January is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month
January 1, 2015
There is no magic pill to cure Alzheimer’s disease. Baycrest experts are working hard to prevent and delay the onset of dementia.
On this page, we’ve compiled the latest news on brain health and aging, the most valuable resources from our experts and helpful information about our programs. We hope to arm you with the tools to age well and prevent or delay dementia. If you or a loved one are facing dementia, we hope you’ll access one of our many programs, both for patients and caregivers.
The time to wipe out brain disease is NOW! Get the facts on Alzheimer’s disease in Canada:
Articles and resources for families
- Smart aging
Learn how to age well with tips on healthy eating, physical fitness and mental health.
- Visiting with elders
A free online resource on how to have quality time with a loved one who has Alzheimer’s or dementia.
- Caring for the caregiver
Helpful advice from our experts to help caregivers keep themselves healthy.
- When dementia is in the house
A website with advice for family members of individuals who have been diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia (FTD).
Our latest news on brain health, dementia and aging
- Global dementia is on the rise. Here’s what Baycrest is doing about it.
- Baycrest partners with Canada’s National Ballet School to offer dance class for seniors with dementia
- Baycrest study indicates older adults who volunteer are happier, healthier
- Anxiety may accelerate slide into Alzheimer’s
- Helping aging drivers stay on the road, safely
- Improve your diet, protect your brain!
Programs and services
- Counselling and referral services
If you’re looking to access community resources or having trouble navigating the healthcare system, this is a great place to start.
- The Centre for Memory & Neurotherapeutics
Access clinical and educational programs for memory, dementia and related disorders.
- The Koschitzky Centre for Innovations in Family Caregiving
Get help coping with the physical and emotional demands of looking after a loved one.
Get involved in the future of brain health
Books by Baycrest experts on brain health, dementia and caregiving.
Dr. Carol Greenwood, senior scientist at Baycrest’s Rotman Research Institute, has teamed up with Daphna Rabinovitch, an award-winning recipe developer and food writer, and Joanna Gryfe, a food and media expert, to create the world’s first science-based cookbook for the brain. The book offers 100 brain-healthy recipes, including some from Canadian celebrity chefs, along with practical information from Dr. Greenwood on what to eat to promote optimal brain health and healthy aging.
The Memory Clinic: Stories of hope and healing for Alzheimer’s patients and their families
Dr. Tiffany Chow, a behavioural neurologist in the Sam and Ida Ross Memory Clinic at Baycrest, never worried about her own risk for Alzheimer’s. Then came the unexpected curve ball – she realized that her own grandmother in Hawaii likely died of the disease, but without the typical memory loss symptoms. With this revelation, Dr. Chow began to ponder the question, “Could I combat Alzheimer’s brain changes by building cognitive reserve just like my grandmother?” Her book tells the inspiring stories of her patients in the memory clinic and their families. It also offers coping strategies for individuals caring for loved ones with dementia and shares insights on science-based healthy lifestyle practices she herself has adopted to maintain brain health.
Living with Mild Cognitive Impairment: A guide to maximizing brain health and reducing risk of dementia
Baycrest neuropsychologists Drs. Nicole Anderson, Kelly Murphy and Angela Troyer wrote their book for individuals diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment and their loved ones.
MCI is considered to be a transition stage or border zone between the cognitive changes associated with normal aging and more serious cognitive problems caused by an underlying dementia such as Alzheimer’s. Individuals diagnosed with MCI are at greater risk of developing dementia, but the book offers hope in the form of research-backed advice on lifestyle changes like diet, exercise and memory strategies that can help people with MCI maintain their cognitive health.
Parenting Your Parents
When our parents reach a certain age and have difficulty coping, we find ourselves wondering how to provide them with the kind of love, care, support and attention they need, just as they have done for us all our lives. The Third Edition of Parenting Your Parents shows, through 24 case studies and personal experiences of the authors, that you are not alone and offers crucial advice to help you along this difficult but rewarding journey. It also offers a Vulnerability Index to measure what level of need your parents may have right now, as well as a financial-planning section and resource directory.
Late Stage Dementia: Promoting Comfort, Compassion and Care
This is a practical guidebook to help families and healthcare professionals provide the most comforting care possible to ailing seniors in the late stages of dementia when the prognosis for life is very limited. Written by Dr. Michael Gordon, one of Canada’s best-known geriatricians, the book uses fictionalized case descriptions of real-life scenarios to help families understand what end-stage dementia looks like, what palliative care is, and medical concepts such as pain and symptom management, life-sustaining treatment, and the role of substitute decision makers. The latter section of the book contains more information aimed at instructing healthcare providers and interested family members in assessing and managing end-stage symptoms and ensuring the most comfortable and compassionate care possible.