Flash freezing the memory meltdown: Can you keep your brain fit longer in the lifespan?

Misplaced your keys again? Forgot to take out the garbage? Can’t concentrate like you used to? You’re not alone. Our researchers have evidence that practical strategies can help maintain and improve your memory and attention skills.

Dr. Gordon Winocur

Senior Scientist, Baycrest
Rotman Research Institute

speakerseries-31Dr. Winocur’s research focuses on cognitive changes associated with selective brain damage and normal aging.

He was the coordinator of a recent study involving a new approach to cognitive rehabilitation that could one day help older adults slow down the mental deterioration that occurs with normal aging. The long-term plan is for the 12-week program to be customized to be used for clients with head injuries and stroke.

For Dr. Winocur’s complete biography click here.

Dr. Kelly Murphy

Clinical Neuropsychologist, Cognitive and Behavioural Health Program

speakerseries-32Dr. Murphy’s research focuses on cognitive aging, memory intervention, and mild cognitive impairment (MCI). She specializes in early detection and treatment of memory decline in older adults with mild cognitive impairment who are at risk of developing future dementia.

Dr. Murphy runs a clinical service at Baycrest comprised of the Memory Intervention Program which provides education around lifestyle factors affecting memory ability plus memory training in practical techniques for use in everyday life as well as psychosocial support for clients with MCI and their family members.

Memory Intervention Program

Mary Ito

Host, CBC “Living in Toronto”

speakerseries-30Mary has had a long history of broadcasting, most recently as host of CBC’s “Living in Toronto”. She worked at TVOntario for five years as host of a daily talk show called “More to Life” which covered an eclectic range of topics in health, education, arts and culture, business and family issues. Mary was also the host of “Second Opinion” on TVO – a panel show which dealt with controversial issues in health. She also worked at Global TV as the anchor of a daily health report called “Health Matters.”

Mary has also worked at CFTO-TV as a reporter, host and weekend news anchor. She also worked previously in radio at CBC, and at CFRB as a reporter, host and producer.

Mary is active in the community with a particular interest in health. She has volunteered her services for many organizations including the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, the MS Society of Ontario, the Hospital for Sick Children, the Toronto Public Library and the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre.

She lives with her husband and three children in Toronto.