Getting a dementia diagnosis

The early detection and diagnosis of changes in your memory and thinking skills is important to determining appropriate treatment.  At Memory Matters we perform comprehensive neuropsychological assessments that are sensitive to early cognitive change.  The assessment results can also be used to determine an accurate diagnosis.

Talk about the diagnosis

Being told you have dementia can be frightening.  We understand the fear and sense of grief and loss a diagnosis of dementia can cause and the importance of providing support during such a difficult time.  Our staff have extensive experience in providing counselling and support following a diagnosis.

Maintaining independence

Whether you have memory and thinking changes due to another cause, learning how to minimize the impact of these changes on your everyday independence is important.  We are able to provide you with training in various strategies to manage your memory and thinking problems to enable you to maintain your current level of independence for as long as possible.

Family Counselling and Support

Caring for a loved one with dementia can cause mixed emotions.  At times there is deep sadness and grief, at others frustration and exhaustion.  We understand the importance of providing support to families and friends of a person with dementia.

I have memory loss. Does that mean I have dementia?

No. Memory loss can have many different causes.  Increased forgetfulness is often associated with normal aging, anxiety and depression, vitamin deficiencies, thyroid problems,increased alcohol use and more.  A neuropsychological assessment can help establish the cause.

What is the difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s disease?

Dementia is an umbrella term used to describe a wide range of symptoms associated with decline in memory and other thinking skills severe enough to reduce a person’s ability to perform everyday activities. Alzheimer’s disease is one cause of dementia and accounts for 60 to 80 percent of cases. Vascular dementia, or dementia due to small stroke-like changes in the brain, is the second most common cause.

Is there a cure for dementia?

This depends on the cause. If it is for example due to a vitamin deficiency, thyroid problem, or increased alcohol use the condition can be reversed. Unfortunately, there currently is no cure for conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia but there are medications available to slow down the progression of the disease.