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A youthful perspective on legacy giving A s a young teenager, Shane Grosman formed an attachment to Baycrest, first as a student volunteer and then through visits to his grandfather. As he recounts, it became clear to him that Baycrest was a special place, one that he could be proud to support and one where he created meaningful relationships with staff and residents. After Shane's grandmother Helen passed, his father and grandfather set up a family endowment fund in her name to help support Baycrest (though she did not end her days at Baycrest). Shane overheard his parents discussing how they were giving a donation to Baycrest to help with the organization's needs - either through general donations or by purchasing Baycrest greeting cards. A young Shane pitched in some of his own allowance to make donations as well. "I don't remember how much I gave or where it impacted Baycrest, but that action stuck with me," he recalls. "So when I started to earn more in my career, I began adding funds to our endowment through the Baycrest Foundation." Shane's maternal grandfather, Harold, lived out his final days at Baycrest. To honour the memory of each grandparent, the Grosman family increased its endowment through the Foundation, eventually adding Shane's paternal grandfather's name, Morris, to the fund title. This continued connectivity to Baycrest allowed him to create new relationships with the "sweet, professional and caring" staff of the Baycrest Foundation, he says. Four years ago, Shane's father, Ben, passed away. While his father didn't end his days at Baycrest, adding Ben's name to the fund was a deeply sad, yet moving, moment. "Being able to expand my family's endowment fund, with the help of the incredible staff in the Foundation made me feel really good. It was an extremely positive experience. Creating those relationships and maintaining them to this day are at the heart of why I choose to continue supporting Baycrest," he says. Attending the annual Gottdenker Hall of Honour ceremony opened Shane's eyes to the possibility of becoming an advocate for more involvement by a younger demographic to establish their own legacy giving with Baycrest. continued on reverse Society members learn about innovation and research at annual gathering Baycrest hosted the fourth annual Sam Ruth Legacy Society Luncheon in September 2019. These gatherings are an opportunity for this special group of donors to meet each other; share stories about their loved ones whose aging journeys and experiences at Baycrest have inspired their generosity; and learn about new developments in care, research, innovation and education. Our keynote speaker, Dr. Rosanne Aleong, Director of Research, Innovation and Translation at the Rotman Research Institute (RRI), gave an interactive and engaging presentation on the role technology can play in brain health and aging. Guests were introduced to ElliQ, a robot designed to reduce loneliness and social isolation by helping older adults who live alone connect with their friends and families. Another highlight was when member Randee Korman volunteered to have her brain wave activity measured in real time and projected onto a large screen. During this demonstration, Dr. Aleong described a study that measures the impact of meditation as well as stress on the brain activity of older adults with mild cognitive impairment and their caregivers. These incredible donors have the power to make a significant impact that will truly change and improve the experience of aging. Shane Grosman LEGACY SOCIETY FALL/WINTER 2019-20 HONOURING SAM RUTH Do your estate plans include Baycrest? Let us know! If you plan to make a bequest, the name to include in your will is: The Baycrest Foundation. Legacy Giving team at Baycrest (l-r) Melissa Sobel, Becki Willoughby and Joanne Gittens Randee Korman

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