At Toronto Memory Program, we offer patients and their families practical, compassionate, support and treatment for memory loss. Under the guidance of internationally recognized behavioural neurologist Dr. Sharon Cohen, Toronto Memory Program has provided physician-referred assessment and follow-up care for people with neurodegenerative disease since 1996. Canada’s largest and most established centre for Alzheimer’s research, Toronto Memory Program specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and associated types of dementia.
At Toronto Memory Program, it is our commitment to treat all of our patients with utmost dignity and respect. When you arrive for your consultation and memory testing, you can expect to complete a brief questionnaire outlining your concerns. Your appointment, approximately 90 minutes in duration, includes an assessment by a physician with expertise in memory loss, neurological examination and cognitive evaluation including memory testing. The results of this assessment will be discussed with you. If required, additional tests will be ordered and treatment may be prescribed. You will be provided with further information regarding local resources that may be of benefit to you.
Physician services, including memory testing, at Toronto Memory Program are covered 100% under the Ontario Health Insurance Plan.
Today, there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease. Fight back against Alzheimer’s and neurodegenerative disease with targeted treatment studies at Toronto Memory Program. Current testing and research around the globe contributes to the development of more advanced therapies that may slow the progress of individual memory loss or help with symptoms.
Toronto Memory Program is the largest Alzheimer’s disease clinical trial site in Canada. We offer individuals participation in large international trials with medications at the forefront of treatment research. At Toronto Memory Program, we conduct an in-depth screening process to determine if there is a suitable study for you. We spend as much time as needed educating you about the study, the medication, visits, potential benefits on memory loss and risks of participation. Participation is always voluntary and may be withdrawn at any time, for any reason, without penalty.
To date, more than a 2000 patients and study partners have contributed their time to help us find new and better treatments. These studies provide hope now to individuals suffering from this terrible disease. Together, we can make these potential treatments a reality for millions of people around the world.
Memory loss affects not only the person experiencing the symptoms, but also their families, friends, colleagues and communities. A devastating condition, dementia and other neurodegenerative diseases have the ability to alter an individual’s thought processes, interpersonal relationships, independence and capacity to pursue regular activities they previously enjoyed.
We continue to offer community resources, education and stress management programs to those who are currently supporting loved ones through what may be a long and difficult process. Toronto Memory Program is a pilot site for the Essential Conversations Project. The goal of this program is for the family to feel better equipped to navigate this life transition issue, based on the decisions and plans developed throughout the Essential Conversation.
So often, caregivers place the needs of others ahead of their own well-being. At Toronto Memory Program, we are pleased to offer a highly effective seminar series guided by the principles of mindfulness-based stress reduction tailored specifically for caregivers (MBSR-C).
As we age it is not uncommon to occasionally forget a name, date or event. However, not all forms of memory loss are related to normal aging. In fact, some changes may indicate the possibility of a neurodegenerative disease such as Alzheimer’s disease. A progressive disorder, Alzheimer’s may affect an individual’s memory, language, decision-making, orientation, learning and the insight necessary to see and to understand these changes. It also can affect personality causing anxiety, depression, irritability, agitation, paranoia, hallucinations and the ability to maintain relationships. If you or a family member is concerned about memory loss, we encourage you talk to your doctor about a screening memory test which may help to identify, or rule out, the presence of certain types of dementia.
A complete cognitive and memory test assessment at Toronto Memory Program can lead to proper diagnosis, treatment and care.
At Toronto Memory Program, we are the largest Alzheimer’s disease clinical trial site in Canada. Our research staff includes: a clinical trial educator, physician investigators, research nurse, research coordinators/assistants, pharmacy and lab technicians. Together they have extensive experience in conducting large-scale international treatment studies.
Our facility includes space for education, assessment, monitoring, secure medication storage and preparation and other study-related procedures. Our dedicated Infusion Centre is staffed by a research nurse and includes a state of the art research pharmacy. The environment is welcoming and relaxing.
Toronto Memory Program periodically offers educational events for the public. Presentations have included information on: normal aging vs. dementia, current treatments, new treatment directions, stress management for caregivers etc. University of Toronto Family Medicine Care of the Elderly fellows receive on-going training in our Memory Clinic. We offer summer electives to students interested in the field who learn proper techniques for history-taking and cognitive testing.
If you or a loved one has experienced memory loss unrelated to traumatic brain injury or learning disability, and suspect Alzheimer’s disease or a related condition, you may be referred by a physician to our memory clinic for diagnostic testing and treatment. To inquire about our studies currently available for prevention and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, mild cognitive impairment, and frontotemporal dementia, please call 416-386-9606.
Situated at 1 Valleybrook Drive, Suite 400 in Toronto, Ontario, our clinic is open to serve you Monday to Friday 8am to 4pm.
Yours is a life story worth preserving. Speak to your doctor and call Toronto Memory Program at 416-386-9761 for more information today.