Innovative Memory Clinic Celebrates 10 Years of Excellent Service

January 21, 2010
When Susan’s Dad, Charles began experiencing some symptoms such as memory loss, his family doctor in Peterborough referred him to the Memory Clinic at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores).

After the assessment was complete, Charles was diagnosed with early stage Alzheimer’s. “As my parents moved through the process the Memory Clinic staff asked for the family to join the meeting with the doctor,” says Susan. “I was so happy to have the opportunity to be there and support my Mom and Dad.”

Ontario Shores first introduced the Memory Clinic ten years ago. Over the years it has helped hundreds of patients and their families attain accurate diagnosis and manage the symptoms associated with dementia related disorders.

“The Memory Clinic is dedicated to the early diagnosis of individuals with suspected dementia. Assessments take place over three clinic visits and include both the patient and their family,” says Sheryl Bernard, Administrative Director,Special Services Program.

Patients at the Memory Clinic benefit from a team of health professionals who work together to provide a comprehensive health assessment from various specialties including neurology, geriatric medicine, geriatric psychiatry, occupational therapy, neuropsychology and social work. Staff at the Memory
Clinic also participate in innovative research and drug trials.

“After the diagnosis we met with staff that was able to assist us with the next steps and help us learn what support and resources are available to us,” says Susan. “We never felt like we were facing it alone. There was real support provided.”

The Clinic works in partnership with the University Health Network’s
Neurosciences Program and the Centre for Research in Neurodegenerative Diseases.

The Memory Clinic accepts referrals from primary care physicians or specialists.

For information about the Memory Clinic in Durham Region or York Region please call Central Intake at 877-767-9642.

For more information, or to set up an interview, please contact:
Communications and Public Affairs
Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences
905-430-4055 ext. 4001