• Alzheimer's Disease,  Community Events,  Personal Stories,  Toronto Events,  Volunteers

    A Love Letter to Memory Ball

    My Alzheimer’s story may have already been told, you might already know it’s a disease that has affected my mother and grandfather. You may already know it changed my family beyond anything I was prepared for, all before turning 20. One thing that might not be overly clear is how grateful I am to have had the opportunity to be a part of Memory Ball, and how appreciative I am of the ability to give back to the Alzheimer Society of Toronto. Memory Ball has provided me with countless opportunities for personal growth and therapy. I will be forever grateful to the original girls (O.G.’s) for their belief and action.…

  • Alzheimer's Disease,  Prevention,  Toronto

    Could Beer Help Protect Your Brain From Alzheimer’s?

    Like most urbanites, I enjoy a good drink on a Friday or Saturday night.  I’ve read countless studies about the benefits of red wine for heart health, or even more recently how it may be more effective than a trip to the gym[i] although I’m not sure if I believe that one.   However, there hasn’t been much attention on the (health) benefits of beer drinking, until now. A recent study noted that beer hops have a property that can help protect brain cells[ii]. Apparently, this can help prevent the development of neuro-degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s. As a Memory Ball executive, and member of the Alzheimer’s community, this is a…

  • Alzheimer's Disease,  Caregiver Tools,  dementia,  Personal Stories

    The Holidays With Alzheimer’s

    This post is contributed by Carolyn Poirier, a Memory Ball founder. Find out more about her story here. Gift Ideas & Wisdom From An Alzheimer’s Holiday Veteran  This time of year can be particularly busy and stressful for most of us. However, it’s also the best time of year to sit back and remember the past year. I’m always a little nostalgic for Christmases gone by.  When you are living with a person with Alzheimer’s disease, it can be particularly sad; traditions aren’t the same or aren’t there anymore. My mum, Jane, would make sure there were a few handmade ornaments on the tree every year. One year, she taught…

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    MARCH 1, 2013 | Having Everything and Losing Everything, Much Too Early

    Having Everything and Losing Everything, Much Too Early by Carolyn Poirier Alzheimer’s disease has been a part of my life for over a decade. It has taken the lives of many people close to me, in a long and painful way.  The difference between this disease and any other terminal illness, is that the person is physically alive for many years after you’ve lost them; that I believe to be the hardest reality for the caregivers and family members. My grandfather was diagnosed first, and was my first real exposure to the disease. To me (at age 12) he was just a forgetful sweet old man, who over time became more…