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Referral criteria

Referrals to the Sam and Ida Ross Memory Clinic from the client’s physician are required.

There is no age limit for referral of clients, except that they must be adults and meet the appropriate reasons for referral which include: assessment and/or management of dementia or abnormal behaviour due to disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, frontotemporal dementia, and vascular dementia.

Referral Form – click here to download a referral form.

Excluded diagnoses (clients not eligible for this clinic)

Clients with any of the following referral diagnoses, or suspected referral diagnoses, will be excluded:

  • Alcohol or substance dependence or abuse
  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Learning disabilities
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Occupational and environmental exposures
  • Seizures
  • Toxic Encephalopathy
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Any diagnosis more suitable for one of the other clinics in the Brain Health Clinics

Services provided

  • Assessment and diagnosis
  • Pharmacotherapy
  • Non-pharmacological management
  • Counselling
  • Education

What clients should have ready for their appointment:

  • OHIP card
  • All medications in their original bottles
  • Assistive devices (e.g., hearing aid, glasses, walkers, etc.)

Contact us:

  • The Sam and Ida Ross Memory Clinic’s phone number is 416-785-2444, or email us at
  • Physician referral forms can be faxed to 647-788-2199

Location: We are located in the Kimel Family Building at Baycrest, 3560 Bathurst Street.

Behavioural Neurology

The Behavioural Neurology Unit focuses on assessment and management of adults suffering from brain disorders leading to abnormalities in cognition and behaviour. Common problems include memory loss, speech and language disorders, and agitation.

Fee: Clients are charged a daily Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care mandated co-payment fee. Subsidies are available to qualified applicants.

For more information call 416-785-2500, ext. 2311.

For more information about Behavioural Neurology including the unit overview, application to the unit, and the Behavioural Neurology Assessment, please visit the Behavioural Neurology Unit.

Behavioural Neurology Assessment

Mental status examination is used to aid clinical diagnosis of diseases affecting cognitive function. There are several well established formal neuropsychological batteries that assess a broad spectrum of cognitive deficits1 but these are not suited for bedside assessment. To address this issue, we developed “The Behavioural Neurology Assessment” (BNA) designed for use by clinicians as a mental status examination in the ambulatory or inpatient setting.