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									April 2003

Vol. 1 Issue 3

Improving life after a stroke



Centre Update
Baycrest, Israel share dementia expertise in video teleconference Baycrest celebrated a milestone on December 11, 2002 by hosting the first of a series of Canada-Israel video teleconference rounds in Behavioural Neurology and Geriatric Psychiatry. Dr. Morris Freedman, director of Behavioural Neurology, opened the session with greetings to his colleagues at Tel Aviv University. Clinicians and students in Behavioural Neurology, as well as other healthcare professionals, shared a virtual, borderless classroom as they listened to a case study of dementia in a 41-year-old Toronto man. This was followed by a cross-border discussion of the findings from the clinical investigation, which included recent imaging data of the patient’s brain. “We want to develop greater communication and links across Canada and Israel through joint educational programs such as this,”said Dr. Freedman. Three more Canada-Israel rounds are scheduled for this year. Joseph and Sandra Rotman honoured by Council of Christians and Jews Joseph and Sandra Rotman were honoured with one of two 2002 Human Relations Awards presented by the Canadian Council of Christians and Jews at the organization’s 55th Anniversary and Awards Dinner in November 2002. Joseph Rotman is a member of the Baycrest Board of Directors and is CoChair of the Research Advisory Committee. He and his wife, Sandra, are both generous Baycrest benefactors.

Volunteers recognized for service to Baycrest

Six Baycrest volunteers received 2002 Ontario Volunteer Service Awards from Minister of Citizenship Carl DeFaria at a ceremony at Queen’s Park last November. The award winners who were honoured for long-standing service to Baycrest are: (left to right) Mitzi Harris (5 years), Esther Peters (15 years), Gail Cross (10 years), Cynthia Hanson (5 years), and Thomas Weiss (5 years). Absent: Baka Sternberg (10 years).

Ministry of Health gives Baycrest high marks Compliance advisors from the Ministry of Health performed their annual review at the Apotex Centre, Jewish Home for the Aged last December. Their review concluded that all the standards for Long Term Care are currently being met. In fact, the advisors

commended Baycrest staff for their ongoing excellence in the provision of resident care and for the significant work on the recommendations made from last year’s review. A few areas for improvement were identified, such as minor changes to the restraint policy, documentation and medication administration process.

Family comes together at Passover
Passover is still a family time for Frances and Arthur Gottlieb who live in the Apotex Centre, Jewish Home for the Aged. Their son, Gary Lloyd Gottlieb (centre), is leading a Passover seder in the Home for his third year, and their daughter, Heidi Gottlieb (left) is joining them as well. Gary also volunteers his time to lead a monthly discussion group for residents on the fourth floor. Residents have the opportunity to take part in model seders in every dining room in the Home on April 21. Seders are also planned for Baycrest Hospital and the Terraces of Baycrest.

A Passover Message
Passover, the festival of freedom, brings to mind the yearning for freedom in the human heart. Jews were enslaved in Egypt for 210 years of bondage. It was in this iron crucible that they were molded into a nation that has learned to cherish and respect human freedom and dignity. The festival is celebrated for eight days. The first two nights are dedicated to the Passover seder which is a re-creation of the story of the Exodus. May you and your dear ones enjoy the blessings of the festival of freedom and may we soon realize the day when all humanity can lift its head in freedom and security. Rabbi Nachum Berlat Director, Pastoral Services

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Posluns Centre for Stroke and Cognition a major partner in Heart & Stroke initiative
Baycrest’s Louis and Leah Posluns Centre for Stroke and Cognition is part of a multi-million dollar initiative being undertaken by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario to improve the lives of stroke survivors. Heart and Stroke announced the creation of the Heart and Stroke Foundation Centre for Stroke Recovery (HSFCSR) in late March at a Toronto event that featured one of this country’s most famous stroke survivors and hockey dad, Walter Gretzky. The HSFCSR will be a “virtual”research centre of excellence comprised of three partners: Baycrest, Sunnybrook and Women’s College Health Sciences Centre, and the Ottawa Health Research Institute (part of The Ottawa Hospital). “The raison d’être of the research centre is to contribute knowledge that will lead to improved quality of life after stroke,”says Dr. Donald Stuss, director of the Rotman Research Institute and vice-president of Research at Baycrest.“We know the adult brain has some restorative capacity. It has the potential to partially repair itself after injury.” The opportunity for Baycrest to be part of this large initiative could not have happened without the generous support of the Posluns Family Foundation, which in 1999 gave Baycrest a $3million gift to create The Louis and Leah Posluns Centre for Stroke and Cognition. “I applaud the Posluns family for their foresight in understanding the importance and urgency of finding more effective rehabilitation treatments for stroke,” says Dr. Stuss. Canada’s population is aging and the incidence of stroke is expected to rise in the coming years. Currently, up to 50,000 Canadians suffer a stroke each year and 16,000 of them will die as a result. Statistics also show that 300,000 Canadians are living with the effects of stroke, which can include physiLouis Posluns Leah Posluns cal paralysis, speech difficulties and cognitive impairment. A $3-million gift from Wilfred Posluns and his family created The new Centre for Stroke The Louis and Leah Posluns Centre for Stroke and Cognition, Recovery will have scientists, named in honour of Wilfred’s late parents. The family has a particular interest in stroke recovery because Louis Posluns who specialize in neuroscience, died of a stroke. molecular biology and genetics, teaming up with clinicians on The HSFCSR is a multi-million dollar initiaan ambitious spectrum of research aimed at tive. Each of the three partners is required to finding the most effective ways to minimize contribute $125,000 annually over the next 10 brain damage and promote functional recovery years by attracting external donations and after stroke. research grants. Heart and Stroke will match At the Posluns Centre for Stroke and the total amount contributed by all three partCognition, clinicians and scientists from the ners. This funding will enable the partners to Kunin-Lunenfeld Applied Research Unit and hire scientists and research fellows for the variThe Rotman Research Institute will investious stroke research projects. gate new post-stroke rehabilitation techWalter Gretzky, father of hockey great niques and apply an array of advanced brain Wayne Gretzky, spoke at the HSFCSR launch imaging technologies to monitor the on March 26. Walter lost most of his memories, progress of patients. An out-patient stroke including those of his son’s Stanley Cup victoclinic integrating care, research and educaries, as a result of a stroke in 1991. tion is also being developed.

Stroke survivor makes remarkable recovery
It was one of the most frightening experiences in Ian Carmichael’s life. The active 64-year-old was sitting in his office when he suddenly felt numbness in his legs and arms, became dizzy and began slurring his words. He didn’t have the strength to pick up the phone and call his wife. After a short time, he recovered enough to get in his car and drive home. Ian didn’t know it then, but he had just suffered a Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA), also known as a transient stroke that usually lasts less than 24 hours. It occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is briefly interrupted. TIAs are often warning signs that a person is at risk for a more serious and debilitating stroke. Unfortunately for Ian, there would be several more attacks in the days to come that would leave him paralyzed down the right side of his body. That was spring 2001. Almost two years later, with many brain scans and rehabilitation sessions behind him, Ian has made a remarkable recovery. He is one of the lucky ones. With the support of his loving wife, Liz, the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, and Baycrest’s Rehabilitation Unit and Stroke Self-Management Program, Ian is leading a full and active life again. “Baycrest helped me to walk again, work on my endurance, and rebuild my upper body strength,” he says. To boost Ian’s spirits during many months of rehabilitation, It was a dream come true for Ian and Liz Carmichael when they went he and Liz set a goal to travel on a holiday to Italy last year after Ian suffered a stroke in 2001. to Italy when he was well enough. Last fall, that dream water pool at Baycrest Hospital and plans came true, marking a personal triumph for to volunteer on the Rehabilitation Unit so this stroke survivor. Ian’s also back to doing he can provide encouragement to other photography and dancing the fox trot. stroke patients. He continues to exercise in the warm
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Long-term care faces serious financial pressures
A message from Baycrest President & CEO Stephen W. Herbert
How many times have you read the headline: Hospitals need more money to deal with stresses in emergency departments? It’s a serious issue and one the public is very interested in reading about. But Stephen W. Herbert the public often doesn’t hear about the equivalent pressures facing the providers of care to seniors in settings like Baycrest. Yet, the issue is just as serious. The Ontario Long Term Care Association and the Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes and Services for Seniors are working to ensure the public understands the financial pressures facing long-term care organizations across the province. started to make a small difference. However, a “Level of Service Study” conducted by the government, shows that Ontario’s long-term care residents still receive the least amount of care despite having among the highest level of care needs. The amount of resident care the Ontario government funds still ranks last out of the 11 jurisdictions in the study. Baycrest has always been concerned with this and has strived to provide an increased level of service through the generous support of community and families. However, fundraising alone does not address the issue and the competition for people’s support makes it an even more difficult way to solve the problem. Baycrest also has additional resource challenges because it is unique. from significant cognitive impairment). This brings with it special requirements which require additional resources. In addition, ensuring people live in a culturally sensitive environment with kosher food and Jewish programming is absolutely essential. But it also requires $3-million annually in donations to make it possible.

OLTCA encourages people to make a difference
The Ontario Long Term Care Association has estimated that an extra $260-million in government funding is required in 2003 and 2004 to bring Ontario to the 1999 level of care of Saskatchewan, which ranked eighth in the Level of Service Study. The Association is encouraging friends and families to get involved in bringing this challenge to the forefront. To find out more, go to or Baycrest’s website, and go to the Family page. As OLTCA says, “Family and friends can make a difference” .

Baycrest residents have special needs
For example, the Apotex Centre, Jewish Home for the Aged, has one of the largest populations of cognitively impaired residents in the province (approximately 75 per cent of residents suffer

Ontario ranks low in funding long-term care
Recent increases in operating funding have

Professional cellist makes time to carry on family tradition
When Esther Gartner agreed to temporarily take over her mother’s role playing the piano for the Day Centre Rhythm Band, she never imagined that three weeks would turn into 11 years. Why has she stayed? “It makes me feel good to carry on a family tradition,”says Gartner, who has been a cellist with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra for 30 years. “I used to bring my daughter Emily with me to pick up my mother when she was just two years old, and now she’s volunteering, too. It’s very meaningful to me that she’s a third generation Baycrest volunteer.” Despite her busy schedule, Gartner also stays because she enjoys working with the members of the band in the Community Day Centre for Seniors, and with their energetic conductor, Joan Hodges.“We make a great team,”she adds. “Joan really makes it fun.” Hodges admits that when Gartner took over from her mother,“I never even started looking for anyone else. She’s as good as her mother was.”And that’s saying a lot. Fagel Gartner was the pianist for the Toronto Jewish Folk Choir for many years and her husband, Emil, was the choir’s conductor from 1939 to 1960. Hodges could also be called a reluctant volunteer. A former high school music teacher in England, Hodges had just qualified to teach English as a Second Language when she saw that Baycrest needed volunteers. “I thought I could put my new skills to use, but when they found out I was a musician, they asked me to work with the rhythm band. It wasn’t what I wanted to do, but I said I’d give it a try.” That was 16 years ago. “You’ve only to see the people sitting outside in the lounge with their aches and pains, and then literally watch them light up when they start playing music,”she explains.“It’s absolutely selfish of me to do this because I get such a kick out of it.” Hodges has fun but she takes her role seriously. Everyone in the band plays a small percussion instrument and she insists that they work at it and commit to the band.“I’m more than a middleaged lady waving her arms around,”she says. “I challenge them and they enjoy the challenge.” The band recently performed a concert in the auditorium and is hoping to perform again soon.

