Spotlighting Innovation for World Alzheimer's Month
The COVID-19 pandemic has served to expose the acute vulnerability and obstacles faced by people living with dementia, their caregivers, and families; especially during this extraordinary time of isolation and stress. With one new case worldwide every three seconds, September is World Alzheimer's Month held to raise awareness and challenge the stigma that surrounds dementia.
Dedicated to improving the lives of people living with the effects of disability, illness and aging, leading scientists at Toronto Rehab are successfully innovating solutions for people living with the effects of dementia. Learn more
Please continue reading for further updates about what’s happening as we wrap up this remarkable summer. All of us at Toronto Rehab Foundation hope that you and your loved ones are safe and well and we thank you for your continued commitment.
Researchers Awarded for Focus on Accessibility
This year, in partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Seniors and Accessibility, the 2020 Focus on Accessibility Awards were prized to five up-and-coming researchers who are making a real difference in the lives of people living with the effects of disability, illness and aging. These students are being recognized for stopping memory deterioration in its tracks, promoting road safety in older adults, restoring hand and arm function in patients with stroke or spinal cord injury, preventing dangerous slips and falls, and increasing mobility. Learn more
30 km for 30 Years
Close friends since childhood, Mariano Ferrara (left photo above) and Brain Changes Initiative founder and former Toronto Rehab patient, Dr. Matthew Galati (right photo above), started posting about their shared running regime, eventually establishing it as a weekly Sunday run with 20-30 participants and growing. Eager to bolster his friend’s Initiative, Mariano set a charity challenge to run 30 km, on August 17th, in celebration of his 30th birthday. He triumphantly accomplished this goal together with his family, friends, followers, and running crew, who beat any previously set personal records and raised over $2,500 for Toronto Rehab Foundation.
“Just like Dr. Galati, I intend to challenge what is commonly accepted and push beyond the limits of my mind and body to see what is possible,” says Mariano.
Dr. Galati launched the Brain Changes Initiative to fund ground-breaking research aimed to improve the standard of care for Traumatic Brain Injury recovery in Canada - and eventually world-wide.
Share Your Rehabilitation Story on Tuesday, September 15th
For this year's #RehabilitationDay, we will once again celebrate our clinicians, physicians and staff who deliver compassionate care, and our scientists dedicated to pioneering advancements in recovery, safety and adaptation. Join Us!
"Various kinds of rehabilitation services are offered in Toronto, to those recovering from injuries, those going through life-altering events, or as a result of age-related conditions. These important services enable people to learn how to live with their new circumstances and thrive in their everyday lives." - Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council (excerpt from inaugural Proclamation of Rehabilitation Day in 2019)