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The memory clinic at the Krembil Neuroscience Centre is made up of a group of health care specialists dedicated to helping patients overcome and deal with cognitive changes that include disorders of memory, language, thinking or personality. We provide access to neurologists, geriatric psychiatrists, a geriatrician, a nurse, an occupational therapist and a social worker.
About 750,000 Canadians suffer from dementia. Accurate, timely diagnosis is integral to getting the care a patient needs.
As we get older, many of us notice some changes in memory, language, thinking or personality. But if memory loss or changes in language, thinking or personality starts to interfere with your daily activities and routines or those of someone you care about, you should speak to a doctor.
Some of the symptoms of memory loss can include:
The appointment usually lasts about 1 to 3 hours. The patient can be seen by several members of the team. Memory tests and physical and neurological (brain function) examinations are performed. The family member or friend who comes in with the patient may also meet with the doctors and other team members if it's necessary. Follow-up appointments usually take from 20 minutes to an hour.
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We understand that memory disorders can be challenging for both patients and their caregivers. Our aim is to provide not only the best medical care for patients, but also the kind of support that allows patients and their caregivers to live the highest quality of life possible.
Our team includes several specialists trained in the diagnosis and treatment of cognitive (brain) disorders in older adults. We have on staff a geriatric psychiatrist, a geriatrician, behavioural neurologists, a social worker, an occupational therapist and a registered nurse.
Geriatrics: Dr. Barry Goldlist
Nursing: Elena Cacchione, RN
Social Work: Maria Martinez
Occupational Therapy: Fatima Quraishi
We are currently looking for people to participate in a clinical study of an investigational medication that may help to control the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. You may be eligible if you:
Participants in clinical studies can play a more active role in their own healthcare, gain access to potential new treatments before they are widely available, and help others by contributing to medical research.
The study will require 33 visits to the clinic over a period of approximately 102 weeks.
Travel expenses or transport will be provided.
For further information, please call 416 603 5910 or email
Please note communication via email is not secure, therefore please do not communicate personal sensitive information via email.
Investigator: Dr. Carmela Tartaglia
The aim of this study is to compare cognitive function, behavioural symptoms, caregiver burden and brain structure and function between patients who engage in an outpatient aerobic activity program for 6 months and those that do not. Understanding the effects of aerobic activity in patients with Alzheimer's disease may help provide better care to patients with Alzheimer's disease.
Participation would involve coming in for 3 hours per week for 6 months.
You will be reimbursed for transportation and parking expenses.
For further information, please contact Dr. Carmela Tartaglia at 416 603 5483.
Session 9: Swallowing and communication challenges in dementiawith Nesanet Girma, MSc, SLP Reg. CASLPO, Speech Language Pathologist, Toronto Western HospitalDate: Wednesday, January 15, 2020Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pmLocation: Toronto Western Hospital, BMO Education & Conference Centre, Krembil Discovery Tower, 60 Leonard Ave.
To register, please call 416 603 5800 ext. 2595 or email
Elena.Cacchione@uhn.ca. Please RSVP by Wednesday, January 8, 2020.
You can also live stream the event on
Coffee/tea and light snacks will be provided.
Session 8: Living Better: What is palliative care and how does is help improve quality of life in dementia?with Warren Lewin, MD, CCFP, Haley Draper, MD, CCFP and Nadine Gebara, MD, CCFP – Attending Physicians – Palliative Care at UHN – Toronto Western Hospital & Kensington Hospice, Deptartment of Family & Community Medicine – University of TorontoDate: Wednesday, September 4, 2019Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Dementia Care Educational Workshop – September 4, 2019
Session 7: Home Sweet Home: A quick guide to home safety for people with dementia and their caregiverswith Natali Mizdrak, MSc., OT Reg (Ont), Occupational Therapist, Internal Medicine, Cardiology & Memory ClinicDate: Thursday, April 25, 2019Time: 10 am to 12 pm
Dementia Caregivers Day – April 25, 2019
Session 6: Atypical Forms of Dementia (Young-onset Alzheimer’s disease, Frontotemporal dementia, Primary progressive aphasia, Progressive supranuclear palsy, Corticobasal syndrome, etc.)with Dr. Carmela TartagliaDate: Thursday, January 17, 2019Time: 10 am to 12 pmMiss the session?