Seated in front of the Rhythm Band is conductor Joan Hodges flanked by Esther Gartner, (left), the band’s accompanist, and Esther’s daughter, Emily Burnham. 4 Baycrest Bulletin

Graduate nurses gain unique skills for geriatric care
As a nursing student at Lakehead University worth the effort is one that nursing intern Silvia in Thunder Bay, Penney Minor knew she Dos Santos has witnessed in her experience wanted to work with elderly patients and at an acute care hospital. “The majority of my asked where she should go to learn about graduating class can’t understand why I want to geriatric care. “I was told, if you want the best work with the geriatric population,”she says. place, go to Baycrest,”she says. Dos Santos has been working on the Minor completed a clinical placement at Baycrest Rehabilitation Unit in Baycrest Hospital since during her fourth year and two years September 2002 and chose the unit later was back as one of the first particbecause she liked the idea of helping ipants in a new Geriatric Nursing people return to the community. “One of our Internship Program started in 2000. “I didn’t think I’d like it as much goals is for The experience gave her the as I do,” she says.“You see a nurses to... skills and leadership opportunities patient who’s had a stroke and to get a contract working as a Clinical you think there’s no way this perinfluence the Nurse Specialist at the Toronto son will ever be able to walk again. care of seniors Rehabilitation Institute. “I don’t Then in three months, they’re think I could have done it without walking and on their way home. elsewhere.” the internship program,”she says. There’s a real team approach to Baycrest is the only hospital client-focused care.” offering recent nursing graduates a one-year The nursing internship involves four days of paid internship in gerontological nursing pracclinical work and one day of working with an tice, according to Rhonda Seidman-Carlson, advanced practice nurse on a special project or director of Nursing Placement, Development relieving a registered nurse to allow her to take and Practice, and coordinator of the program. a course, work on a project or conduct research. “These nurses are acquiring knowledge Each intern has a registered nurse as a precepand skills that are not taught at school,”she tor to provide guidance, and a clinical nurse speexplains. “Their training involves understandcialist as a mentor for their special project.“My ing what happens normally in people when preceptor teaches me new skills and pushes me they age, how to adapt care approaches and to use them,”says Dos Santos. “She really boosts environment to enhance the capabilities of my confidence and it’s great to have the support.” older persons, and understanding the dreams Dos Santos has also been working on a and drives of older people. much-needed brochure for the unit and says “One of our goals is for nurses to take what it is gratifying to work on something that is they have learned here and influence the care of going to be useful to patients and families. seniors elsewhere. They can make a difference by Other projects interns have worked on changing the view of elderly patients as helpless include: an education program for staff on wanor difficult, to capable and involved.” dering clients; an on-line communication book; The perception that older patients aren’t and, learning modules for new nursing staff about working with the cognitively impaired. Alison Watson, an intern who is working on
Nursing interns (left to right) Alison Watson, Sharon Moloney and Silvia Dos Santos are acquiring specialized knowledge and skills in the care of the elderly that are not taught in school.

the Geriatric Psychiatry unit, is updating the unit’s manual and co-leading a group therapy session once a week.“I’m really impressed by the expertise here and the expertise being generated through research,”she says. “It’s a wonderful environment in which to learn,”adds Sharon Moloney, an intern in the Apotex Centre, Jewish Home for the Aged. “After the internship, these nurses are fives years ahead of their counterparts,”says Seidman-Carlson.“If we can’t immediately hire them here, we know that they have a sophisticated knowledge base that they can apply in other settings to help improve the quality of care of the elderly, and this is a huge measure of success for the program.” For information about the Geriatric Nursing Internship Program, please all Rhonda Seidman-Carlson at (416) 785-2500, ext. 2769.

Participants needed for research studies
Lend us your brain for a couple of hours! The Research Division of Baycrest Centre is looking for volunteers between the ages of 18-85 to participate in studies on aging, memory & brain functioning. Each study involves an interesting set of pencil & paper or computer tasks. Some participants will have the opportunity to see their brain in action using the latest brain imaging technologies. Choose to participate in the studies you are most interested in. Some financial remuneration is offered. Eligible participants should be in good physical and mental health, with no history of neurological illness. For more information, please call (416) 785-2500, ext. 2080. Web-based study Participate in a unique web-based study of memory from home. A $5 donation will be made to the Baycrest Centre Foundation for participation. The survey involves answering questions about past events and future plans. Sign on to begin at: When prompted, use participant code: BAYNEWS. Those without web access may participate at the Rotman Research Institute or your local library. Questions? Email: Take part in a study on Alzheimer’s Disease We’re looking for healthy individuals and people with Alzheimer’s to take part in a PET brain imaging study. For further details, please call (416) 785-2500, ext. 3363, or email:
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Rehab specialist uses technology to give clients in
Baycrest has a unique resource in rehabilitation technician Nigel Applewhaite who works closely with Occupational Therapy and Communication Disorders to provide special, adaptive equipment for clients who have limited mobility, hearing loss, communication problems or other difficulties. “Our ultimate goal is to provide clients with whatever degree of independence we can, no matter how minor, because this ultimately leads to a better quality of life,”Nigel explains. Some of the numerous adaptive devices he deals with include: call bells that can be activated by someone’s head or the slight touch of a hand; photo telephones that allow a person to speed dial certain numbers by simply touching the photo of a relative or friend; and, alerting devices for the hearing impaired that cause a lamp to flash when the telephone rings. Other items include voice amplifiers, FM transmission hearing equipment and special switches that turn lights or radios on and off. Nigel draws on his training in nursing and electronic engineering technology to find adaptive devices that suit a particular need. “I try to come up with things that are useful and easy to use,”he says.“Sometimes it’s much more cost-effective to adapt an existing product than to order something brand new.” Nigel also sources and orders all equipment for the Ability Store so that families of seniors who still live at home can have access to adaptive devices such as door, wheelchair and

Volunteer Greta Sonshine helps Rehabilitation Technician Nigel Applewhaite demonstrate how a person who can’t use her arms or hands can blow into a special air-activated device to turn on a light.

Award recognizes staff excellence
Staff excellence, innovation and achievement were recognized and celebrated at Baycrest’s 2002 Annual Recognition and Rewards Program Awards in January. Staff were nominated by their peers and two winners in each of the three award categories were chosen by a staff committee. “The people and teams who received awards have turned their talent and initiatives into successes for Baycrest in the form of better client care, new services and new efficiencies,” Baycrest President & CEO Stephen Herbert told staff and guests attending the ceremony. “That’s a wonderful reason to celebrate and for all of us to be proud.” Library Services Director Linda Devore received an “Excellence in Leadership”award for her role in the creation of a new Virtual Library that provides a database specific to geriatrics and gerontology. Marilyn Rodgers, nurse manager of 3-East and 3-West in Baycrest Hospital, who was nominated by her staff, also received an award for her outstanding leadership. After working in health care facilities in six different provinces, Rodgers says Baycrest is the finest. She has enjoyed the past 15 years here and says she looks forward to more. The two winners of “Outstanding Innovation” awards are the members of the Nursing Clinical Resource Group, who created a Preparation Workshop for the Gerontological Nursing Certification Exam, and Adriana Mudron of Financial Services, who developed a new computer program to help managers prepare their budgets. “Group Achievement”awards went to Diagnostic Imaging and the Psychiatry Day Hospital for Depression for “demonstrated team cohesiveness and exemplary service.” The annual awards are jointly funded by Baycrest and the Anna and Frank Schipper Endowment Fund.

Dr. David Conn, Director of Psychiatry (left), presents staff from the Psychiatry Day Hospital for Depression with a Group Achievement Award for “team cohesiveness and exemplary service.” 6 Baycrest Bulletin

Staff of the Diagnostic Imaging department are presented with a Group Achievement Award by speech language pathologist Lisa Sokoloff (fourth from left), whose department made the nomination.

bed sensors that detect movement and sound an alarm when someone wanders, or is about to fall out of a wheelchair. One of the most challenging projects Nigel has worked on was fitting a wheelchair with switch-activated voice commands for a resident who is unable to speak. Before, the resident had to point to letters on an alphabet board to communicate what he wanted to do. Now, when the resident pushes one of the two switches on the wheelchair, a message is played which says,“Can you please take me to the fourth floor?” “It’s very exciting to be involved in all these projects and have such a positive impact,”he adds. Few health care facilities have someone like Nigel on staff and he has shared his specialized knowledge and expertise with other longterm care and community service providers, clients and caregivers.

Remember your first kiss?
Older and younger adults remember that ‘milestone’ differently
When it comes to remembering significant moments in one’s life – such as the first kiss with a sweetheart – older adults may not remember all of the details as vividly as younger adults. But with age comes wisdom – and older adults, fortified with a lifetime of experience, tend to express thoughts or feelings about those events in a far more interesting and worldly manner. These findings were reported in a fascinating study of autobiographical memory in younger and older adults conducted at Baycrest’s Rotman Research Institute. Led by scientist Brian Levine and doctoral student Eva Svoboda, the study attracted national attention in The Globe and Mail and Canadian Press. In the study, healthy younger adults (aged 19-34) and healthy older adults (aged 66-89) were asked to recall personally-experienced events from different periods in their life – early childhood, adolescent-teenage, early adulthood, middle age, and the previous year. The recollections were then transcribed and the content analyzed word-for-word using a unique scoring method that differentiated among different types of information. Researchers found that younger adults excelled at providing specific facts and details about the event, while older adults were stronger at providing more general facts that focused more on the significance of the event to their life. When recalling their first kiss, younger adults might describe the colour of their sweetheart’s sweater, what the weather was like, or where they were standing. Older adults might also provide some specific details, but they are more likely to speak at length about the broader context: “It was just after the war, the borders were re-opened and I was anxious to begin a new life, settle down and raise a family.” Now that their technique has been validated in younger and older adults, Levine and his colleagues are using it to study people with brain damage that might affect the way they remember events from their own past. Their ongoing research in patients with dementia, strokes, tumors and traumatic injuries suggests that frontal lobe brain damage causes an exaggerated version of the pattern seen in aging. In some cases, patients’ memories are stripped of event-specific details altogether, and all that remains are the general circumstances surrounding the event.

