Meaningful Relationships Can Help Boost Brain Health

Meaningful Relationships Can Help Boost Brain Health Walter Mayer considers himself fortunate to have made significant social connections after retiring from a successful career as an architect and specifications writer. He discovered a creative outlet and kindred spirits at the Soul Food Poetry Group. Each week, he travels from his home to Baycrest to discuss…

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New Virtual Reality Platform Enhances Quality of Life for Older Adults

New Virtual Reality Platform Enhances Quality of Life for Older Adults A new form of resident and patient engagement is being introduced at Baycrest; one that is immersive, social, and most importantly, unaffected by the physical constraints of a healthcare setting. With Rendever’s virtual reality platform, residents and patients will be able to partake in…

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Uncovering why playing a musical instrument can protect brain health

Uncovering why playing a musical instrument can protect brain health A recent Baycrest study uncovered a crucial piece into why playing a musical instrument can help older adults retain their listening skills and ward off age-related cognitive declines. This finding could lead to the development of brain rehabilitation interventions through musical training. The study, published…

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For our brains, older adulthood may begin in our early sixties

For our brains, older adulthood may begin in our early sixties After gradually declining throughout our adult lives, cognitive performance shifts to a more rapid decline in our early sixties, reveals a new Baycrest study. The results of this study, published in the Journals of Gerontology, will help researchers and clinicians better understand normal cognitive…

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Amato

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Mending relationships through hearing treatment Hearing loss has a large impact on a relationship. Just ask Iolanda Canzona. Over the last few years, Iolanda knew her 85-year-old husband, Amato, had hearing problems. “Sometimes I just didn’t want to start a conversation because I had to keep repeating myself,” says Iolanda, who is 76. “He was…

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Bruce and Lisa

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Lisa Raitt: A CAREGIVER’S FOCUS Lisa Raitt is fighting a battle that makes any challenge she ever faced as a Member of Parliament and Senior Cabinet Minister pale by comparison. The former MP for Milton was also the first woman named as Deputy Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada (CPC). For more than a…

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Rose

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Rose After a cancer diagnosis, Rose Bermanski was told she had a life expectancy of three months. She moved from her retirement home to the Shirley and Philip Granovsky Palliative Care Unit at Baycrest. But instead of a further decline, her health began to improve after two or three weeks. Rose had survived four concentration…

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David C

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David C I am sharing my story with you as a husband, caregiver and individual deeply affected by a recent experience. My 74-year-old wife was admitted to Baycrest Hospital last fall and after her four-month stay I felt compelled to share our story and express my gratitude to everyone who made it possible for me to…

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Older adults store too much information in their brains

Older adults store too much information in their brains A new Baycrest study reports that older adults store too much information in their brains, leading them to have “cluttered” memories. As a result of these cluttered memories, they have more trouble remembering specific and detailed information compared to younger adults. “These results may explain why…

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