2016 – $20,000 – The Baycrest Foundation – Dr. Claude Alain (Toronto)
We donated to The Baycrest Centre Foundation to support the unfunded research of Dr. Claude Alain, a scientist on staff. Your donation will support Dr. Alain’s research into enhancing memory in older adults / Alzheimer’s patients with cognitive impairment. Dr. Alain is attempting to stimulate memory by combining Brain Stimulation techniques with music known to the patient. It is hoped that this intervention could be organized in a way to enhance family-patient visits and relationships.
2015 – $15,000 – Sunset Manor (Collingwood)
We donated to Sunset Manor again (previous donation in 2013) which is a nursing home with 32 beds for seniors with advanced dementia. Their Montessori Program sets up learning environments familiar to the resident where they are able to establish comfort and success in a known context. The Director of Resident Care spoke again at our tournament in 2016.
2015 – $15,000 – Women’s Brain Health Initiative
The Women’s Brain Health Initiative creates education programs and funds research to combat brain aging diseases that affect women. Women suffer from depression, stroke and dementia twice as much as men and an astounding 70% of new Alzheimer’s patients will be women. Yet research still focuses on men. The Women’s Brain Health Initiative is correcting this research bias. Their magazine, “Mind Over Matter”, published annually, is accessible, substantive and very engaging.
2014 – $10,000 – The Dotsa Bitove Wellness Academy, UHN – Toronto General and Western Hospital Foundation (Toronto)
This Academy is providing a compassionate and safe care environment that aims to enrich the lives of those living with mild to moderate dementia, where families and caregivers have access to a forum for support and care to promote wellness and respect for these individuals. The Lorraine Johnston Scholarship will provide financial support to participants who could not otherwise afford to attend the day program. Here is a link to a Toronto Star article on the Academy.
2014 – $15,000 – The Victoria Order of Nurses, Alzheimer’s Day Care Program (Collingwood)
This program provides specialized therapeutic, social and recreational activities for people with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders in a secure environment. Staff offer creative programs to build the strengths of the clients.
2013 – $20,000 – Sunset Manor (Collingwood)
A nursing home for 150 residents, most of whom have Alzheimer’s. They have initiated a Montessori Program which depends on outside funding to operate. The philosophy is to ensure an individual not only has high self-esteem but be as independent as possible. Your donation is helping in very specific ways to make these goals a reality. The Director of Resident Care was a guest speaker at our tournament 2014.
2013 – $25,000 – The Dotsa Bitove Wellness Academy, UHN – Toronto General and Western Hospital Foundation (Toronto)
2012 – $10,000 – Cedarhurst Homes (Toronto)
An intimate, caring home exclusively for people living with early to middle stages of Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia in a community setting. Your donation provided seed funding for the purchase of supplies and the development of a monthly Art Therapy program.
2011 – $10,000 – Grove Park Home (Barrie)
Your donation has provided funding for residents at Grove Park Home, who could not afford music therapy, to engage in group and individual sessions with a music therapist helping those with Alzheimer’s to access some very pleasant lyrical and rhythmic musical experiences. Monthly, Grove Park will offer an expressive arts program which will blend music therapy with creative arts.
2010 – $10,000 – The Toronto Western Hospital – Dr. Andres Lozano (Toronto)
Your donation helped support the research work of Dr Andres Lozano who is conducting a study of the relationship of Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) and memory activation in patients with Alzheimer’s and other memory loss illnesses. To date, the findings of the study are very promising, hopefully leading to new treatments and therapies for Alzheimer’s patients.
2009 – $30,000 – The Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund (Toronto)
Your donation served as seed funding to establish and support Music Therapy initiatives for seniors with Alzheimer’s, particularly in low-income areas of the city. To date, three programmes have started including one at The Hellenic Centre where Music Therapy is provided in Greek.
2008 – $15,000 – Winston Park Nursing Home (Kitchener)
Your donation helped support the outstanding work of this nursing home which provides a continuum of care so that residents are not required to uproot and access a new facility. As well, they have a Special Care Unit that has an indoor circular wandering path, a main lounge, an activity/music room and a palliative care room, specifically designed for residents with dementia.
2007 – $10,000 – Dorothy Macham Home – Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre (Toronto)
Your donation helped support a progressive model of care for Veterans. Because people with dementia often think of the past, many Veterans are likely to exhibit aggressive behaviours that they employed in the war. Consequently, the physical plan is laid out to allow for minimal incidental interactions among the ten residents.
2006 – $15,000 – Providence Healthcare (Toronto)
Your donation supported the work of the Adult Day Programme (ADP) for people with dementia, which is nationally recognized and provides a lifeline for caregivers who often experience a tremendous sense of isolation. It offers caregivers information and support while the family member with Alzheimer’s can attend the day, evening or overnight service.
2005 – $15,000 – Dr. Vladimir Hachinski – University of Western Ontario (London)
Your donation supported the fascinating research of Dr. Hachinski, which involves studies in the relationship between the occurrence of a stroke and the onset of Alzheimer’s. With the use of animal models, they have observed, that subsequent to a stroke, levels of protein amyloid increase and cause inflammation and damage which may contribute to the development of Alzheimer’s.
2004 – $15,000 – Belmont House (Toronto)
Your donation provided the funding to hire a Music Therapist to work with individuals and groups with Alzheimer’s on an ongoing and intensive basis. This intervention strategy was highly successful as music is often still accessible after words are not available.
2003 – $10,000 – Alzheimer’s Society of Metropolitan Toronto
Your donation helped to support families and individuals who are affected by Alzheimer’s, to develop skills in health care workers and to make the public more aware of dementia and its symptoms.