Report on Healthy Aging
Are you drinking enough water? Thirst drives a person to seek water, but unfortunately, it lags behind the body’s needs —especially for older adults. Water is the most important nutrient required by the body. You can live a few weeks without food, but you can only survive a few days without water. Water works hard in the body to: the metabolism of water in the elderly include the increased need for water when on medications, or due to disease and illness. The body tends to lose more water when fighting a fever or hyperventilating, or if the person has diabetes insipidus. Older people are also more susceptible to water loss on a hot day. That’s why it is especially important for older adults to pay attention to their fluid needs. So how much water is enough? Healthy seniors should drink about six glasses of fluid daily. However, during stressful situations, this should be increased to eight glasses to prevent dehydration. Stressful periods include: • Illness (e.g. infections and fever) • Heavy exertion • Excessively hot weather • Long-distance flights (especially if consuming alcohol) Easy Ways to Drink 6 Glasses • Water, milk and fruit and vegetable juices are all good sources • Herbal teas and caffeine-free coffees and teas also count. (Alcohol and regular coffee and tea should be limited due to their diuretic effect.) • Have a drink of water, tea or juice with your meals, or start off with a cup of soup • Make sure to drink water before, during, and after physical activity.

• Transport nutrients and carry

away waste • Maintain blood volume • Lubricate and cushion around joints • Keep eyes, mouth and nose moistened, and skin hydrated • Help regulate body temperature (to protect against heat exhaustion and insulate from the cold) • Help carry medicines to the proper places in the body Aging and Water in Your Body Water constitutes about 55-60% of a healthy 30 to 40-year-old’s body weight. But by the age of 75 to 80, the smaller proportion of lean tissue causes this water content to drop to 50%, and even lower in elderly women. In addition, the mechanism that stimulates thirst diminishes with age. This puts the elderly at risk for dehydration, since the signal encouraging a person to drink is impaired. Dehydration is one of the most frequent causes of hospitalization among people over 65. Other factors affecting

The Social Work Department
presents our semi-annual

Family Event Workshop
Sharing Life Stories:
Finding Meaning Through Storying Wednesday, May 7, 2003 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Apotex Centre, Community Hall main floor All Baycrest families are invited For information please call: (416) 785-2500, ext. 2223

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Baycrest in the News
In June… Social worker Mona Munro was interviewed for the June issue of Canadian Living about the challenges of caring for an aging parent and how this can be an enriching experience for both child and parent. Mona also offers tips on avoiding caregiver burnout in the Spring issue of Help’s Here, a new magazine for people caring for aging relatives. In February… An Alzheimer’s study led by Rotman Research Institute senior scientist Dr. Cheryl Grady attracted the attention of the Ontario government’s website, (see story on this page). Psychologist Dr. Angela Troyer and Rotman scientist Dr. Gordon Winocur were interviewed in a Globe and Mail story about the importance of keeping our minds active as we age. Doing activities that are intellectually stimulating, such as puzzles, crosswords and card games, is a great way to exercise the brain. Dr. Michael Gordon, vice-president of Medical Services, was interviewed on about the challenges of caring for aging parents and how this can impact the workplace. VoiceAmerica is internet-based talk radio, reaching listeners across the world. Shawn Fremeth, a social worker at the Terraces of Baycrest, is quoted in 50-Plus magazine about caregivers and the aftershock of losing someone they love. Fremeth facilitates a Spousal Bereavement Group at Baycrest. In January… The Globe & Mail and Canadian Press reported on a memory study led by Rotman scientist Brian Levine and doctoral student Eva Svoboda. While younger adults are better at remembering details of events they’ve experienced in different periods of their life, older adults had the edge when it came to extracting the underlying meaning or significance of events. With age comes wisdom! Levine was interviewed on and BBC Radio. (see story on page 7) In December 2002… Stephen Tucker, director of Information Technology, was chosen “IT Executive of the Year” by industry magazine Computing Canada. Among his many accomplishments are: establishing Baycrest as a leader in e-learning; and, building a wireless network to support physician order entry and bedside charting.

Early-stage Alzheimer’s patients show unique brain activity to compensate for losses
A study led by Dr. Cheryl Grady, a senior scienmatched controls), Dr. Grady and her team of tist at The Rotman Research Institute, has found investigators have found the first direct link the most direct evidence to date that people between this compensatory brain activity and with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease can engage successful performance on semantic and additional areas in the brain to perform successepisodic memory tests. fully on memory tests. “We found that patients who Alzheimer’s is a progressive, were able to recruit the predegenerative disease that affects frontal cortex of the brain to a an individual’s ability to think, greater degree than other remember, understand and make patients, performed more accudecisions. People with early-stage rately on memory tests,”says Dr. Alzheimer’s begin to experience Grady, who is also a professor of problems with their episodic and Psychiatry and Psychology at the semantic memory. Semantic University of Toronto. refers to the accumulation of While she cautioned that this general world knowledge gained compensatory effect does not last over a lifetime (for example, forever and diminishes as the names of countries, famous peodisease progresses, she hopes her Dr. Cheryl Grady, ple, major historical events). team’s finding will inspire further Rotman Research Institute Episodic refers to events that one research.“The development of experiences throughout your life compensatory responses in rela(for example, having visited the dentist yestertion to early cognitive changes in Alzheimer’s day or graduating from college in 1950). is an area in need of more investigation,”she While previous neuroimaging studies consays.“The goal, until more definitive preventive firmed that individuals in the early stages of treatment is found, is to develop more effective the disease show increased activity in the treatments that extend this compensatory brain’s prefrontal regions when performing effect and delay the degenerative effects of cognitive tests (compared with healthy ageAlzheimer’s for longer periods.”

A One-Bedroom Efficiency Suite at Two Neptune Drive
is available for rent to friends and relatives visiting a Baycrest resident or patient.
Features: Reasonable daily rate · Fully furnished · Meat & dairy dishes in kitchen · Washer & dryer · Close proximity to Baycrest Centre

Visitors can book The Glassman Overnight Residence Suite for a 3-day minimum stay.

For more information or to make a reservation, please call: (905) 850-7750
The Glassman Suite is available thanks to the generosity of Baycrest supporters Dr. Max & Gianna Glassman

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Tables of Distinction expands to 2-day event
Last May, the Baycrest Women’s Auxiliary broke new ground with a unique and exciting fundraising event called Tables of Distinction. Well-known Toronto designers, artists, celebrities and retailers teamed up to create unique tabletop settings, offering the public a rare chance to view 30 different decors. Joining guest speaker and exhibitor, Rosalie Sharp, were designers Brian Gluckstein, Lynda Reeves, Kimberley Seldon, retailers Hermes, Pavillon Christofle, William Ashley, Pottery Barn, Tiffany & Co. and Birks, columnists Jan Wong and Sara Waxman, celebrities Karen Kain and Jeanne Beker, and artists Ian Leventhal and Tootsie Halbert, just to name a few. The event attracted 1,000 people and there was an exclusive, soldout Benefactors’Luncheon and private viewing. Due to the event’s overwhelming success, Tables of Distinction is being expanded to two days and up to 50 exhibitors, on Sunday, May 25 and Monday, May 26 at the Sheraton Centre, Toronto. The event will include two days of public viewing and a Patron & Benefactor Luncheon for 450 guests on May 26. In addition, there will be an exceptional array of boutiques and an assortment of short seminars on topics such as tabletop design, entertaining and caring for fine china and silver. This year, Tables of Distinction is being presented with The Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, as the event’s cultural affiliate. Curator Meredith Chilton will be the keynote speaker. Proceeds will fund a Rotman Research Institute Fellowship and ongoing research and programs in Cognition and Alzheimer’s Disease. Tickets are $25 for public viewing. The exhibit will be open daily from 12 noon until 7 p.m. For tickets and information, please call The Baycrest Centre Foundation at (416) 785-2500, ext. 2049.
Journalist Jan Wong at the lunch table she designed for last year’s Tables of Distinction event.

Volunteer Opportunities
There are many opportunities to volunteer your time and talents to assist Baycrest clients and staff, and at the same time, gain new skills and a rewarding experience. Here are just some of the areas where you could help. Please call to find out more! Store Assistant A store assistant is needed 2 to 5 days a week from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This person must have previous retail experience, the ability to arrange displays, good math skills, and good customer service. Exercise Program Assistant The Physiotherapy Department needs assistance with an advanced Parkinson’s exercise program. You will receive on-the-job training. A good command of the English language is required. (Other languages would be an asset.) Monday – Friday, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m., upon availability. Bridge Players Bridge players are needed to assist residents on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. 2003 Summer Youth Volunteer Program If you are between the ages of 13 and 24 and are looking for a great experience, consider joining our Summer Youth Volunteer Program. Assist with recreational programs and outings, or apply your computer skills in Information Technology. Interview deadline is Wednesday, June 4, 2003. Call (416) 785-2500, ext. 2575 for more information or to book an interview. For more information about volunteering at Baycrest, please call (416) 785-2500, ext. 2572, or send an email to: Thank you.

The Baycrest Women’s Auxiliary presents

Tables of Distinction
An exhibition of unique table settings created by top designers, artists, retailers and celebrities
Sunday, May 25 and Monday, May 26, 2003 Sheraton Centre, Toronto 123 Queen St. West, Mezzanine Level Benefactor and Patron luncheon & private viewing Monday, May 26, 2003 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Tickets Benefactor (2 tickets/$1,000) Patron (1 ticket/$500) Donor (1 ticket/$150) Public viewing both days Noon - 7 p.m. Tickets: $25 For tickets and information, please call Dawn at (416) 785-2500, ext. 2049
Proceeds to fund a Rotman Research Fellowship and programs in cognition and Alzheimer's disease.
Photograph from Tabletops © by Barbara Milo Ohrbach

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Comprehensive program teaches people how to live with Parkinson’s
Learning more about Parkinson’s Disease and how to manage your symptoms has been something of a two-edged sword for Irving Drutz who participated in a Parkinson’s program at Baycrest. “Now I know more about what is happening to me and what to expect,”he says.“But there’s a good part to that and a bad part. What I got out of the program is that you can’t change certain things, but you can learn to live with them.” Parkinson’s is a slowly progressive neurodegenerative illness that currently affects more than 100,000 Canadians.The often debilitating symptoms include tremor, stiffness, slowness of movement, impaired balance, personality changes, weakness, difficulty writing, soft speech, sleep disturbance and reduced facial expression. Mr. Drutz was diagnosed with the disease five years ago and recently completed a 12-week program at Baycrest to help him manage his condition and improve his quality of life.The Parkinson’s SelfManagement Program is offered three times a year to eight participants and their spouses or other family members.They come two mornings a week for therapeutic exercise, education and support, as well as access to a dietitian, nurse, social worker, occupational therapist, physiotherapist and speech language pathologist who all have expertise in Parkinson’s. One of the“good parts”of the program for Mr. Drutz was that he resumed his passion for sculpting. “I did about 35 sculptures in 10 years and then nothing,”he says.“I couldn’t lean over the counter to work on it, my back hurt, so I just gave up.”Occupational therapist Shawna Burchmore, one of the members of the multi-disciplinary team who worked with Mr. Drutz, went to his home and set up his work area to make it possible for him to sculpt again. He completed a small soapstone sculpture while in the program and now has two others on the go. Through exercises and physiotherapy specifically
Irving Drutz is surrounded by the multi-disciplinary team that helped him learn to live with Parkinson’s and resume his love of sculpting.

