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University of North Carolina Wilmington
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Wilmington , North Carolina 28403
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  • Ph.D. , Clinical Psychology
    Arizona State University
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News Brief, 20 June 2004 [cached]
This is normal, but at some point it could indicate the early stages of a real problem," said Len Lecci, a clinical psychologist and associate professor of psychology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.
However, Lecci noted that most family doctors aren't trained to detect memory loss in their patients.This is supported by the most recent Surgeon General report which showed that fewer than 3 percent of cases with mild to moderate dementia and less than 25 percent of those with severe dementia are detected by their physicians.
"Your odds are almost like winning a lottery if early signs of memory loss are noticed by a family physician," Lecci said.
Lecci explained that the only way to determine if memory is declining is by doing a baseline assessment and taking follow-up tests.He compared it to tracking a hurricane - measuring more than once is the only way to document movement (change) and the more points of reference one has the better one can project the future track it will take.
Lecci also pointed out that a particular challenge is detecting memory problems in people who start out with above-average memory.
"It's when your memory is fine," Lecci emphasized.Early assessment is critical because medications are available to prevent further memory loss, but nothing is available to recover memory once it is lost.
"There are centers, and doctors, who do memory assessments or work with people already suffering severe memory loss.But the goal of MARS is to target a different group; those who do not currently think they have a memory problem," Lecci said.
"The idea of a regular memory check-up may sound new now, but that would have been the case for mammograms or prostate exams years ago," Lecci said.
Lecci agreed.
Dr. Len Lecci is the ..., 1 Jan 2008 [cached]
Dr. Len Lecci is the clinical director of MARS and a psychology professor at UNC Wilmington.He and other UNCW professors started the program in hopes of helping the community.It turned out, people from all across the country wanted to take advantage of the services.
"What were trying to do is detect it when it's still considered a mild cognitive impairment," said Lecci.
Here's how it works.A person can get their first mental check up when they are in their mid 50's.A year later, they get checked again to see if there is any memory loss.
Lecci said, "If we can detect a change at that point, then what we do is refer to their physician."
MARS doctors then recommend treatments to the patients' primary care physician.The most common treatment is medication.
"They protect the neuron from the plaque that occurs with things like Alzheimer's and dementia," said Lecci.
"What we are basically doing is making it so the symptoms don't present themselves in a severe enough way prior to your life expectancy," said Lecci.
Len Lecci in an event to ..., 1 Aug 2013 [cached]
Len Lecci in an event to educate seniors and caregivers on the most common forms of dementia.
Lecci, director of clinical services at MARS Memory Health Network, will discuss Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease and vascular dementia, as well as how to detect the early warning signs in order to play a more active role in identification.  Lecci will also discuss various new and emerging treatments of these diseases that will provide information regarding multiple options for treatment.
Memory Assessment and Research Services, 29 Nov 2007 [cached]
Dr. Len LecciMemory Assessment and Research Services
Len Lecci, PhD
Dr. Lecci is a licensed Clinical Psychologist who specializes in psychological assessment.He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 1995 from Arizona State University.Dr. Lecci has received awards from the National Science Foundation, has served as an advisor to Congress, and is on the editorial board of a major scholarly journal.
Dr. Len Lecci
Memory Assessment and Research Services, 7 Mar 2011 [cached]
MARS was formed by Dr. Julian Keith, Dr. Len Lecci, and Dr. Dale Cohen.
Dr. Lecci is a clinical psychologist who specializes in psychological assessment. Dr. Lecci provides the expertise necessary to identify and detect memory disorders using the best assessments available.
Dr. Len Lecci
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