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 What We Do

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. ​​

Types of Conditions Treated

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:

  • ​Changes in performing daily activities or changes in job performance
  • Becoming more forgetful; having trouble with short-term memory
  • Needing more reminders
  • Forgetting recent conversations
  • Asking the same question over and over again
  • Forgetting appointments, special occasions, 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​​​

How to Prepare

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.

Learn more about what you can expect when you have a clinic appointment.

 Materials and Resources to Help You

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* These material(s) are also available in other languages.

Visit our health information section.​

 Meet Our Team

​​​​​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. 

Clinical Co-Directors

Geriatric Psychiatrist

Neurologists:

Geriatrics: Dr. Barry Goldlist

Nursing: Elena Cacchione, RN

Social Work: Maria Martinez

Occupational Therapy: Fatima Quraishi

 Research Opportunities at the Memory Clinic

​Do you have memory issues?

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:

  • are 50 to 85 years of age;
  • are experiencing symptoms that may be related to early Alzheimer’s disease, such as problem with memory or thinking clearly; and
  • have someone who can be your study partner to ​accompany you to certain appointments and provide information about your health.

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 bghazanf@uhnresearch.ca​.

Please note communication via email is not secure, therefore please do not communicate personal sensitive information via email.

Assessing the benefits of an outpatient aerobic activity program in patients with Alzheimer's disease

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.

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You will be reimbursed for transportation and parking expenses.

For further information, please contact Dr. Carmela Tartaglia at 416 603 5483.​

 Our Workshops and Special Events

Past Events

​Dementia Care Partner Educational Workshop Series

Session 9: Swallowing and communication challenges in dementia
with Nesanet Girma, MSc, SLP Reg. CASLPO, Speech Language Pathologist, Toronto Western Hospital
Date: Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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 Toronto
Date: Wednesday, September 4, 2019
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Session 7: Home Sweet Home: A quick guide to home safety for people with dementia and their caregivers
with Natali Mizdrak, MSc., OT Reg (Ont), Occupational Therapist, Internal Medicine, Cardiology & Memory Clinic
Date: Thursday, April 25, 2019
Time: 10 am to 12 pm
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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 Tartaglia
Date: Thursday, January 17, 2019
Time: 10 am to 12 pm
​Miss the session? Watch the recording on ​YouTube.

Session 5: Legal Aspects of Dementia
with Health Lawyer Mary Jane Dykeman and Dr. Julie Spence
Date: Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Time: 10 am to 12 pm
Miss the session? Watch the recording​​ on YouTube​.

Session 4: Emotional Aspects of Caregiving
with Shauna Cairns Gundy, Pastoral Associate​, Maria Martinez, Social Worker and a Care Partner
Date: Thursday, July 26, 2018​
Time: 10 am to 12 pm
Miss the session? Watch the recording on YouTube.​

Session 3: Long-term Care Planning
with a Special Guest​ from TC L​HIN, Home and Community Care
Date: Thursday, April 26, 2018
Time: 10 am to 12 pm​
Miss the session? Watch the recording on YouTube​​​.

Session 2: Behavioural Management
with Dr. Andrea Iaboni
Date: Wednesday, January 17, 2018​
Time: 10 am to 12 pm
Miss the session? Watch the recording on YouTube.

Session 1: General Overview of Dementia
with Dr. Carmela Tartaglia
Date: Friday, November 10, 2017 
Time: 10 am to 12 pm​
Miss the session? Watch the recording on YouT​​ube​.


 

5th Annual Dementia Caregiver Appreciation Day

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!

 
2016 Caregiver Appreciation & Information Day

4th Annual Dementia Caregiver Appreciation Day

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. 

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2015 Caregiver Appreciation & Information Day

3rd Annual Dementia Caregiver Appreciation Day

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.