Baycrest adopts new
Last year, Baycrest began discussing a new strategic focus that stresses the need to strengthen and expand its services for older adults with brain disorders and mental health illnesses such as Alzheimer’s disease, stroke and depression. Baycrest already has considerable expertise in these areas and is committed to building on its strengths in order to respond to the pressing needs of older adults with these conditions. With the anticipated growth in the older population in the years ahead, the prevalence of these conditions will increase significantly and Baycrest is in a position to be a leader to help ensure that the growing needs are met. This new focus does not diminish Baycrest’s commitment to other health needs of the elderly. “Brain functioning and mental health are important issues for the elderly, but we realize that people come here with many other health issues that require our expertise,” explains President & CEO Stephen W. Herbert. “We will continue to serve them at Baycrest, and through partnerships with other organizations, to the best of our abilities.” Following extensive consultation with staff, clients and families, health and academic professionals, and community representatives, the Baycrest Board of Directors approved a new Strategic Plan entitled, “Leading from our Strengths”, to guide decision-making over the next five years. The result is a plan that will guide Baycrest in: • Bringing care and quality of life for the aging population to a new level of excellence through the power of research and education • Developing a focus on brain functioning and mental health • Maintaining its strong commitment to the Jewish community • Strengthening its financial position STRATEGIC GOALS & OBJECTIVES Baycrest’s roadmap for the next five years includes the following five goals and specific objectives to achieve them: Enrich the quality of life of the elderly • Enhance the daily lives and health care of the elderly at Baycrest and within the community • Identify and strive to meet the needs of the Jewish elderly living in the community, including York Region • Translate and disseminate Baycrest knowledge to enhance care and quality of life practices locally, nationally and internationally

geared for people with Parkinson’s, Mr. Drutz also learned techniques to get in and out of his car more easily and how to move himself around in bed.“Parkinson’s make you feel like a log,”he explains.“It’s very hard to move but they showed us how to make it easier.” The Parkinson’s program was first piloted in 1999 and has now been running in the Day Treatment Centre for over a year.“We used to run groups for patients with a variety of conditions but we noticed that we were getting an increasing number of patients with Parkinson’s,”says speech language pathologist Bonnie Bereskin.“The therapy we offered was not specific to their needs, they were younger than most patients, and as a team, we thought maybe we should start to provide them with more focused care.” From this observation, the team set out to discover if there was a demonstrated need for a self-management program for individuals with Parkinson’s and their families. “Through focus groups with current and discharged patients and families, we found that they were having difficulty coping with the many challenges that accompany Parkinson’s,” explains registered nurse Madeline D’Arpino, the team leader in the Day Treatment Centre. “They welcomed the idea of a group just for them.” The team conducted a thorough literature review on the subject, surveyed all Toronto-area neurologists about their idea, and contacted hospitals and agencies across North America to see if any offered an education, support and therapy program to people with Parkinson’s. “Based on our research, we found this was a true need, but now we had to figure out how to make it happen,”says D’Arpino. With the support of Baycrest’s Senior Management Team, physiotherapist Rebecca Gruber was seconded to help develop a program and tools to evaluate its effectiveness. After a successful pilot, the program was formally started in January 2002. Since then, it has become a model for similar programs started at other hospitals, such as Markham Stouffville Hospital. Tanya Aggett, a physiotherapist and the program’s coordinator, explains that participants are evaluated before and after the 12 weeks. “Our objective is to give them the skills and resources they need to manage their condition in the community,”she says.“People leave the program doing things they couldn’t do before, but we can’t cure them or turn back the clock on Parkinson’s.”

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5-year Strategic Plan
2 Integrate care, research, and education as the pillars of excellence of the organization • Develop the organizational infrastructure to facilitate the integration of care, research and education • Position education as the critical link between care and research and the translation of theory into practice • Raise awareness of the benefits of integration • Review and develop the independent strengths of care, research and education

Nurses given tools to resolve conflict and cope with challenging behaviours
Imagine you’re a health care aide working with elderly residents who have Alzheimer’s disease.You walk into a resident’s room to take her for a bath and she starts yelling that she doesn’t want a bath and she doesn’t want you.You ask her again to come with you but she refuses. She is only one of eight residents you have to care for before lunch and you are accountable to get all your work done.You know she has dementia, but you start to feel angry and stressed out. She continues to protest and you can feel your blood pressure rising. What do you do? Thanks to a four-week training program involving educational sessions and role playing, nursing staff on the sixth floor of the Apotex Centre, Jewish Home for the Aged have a better understanding of challenging behaviours and how to manage them. “Getting angry with the person is not going to do either of you any good,”says health care aide Sonia Griffiths.“It’s important to respond calmly and try to determine why the resident is reacting this way.The training taught us different ways to deal with situations and to try and put yourself in the other person’s place.” The same strategy holds true when dealing with angry colleagues and families.“The most important thing is to listen to the other person,” adds health care aide Galina Gryffer. “Don’t fight back or answer right away.” They learned to use TALC. Take a deep breath and count to five. Acknowledge the person’s feelings and ask what is bothering him/her. Listen. Cooperate to find a solution. According to both nurses and their manager, Gina Peragine, the staff now has the tools to deal effectively with conflict and are resolving issues on their own. That is one of the goals of the Nursing Self-Efficacy Program developed by Nursing and Psychology and piloted on the sixth floor last year. “It was (Director of Psychology) Guy Proulx’s initiative to partner with Nursing to address challenging behaviours,”explains Corey Mackenzie, a post-doctoral fellow in the Psychology department.“We felt the best way would be to give nursing staff the skills and confidence they needed to deal with these issues themselves, which is what self-efficacy means.” Dr. Mackenzie, who is funded by the Morris Slivka Fellowship, and Gina Peragine spent six months developing the program based on a thorough review of research literature, evidence-based practice and the clinical expertise of staff from Nursing, Psychology and Social Work. The training consisted of three 2-hour modules. Each started with an informative presentation such as understanding conflict resolution, tips for dealing with anger or facts about dementia. But it was the role playing exercises that were especially beneficial, according to Griffiths and Gryffer. “Playing the part of a resident, co-worker or family member helped us to see how to react and gave us a chance to practice the interventions we can use,” says Griffiths. “It’s easier to do in a real situation once you’ve already practiced the words to say in a safe environment,”adds Peragine. Staff were told to document what methods work and don’t work with a particular resident and come up with a plan to share with the team. “It’s important to get nursing staff to think of themselves as therapeutic agents and realize their positive impact on residents,”says Dr. Mackenzie. Peragine has seen a decrease in behaviour issues with residents on the floor. “Staff now realize that yelling down the hall to get a colleague’s attention can really upset a resident, so it’s resulted in a quieter atmosphere,”she explains. But she adds that constant review is necessary and she and Dr. Mackenzie meet with staff once a month to reinforce the training and discuss interventions. The goal is to extend the training to staff on all floors of the Apotex Centre. In addition, content from the program, as well as role playing, will be videotaped and made available on-line.

Become an international leader in brain functioning and mental health related to aging • Develop centres of excellence in Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, stroke and mood disorders • Disseminate knowledge related to Alzheimer’s and other dementias, stroke and mood disorders • Position Baycrest as an international leader in brain functioning and mental health related to aging Create an organizational culture that enhances the quality of work life for staff and volunteers, embraces change, and facilitates agile decision-making • Improve the quality of work life for staff and volunteers • Develop a culture of change and empowered decision-making • Build leadership capacity throughout the organization Develop alternative sources of financial and human resources to meet these goals and objectives • Eliminate the deficit • Obtain funds for strategic development • Develop a human resources strategy to address current and future staffing needs A number of actions have been identified to help implement the new Strategic Plan and these will be developed over the coming months and years with ongoing consultation and communication with all Baycrest stakeholders. Integration of Care, Research & Education The stories on pages 10 & 11 illustrate how the successful integration of care, research and education can lead to improved quality of life of the elderly. In both cases, a clinical need was identified, research was conducted to find an appropriate response, and a program was developed to offer new knowledge that directly impacts care and quality of life. One of Baycrest’s goals is to ensure the successful integration of care, research and education in all of its programs and services.
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Health care aides Galina Gryffer and Sonia Griffiths take part in a role playing exercise to help them cope with challenging behaviours of residents with dementia. Assisting them are: nurse manager Gina Peragine and psychologist Corey Mackenzie, therapeutic recreationist Paula Jorgensen (seated, left) and volunteer Cynthia Handler (seated, right).

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Workshops for hard of hearing seniors
The Communication Disorders department offers workshops for hard of hearing seniors and their spouses or other loved ones. The classes are approximately three hours and are limited to 10 participants. General Hearing Help Workshop Information about: hearing and hearing loss; hearing aid technology; specialized assistive devices, and, strategies for dealing with difficult listening environments. Introduction to Speech-Reading Basic information on speech-reading (or lip-reading). Speech-Reading Practice For those who have completed Introduction to Speech-Reading. Hearing Aid Orientation for the new user Topics covered include care and maintenance of the hearing aid, inserting and removing the hearing aid, batteries, and other related subjects. For more information, please contact Joan Steinsky at (416) 785-2500, ext. 2377.

Hearing loss bring seniors together for support and friendship
For two hours every week, a group of hard of hearing seniors can forget the frustrations and isolation of living with hearing loss, enjoy each other’s company, share information and learn new ways to manage. “From the moment I walked into the group, I was made to feel comfortable and everyone seemed to know exactly what I was experiencing,”says Francis Collis, one of about 30 members of Baycrest’s Hard of Hearing Club, which celebrated its second anniversary last November. “Although they couldn’t rectify my problem, it made me feel less frustrated. Since joining the club, I come away learning something new at almost every meeting and, the most surprising part for me, is that I put what I learn to use.” The club was formed to give seniors with hearing loss an opportunity to come together, discuss their common problems and make new friends.“It has since evolved into a great support group that is both social and educational,”says audiologist Marilyn Reed, the group’s facilitator. “Friendships have been made that extend beyond club meetings.” Nusia Eidelberg, the groups’founding member, says,“The life of a hard of hearing person is not easy, but being together and sharing the problem helps us a lot. We are friends with the same problems. We share our needs, our knowledge and our frustrations in this silent, disabled world.”