Watch the recording on YouTube.
Session 5: Legal Aspects of Dementiawith Health Lawyer Mary Jane Dykeman and Dr. Julie SpenceDate: Wednesday, October 3, 2018Time: 10 am to 12 pmMiss the session? Watch the recording on YouTube.
Session 4: Emotional Aspects of Caregivingwith Shauna Cairns Gundy, Pastoral Associate, Maria Martinez, Social Worker and a Care PartnerDate: Thursday, July 26, 2018Time: 10 am to 12 pm Miss the session?
Watch the recording on YouTube.
Session 3: Long-term Care Planningwith a Special Guest from TC LHIN, Home and Community CareDate: Thursday, April 26, 2018Time: 10 am to 12 pmMiss the session?
Watch the recording on YouTube.
Session 2: Behavioural Managementwith Dr. Andrea IaboniDate: Wednesday, January 17, 2018Time: 10 am to 12 pmMiss the session?
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Session 1: General Overview of Dementiawith Dr. Carmela TartagliaDate: Friday, November 10, 2017 Time: 10 am to 12 pm Miss the session? Watch the recording on
Date: Saturday, October 22, 2016.
We were once again honoured to have several speakers discuss different topics related to dementia such as an Overview of What's New in Dementia Research, Tips for Home Safety, Strategies for Managing Challenging Behaviours and an Overview of Financial Assistance Programs. Our care partners who agreed to present their experiences were once again of vital importance to the success of our event because all the participants learned directly from the experts themselves, the direct care partners of people with dementia. We were honoured to have a Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher end the day with lots of laughter. If you were unable to make it, please see our video below. We hope you are able to join us for our next event. Stay tuned for more information!
Date: Saturday, November 7, 2015
We were honoured to have several speakers discuss topics ranging from Driving and Dementia, Power of Attorney and Advance Care Planning, Planning for Long-Term Care and Navigating the Healthcare System. We were also honoured to have caregivers speak honestly and openly about their experiences in looking after someone with dementia. We ended the day with a Shiatsu Therapist who provided some useful techniques in shiatsu for people with dementia and their care partners. If you were unable to make it, please see our video below.
Date: Saturday, November 14, 2014
The UHN Memory Clinic celebrated their second Dementia caregivers’ Appreciation and Information Day on Saturday, November 8, 2014.
We were honoured to have several speakers discuss topics ranging from Advanced Care Planning, Managing Behavioural Issues and from caregivers directly. Presentations have been posted below.
You will be contacted with information about your first appointment.
Please bring the following to your appointment. Not all of these items may be needed for your appointment. Our clinic or your referring doctor will let you know what you must bring.
Please arrive 15 minutes before your appointment.
When you arrive, you will sign in with the receptionist. You will need your health card (OHIP card) to sign-in. If you do not have an OHIP card, please bring another form of government-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license or passport.
You may be given a Measuring Health Equity Questionnaire to fill out. This form contains questions about your background. We collect this information to find out who we serve and what unique needs you may have. The form is voluntary and you can choose ‘prefer not to answer’ to any or all questions. However, the information you choose to give us will help us improve the quality of care for you and others.
First appointments take longer than follow-up appointments. Your first appointment can take 2 hours or more. Follow-up appointments usually take 15 to 30 minutes. We do everything we can to stay on time but sometimes unforeseen circumstances may delay your appointment.
At the end of your first appointment, the nurse or doctor will give you a contact list for your health care team. If you don’t get a contact list, feel free to ask for it.
After every appointment, a member of your health care team will tell you about your next visit. Be sure you understand what is going to happen next. For example, know the time and place of your next visit or if someone will call you with this information.
If you are unsure about what your next steps are, don’t be afraid to ask a member of your team. We are here to help you.
We understand that reaching us by phone can sometimes be difficult. Often our phone lines are busy or are turned over to the message centre so our staff can prepare for clinic visits or help other patients. We make every effort to return your call within 24 hours. Our staff will try to reach you 2 times. If we are not able to reach you directly you may need to call us again.