At Toronto Memory Program, we assess and treat adults with impairments in memory, communication, and thinking. Our patients include individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, Lewy Body disease, Frontotemporal dementia, and Vascular dementia caused by stroke, as well as those at increased risk of dementia due to family history or other predisposing factors.
Renowned behavioural neurologist Dr. Sharon Cohen leads our team of physicians and clinical staff. We are committed to providing the highest quality care, accurate memory test services, and essential resources to individuals and families affected by Alzheimer’s or related diseases. Dr. Cohen plays a primary role in our outreach and public education programs.
Clinical services such as a consultation and memory testing at Toronto Memory Program are covered by OHIP and require a physician referral,
Please be advised that we do not accept referrals for learning disability, traumatic brain injury, or medico-legal consultations.
- Diagnostic consultation
- Evaluation of cognitive function, such as an Alzheimers test
- Discussion of memory test results
- Development of individualized treatment plans
- Prescription of drug and non-drug treatments
- Long term monitoring of your condition
- Recommendations for referring doctors
- Linkage to community services
- Completion of medical forms and applications
- Individual and family counseling
- Family mediation
- Competency assessment
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for Caregivers
Our mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) curriculum is based on Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn’s program at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. This behavioural medicine program is designed to teach effective methods of coping with stress in order to allow individuals to improve their own health and well-being.
Ontario Telehealth Network (OTN) – video consultations for out of town patients.
Communication Therapy for Adults
Communication Therapy for adults is a unique professional Speech Language Pathology service, designed to deal with complex issues related to communication disruption in adults living with types of dementia or neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease.
The Cognigram™ Cognition & Memory Test
COGNIGRAM™ is a computerized cognitive (a term inclusive of perception, judgment, reasoning and memory) test that allows for a regular and standardized evaluation of cognitive function. An effective, user-friendly method for the detection of types of dementia such as Alzheimer’s, this test can assist physicians in identifying the subtle changes over time that could signify the early stages of the disease.
Driver Rehab Therapy
A Fitness to Drive assessment will determine if your medical condition, disability, age or previous driver experience is affecting your ability to safely operate a vehicle. The program may include training and adaptations when the assessment indicates that this will be beneficial to allow the client to continue to drive.
Jennifer Aronson, MSW, RSW, our highly experienced consulting social worker, provides Eldercare Management services to our patients, their families and individuals from the community. Finding the local support services needed to care for people at every stage of differing types of dementia can be extremely time-consuming and stressful. Acting in the role of a system navigator, Jennifer is able to help clients save time and reduce stress by guiding them through the maze of healthcare and community support systems. She provides assistance with: organizing home care, designing, implementing and managing a coordinated care plan, counseling and support of caregivers and family, crisis management, communication between medical providers, goal-setting, cost containment, arranging respite care, selecting specialized residential care, moving, end of life management and grief counseling. Referrals can be made by our clinic physicians or directly by contacting Toronto Memory Program.
At Toronto Memory Program, we welcome patients, caregivers and families in a professional yet warmly accessible health care setting. So we can best serve you, we have provided a list below of a few items you will need to present prior to your memory test during your first visit with us.
- Your Ontario Health Card
- A list of your medications or the actual pill bottles
- Scans or reports in your possession pertaining to your medical condition
At Toronto Memory Program, we are committed to offering our patients the highest standard of service and care, where everyone can expect to be treated with compassion, courtesy and respect.
Upon your arrival, our friendly and knowledgeable medical office assistants will help you with checking in and with completing a brief questionnaire ahead of your memory test. You will spend about an hour and a half with us at your initial visit, which may be split into two separate sessions. Once you have your photo taken for your medical chart, you will meet with a clinical assistant and one or more of our physicians with whom you will participate in an interview, memory test and neurological exam. The results of your assessment, which may confirm the presence and degree of any existing cognitive impairment, will be discussed with you, along with the treatment options available. We will advise you if any additional assessments (e.g. a brain scan) are necessary, and you may be prescribed medication if required. An informative brochure which includes a short description of available community resources which may be of benefit to you will also be provided, and follow-up appointments, which are generally 30 minutes in length, may also be scheduled at this time.Your well-being is of the utmost importance to us. If at any time you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to let us know.
You or a loved one may qualify for a treatment study related to mild cognitive impairment, Alzheimer’s disease prevention or management, or other forms of dementia including frontotemporal dementia. As one of Canada’s foremost clinical trial leaders for Alzheimer’s disease, Toronto Memory Program invites interested parties to inquire about how their participation today may make all the difference for tomorrow. Give us a call at 416-386-9606 or contact us online for details about how telling your story can help fight back against dementia.