Communicating Tips
1. Get the person’s attention before starting a conversation by calling his/her name or tapping him/her on the shoulder. 2. Talk face-to-face and at eye level. 3. Move closer before starting a conversation. 4. Speak clearly, slowly and at a normal volume (don’t shout). 5. Don’t exaggerate your lip movements. 6. Don’t turn away or cover your face while talking. 7. Do use appropriate facial expressions and gestures. 8. Make sure there is adequate lighting so your face is clearly visible. 9. Eliminate or reduce competing noise sources before starting a conversation. If you can’t do this, try to move away from the noise. 10. If the hard of hearing person misunderstands, try re-wording your message rather than repeating it. 11. In group conversations, try to have one person speak at a time. 12. Encourage the use of a hearing aid. 13. Understand that an ill or tired person will not hear as well. 14. Be patient.
Members of the Hard of Hearing Club gathered for a second anniversary celebration last November.

Wagman Choir open to all songsters
Anyone who loves to sing is welcome to join the new choir at the Joseph E. and Minnie Wagman Centre. There are now 20 men and women from the Wagman Centre, Terraces of Baycrest and Two Neptune Drive who get together on Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. to sing under the direction of Judy Ross, who has been the director of the Wagman Entertainers singing group for 12 years. The choir is accompanied by pianist Nathan Rose. “I think that people in the choir drop 10 years by singing, ” says choir member Tilly Sugerman. “I love it. Sugerman says she was happy to find a group that didn’t ” require her to audition or read music. “I love music but I’m not star material. The choir is ” now preparing for a concert in early June, but Ross says there’s still time to join. To find out more, give her a call at (416) 491-8913.
Director Judy Ross and pianist Nathan Rose (standing) practice a song with the new Terraces/Wagman Choir.

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Annual Campaign for Baycrest 2003: The Campaign for Care
New matching funds program doubles impact of annual gift increase
Fran Mann, an Apotex Centre resiadditional dollars matched and Goodmans LLP, Executive Committee member dent and president of the will double the value of their and chair of the Foundation’s Governance Residents’ Council is overwhelmed increase.” Committee is reaching out to leaders in the with the community’s response to Baycrest Centre Treasurer and legal community; and, three young and enthulast year’s annual campaign. “It’s incoming Foundation Chair Wilfred siastic volunteer fundraisers, Evan Cooperman, very heart-warming for me to Posluns explains the importance Jesse Kaufman and David Rosmarin, are pulling know these generous donations of the new program to Baycrest’s out all the stops to attract other young people will enhance the quality of my life success. “Government provides to get involved in this year’s Campaign. and those around me in this comfunding for nursing homes and “The link between our generation and the munity we call home,”she says. hospitals but those monies aren’t founders of our community is vital to our herThanks to over 3,000 generous nearly enough to make Baycrest itage,”says Cooperman.“Jesse, David and I are donors and the dedication of camthe special place it excited about this project and our Campaign Co-Chairs paign volunteers and staff, last needs to be,” he says. involvement with Baycrest. Our goal “It’s very heartMolline Green and year’s Annual Campaign raised “To balance the budget is to help raise at least $500,000.” warming for Michael Levy $3-million to help seniors like for care of the elderly, Another new initiative this year is me to know Mrs. Mann. This April, The Baycrest Centre and meet our community’s needs, Baycrest’s Monthly Giving Program. these generous Foundation is introducing several new initiatives we need to raise $5-million in the “Making the donation process as for its 2003 Annual Campaign for Baycrest: The 2003 Campaign and hope to do so easy as possible for our donors is donations will Campaign for Care. by growing our donor base to 5,000 enhance the quality extremely important to us,”says “What is most exciting about the 2003 people. The Campaign for Care, Campaign Director Marlene Axmith. of my life and campaign is a new Matching Funds Program together with the support of the “As a result, we’ve developed a prethose around me.” authorized monthly payment plan that will help it grow like never before,”says Matching Funds Program, will help Campaign Co-Chair Michael Levy. “Thanks to us succeed in this effort.” to help donors support Baycrest the tremendous generosity of a group of longMichael Levy and his Campaign Co-Chair throughout the year. And best of all, any new time Baycrest supporters who have made this Molline Green have organized a formidable donation or increases made through this profund possible, every new dollar to the camteam of vice-chairs to help meet the campaign gram will be matched dollar for dollar.” paign will automatically become two. This challenge. Honey Sherman, honorary director To offer your financial support or volunteer means that each of us who increases our annuof Baycrest Centre and vice-president of the for the Annual Campaign for Baycrest, please al donation by any amount, or donates to the Women’s Auxiliary is spearheading the Major contact Marlene by phone at (416) 785-2500, campaign for the very first time, will have their Gifts division; Gerry Ross, senior partner at ext. 2018 or by e-mail at

Baycrest… the next generation!
At Baycrest, age is not a barrier. You The Next Generation Committee can get involved no matter how old is planning an orientation and tour of or young you are. A case in point is Baycrest for its volunteers followed three charismatic young men who are by a session on the phones to raise leading the charge by co-chairing the funds from the community at large. Next Generation Committee of the Cooperman hopes many other young 2003 Annual Campaign for Baycrest. adults, those with ties to Baycrest With a goal of raising at least $500,000, through grandparents or great-grandtheir first objective is to assume responparents, and those who just want to Evan Cooperman sibility for a Campaign telethon staffed help, will join in their mission to reach by their peers on Sunday, April 13. out to the community. Evan Cooperman, Jesse Kaufman and “We have no doubt we can achieve David Rosmarin have taken up this chalour goal,”says Cooperman.“It’s a lenge, but it’s not the first time they’ve pretty simple plan – get people in the been involved in community projects. 20 to 30 age range to come out for “Jesse and I pioneered a studentone day, hit the phones and make a run organization to promote Jewish real dent in reaching the Campaign’s social events while we were at York $5-million goal.” University,” says Rosmarin. “All three For more information on joining of us believe we have a communal the Next Generation Committee, David Rosmarin responsibility as Jews. And, as young please call Frances Bigman at people, we have a unique ability to assist the (416) 785-2500, ext. 2025 or e-mail her at 2003 campaign.”

Campaign Goal:
$5-million from 5,000 gifts

Helping us get there....
Campaign Co-Chairs Molline Green Michael Levy Foundation Chair Fran Sonshine Campaign Vice-Chairs Stacey Barish Gerald Ross Evan Cooperman Richard Sacks Gilda Honey Sherman Goodman-Helman Barry Siegel Jesse Kaufman Gerald Slan Anita Lapidus Richard Wagman Ellen Miller Steven White David Rosmarin Irwin Wortsman Ian Rosmarin Past Campaign Chairs Lawrie Apple Susan Fenwick

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Celebrating our Corporate Partners
Celebrating its third year, the exceptional corporate partnership between Baycrest and RioCan, Canada’s largest real estate investment trust, is based on two factors. The first is that both share a similar philosophy. “Much like Baycrest, RioCan believes in helping the elderly who created the communities we live in today,” explains RioCan President & CEO Edward Sonshine.“RioCan supports initiatives across Canada, especially in neighbourhoods where it does business.” The second factor on which the partnership is based is determination. In the early 1990s, Sonshine’s father, Ben, suffered a series of strokes during heart bypass surgery. After several months in an acute care hospital, Ben’s condition was considered hopeless as he slipped in and out of consciousness. The family was not prepared to give up and sought help from Dr. Morris Freedman, director of Behavioural Neurology at Baycrest. Ben was moved to Baycrest Hospital and after three months of treatment, was walking, talking and ready for discharge.“My family had the great fortune to enjoy three more good years and another two not bad years with my dad and we have Baycrest to thank for that,”says Sonshine. “Baycrest doesn’t give up on people. We are proud to be a major supporter of its efforts.” In the spirit of this support, RioCan has announced that it will be the lead sponsor of the Baycrest Gala for the third consecutive year. “The Gala provides an outstanding venue for introducing new people to Baycrest,”says Fred Waks, RioCan’s senior vice-president and chief operating officer.“It’s a fun, social way to broaden Baycrest’s exposure, and to make others aware of what Baycrest accomplishes as a world leader in geriatric care, research and education.” Their enthusiasm for Baycrest led Sonshine and Waks to work with Carole Grafstein as cochairs of the Major Gifts Committee for last year’s Gala. Together they attracted the largest number of corporate sponsors in the Gala’s history, raising a total of $1.3 million. “The dedication of companies like RioCan, who come back year after year as Corporate Partners, allows us to build on our strengths and advocate on behalf of seniors,”says Mark Gryfe, president of The Baycrest Centre Foundation. “We are so grateful to RioCan for its commit-

Fred Waks, senior vice-president & COO, and Edward Sonshine, president & CEO, of RioCan

ment and ongoing support.” The Corporate Partners Program offers organizations an opportunity to partner with a worldrenowned leader in geriatric care, research and education. If you or your organization is interested in learning more about the advantages of becoming a Baycrest Corporate Partner, please contact Florence Weinberger, director of Development, at (416) 785-2500, ext. 2055.

is back!
The Leadership Development Group is thrilled to announce the 2004 return of Art & Soul, a fun-filled evening and fundraiser featuring a live art auction and silent auction, music, food and drink. Initial planning is about to begin for the February 2004 event and we’re looking for young, enthusiastic volunteers to join the committee. Art & Soul co-chairs are Marci Kroft, an art consultant, and Laura Mandell, a public affairs & media relations specialist. The Leadership Development Group is an energetic group of volunteers between the ages of 25 and 45 looking to advance their leadership skills and enrich the lives of seniors in our community. Come share your expertise, creativity and enthusiasm, meet new people, and help make a difference. For more information, please contact Lynda Roth at (416) 785-2500, ext. 2020 or by e-mail at

Terraces resident leaves legacy through substantial bequest
Caring for her community was important to as social outings and weekly grocery shopping. Gertrude Rocklin. Growing up in a traditional “She was extremely intelligent, strong spiritfamily, with strong ties to the Jewish communied and resourceful,”says Shawn Fremeth, a ty, she believed it was important to contribute social worker at the Terraces.“With the assisto those in her community that needed it most. tance of staff and volunteers, Mrs. Rocklin To that end, Mrs. Rocklin, who passed away on maintained a level of independence that was May 5, 2002, left a substantial gift to extremely important to her.” Baycrest in her will. Florence Weinberger, director of Her nephew, Sheldon Esbin, is proud Development for The Baycrest Centre of his aunt’s meaningful bequest. Foundation, says planned gifts like Mrs. “Gertrude’s mother, Sarah Klein, who Rocklin’s not only provide necessary was my grandmother, lived at Baycrest financial support to the community, they for many years,” he says. “But Baycrest also provide donors with a unique level of was a part of our lives long before that. satisfaction.“People know when they plan Our family’s synagogue was beside the a gift to Baycrest, they’re leaving a legacy Gertrude Rocklin original Home on Cecil Street.Although I for generations to come,”she explains. was very young at the time, I can still In recognition of this generous remember how pleased the residents were when bequest, Baycrest has named a wing in honour my grandfather took me to visit after services.” of Ben and Gertrude Rocklin and their parents When Ben, her husband of 50 years, died in on the sixth floor of the Apotex Centre, Jewish 1999, Mrs. Rocklin moved to the Terraces of Home for the Aged where Mrs. Rocklin’s sister, Baycrest (formerly Baycrest Terrace) for its supAnne, resides. portive housing and Jewish programming. With To learn more about planning for a gift in her hearing, eyesight and overall health rapidly your will or about joining the Sam Ruth Legacy failing, she enjoyed a quality of life made possiSociety, please contact Florence Weinberger at ble through planned recreational activities such (416) 785-2500, ext. 2055.

