnosis and treatment. Information: 577-8462, answered
by a person from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Closed through Jan. 3.
St. Louis University Division of Geriatric Psychiatry:
General geriatric services and dementia and depression
diagnosis and treatment. Information: 577-8726, a person answers
from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays; an answering machine is on at all
SIU Family Practice:
Alzheimer's Program (diagnosis and care for dementia).
Information: 618-233-5480, answered by a person from 8 a.m. to noon
and 1 to 4:30 p.m. weekdays; emergency service all other times.
Washington University School of Medicine Memory & Aging Project:
Diagnosis. Patients who meet research criteria can enroll in
clinical drug trials including social worker's services and regular
monitoring. Information and appointments: 362-2683, a person
answers from 8:30 to 5 p.m. weekdays; an answering machine is on at
all other times.
Many diseases have associations that offer information, support
groups, services and in some cases help with care planning at low
or no cost. Look in the phone book for your needs if not mentioned
Alzheimer's Association, St. Louis Chapter:
Help for Missouri and Illinois families. Information, respite
care, registry for wanderers, support groups for patients and
families, lists of service providers. Information: 432-3422 and
1-800-980-9080, answered by a person from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
weekdays; at other times, a recording gives information for
American Cancer Society, Missouri Division Inc.:
Referral to support groups, information, lists of groups
providing services ranging from air lifts to wigs, transportation
to treatment and some help in getting wigs, turbans, nutritional
supplements and beds. Services: 567-9730, answered by a person
from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, voice mail all other hours;
1-800-227-2345, a person answers from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays,
voice mail at other times.
American Cancer Society, Illinois Division Inc.
Support groups, literature and information, some help in
getting wigs, turbans, beds, transportation to treatment. …