How does Baycrest protect brain health and preserve memory?

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 remember?

We created a free brain health check-up

Worried about your brain health? Cogniciti Inc. (a company created by Baycrest and MaRS Discovery District) recently launched a free online brain health assessment for adults aged 50+ who are worried about memory changes and want to know if they should see their doctor. The test aims to reassure the worried well and nudge the small percentage (2-3%) who have serious memory issues and will score low on the test…to seek help.

We’re part of a national initiative to tackle dementia

Eleven researchers from Baycrest Health Sciences and its Rotman Research Institute (RRI) have joined a national dementia initiative announced by the federal government. The group will conduct research aimed at delaying the onset of dementia and related illnesses, preventing neurodegenerative illnesses from occurring, and improving the quality of life for Canadians with these illnesses and their caregivers. 

We’re helping adults with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) improve their memory skills

We offer a group intervention program that helps adults with MCI to improve memory. Three Baycrest neuropsychologists also wrote the first comprehensive book on MCI: Living with Mild Cognitive Impairment – A Guide to Maximizing Brain Health and Reducing Risk of Dementia. It’s highly accessible information for anyone who has the condition, and their family members who are often the primary caregivers.

We’re leading a driving study to help adults extend safe driving skills as they age

Baycrest’s Chief of Medicine, Dr. Gary Naglie, is leading a study to evaluate an intervention for seniors with MCI that aims to extend their ability to drive safely.  The study involves a driving simulator that will measure performance changes in driving before and after participants have taken cognitive training exercises. 

We’re developing a personalized brain repair solution

Dr. Randy McIntosh of Baycrest’s RRI is leading an international team of scientists to build the world’s first, functional virtual brain. The computerized VB can take a patient’s damaged brain, model it and enable clinicians to test the effectiveness of different therapies and identify which will work best for the patient.