• Alzheimer's Disease,  Caregiver Tools,  dementia

    The Stigma Around Alzheimer’s

    When you think of stigmas related to health conditions, what are some of the first ones that come to mind – perhaps they are related to obesity?  Maybe smoking?  One that might not come to mind initially is Alzheimer’s disease. Emma McKay understands this stigma first hand. Her mother was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease, and Emma and her family are caregivers. Emma shared with us that “the most fundamental and common way Alzheimer’s disease is trivialized is through the “old age” stereotype. Memory loss is one of the most common characteristics that we as a society associate with getting old, and so Alzheimer’s is often looped into a category of…

  • Alzheimer's Disease,  Blog,  dementia,  Diagnosis

    Why We Can’t Afford to Ignore Alzheimer’s

    Do you know the cost of ignoring Alzheimer’s disease? We have a mission at Memory Ball, and that is to end Alzheimer’s disease in this lifetime. Right now, there are currently about 747,000 people with dementia across Canada. That number is expected to double to 1.4 million by 2031. Alzheimer’s is officially the 6th leading cause of death in the United States and the 5th leading cause of death for those aged 65 and older. This number could actually be higher, because it may cause even more deaths than official sources recognize. Alzheimer’s disease is becoming an epidemic, but it can be stopped. We can make a difference.

  • Alzheimer's Disease,  Caregiver Tools,  Guest Blog,  Personal Stories

    Caring for my Grandfather with Alzheimer’s disease: Kathleen’s Story

    Kathleen Beveridge is a regular contributor to the Memory Ball blog. She has written other stories on the benefits of yoga on brain health. Here is her personal story dealing with Alzheimer’s Disease. It’s been 10 months since my grandfather lost his battle with Alzheimer’s and 6 months since my family was able to all be together and pay him tribute. His official diagnosis occurred between 5-6 years ago, and I’ve watched my family’s relationships with each other change and shift. When my grandpa finally let go in February there was a collective sigh of relief from his sons. This may come off sounding horrible and insensitive, but the loss…

  • Alzheimer's Disease,  Caregiver Tools

    Things to Consider when Caring for Someone with Alzheimer’s or Dementia

    Special thanks to Marija Padjen of the Alzheimer Society of Toronto for her assistance with this article. When a loved one receives an Alzheimer’s diagnosis, it can be hard to know what level of care they need. You might wonder if the person should stay in their own home, or if they should move into a family member’s house. You might wonder if the person should move into an assisted living facility. Get Educated Early The answer is that all of the above are correct, it really depends on the person and their specific situation. Ambiguous answer, I know, but the circumstances can vary so widely that it’s impossible to say…

  • Alzheimer's Disease,  Caregiver Tools

    Financial Security During an Illness: How to Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones

    Insurance can seem like a daunting topic, but bear with us – this information is critical  by Ali Forster Ali is Memory Ball’s Director of Finance and Operations. She is a financial advisor at a boutique firm in midtown Toronto, working with clients to achieve their financial goals and ensure overall financial health. She is FPSC Level 1™ Certified in Financial Planning for the Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) designation. Check out her new blog at fitnance.ca .  Over the past three years I have learned a lot about Alzheimer’s disease because of the awareness raised by Young People Against Alzheimer’s (YPAA) and Memory Ball. When a family member is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease,…