Toronto Western Hospital

Understanding Dementia

The first of a series of lectures designed to educate the public about dementia was held at Toronto Western Hospital in November.

In keeping with the multidisciplinary approach of the UHN Memory Clinic, this lecture series was a collaborative effort among the UHN Memory Clinic team, Alzheimer Toronto, and Patient Education Network's Health Information Resource Centre.

The series addresses three themes: understanding dementia and its treatment, psychiatric and medical issues of Alzheimer's disease, and safety and caregiver issues of Alzheimer's disease. The goal of the lecture series is to inform patient, caregivers and staff about the multifaceted nature of this illness.

The first segment was entitled “Understanding Dementia and its Treatment.” Dr. Peter St George-Hyslop, a neurologist and director of the Centre for Research in Neurodegenerative disease and director of the UHN Memory Clinic, discussed dementia and its causes and touched on Alzheimer's disease research. Dr. Ron Keren, a geriatric psychiatrist and clinical director of the UHN Memory Clinic, discussed the management of Alzheimer's disease. These experts answered questions from the attendees.

The next lectures will be held in spring, 2006. These sessions are made possible by support from the Revitch Memorial Fund, Patient Education Network's Health Information Resource Centre, Alzheimer's Society of Toronto, and unrestricted educational grants from Janssen-Ortho and Pfizer Canada.

Visit UHN's Memory Disorders Program and the Neurodegenerative Disease Program.
Read about Involving family and friends in patient-centered care; a look inside the Memory Clinic.

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