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February 15, 2024

By Dr. Andrew Xiao

Navigating Memory Concerns: The Vital Role of Specialized Geriatric Care

As we gracefully age, our bodies undergo numerous changes; for some, memory issues can become a cause for concern. Forgetfulness is a natural part of aging, but when memory lapses start impacting daily life, seeking guidance from a geriatrics doctor becomes crucial. In this article, we’ll explore why consulting a geriatrics specialist for a comprehensive geriatric assessment is vital, especially when memory issues arise.

Memory loss is a common concern among seniors, and it can range from occasional forgetfulness to more severe conditions like dementia. Dementia is a term used to describe a group of symptoms affecting memory, cognitive function, and daily life activities. Alzheimer’s disease is the most well-known form of dementia, but there are other types as well, each with its own set of challenges.

One of the primary reasons to attend a geriatric clinic when you notice memory issues is the specialized care they provide. They understand the complexities of aging and are trained to address the physical, mental, and social aspects of seniors’ well-being.

A comprehensive assessment at the geriatric clinic can aid in differentiating between normal age-related forgetfulness and more serious conditions like dementia. Early detection allows for better management and planning, providing seniors and their families valuable time to make informed decisions about care and support.

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Geriatric Clinic at Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities

At our geriatric clinic, we understand the unique healthcare needs of our aging population. Our clinic offers comprehensive geriatric assessments, providing a holistic view of seniors’ health, lifestyle, and specific challenges they may be facing. Through a team of dedicated healthcare professionals, including a physician, nurses, and social workers, we aim to enhance the overall well-being of our elderly community.

Our geriatric assessments include a thorough review of medications, ensuring that each prescription aligns with the individual’s current health status and goals.

Similar to community memory clinics, a full cognitive assessment is completed for all patients. In addition to a thorough physical exam, our comprehensive geriatric assessment will address issues commonly encountered by older adults including falls, poor mobility, bowel/urinary concerns, and home and social supports. Patients and families often appreciate that the wait time for an appointment at our clinic is shorter than most other geriatric clinics or community GAIN (Geriatric Assessment and Intervention Network) clinics.

Suppose you or a loved one is interested in a comprehensive geriatric assessment. In that case, we invite you to speak with your family doctor about a referral to the Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities Geriatric Clinic. If you do not have a family doctor, a referral can also be sent from a doctor at a walk-in clinic or the hospital. We can see patients who live in Scarborough or have a family doctor based in Scarborough. Our assessments are in English, Chinese (Mandarin), and Vietnamese.

The well-being of older adults is our priority, so together, we can strive for healthier golden years.

About Dr. Andrew Xiao:

After receiving his medical degree at the University of Toronto, Dr. Andrew Xiao completed training in family medicine and a specialized fellowship in the Care of the Elderly at Dalhousie University. He serves as an assistant professor to medical trainees and is dedicated to shaping the next generation of medical practitioners. Dr. Xiao’s passion extends to caring for seniors as he actively practices geriatric medicine in both Ontario and Nova Scotia.

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