There are five dementia risk domains that we can address to maintain healthy brain aging:
People who are socially connected are more likely to maintain their cognition with age.
Healthy eating is associated with better cognitive function and lower dementia risk.
Engaging in arts and crafts, performing arts, and lecture series improves cognition.
Practicing regular meditation, yoga, etc. can benefits cognition and brain health.
Exercise improves cognition, mood, and brain health. It even produces new neurons!
About our Programs
At the Kimel Family Centre, we’ve developed lifestyle and wellness programs to help you address your specific risk factors. Once you have your personalized programming strategy, you can register for programs.
Based on your personalized programming strategy, you may be participating in one or more of the following program categories:
- Fitness & Aquatics
- Lectures & Continued Education
- Mind, Body, and Soul Wellness
- Performing Arts
- Nutrition & Cooking
- Fine Arts & Crafts
- Events, Games, and Social Clubs
Our programs are offered seasonally:
Fall (September - December)
Winter (January - April)
Spring/Summer (May - August)
All this for an introductory rate of only $25 a month plus tax!
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Please note: Baycrest respects the practices and spirit of the Jewish holy days, festive days, and the Sabbath, and as such we modify our programming to respect these special days. On these days, our programming will reflect the themes of social connection, spirituality, and self-care.
We want to ensure you start off on the right foot, right from day one. That’s why members are offered foundational classes to kick off their program.
S.M.A.R.T Goal Setting
(For all members)
Making healthy life choices can be difficult, and the S.M.A.R.T Goal Setting Course is here to help. S.M.A.R.T goals are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-Bound. These goals are easier to achieve because they provide clearly defined objectives based on the reality of our lives. That way, as you move through your programs, you can continue to track your progress.
Brain-Healthy Eating and Label Reading
(For members with a nutrition risk)
If your assessment reveals that nutrition is a risk factor, you will participate in Brain-Healthy Eating and Label Reading, before you enroll in any other Nutrition & Cooking programs. Brain-Healthy Eating will introduce you to how to eat and prepare food for good brain health. You will learn about the Brain Health Food Guide and receive tips on meal planning for continued wellness. In Label Reading, you will learn how to decipher ingredient lists and nutrition fact panels so that you can shop healthy and on a budget.
Our activity spaces
Re-energize or exercise in our warm water pool, accessible by a gentle descending staircase or easy-to-operate chairlift.
Activity Room A
Soft flooring makes this room the perfect space for multipurpose activities such as floor exercises, dance classes, table-top games, or book clubs.
Activity Room B
This light-filled space is equipped with cutting-edge audio-visual technology to support your learning whether attending a lecture or a course.
Designed by professionals in the field, our fitness centre is equipped with state-of-art equipment that is sure to give you a jump start on your health goals.
Creative Arts Studio
Our studio supports the creation and exhibition of artistic talents, in a large, natural light-filled space.
Open Air Theatre
Large modular chairs and soft lighting means you can enjoy a movie-style experience or town hall meeting in a comfortable, accessible atmosphere.
Sign up to be a Prospective Member
The Kimel Family Centre is not yet open, but if you are eager to get your name on our Prospective Member List, please sign up.
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Questions about Programs? Read our FAQs
About The Kimel Family Centre for Brain Health and Wellness
The Kimel Family Centre for Brain Health and Wellness is a research unit within the Baycrest Academy for Research and Education.
The Kimel Family Centre offers a variety of health, wellness and interest programs to qualifying individuals who register for a paid membership. These programs are personally-recommended to each member based on a detailed dementia risk assessment.
Members are also enrolled in a research study that will examine how participation in the member’s personally-recommended programs helps to reduce dementia risk and maintain cognitive functioning.
All members must be actively enrolled in the research study as a condition of membership, except for Baycrest Terraces and 2 Neptune residents who are able to opt-out of the research study and still participate in programs.
If you are interested in applying for a membership and participating in the research study, please complete the Prospective Membership form. The Kimel Family Centre will contact you to tell you about the programs and the research study and determine if you meet the criteria for participation. If you qualify, you will be invited to sign a Membership Agreement & Liability Waiver to participate in the programs and a separate Informed Consent Form to participate in the research study.
The Informed Consent Form documents your consent to participate in the research study and sets out your obligations and rights in connection with the research study.