The coming wave: anticipating care needs for older adults

“A demographic shift has begun and the work of Baycrest Health Sciences is needed more than ever. For the first time in Canada’s history, more people are 65-and-over than 14-and-under.

“We are ready. Thanks to the generous support of our patron, Goldie Feldman, Baycrest is developing a Master Program and a Master Facilities Plan to chart our future and long-term strategy for services on our 23-acre campus. This will allow Baycrest to continue to lead the way in transforming the experience of aging through innovations in brain health, wellness promotion and approaches to care that enrich the lives of older adults.”

                                     -Dr. William Reichman, President & CEO, Baycrest Health Sciences


Seniors thrive in adult day programs

The Freeman Family Day Centre has moved into a bright new space in the Wagman Centre at Baycrest. The day centre provides older adults who live in their own homes with an opportunity to get out of the house, socialize and enjoy a variety of activities, as well as proximity to the full spectrum of programming at the community centre.

Thank you to the Freeman Family for their generous support.

The location also serves Café Europa, a social club for Holocaust survivors that meets three Fridays a month. Baycrest is grateful to the Azrieli Foundation for supporting Café Europa.


CC-ABHI: innovation at the heart of Baycrest

“From our home base at Baycrest, CC-ABHI has already launched numerous programs that help clinicians, caregivers and others in the seniors care sector work together to design, test and validate innovative products and services. Being located at Baycrest is a win-win – the research and clinical expertise close at hand is remarkable, and we are grateful for the older adult population that is on site and so willing to offer their ideas and input.”

                                           -Ron Riesenbach, Managing Director, CC-ABHI

The Canadian Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation (CC-ABHI) recently moved into new space in the Posluns Building at Baycrest equipped with meeting rooms and a lounge where project managers and researchers can interact with older adults to find innovative solutions to improve brain health and aging.


Leading-edge dental care for older adults

“We’ve done a tremendous amount of research to determine the best way to build a geriatric dental centre that will meet the needs of patients today and well into the future.  Giving back to the community is at the heart of everything we do at Alpha Omega. Supporting Baycrest is a natural fit for our organization.”

                                -Dr. Steven Millman, president of the Alpha Omega Toronto Chapter

Thanks to the Alpha Omega fraternity, which raised $1 million, the new Alpha Omega Dental Centre at Baycrest will provide comprehensive services tailored to older adults, including those who are cognitively impaired, medically complex, frail or physically disabled. The clinic will have four large private operatories, two wheelchair lifts, a lab, diagnostic imaging room and stretcher access. It will be able to treat close to 1,500 patients each year.

The state-of-the-art centre for evidence-based geriatric dentistry will be a leading training centre affiliated with the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Dentistry.


State-of-the-art portal to world-class research, care

“A modern new entryway to the Kimel Family Building improves access to outpatient clinics, the Samuel Lunenfeld Mountainview Club and the Rotman Research Institute. It is the finishing touch to a series of renovations generously funded by the Kimel Family. The spacious foyer includes seating areas, digital signage to guide visitors, a state-of-the-art light control system to reduce energy costs,  and generous space between two sets of sliding doors to improve temperature control when it’s hot or cold outside.”

                            -Ron Saporta, Executive Director, Redevelopment & Support Services


High-tech fitness centre sparks motivation

The Wagman Centre at Baycrest has a new café and a new gym equipped with state-of-the-art equipment that was purchased with funds raised by the Barrie 2 Baycrest ride. The spacious workout room is supervised and has training equipment geared to the needs of older adults.

The Wagman Centre offers a wide range of physical fitness activities, including swimming, dance movement therapy, yoga, stretch and strength classes and much more. Call 416-785-2500 ext. 2267 or email Colin Blayney at

The community centre adjoins the Terraces Retirement Residence, which is getting a makeover as well. A $30-million investment will revitalize residential floors in the 41-year-old Terraces building, as well as the dining room, health centre and entryway. Three floors will be for memory care and assisted living.

Learn more about active living at The Terraces.



Accolades for Family Mentor Program


Francie Kendal, the lead of the Family Mentor Program at Baycrest, receives a volunteer award from the United Jewish Appeal of Greater Toronto for her work on the program.

“The Family Mentor Program at Baycrest was designed to help to alleviate some of the stress and anxiety that many families feel when moving a loved one to a long-term care home. The Family Mentor’s role is to provide a friendly welcome, comfort and peer support to new families.  The Family Mentor will phone the family member and offer to help them navigate the Baycrest community. We are so honoured that Accreditation Canada has recognized this program as a Leading Practice.”

Janis Sternhill, Director of Volunteer Services

Visit the Baycrest’s website for more information on the Family Mentor Program.


Pet therapy works wonders, reduces anxiety

“Pet therapy can decrease anxiety, loneliness and boredom. The dogs visit clients at the day programs, the hospital and the Apotex Centre, our long-term care home at Baycrest. We’ve had the program for more than 20 years, and we see the way it works wonders. If someone has dementia, there’s more interaction. People who don’t talk much will actually begin to communicate more.”
 -Janis Sternhill, director, Volunteer Services, Baycrest

It was a full house as models and our four-legged fundraising friends wore co-ordinating fashions by top Canadian and international designers at the October 2016 edition of Dogs on the Catwalk at Baycrest. More than $70,000 was raised in support of Volunteer Services, which includes the pet therapy program.

Thank you to our fundraising pets and their owners, our sponsors, designers, models, committee and co-chairs Gina Godfrey and Mary-Ann Metrick.


The Red Carpet makes an elegant debut at Baycrest

“I applaud our sponsors and members of the community who supported the inaugural year of The BAYCREST RED CARPET Stage and Screen Series! Not only did our friends and community come together for four great evenings of delicious food and entertainment at the Jacob Family Theatre, we raised an incredible quarter of a million dollars to help Baycrest care for older adults.”
                         -Wendy Switzer Myles, Chair of The Red Carpet

Contributing sponsors gain exclusive access to Red Carpet screenings of highly acclaimed films in the beautiful Jacob Family Theatre at the Posluns Auditorium at Baycrest. Each evening has its own theme and there is something for everyone. The sumptuous cocktail hour before the show provides guests with an opportunity to enjoy refreshments and get together with friends.

Join us for the festivities. See our 2017 program.



Fun and brains at Game Night for Baycrest

“Baycrest is really very close to my heart because I saw firsthand how they treated my grandmother during the last few weeks of her life. I am forever grateful.”
                                           -Jackie Orlan, Game Night participant

Hundreds of guests of all ages participated in Game Night at more than 100 homes across Toronto. The hosts were in control of their own parties and made them simple or elaborate to suit their own style. A good time was had by all as family and friends gathered to play cards or board games while doing good to support Baycrest.

Jackie Orlan was among a group of students who took part in one of the Game Nights for Baycrest between January 12 and January 22, 2017, and who later came to Baycrest to present a cheque to Foundation President and CEO Josh Cooper.

Altogether, more than $135,000 was raised for care, research and education at Baycrest. A big thank you to committee co-chairs Erica Godfrey, Lauren Kimel-Wise, Kailee Mecklinger and Hailey Remer.

Join the fun. Host a party when Game Night returns January 11-28, 2018.