At Toronto Memory Program, we offer diagnostic testing for patients experiencing progressive memory loss, advanced treatment options and practical support for caregivers and families. Above all, we are fighting back against Alzheimer’s disease through on-site research into the development of newer and better therapies with the help of Medical Heroes like you.
Toronto Memory Program’s Memory Clinic welcomes patients on a physician-referred basis for memory testing and medical care. We diagnose conditions such as Mild Cognitive Impairment, Alzheimer’s disease, Lewy Body dementia and vascular dementia due to stroke.
The Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) covers physician-related healthcare services provided by Toronto Memory Program. This includes memory testing which may help to identify the early signs of dementia.
Alzheimer’s disease and dementia are not part of the normal aging process. It is important to recognize the signs of dementia, which may include detrimental changes to recall, language, word-finding, judgement, spatial orientation, insight and mood, and how they differ from age-related memory impairment.
If you are experiencing memory loss, or are concerned that a loved one may be exhibiting dementia symptoms, we encourage you to seek the advice of your doctor, who may refer you to Toronto Memory Program for further testing and an individualized treatment plan.
Though further research remains to be done in order to prevent the development of Alzheimer’s disease and related types of dementia, there is some evidence to suggest that a healthy and balanced lifestyle may help to reduce one’s risk of developing the disease.
While genetic factors may be beyond an individual’s control, it is not necessarily the case that a person will develop Alzheimer’s disease if a parent or close relative has the disease. Additionally, those who choose not to smoke, and maintain a healthy blood pressure and cholesterol level, may be exposed to significantly lower risk for both Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia.
Dementia is a medical term that refers to a set of symptoms affecting the brain that a) affects a combination of memory, reasoning, and personality and b) causes a decline in functional independence. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia. At Toronto Memory Program, in addition to diagnosing the most well known type of dementia, we also see individuals with Frontotemporal (FTD), Vascular and Lewy Body dementia. Dementia may also be due to a wide range of underlying issues including, but not limited to, underactive thyroid, severe depression or vitamin B12 deficiency.
If you, or someone you know, is experiencing memory loss or cognitive impairment not related to an injury or learning disability, Toronto Memory Program can help.
By recognizing the early signs of dementia, a progressive degenerative condition, it may be possible to more quickly and effectively diagnose and treat its related symptoms.
Not all individuals diagnosed with Mild Cognitive Impairment will progress to develop severe Alzheimer’s dementia. Those that do will progressively require more assistance with daily activities with 24 hour care necessary during the advanced stages of illness. Research at Toronto Memory Program seeks to provide individuals with the means to live independently as long as possible, and to offer the best achievable comfort and quality of life to people with late stage Alzheimer’s disease.
In addition to paper and pencil testing we may recommend a COGNIGRAM™ advanced computer-based cognitive test to detect the more subtle, and early, signs of dementia. Dr. Sharon Cohen, an internationally recognized behavioural neurologist, leads a team of accomplished physicians who interpret the results of your memory tests. Your Memory Clinic physician will explain the results to you and determine an initial diagnosis.
While currently there is no cure for Alzheimer’s, there are treatment options available that may help to alleviate dementia symptoms and improve quality of life. Following your memory assessment and neurological exam you may be prescribed medication and/or referred for further diagnostic tests such as an MRI. Your progress will be monitored through follow-up appointments, and recommendations from our Memory Clinic physicians will be provided to your doctor for ongoing care.
As the country’s foremost centre for Alzheimer’s disease Clinical Trials since 1996, Toronto Memory Program has provided hope and opportunities for individuals with dementia symptoms and their families. Take the first steps to find out if you or a loved one may qualify for an Alzheimer’s prevention or dementia treatment Clinical Trial at Toronto Memory Program by filling out our online form today.
Clinical Trials at Toronto Memory Program are completely voluntary, free of charge, and meet or exceed the high ethical standards of Health Canada and international regulatory codes of conduct. Since not all research programs may be suitable for everyone, At Toronto Memory Program individuals with Subjective Cognitive Decline, Mild Cognitive Impairment or Alzheimer’s disease dementia undergo a comprehensive educational session and screening process to ensure that they are both safe and eligible to participate in a particular Clinical Trial.
When you or a loved one is experiencing memory loss, it may help to know that you are not alone. At Toronto Memory Program, we strive to provide individuals with dementia, and their families, the practical assistance and wholehearted support necessary for the road ahead.
Counseling is available, and caregivers are invited to participate in a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Caregiver’s program as a means of enhancing coping skills and personal well being.
For more information about Toronto Memory Program, and how we assist families and individuals living with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) or dementia, call 416-386-9761. To inquire about Toronto Memory Program’s Clinical Trials for MCI or dementia, and to find out if they may be right for you, we invite you to contact us at 416-386-9606 today. We are pleased to offer a fully accessible location at 1 Valleybrook Drive, Suite 400, in Toronto, Ontario.