For People With Memory Loss & Dementia
The Memory Clinic is a specialized service for people with memory loss and dementia. Diagnosis and intervention is provided for people concerned about changes in their memory or the memory of someone they care about.
The Memory Clinic’s Memory Evaluation and Management Program can determine if your memory problems are due to normal changes that occur with aging, treatable physical causes or chronic changes in brain function. The clinic has a highly specialized team of experts in the diagnosis and treatment of memory disorders.
During your initial exam, our specialists will review your medical history, evaluate your memory and brain function, and then review the results and discuss specific recommendations with you.
The cost of the initial assessment may not be covered by insurance. The fee may be out-of-pocket. If needed, a comprehensive neurological and neuropsychological evaluation can be performed at an additional fee.
Symptoms of Memory Loss
- Changes in performing daily activities and/or changes in job performance
- Becoming more forgetful: that is, having trouble with short-term memory
- Needing more reminders
- Forgetting recent conversations
- Asking the same question over and over again
- Forgetting appointments, special occasions, and/or forgetting to take medications
- Difficulty finding the right word or losing one’s train of thought in mid-sentence
- Regularly misplacing items, such as keys or wallet
- Difficultly looking after finances (writing cheques, banking or investing money)
- Getting lost in familiar areas
- Changes in personality: for example, feeling sad, irritable or less interested
Memory Clinic Services
- Diagnosis and treatment
- Monitoring of the patients condition and ongoing care
- Information and support to understand and cope with memory changes
- Opportunities to participate in research, including clinical drug trials
What happens at the first appointment?
Memory tests and physical and neurological (brain function) examinations are performed. A family member or friend who knows the concerns about memory and can discuss them with the medical team will be asked to join the patient, and may also meet with the doctors.