Seniors engage with new technology


Reva Gilman, a Baycrest resident, recently participated in an early-prototype technology demonstration where she created musical sounds and colourful patterns just by moving. This new application is in development by students at OCAD University (OCAD U) and works with existing movement-based video game technology to encourage seniors to creatively express themselves.

“Technology like this could enhance older adult experiences with visual arts, music and dance,” says Bianca Stern, executive director, Innovation, Arts and Design. The Innovation Technology and Design Lab is exploring possibilities for the technology in partnership with OCAD U.

Headquartered on a 22-acre campus and fully affiliated with the University of Toronto, Baycrest Health Sciences is unique in the world, combining a comprehensive system of care for aging adults, one of the world’s top research institutes in cognitive neuroscience (the Rotman Research Institute), dedicated centres focused on mitigating the impact of age-related illness and impairment, and unmatched global knowledge exchange and commercialization capacity.

As Baycrest’s independent-living arm, the Terraces of Baycrest Retirement Residence offers numerous daily fitness and recreation programs for clients and community members. Most of the Terraces’ programs foster and promote optimal brain health and well-being and comprise of a strong arts focus, including programs in dancing, drama, creative writing, music and theatre groups.

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