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National marathon runner decides to take the Baycrest Challenge
Bruce Raymer wants to defend his title. Coming in first with a record running time for the past two years, Raymer is the man to watch at this year’s Baycrest Challenge, a five-kilometre and 10-kilometre run, walk and fundraiser for Baycrest. One of the oldest runs in Toronto, the race attracts hundreds of the GTA’s most serious and competitive runners, duathletes and triathletes. And it’s no wonder, explains Raymer, fourtime National Team member who is currently ranked fifth in Canada for the Marathon.“It’s a fast course and fairly flat so you can expect a fast running time. It’s scenic too. There are so few quality runs in this city. Out of all of them, I’d have to say the Challenge is the best by far.” This year’s Baycrest Challenge takes place on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 11th. Runners and walkers of all ages participate in the fivekilometre and 10-kilometre runs, a mother and child one-kilometre run and a five-kilometre family walk. By obtaining pledges, participants raise money to support Baycrest. The Challenge route begins at Baycrest and follows city streets, finishing in beautiful Earl Bales Park. At the finish line, participants can boost their energy with healthy snacks and even have a massage by members of the Canadian Sport Massage Therapy Association. Entertainment, a barbeque and a carnival featuring games and prizes make the Challenge a fun family event. And, as always, there are Challenge awards for runners and prize incentives for top fundraisers. For more information on the Challenge or to register, please call Sandy Gordon at (416) 785-2500, ext. 2100, or visit www. On-line registration is available at

Marathon runner Bruce Raymer will defend his title at this year’s Baycrest Challenge on May 11.

2003 Calendar of Events
Event and Date Baycrest Challenge Sunday, May 11 Description Organized by the Men's Service Group, this 5K and 10K Race, Walkathon and Carnival supports Baycrest programs and services. The Leadership Development Group plans an evening of fun and family fireworks. Proceeds support Baycrest programs and services. Our newest signature event, Tables of Distinction is a must see for anyone interested in design and décor. Organized by the Women's Auxiliary, proceeds support a Rotman Research Fellowship in Cognition and Alzheimer's Disease at Baycrest Join fellow golf enthusiasts at Copper Creek Golf Club, in beautiful Kleinburg. Organized by the Leadership Development Group, proceeds support Baycrest programs and services. Join the community for an evening at Woodbine Race Track. Back by popular demand, this special Baycrest event is organized by the Leadership Development Group, and proceeds support Baycrest programs and services. Location Baycrest Centre Carnival and Finish Line at Earl Bales Park. Crestwood School Contacts For more information, call Sandy (416) 785-2500, ext. 2100

2nd Annual Family Fireworks & Fun Night Monday, May 19 Tables Of Distinction Sunday, May 25 and Monday, May 26

For more information, call Lynda (416) 785-2500, ext. 2020

Sheraton Centre, Toronto

For tickets, call Dawn (416) 785-2500, ext. 2049 (see story and ad on page 9)

The Baycrest Golf Classic Tuesday, July 15

Copper Creek Golf Club in Kleinburg, Ontario.

For more information, call Lynda (416) 785-2500, ext. 2020

The Baycrest Derby Wednesday, July 30

Woodbine Race Track

For more information, call Lynda (416) 785-2500, ext. 2020

For more information on upcoming events, visit our website at:
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Many thanks
All gifts listed were received between November 1, 2002 and January 31, 2003.

to all our Baycrest Supporters for
Planned Giving

Family of Fundholders
Family of Supporters
Pearl and Albert Stevens

Special Occasion Funds
Celebration Funds
Ira Lewy Bar Mitzvah Fund • Sara & Phil Rutman 50th Anniversary Fund

Estates of: Benjamin Birstein • Philip Ross Bishop • William Brody • Jennie Feld • Diane Finsten • Emilie Frenkel • Betty Garnet • Helen Goldenberg • Bernice Guziker • Irving & Molly Levins Foundation • John Allen Mcrae • H. Albert Morton • Magda Pillisch • Gertrude Rocklin • Max Singer • Essie Steiner

Covenant Funds: $1,000 - $9,999
John Alexander • Eve and Mickey Alter • Lauren Amato • Vela Belsky • Samuel Burman • Bess Feldman • Alfred and Mary Freeman • Harvey Freeman • Sheila Allen-Jacobson • H arry and Zelda Jonas • Philip Kerbel • Harry Kostman • Morris and Cyla Lieberman • Jacqueline Michaels •Donny Rich and Family • Aaron and Sarah Rotenberg • Nellie Rothman • Kaelen Sherman

Memorial Funds
Mania Chaikof • Eunice Cowan • Hersch Dubczanski • Ruth Finstein • Berta Grun • Tillie (Shier) Himel • Dorothy Koven • Beatrice Krestell • Fanny & Maxwell A. Levy • John & Goldie Rosen • Rachel Schwartz • Sammy Solomon • Belle Staiman Stone • Harry Tater • Emil Weisz

Art Gifts

Beverly Abramson • Ian Akiyama • Orah Buck • Leo Chaikof • Senator Jerry Grafstein • Al J. Green • Joseph Leventhal • Phillips Lynas • Lillian A. Mandel • Geo Matus • Ian & Jane McLeod • Joan Murray • Myriam Nafte • David Perelman • Hinda Petro • Edith Pike • Tutzi Haspel Seguin • Greta Valen • Irving Zucker

Donors (gifts of $500 and over)
1359142 Ontario Limited Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel Ben and Bess Berens A Sybil Berenstein John and Gay Berger Abbott of England Paul and Barbara Len and Marcy Abramsky Bernstein Abbie and Elkie Adler Eleanor Besen AGFA Inc. Bessin Family Foundation Henry Alban Murray and Mary Betel Faye Albert Franklin Bialystok Ruth Alexon Mario Bicci All Gold Imports Inc. Jack Bliman All Seas Fisheries Inc. Rudy and Marlene Bloom Sheila Allen The Lawrence and Ronnee Alter Frances Bloomberg Bert and Karen Amato Foundation Irene Amram Je rey Bly The Appel Family Gary and Harriett Bomza Foundation Irving and Ruth Borchiver David and Susan Borden Ladner Applebaum Gervais LLP Barry and Eleanor Appleby Stephen and Elaine Gwen Appleby Borins Michael and Marilyn Marc and Tiana Boyman Appleton The Bradstreet Family Arisa Holdings Limited Foundation Atlantic Packaging Ltd. Lorraine Bramson Murray Axmith David and Cindi Brand Rudy and Cathy Bratty The R. P. Bratty B Charitable Foundation Al and Gila Badner Cecil Brauer Irving and Norma Bain Eric Breuer Charlotte Baker Hildegard Breuer Mark and Debbie Bank John Breuer Bank Brothers & Son Ltd. Patrick Brigham Freda Barkin Gertrude Bromberg Jack and Elaine Barkin Ralph Brooks Lily Barr Al G. and Shirley Brown Amnon and Karen Baruch Gary and Gail Brown Muni and Carol Basman Harry Krakowsky and Rose Baum Golda Brown Bayview Summit Neil and Roz Brown Development Ltd. Brown Family Edwin and Elaine Beallor Orah Buck Kingston J. Beamish Ralph and Sandra Burke Michael and Laura Beber Linda Burman Earl Bederman Edward and Tobie Bekhor C Mark and Marilyn Camp New Moon Benadiba Vivian & David Campbell Ellise Benitah Foundation Can-Rad Beauty Limited Lawrence and Lola Caplan Robert Carr Sheldon Carr Fred Catzman Cedarpoint Investments CGU Insurance Company of Canada Mary Chapman Gil and Helen Chapnick Leonard Chazen Chenstochover Aid Society Henrietta Chesnie Jack and Phyllis Chisvin CHUM Charitable Foundation CIBC World Markets Inc. Harvey Citron Bill and Phyllis Clar eld David and Naomi Cohen Jerry and Hilda Cohen Rina Cohen Roslyn Cohen Sam and Beverley Cohen Stan and Sheila Cohen Beverley Colman-Lokash Garson and Jean Conn Allan Consky Mervin and Rovena Cooper Malcolm Coven Collin and Marion Craig Fergus I. Craik Jack and Beverley Creed Herb and Eugenia Cyna Arnie and Judy Diamond Eph and Shirley Diamond Phil and Lisa Draper Marvin and Miriam Dryer Owen and Nancy Duckman Bernice Dworkin Morris and Myrna Finer Michael and Judy Firestone Firm Capital Corporation Abe and Marcy Fish Bob and Maxine Fish Stephen Fishman Mike & Sandra Florence Family Foundation The Florence Family Foundation Bernard and Doreen Fogel Lloyd & Gladys Fogler Foundation Garry and Joanne Foster Shirley Foster Four Seasons Hotels Limited Gordon Fox Charles and Aviva Freedman Jeremy Freedman and Judith Finer-Freedman Jay Freeman Zoltan and Yetta Freeman Herb and Betty Frieberg Jack and Sandy Frieberg Lewis and Aurelia Friedlich Alan Friedman Manny Mitchell and Merle Friedman George Fine and Lois Friedman Fine Harvey Fruitman Abe and Janice Glowinsky Norman and Lilly Glowinsky David and Marilyn Gluskin Don Godfrey Myer and Rena Godfrey Paul and Gina Godfrey Godfrey Family Foundation Allan and Linda Gold Shirley Gold Bryna Goldberg Gerald and June Goldberg Stan and Sue Goldfarb Michael and Libby Goldgrub Barry and Helen Goldlist George and Katie Goldlist Gerold and Rosylin Goldlist The Goldman Holdings Ltd. David and Bonnie Goldstein Edwin and Joyce Goldstein Mel and Shari Goldstein Mildred Goldstein Ron and Bonnie Goldstein Sonja Goldstein Ben and Julia Golinsky The Goodman and Carr Foundation The Gilbert Goodman Family Foundation David Helman and Gilda Goodman-Helman Goodmans LLP Barry and Hanna Gordon Errol and Cindy Gordon Debbi Gordon Michael Gordon and Gilda Berger The Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency, Inc. Gorman McIlveen Culinary Inc. Joseph Gorog David and Marilyn Gotfrid Gowling La eur Henderson LLP Cecil and Lee Gra Glenn Gra Jerry and Carole Grafstein Grand National Apparel Inc. Harry Grauer Irving and Barbara Green Barry Green David Green Donna Green Karen Green David and Molline Green Reva Green Miriam & Harold Green Family Foundation Abraham & Malka Green Foundation Lou and Shirley Greenbaum Mark and Susan Greenspan David and Lucille Gri Harold and Michael Gross Family Foundation Ira Grossman Grossman Bleeman Silver Foundation A. E. Grossman Foundation Fela Grunwald Mark and Pearl Gryfe Ina Gurofsky Frank Guscott

