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Baycrest helps the brain heal after a stroke

In the fall of 2014, we embarked on an awareness campaign to share our work with Canadians.

We wanted to celebrate how the way we care is enhancing the lives of our clients in the present, while our research is informing the future of healthy aging. Since our ad has aired, we’ve had an overwhelmingly positive response. Canadians are curious about our work – just how do we help the brain heal after a stroke?

We care for those who’ve had a stroke

In both our hospital and long-term care home, we care for older adults with a complexity of health issues, including small vessel disease – a condition that results from a series of covert strokes. This condition is so common that Canadians are 5-6 times more likely to experience a covert stroke, than the massive stroke that is more commonly recognized. Admission to our hospital and long-term care home, is at the referral of another healthcare facility or CCAC. Learn more by contacting our Seniors Counselling and Referral department at 416-785-2500, ext. 2223.

We research better ways to manage and recover after a stroke

Rotman Research Institute hosts a number of studies focused on stroke prevention, treatment and recovery. Some studies are comparing therapeutic methods to help participants improve physical function, whereas others are looking at memory improvement and cognitive recovery post-stroke. Another study is examining the efficacy of therapies on those who experience aphasia, or problems communicating, after a stroke.  If you or a loved one is interested in contributing to the future of stroke rehabilitation by participating in one of our studies, contact the Research Hotline at 416-785-2500 ext. 2900.

We offer customized fitness programs for those who’ve had a stroke

The Fitness and Health Promotion Department at the Joseph E. and Minnie Wagman Centre offers a variety of programs which provide opportunities for each client, based on their unique health background, abilities and requirements. Ongoing exercise plays an important role in the stroke recovery process, whether it’s a stroke specific program or a more general exercise program.  Our fitness professionals will assess and recommend the exercise program which  is right for you or your loved one. For more information, call the Fitness Department at 416-785-2500, ext. 2341.

We’re creating The Virtual Brain – the future of cognitive rehabilitation

The Virtual Brain project led by Dr. Randy McIntosh of Rotman Research Institute, will deliver the first real, usable and open simulation of the human brain. The computer model has potential to revolutionize how clinicians assess and treat various brain disorders, including cognitive impairment from stroke and Alzheimer’s disease. Clinicians will be able to gauge outcomes of certain cognitive rehab treatments on the computerized brain to identify which treatment will work best for a specific patient.

We’ve joined in the Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery

We’re partners in a group of national stroke recovery researchers, harnessing the power of their collective expertise to restore the lives of those affected by stroke. With strategic goals of translating current knowledge into practice and improving post-stroke services, the partnership will yield enhanced care for the estimated 315,000 Canadians living with stroke.