A Personalized Approach for Alzheimer’s

bridging-the-gap-new-alzheimers-screening-knoxvilleThe Bridging the Gap Program is the first step towards a brain healthy lifestyle.

It includes a  personalized approach for improving your brain health, which may delay the onset of  Alzheimer’s.  This program was developed by Dr. John Dougherty, a Practicing Neurologist in Knoxville who follows 3500 Alzheimer’s patients.

This is a Multi-Assessment process that includes an in-home assessment by a Registered Nurse with 30+ years  geriatric psychiatric experience.   We are looking at overall functional status and wellness education to prevent cognitive decline.  The assessment will cover everything from activities of daily living, medical history, risk factors, nutrition and exercise.

By taking your answers to create a personalized plan of action to target specific areas of your brain, you will establish a baseline for us to monitor and adapt the plan accordingly.

Early screening allows you to maximize your cognitive abilities, address any underlying physical health issues, and if necessary start treatments early when they are most effective.

Just like one goes to their Doctor for a mammogram, prostate, vision or hearing test, you need to make it a priority to assess your brain health annually.  It may take several months to get an appointment with a specialist. The Bridging the Gap program allows you to start on the path for a healthy brain lifestyle.


This Program Includes:

  • In-Home Assessment that includes the Cogself Test (screens by 6 cognitive domains)
  • Full Functional Assessment that includes memory, instrumental ADLs, past & present illnesses, driving questionnaire, mood evaluation and home safety.
  • Registered Dietitian with many years of experience.
  • A comprehensive report on your results
  • Communication with your Primary Care Provider
  • A copy of the Better Brain Health Book
  • Recommendations on Nutrition and Exercise
  • Results & Follow Up
Benefits of starting this program early include:  Increased Communication with Family and Caregiver, Manage and treat behavioral problems, Early discussion regarding Health Care, Financial or Legal Implications, Monitor Driving, Eating & Finances.

If you would like more information, Please contact East Tennessee Personal Care Services at:  865-692-2200 or by completing the form HERE

Bridging the Gap Team

Jill Beason, RN, MSN

Andrew Dougherty, MBA, BSM

Teresa McCusker, RD