Eckler Partners Limited Mark Egit Ehrlich Real Estate Advisors Inc. Fred and Bea Eisen Celia Eisenberg Buddy and Leigh Eisenberg Bob and Ellen Eisenberg Frank and Anita Ekstein Elderwood Foundation Elkind, Lipton and Jacobs Encore Sales Ltd. Norman and Beatrice Endler Engelite Charitable Foundation Estelle Epstein Charles Erlichman Ernst & Young

H. Soupco Consultants Ltd. Howard Hacker and Lisa Feld The Ralph & Roslyn Halbert Foundation Stephen and Andrea Halperin Frances Harnick Beverly Harris Milton and Ethel Harris Simon and Zelda Harris Laurie Harrison Harry Margulies Tax & Management International Inc. Jack and Amy Hauer Karen Haviv-Leiter Max Hecht Frank Hegedus Howard and Sheila Henry Stephen W. and Marcia Herbert

David and Esther Fairbloom William and Karen Faith Alan Farber Tom and Norine Faulkner The H. Lawrence Fein Family Foundation Alan and Beverlee Feldman David and Cara Feldman Joel and Gail Fenwick Reuben and Florence Fenwick Allan and Susan Fenwick Fenwick Automotive Products The Allan and Susan Fenwick Charitable Foundation Leo and Andrea Fine George & Golda Fine Family Foundation

Barry and Joy Gales Stephen and Nancy Gangbar The Sam & Gitta Ganz Family Foundation Ed and Pauline Garber Howard and Margot Gar eld Gord and Ena Garmaise Ivan and Susan Gartha GE Capital Information Technologies George and Edith Gera The Frank Gerstein Charitable Foundation Howard Gitter Richard E. Glatt David and Marilyn Glick

Leon and Miriam D'Ancona Michael and Camille Dan Danier Leather Inc. Anthony Dayton Debro Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals Sharon Dembo Marty and Arlene Dennis Angel Dermer Alan and Joan Dessau Reuben and Rhonda Devlin

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your generosity and commitment.
Martin and Pia Herman Bernard Herman and Sharon Flancman A. S. Hertz Family Foundation Steven Herzog Harvey and Sharon Hirsh Fred Hirshfeld Heather Hoffman Sam Hoffman Mel and Marlyn Horowitz Merle Kriss Harrianne Kronick Yetta Kushnir Martinway Plaza Limited Robert and Sheila Masters Irving and Esther Matlow Frank and Eva Mayer Grant McGlaughlin Alan and Elise Mecklinger Medbers Limited Ron and Cheryl Medoff John and Rikki Meggeson Anthony and Valerie Melman The Mendelson Family Foundation Robert Menzies Froim and Ruth Merkur Stephen and Lois Messinger Metropolitan Equities Limited Barry and Susan Michaels The Michaels Family Foundation Earl and Ellie Miller Sam and Faye Minuk Florence Minz Cheryl Morantz Helen C. Mosoff Motorcade Industries Limited Mr. Submarine Limited Lou and Wendy Myles Irving and Elissa Posluns Posluns Family Foundation Winnie Posner William Prager Jack Williams and Dorothy Pringle Probyn & Company Inc. Process Products Limited Ruth Scolnik Second Rico Holdings Inc. Jack and Janice Segal Phillip and Marilyn Seltzer Sentinel Hill Sales Corporation Peter Weis and Nancy Shanoff Shlomo and Vivien Sharon Gerry and Eleanor Shear Allen Shechtman Shedlover Young Men's Society Edith Sherman Harry Sherman Les and Freida Sherman Ted and Donna Sherman Susan Sherwin David and Edna Shiffman Sol Shiner Philip and Shirley Shnier Helen Shoichet Bonnie Shore Mendel and Anita Shore Sarah Shore Saul and Thelma Shulman Alan and Monelle Siegal Allan and Hinda Silber Joshua Silber Bertha Silverberg Murray and Raina Silverberg Sheldon and Vivian Silverberg Marilyn Silverman Harold and Gail Silverstein Ron and Shari Silverstein Silverstein's Bakery Jeff and Rhoda Simbrow Charles and Evelyn Simon Leonard and Micki Simpson Helen Singer Max Sitzer Mark Skapinker Joel and Adrienne Slan Rose Slan Betty Slater Eleanor Slivka Freda Slotnick Arthur Slutsky Bruce Smith The Philip Smith Foundation Howard Smuschkowitz David & Luba Smuschkowitz Family Foundation Soberman Isenbaum & Colomby LLP Gerry and Sheri Sokalsky Ted and Liz Sokolsky Jordan and Sandi Soll Harvey and Renee Solursh Gary and Carol Solway Sonigem Products Inc. Edward and Fran Sonshine Sylvia Soyka Saul and Hermi Spears Randy and Debbie Spiegel Belva Spiel Tauba & Solomon Spiro Family Foundation Sheldon Spring Stancer Gossin Rose LLP Rose Stark Nat and Toby Starr Starr Trim Painting Co. Steeles Memorial Chapel Andy and Gaye Stein Ronald Steinberg and Nancy Prussky Jennifer Stellings Arthur and Vivienne Stevens Sam and Lydia Stoler Daniel and Dorothy Stone David Streiner Barbara Stupp Stupp Cohen Families Foundation Donald T. Stuss Harvey and Barbara Sugar Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada Calvin Swartz Gerald and Faye Swartz Jay and Linda Swartz Louis Swartz Ray and Helen Sweig Murray and Florence Sweigman Paul Szabo David and Bernice Walerstein Henry and Selma Walfish Richard K. Wallin Warsaw Lodzer Benefit Association Martin R. Wasserman Stephen and Janet Wasserman Sol and Goldie Wassermuhl Len and Adele Wechsler The Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation Bernie and Belle Weinstein Mark and Susan Weisbarth Werger Holdings Inc. Leon and Iris Weverman Leonard and Gilda Whyne Frank Wilson The Windward Foundation Wingnut Films Ltd. Earl and Pauline Wintraub Julie and Honey Wise Stanley and Ros Witkin Sidney Wolbrom The Barbara & Harvey Wolfe Family Charitable Foundation Aileen Wolff Ira Bond and Lynne Wolfson Bond Harold and Shelley Wolkin Irwin and Elayne Wortsman Irwin Wortsman Insurance Ltd

Lagover Mutual Benefit Society Philip and Sylvia Lampert Michael and Marlene Landa Debra Lands Gabor Lantos Leon Lapidus Norman and Marcia Latowsky Jonathan Latsky Yiu Chung Lau Richard Lax Sidney Lax Gerald Lazare Mel and Marlyne Lazer Richard and Laurie Lederman Lemar Apartment Ltd. Ben Lemberg Martin Lerman Lese Financial Corporation Ltd. Leslie Construction & Investment Ltd. Evelyn Levenstein Levi Strauss & Co. (Canada) Inc. Murray L. Levin Alan and Ellen Levine Henry Levinsky Jack Levinson and Susan Stern Mary Levitt Michael and Caren Levy Samuel & Rose Levy Charitable Foundation Pauline Lewis Jules Lewy and Joanna Slone Al and Sheila Libfeld Enid C. Lichter Fauna Lidsky William and Anne Lieberman Lipman, Zener & Waxman Philip Lipsey Anthony Lisanti Tom and Madeline Lobel Don and Lorraine Loeb Syd and Sheila Loftus Norty and Geraldine Longert Samuel Lunenfeld Charitable Foundation Ben and Jill Lustig Ezra Lwowski Irwin Lyons

Queen Lumber & Hardware

Imaginus Canada Limited Inc Robur Et Securitas Integris International Home Marketing Pat Irwin Avrom Isaacs David and Jacqueline Isenman Ivansker Mutual Benefit Society

Ted and Merle Rachlin Leonard and Carol Raizin Raymond and Sally Raphael Mort and Carol Rapp Rasch Foundation Goldie Rash Sara B. Ratney Harry Reingewirtz Murray Reiss Louie and Marla Reznick Larry Rich Luba Richardson Rite-Pak Produce Co. Ltd. David MacCoy and Razelle Roebuck Ian and Janet Roher Roots Canada Ltd. Jack Rose and Judith Megow-Rose Lorne and Marci Rose Laura Rosenberg Rosko Electric Sam & Ida Ross Foundation J.B. Rotenberg Kenneth and Helen Rotenberg Royal Bank Financial Group Foundation Jeffrey Royer Bill & Judith Rubinstein Charitable Foundation Daniel Rutman

Jack Rose Family Foundation Nancy Jackson Norman Jacobs Jalyka Corporation Javlee Investments Limited Jesaca Holdings Limited Jetco Manufacturing Ltd. Johnson-Rose Inc. Harry & Toby Jordan Foundation Harvey and Marsha Joseph Joshua and Michelle Josephson Andrew Judelman

Neil and Lauren Tabatznik The Lawrence & Judith Tanenbaum Family Charitable Foundation The Howard and Carole Tanenbaum Family Charitable Foundation John Tanzer Jay and Sandra Taradash Ruth Tater N.A. Taylor Foundation TD Canada Trust TD Securities Jason Tennen Burnett and Chave Thall Lloyd and Rose Title Stephen and Carole Title Murray and Janice Tkatch Harry & Florence Topper Charitable Foundation Larry and Frieda Torkin Toronto Dominion Centre Steven Troster

Harvey and Sylvia Naftolin Harvey and Barbara Naglie Murray and Sandy Naiberg Glorianne Naiman Namasco Limited Hartley and Marilyn Nathan Chaim and Diana Neslen Gil and Reta Newman Neil and Rachel Nisker

Milton and Gwen Yacht The Sam Yakubowicz Family Foundation Marvin and Fran Yontef

