Since its inception in 2005, the Scotiabank Baycrest Pro-Am has raised over $34 million to support Baycrest Health Sciences, a global leader in brain health and aging. The Pro-Am is North America’s premier on ice hockey tournament, the largest of its kind, with over 500 players who take to the ice each year to help support research, education, care and innovation in the fields of Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
We are changing the future of brain health
As the population ages, the number of people with dementia or cognitive impairment in Canada is expected to almost double to about 1.4 million by 2031.
At Baycrest, our work helps to preserve and extend the cognitive and emotional well-being of older adults.
Donors to the Baycrest Foundation play a critical role in keeping Baycrest running because government funding only makes up about 64% of revenues.
Contributions to the Foundation help support research on brain health and aging, education and stimulating programs that make life more meaningful for seniors at Baycrest and in the community.
Baycrest is many things to many people
- World-renowned research institute focused on brain health and aging.
- A hospital where older adults with complex medical conditions receive continuing care or rehabilitation after surgery or breaking a hip.
- A 472-bed long-term care home for seniors with multiple health issues, which often include dementia.
- Clinics for memory, mood disorders, hearing, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s and other health concerns.
- Assisted living suites and independent living apartments.
- Day centres for seniors with frailty or cognitive impairment.
- Educational leader in best practices in geriatric care, training 1,500+ professionals a year.
Headquartered on a 22-acre campus and fully affiliated with the University of Toronto, Baycrest is unique in the world, combining a comprehensive system of care for aging adults and one of the world’s top research institutes in cognitive neuroscience (the Rotman Research Institute). Baycrest’s dedicated centres focus on mitigating the impact of age-related illness and impairment, and offer unmatched global knowledge exchange and commercialization capacity.
- Baycrest incorporates a history and tradition of elder care that dates back almost a century. Baycrest is home to the Rotman Research Institute (RRI), one of the world’s top cognitive brain health research institutes.
- Baycrest is rethinking brain health and aging – and working to realize a vision of a world in which people can age in the setting of their choice while maintaining their cognitive, emotional and physical well-being.
- Baycrest is home to the new Canadian Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation, a truly transformative made- in-Canada venture aimed at tackling the challenges facing older adults and turning frontline ideas for senior’s care into reality.
Our reach into our community and beyond
- 1,800+ staff members
- 2,000 volunteers
- 1,200 older adults served each day
- 1,500+ students trained every year
- 550+ nurses trained each year
- 472 bed nursing home
- 262 bed hospital-complex continuing care and rehabilitation
- 120 suites (independent living facility)
- 190 suites (our assisted living facility)
What the players say
“I lost both my grandmother and mother-in-law to Alzheimer’s after long battles with the disease… I’ve learned so much about this disease through the tournament. I know our fundraising dollars are making a meaningful impact in the lives of those currently battling it, and improving Alzheimer’s care for future generations’ look forward to this event every year and wouldn’t miss out on this fantastic weekend.” – Michael Weiss, Captain Weiss Realty – participant for 11 years.
“I am participating in the Pro-Am in memory of my grandparents who suffered from dementia and other brain related illnesses. This is much more than a hockey tournament for me. I know the importance of the funds raised through this event, which will support others coping with this awful disease. I am truly honoured to be part of the Pro-Am community and play alongside NHL greats with this shared vision in mind.” – Joey Arfin, Captain Jadaco Slavens – participant for 11 years.
About Baycrest Foundation
The Baycrest Foundation supports programs and services that promote excellence in care, research, innovation and education in aging and brain health. As the charitable arm of Baycrest, the Foundation provides crucial funding for areas such as: ongoing programs and a continuum of care services for our community; innovative research into cognition, dementia and brain health; and local, national, and international education that supports healthy living for a growing population.