Sponsored Content:Dr. Alan Siegal is all about communication.That\u2019s why he\u2019s determined to work with his patient\u2019s primary care doctors and other specialists \u2014 and their families \u2014 to formulate a memory care plan that helps seniors suffering from cognitive disorders, such as memory loss or depression.\u201cThe goal is a change in behavior,\u201d said Dr. Siegal, who has partnered with the Greens at Cannondale and Wilton Meadows Rehabilitation and Health Care Center to establish a Geriatric Assessment Center. The center offers comprehensive care to seniors with cognitive, memory and emotional problems. \u201cA lot of the time it\u2019s a lack of interest in other people \u2014 social isolation,\u201d he said. \u201cI hear a lot from concerned sons and daughters who have parents that are acting confused or detached. It\u2019s a very bad dose of reality and it\u2019s very hard but there\u2019s always something we can do to make it easier.\u201dDr. Siegal, who has a background in geriatric psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine, believes the campus that the Greens at Cannondale and Wilton Meadows share on Danbury Road in Wilton is the perfect location for his center.The process begins with an evaluation to determine memory impairment, dementia, anxiety or depression.\u201cSometimes it\u2019s a combination of memory functioning and depression,\u201d said Dr. Siegal, who has been treating residents of the Greens at Cannondale for the past four years \u2014 and now serves both buildings.The center, which is founded upon the belief that every individual is both unique and complex, works with patients to promote, support and enhance their ability to achieve and maintain maximum independence and quality of life.They achieve this through clinical services such as individual or group therapy, medication management, competency assessment, and family counseling.This is where communication can be the key that unlocks an unforeseen solution.\u201cThe Baby Boomers feel quite comfortable talking about their problems and what they\u2019re feeling \u2014 it\u2019s easier for them, but it\u2019s a struggle for their parents,\u201d he said. \u201cToo many say, \u2018I\u2019m fine,\u2019 and they\u2019re not worried.\u201dIt\u2019s not the only place where transparency is a concern.\u201cThe biggest frustration in our field is that doctors don\u2019t talk to one another, and that\u2019s why we work with our patients primary care doctors and their specialists,\u201d Dr. Siegal said. \u201cIt\u2019s very important that every doctor in their life knows the medication, and knows the diagnosis...\u201cUnfortunately, we\u2019re not at the point as a society where cognitive screenings are normal at primary care offices \u2014 and it\u2019s not their fault.\u201dThe final step \u2014 education and training services \u2014 can be the most challenging.\u201cHow do they get needs met without someone acting as their advocate?\u201d asked Dr. Siegal.\u201cThe days of being watched after by a village are long gone,\u201d he said. \u201cBut we want to facilitate that process, and make their lives easier. We see patients as long as they need our services.\u201dFor more information, contact Senior Executive Director Ron Bucci at 203-761-1191 ext. 11 or email@example.com.