Maurice and Ester Kagan Robert Kaplan Fred and May Karp Ben & Hilda Katz Charitable Foundation The Henry & Bernice Kaufmann Foundation Neil and Susan Kendal Shawn Kendal Norman and Ellin Kert The Daniel E. Kert Family Foundation Theodor Kerzner Rose Kesten The Warren and Debbie Kimel Family Foundation The Manuel & Eva Kimel Foundation Joel and Mindy Kirsh Fred and Joan Klap Heidi Knobovitch Kohl & Frisch Limited Samuel Kohn Pamela Korman Emanuel and Susan Kornhauser David Kosoy Martin and Estelle Kosoy Henrietta Kostman Kozlov Investments & Enterprises John and Molly Kramer Henry and Barbara Krieger Perry and Pearl Krieger

Seymore and Carol Obront Adrienne M. Offman Ilona Ohayon Ostrovtzer Society

The Samuel J. and Jean Sable Family Foundation Barry and Karen Sacks Gary and Joyce Saifer James Salter Andrew and Judith Sanders Stephen and Sharon Sandler Lawrence and Kay Sandy Louis Savlov Savlov Investment Limited Robby and Debi Schacter Ruth Schacter Michael Schipper Norman and Estelle Schipper Stuart and Jayne Schipper Martin Schmerz Pearl E. Schusheim Ed and Marla Schwartz Jack and Rose Schwartz Tom and Marjorie Schwartz P. Schwartz Family Foundation Charles and Mina Schwarz

The Henry Zagdanski Family Paul Zalan Tom and Lynn Zaugg Jeffrey Zeifman Dov and Caroline Zevy George and Sharon Zuckerman Belma Zweig

UJA Federation of Greater Toronto Mildred Ulster Harry Ungerman United Bakers Dairy Restaurant United Way of Calgary and Area Helen Urbach

Susan Padro Ruth L. Paisley Para Paint Inc. Parliament Realty Co. Limited Albert and Pauline Pattenick Paul Slavens Real Estate Inc. David and Barbara Peltz Harvey and Lillian Peranson David Perelman Perkell Bros. Construction Company Morris and Sarah Perlis Cliff Pezim Steve and Wendy Pezim Miriam Phillips Jillian M. Pivnick Sandra Plener / Ruth Carbell Joseph Podemski Julius and Sonja Poizner Murray and Malca Poizner Alan and Sandy Posluns

Allan MacEachen Sandy and Gwen MackaySmith Natie and Esther Maister Howard Malach Jeff and Judy Mandel Min Mandel Ray and Judy Mandel Ayala Manolson Manulife Financial Wayne Marcus David and Faye Markowitz Lou and Julia Markowitz David and Helen Marks

Gordie and Debra Verk Joe Visenberg

Benjamin and Ruth Wagman Donald and Harriet Wagman Richard and Susan Wagman Sydney K. Wahl Elliott and Helene Wahle

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Impressive Judaica collection on display in museum
Sandra Temes (centre) shows a blue seltzer bottle from her impressive collection of Judaica items now on display in the Silverman Heritage Museum, to Miriam Deckallo (left) and Gertrude Gross, both members of Baycrest’s Community Day Centre for Seniors. Temes, a member of Baycrest’s Museum Committee, has collected hundreds of Judaica items over the past several years. The exhibit, “Through the Eyes of a Woman: the Judaica Collection of Sandra Temes,”runs until November 13, 2003. Tours can be arranged by calling the Museum at (416) 785-2500, ext. 2802.

Daughter honours her mother’s memory
Having spent many years living in Israel, the late Dora Greenberg knew that water was essential for the survival of the Jewish people. Her daughter, Eleanor Slivka, wanted to honour her mother’s memory and make a significant difference in the lives of Toronto’s Jewish elderly through a generous donation to support programs and services at Baycrest. To recognize this gift, the beautiful water fountain located in the Winter Garden courtyard of the Apotex Centre, Jewish Home for the Aged has been dedicated with a plaque in Dora Greenberg’s name.

Eleanor Slivka and her family also support the Shalom Program, a Sabbath program for patients in Baycrest Hospital.

The convenience of making on-line donations to Baycrest is now available

Donate on-line today!
Enrich the lives of the elderly by making a secure on-line donation using VISA, MasterCard or Amex and receive a tax receipt by return e-mail.

Honour your friends and family with a beautiful Passover card from Baycrest

Are you constantly taking an elderly relative to the emergency room but no one seems to know what’s wrong? Is your relative withdrawn, falling, forgetful, losing weight or in pain?

GATU may be able to help. GATU is the Geriatric Assessment & Treatment Unit at Baycrest Hospital. We offer evaluation and treatment of complex medical and functional problems during a short hospital stay of up to 4 weeks.
To arrange for an initial consultation, speak to your family doctor or for more information call (416) 785-2500, ext. 2621.

Every card you send, helps enrich the lives of the elderly.

Cards are 10 for $70 (additional cards/$7 each) Single cards are $10
Please mail or fax your list of names and addresses to the Baycrest Donations Office, 3560 Bathurst St., Toronto, ON M6A 2E1 • Fax: (416) 785-2373 Phone to order: (416) 785-2875 • Toll-free: (416) 1-800-223-2087 E-mail: (A tax receipt will be issued)

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New fitness centre a hit with staff
Baycrest staff take advantage of the new employee fitness centre which recently opened in the basement of Baycrest Hospital. Exercise equipment such as a treadmill, leg machines and free weights were generously donated to Baycrest for use by staff. The centre also has an aerobics studio, a variety of exercise classes, and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Staff Appointments
Rochelle Caratao, joined Baycrest on January 13 in the new role of Al Hertz Clinical Nurse Specialist in Pain Management. The position was created as a result of a Rochelle Caratao generous gift from with donor Al Hertz the Al Hertz Family Foundation. While major gifts to endow research chairs are most common, this donation is considered unprecedented in Canada because it opens the door for donors to support the delivery of care by endowing a clinical staff position. Before joining Baycrest, Rochelle spent eight years at Sunnybrook and Women’s College Health Sciences Centre, helping to assess and alleviate pain in acute and palliative care patients. At Baycrest, she will develop guidelines to assist nurses in assessing pain in the elderly, including those with cognitive impairment who can’t articulate their discomfort, and determine the most appropriate pain management strategies. Gwen Mackay-Smith was appointed to the new position of Manager of Marketing Services for the Terraces of Baycrest (formerly called the Baycrest Terrace) effective December 9, 2002. In this new role, Gwen is responsible for enhancing community awareness of the newly renovated building and the wide range of services available. Gwen came to Baycrest from Forest Hill Place, Lifestyle Retirement Communities where she was Manager of Marketing Services for 2 1 2 years. Her previous experience includes five years as Director of Volunteer and Recreation Services at Maimonides Geriatric Centre in Montreal.

Sharing Expertise
An article co-authored by Clinical Nurse Specialists/Nurse Practitioners Diane Buchanan and Lucy Cabico entitled, “A Critical Review and Synthesis of Literature on Reminiscing with Older Adults”, was published in the Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, vol. 34, 2002. Stephen W. Herbert, president & CEO, was a speaker at a conference organized by the Association of Jewish Aging Services (AJAS) in California in February. His topic was: Creating The Culture Of Innovation: Innovative Services and Revenue Generation for the New Jewish Marketplace. Dr. Corey Mackenzie, post doctoral fellow, Psychology, presented, “Positive Mental Health as We Age,” at the Community Information Forums on Addiction and Mental Health entitled, “Healthy Aging and Quality of Life in the Later Years,” at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in January. A paper by Debbie Seligman, occupational therapist, Orthotics Clinic, entitled, “Customized Heel Pads and Soft Orthotics To Treat Heel Pain and Plantar Fasciitis”, has been accepted for publication in the Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. “Preventing Elder Abuse: Current Practices and Future Directions” was the title of a recent presentation by Bianca Stern, director, Occupational Therapy, Linda Jackson, director, Social Work, and Rhonda Seidman-Carlson, director, Nursing Placement, Development & Practice, at the Ontario Elder Abuse Conference.

Staff Achievements
Josie Fancuilli, nurse manager, Apotex 4, was appointed as a Lecturer in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto in November 2002. Ruth Goodman, Social Work, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of The Advocacy Centre for the Elderly (ACE). Dr. Helen Mayberg, scientist, Rotman Research Institute, and her co-author, Mario Liotti, have been awarded the Arnold Pfeffer Prize for 2001 for their paper, “The role of functional neuroimaging in the neuropsychology of depression”, published in the Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, vol. 23, no. 1 (2001 Feb.). The prize is given annually to the author(s) of a paper published or presented in the previous year which best advances the integration of psychoanalytic and neuroscientific knowledge. Clara Nisan, MDS coordinator, Nursing, and Conrado Miranda, project manager, Information Technology, received first prize from the Ontario Hospital Association for the Best Practices poster describing the work of Baycrest’s MDS Quality Indicator champions and the collaboration among all the services involved. Marilyn Reed, senior audiologist, Communication Disorders, was recently honoured at a recognition breakfast sponsored by the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto and hosted by the Speech Department to honour clinical educators and students who received prestigious scholarships. Marilyn was recognized for her skills as a clinical educator. Stephen Tucker, director of Information Technology, was named “IT Executive of the Year” by the magazine, Computing Canada, and was featured in the December 13, 2002 issue.

A man to watch in 2003
Baycrest President & CEO Stephen W. Herbert, was chosen as one of “50 Canadians to Watch in 2003” by Maclean’s magazine in its January 20, 2003 issue. Herbert is described as helping to “transform the Jewish nursing home on Bathurst into a world leader for senior’s care” and running “a top research facility that is breaking down the mysteries of the human brain.” Also included in the list are Paul Martin, Larry Tanenbaum, Izzy Asper and Ted Rogers.
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at the new Terraces of Baycrest


Come to life

ere’s your chance to live independently and stay active in a senior-friendly setting. It’s called the Terraces of Baycrest (formerly Baycrest Terrace). The big excitement is that we’ve changed to suit you even better. That now means a stylish lobby and upgraded apartment suites, redesigned to help you stay independent longer. Plus! There’s no long waiting list to get in. At least for now! Call us today and explore this golden opportunity from one of the world's most respected centres for geriatric care. Discover the new Terraces of Baycrest.

Apartment Living at Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care

Call 416.785.2379
55 Ameer Ave. (Hwy. 401 & Bathurst St.)

New name. New suites. New availability.
Baycrest Bulletin is published by the Public Affairs Department to keep readers upto-date on the news, people and events at Baycrest Centre.
Editor: Cindy Weiner Contributors: Kelly Connelly, Pam Feldman, Susan Tonkin and Margi Oksner Cover Photo: Gary Beechey, BDS Studios

To report a change of address, please call Daniel Unruh in The Baycrest Centre Foundation at (416) 785-2500, ext. 2011, email: Baycrest is an academic centre affiliated with the University of Toronto Visit our website at: Printed on recycled paper Publications Agreement # 1448323

Please address your letters, comments or ideas to the Editor at: Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care 3560 Bathurst Street Toronto, Ontario M6A 2E1 or call (416) 785-2500, ext. 2479


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