Memory and Aging Program

people using a computerThe Memory and Aging ProgramTM is an education and intervention program for older adults who are experiencing normal age-related memory changes. Through instructor-led discussions, in-class exercises, and evidence-based strategies, participants gain a better understanding of how memory works and tools to better manage their memory function. This five-week program has been offered at Baycrest Health Sciences since 1997, and over 900 individuals have participated to date.

Program content includes:

  • Education about different types of memory, memory processes, and how memory normally changes with age.
  • Support for adopting a memory-healthy lifestyle, including education about factors that affect memory and tools to support positive behaviour change.
  • Memory training including instruction in practical memory aids and strategies, practice using the strategies, and discussion.

Program format
Two-hour sessions running one morning per week for five weeks.

Eligibility
The program was developed for those who are experiencing normal age-related changes in memory. Anyone interested in learning about memory and strategies to support their memory is welcome to enroll. The program is not intended for individuals who have been diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment, Alzheimer’s disease, or any other condition with a significant impact on memory.

How to enroll
Physician referral is optional, and can be done by fax using the referral form.  Individuals who are referred by a health care professional will be contacted by telephone to offer enrollment. Interested individuals can enroll themselves by contacting Neuropsychology and Cognitive Health at 416-785-2500, ext. 2445.

MAP referral form

Program Fee
$140 including a participant handbook. Private health insurance plans may cover this cost. The program does not turn away anyone who is unable to pay the program fee.

View the program brochure

For health care professionals
Program materials for the Memory and Aging ProgramTM are available to licensed health care providers to educate older adults in their communities about normal age related memory loss. Available offerings include train-the-trainer workshops and program kits consisting of a detailed leader’s manual, presentation slides and handbooks for program participants. For more information please visit http://shop.baycrest.org/collections/memory-and-aging-program.