January 23, 2006. Baycrest re-print


New game named
after Hospital client "Molly"

Baycrest Hospital Client Molly Sidenberg plays a round of her new word scrabble game, "Molly Words"

Molly Sidenberg, Hospital client and game co-creator, is honoured at a launch of the game. She is surrounded by (left to right): volunteers Helen and Alan Cohen, Molly's daughter Lynn Tepper, Social Worker Lois Bloch, and private companion Rosalinda. Sitting with Molly in front is Therapeutic Recreationist Stephanie Powers.

Molly Sidenberg doesn't think it's a big deal, but it's not every day that a game is named after you.

The 94-year-old hospital client from 5-West celebrated the official unveiling of her new Scrabble-like word game, "Molly Words" on January 13, 2006. In attendance, were her daughter Lynn Tepper, private companion Rosalinda Flores, and a small group of Baycrest staff and volunteers.

It's a made-at-Baycrest game that comes in a bright, hand- painted yellow box and includes small brown envelopes that contain four, five or six loose letters. The object of the game is to arrange the letters to spell a word, such as apple.

Hospital volunteer Alan Cohen came up with the idea of creating the game after he and Molly were chatting about games and crosswords one afternoon. The idea soon blossomed with many Baycrest staff enthusiastically joining the project. Therapeutic Recreationist Stephanie Powers coordinated the materials for the game, Theo Giannakis (Print Shop) designed the game logo and instruction sheet, and Therapeutic Recreationist Karen Grauer arranged for another hospital client to paint the box. Even Cohen's mechanic joined in, building the wooden box.

Molly thought up all the words for the game and hopes that many of her fellow clients in the Home and Hospital will enjoy the brain teasing challenge. "It is my pleasure to present the Molly Words game to Baycrest," she said at the launch.

"Good things are worth working for," added a smiling Cohen, who volunteers at Baycrest with his wife Helen. "This game is about having fun and making people smile."

"Molly Words" is available on short-term loan to family members, volunteers and private companions who are looking for an on-site activity to do with their client/loved one. To borrow the game, call Stephanie Powers in Therapeutic Recreation (5-East/West Hospital) at 416-785-2500, ext. 2327.