Thunder Bay Memory Clinic helps individuals who have concerns about memory issues receive faster diagnosis and care. It means earlier screening and support for those at risk or showing the first signs of dementia.
With dementia, changes in ability and personality happen slowly and progress for many years, which is often confusing for families. Our team provides support and resources as soon as possible, to help these individuals and their loved ones.
Collaborating with NorWest Community Health Centres, Alzheimer Society Thunder Bay, St. Joseph’s Care Group and Dilico Anishinabek Family Care, Thunder Bay Memory Clinic provides the following supports:
- Health Promotion
About Memory Loss
Some memory loss is common with aging. An individual may be able to remember information from a long time ago but has trouble remembering new information. Normal memory loss does not get worse and does not affect daily activities.
What is the difference between normal, age-related forgetfulness and a serious memory problem? Memory loss that gets worse over time or affects daily activities may be a sign that your memory is getting worse. It may be harder to do everyday things such as driving and shopping but could also include:
- Asking the same questions over and over again
- Getting lost in familiar places
- Not being able to follow instructions
- Becoming confused about time, people, and places
We know that early intervention and support for memory loss can improve overall health for individuals, families and care givers. If you, a family member or a friend has problems remembering recent events or thinking clearly, come visit us for a checkup to see what might be causing the symptoms.
Thunder Bay Memory Clinic offers an inter-professional care team approach for individuals with mild cognitive impairment. Our goal is to support individuals to live in their homes independently for as long as possible and ensure the resources are in place to have quality of life.
What do we offer?
- Memory testing, assessment and diagnosis
- Discussing memory testing results
- Developing an individual treatment plan
- Linking to community supports and resources
- Support to families and caregivers
- Consulting with your primary health care provider
We understand that individuals attending Thunder Bay Memory Clinic may have other medical needs and that dementia will impact those needs. By bringing together an inter-professional care team, we can look at the whole individual and find resources to reduce social isolation, address dietary needs, and increase access to services in the community. The Memory Clinic team includes:
- Social workers
- Nurse Practitioners
- Access to geriatrician as needed
Our team will work together with you, your family member and caregiver to access the comprehensive care needed to address memory concerns. We believe in treating all individuals, family members and care givers with dignity and respect at all stages of memory loss.
This model was developed by Dr. Linda Lee.
Get Started today.
If you are experiencing memory issues, see your health care provider and ask for a referral.
Referrals are received directly from primary health care providers.
If you have a concern about your memory or if you are a caregiver or relative of someone who you think is experiencing memory concerns, we encourage you to contact the Thunder Bay Memory Clinic.
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