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

    Love and Alzheimer’s on Valentine’s Day

    It’s hard to escape the paper hearts littering store fronts and gift shops this month. Valentine’s Day approaches. It’s love month. I think this time of year is an opportunity to recognise not only romantic love, but all versions. While I am certain of the love that drives my actions, I felt at a loss to define the love as I experience it with my mother who is living with Young Onset Alzheimer’s. It’s so simple to me but also so complex. I was having trouble putting this into words so I want to share what someone close to me said when I expressed to him my inability to express……

  • Alzheimer's Disease,  Caregiver Tools,  Early-Onset Alzheimer's

    Alzheimer’s Awareness Month 2017

    This Canadian Alzheimer’s Awareness month, Kath reflects on how her story has been told in the media and her life with Alzheimer’s.  A few of the interviews I’ve done recently state that I “put my life on hold” to deal with my mom’s diagnosis. I want to address this. That is not exactly how I’d word it, and it is my mistake if I said that/perhaps this was mistakenly implied. I’d say that I prioritised differently when Alzheimer’s joined our immediate family in my early-twenties. Life can’t be put on hold, as I’m sure we all know, things keep rollin’ atchya whether or not you’re prepared and we don’t have…

  • Alzheimer's Disease,  Caregiver Tools,  dementia,  Early-Onset Alzheimer's

    Here’s To Being Hopeful

    My experience of Alzheimer’s around the Holidays The holidays are a special time of year. I am fortunate to experience mainly positive feelings in reminiscing on Christmases and New Years gone by as I know this isn’t the case for everyone. This year was better than last. Not in the sense that my Mother’s condition is any better, for us it was an easier year in terms of her comfort in social situations which helps make the short term future a little more predictable and manageable. It seems the disease has plateaued once more at a state where she isn’t so agitated and anxious in small crowds. Last year, during…

  • Community Events,  Lifestyle,  Personal Stories,  Toronto

    Early Days At The Palais

    During the late 1940’s my Nan, Gerry Stanford, spent much of her Friday and Saturday evenings at various Dance Halls in Toronto. At that time she lived on Queen Street in the east end and took what she calls a long but easy streetcar ride all the way to Roncesvalles where she’d hop off on Fridays and Saturdays to meet friends and head to popular Dance Hall, the Palais Royale. As we approach our 4th annual Memory Ball taking place at the gorgeous venue new to our event, my Nan recollects on some of her time spent at the “Palais”, back when it was a public dance hall. The hall…

  • Alzheimer's Disease,  Caregiver Tools,  dementia,  Early-Onset Alzheimer's,  Personal Stories

    For all the little things…

    Sharing What I’m Thankful For I imagine that all too often we realize too late that what matters most are the little things we take for granted. It’s our 5th Thanksgiving since my Mom got diagnosed. Of course all holidays are hard because you try to be as happy and excited as everyone else while facing everything that’s changed, everything that’s gone. Thanksgiving is my favourite holiday and one especially meaningful now as I step back and search for things to be grateful for in the gradual loss of my Mom. I’m thankful that after we plated the food, my Mom independently ate her dinner, her pumpkin pie, and drank…