Memory Clinic

This interdisciplinary service provides early assessment and diagnosis of memory disorders with the aim of supporting caregivers of patients with memory disorders, and their primary care physicians.

Seniors' Care is a six-video series about common health challenges in older adults. As you age, it's important to adopt a healthy lifestyle and be aware of early signs and symptoms of health issues so preventative measures and early interventions can be taken. Watch the videos Seniors' Care at NYGH: Dementia and Seniors' Care at NYGH: Delirium and view other videos in the series.

Dementia is a brain disorder associated with memory loss that impacts activities of day-to-day life. About 15% of Canadians over 65 are living with dementia. NYGH Physician Dr. Goran Eryavec says an early diagnosis with early intervention and treatment can slow the progression of the disease, giving patients a higher quality of life for a longer period. If you have concerns about your memory, Roula Mandas, Social Worker at NYGH, recommends you talk to your family physician about getting connected to a program like NYGH's Memory Clinic.

Seniors’ Care at NYGH: Delirium

 Delirium is an acute confusion that comes on very suddenly and can affect how a person recovers in hospital, quality of life and length of stay. About 15% of older adults will come to the emergency department with delirium and about 60% will develop delirium in hospital. Donna Ruffo, Nurse Practitioner at NYGH, says by finding and treating the underlying cause, the confusion should go away. Delirium can last a few days, weeks or even months and she stresses the importance of family support and its role in identifying changes in mood and behaviour.