Carolyn Poirier, Author at Memory Ball
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Author: Carolyn Poirier

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 very exciting discovery! My taste for beer has developed overnight, which is perfect because for the first time in Memory Ball history, we will be welcoming a Beer Sponsor to our event! Woodhouse Brewing Co. is a local brewery with a growing following in Toronto. It’s got an unmistakable blue can (completely in line with our Memory Ball branding by the way), and only uses four ingredients, water, barley, hops and yeast[iii].  Woodhouse is small batch, craft brewing at its finest.woodhouse lager

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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 and more disengaged. He was physically around for 5 years after the diagnosis but passed away before my final year in high school. His case was one of the kinder ones, relatively quick and his calm and happy personality shone through until the end.