• 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,  Diagnosis,  Early-Onset Alzheimer's

    Good News, Bad News

    Clarence Poirier, AKA Papa Poirier talks Memory Ball and his experience with his wife’s early-onset Alzheimer’s disease at the 4th Annual Memory Ball at Palais Royale. On this my 4th Memory Ball event, I’m once again reminded that this is a good news, bad news celebration. The good news, being a proud father of one of the founding Memory Ball organizers. Throughout the year, Memory Ball bring early-onset Alzheimer’s awareness to the public through press initiatives and this spectacular event. Memory Ball has educated the public through shining the spotlight on this misunderstood disease. That’s the good news.  The bad news is that my daughters and I have been leaving with the effects…

  • Alzheimer's Disease,  dementia,  Diagnosis,  Early-Onset Alzheimer's,  Prevention

    The 2014 Zeitgeist: A Year In Review for Alzheimer’s Advocacy

    2014 was a great year for Alzheimer’s advocacy and breakthroughs.  Here are some moments that made 2014 a great year for Alzheimer’s awareness. While there’s still a lot of work we need to do in 2015, here are some moments from the past year that inspired us. Thanks to some of these breakthroughs, we will see the end of this disease in our lifetime. 1. February 26, 2014 – Seth Rogen makes his Senate Subcommittee speech “Americans whisper the word Alzheimer’s because their government whispers the word Alzheimer’s. And although a whisper is better than the silence that the Alzheimer’s community has been facing for decades, it’s still not enough. It…

  • Alzheimer's Disease,  Caregiver Tools,  Diagnosis,  Uncategorized

    Dealing with a Diagnosis: Emotional Reaction to an Alzheimer’s diagnosis

    This is the third installment in our ‘Dealing with a Diagnosis‘ series. This series aims to open the discussion on Alzheimer’s disease, reduce the stigma associated with the disease, and discuss the capabilities associated with the disease, not the limitations. Our hope is that with a more candid conversation surrounding Alzheimer’s disease, we can encourage people to seek treatment and support earlier. Like other illnesses, an Alzheimer’s diagnosis is bound to bring about a range of emotions, both for the person who was diagnosed and their friends and family. There is no right or wrong way to feel, and your feelings may change over time. You may experience some or all…

  • Alzheimer's Disease,  Diagnosis

    Dealing with a Diagnosis: Physical Symptoms to Expect

    This is the second installment in our ‘Dealing with a Diagnosis‘ series. This series aims to open the discussion on Alzheimer’s disease, reduce the stigma associated with the disease, and discuss the capabilities associated with the disease, not the limitations. Our hope is that with a more candid conversation surrounding Alzheimer’s disease, we can encourage people to seek treatment and support earlier. Special thanks to Marija Padjen of the Alzheimer Society of Toronto for her assistance with this article. OK, so this blog title isn’t quite accurate – we can’t really sum up what you can expect when you or a loved one is dealing with an Alzheimer’s diagnosis. There…