New Kenora clinic to help dementia patients and their caregivers

The city of Kenora will soon be home to the first specialized clinic in northwestern Ontario to help and treat people with dementia and associated problems.
An increase in seniors in northwestern Ontario has lead to the creation of a new memory clinic. It will support both people with dementia and their caregivers. (iStock)

The city of Kenora will soon be home to the first specialized clinic in northwestern Ontario to help and treat people with dementia and associated problems.

The executive director of the Sunset Country Family Health Team said there's been a growing demand in Kenora for a service like the memory clinic.

"We know that our population of seniors is increasing and we also know that — along with that increasing population of seniors — [there] is an increasing population of people with memory problems," Randy Belair told CBC News.

The memory clinic serves and supports both the primary patient and their caregivers.

The first clinic is set to begin in early April. Belair said the team plans to hold two clinics per month.  

Clinic staff recently received some intensive training from Dr. Linda Lee, of Kitchener-Waterloo.  

"She had trained over 170 physicians, over 600 allied health professionals," Belair said.

"So she has been instrumental in the whole memory clinic movement across the province."

The Kenora memory clinic will be the 78th in Ontario.