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Memory Ball Toronto is back with its Sixth Annual Gala Event, proudly hosted by the Young Leaders Council of the Alzheimer Society of Toronto
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Early-Onset Alzheimer’s

Young Caregivers Read Letters To Their Parents With Alzheimer's

Every year at Memory Ball, we want to make sure everyone knows why they're attending our event. Yes, Memory Ball was the party of the year, with an animated-GIF photo booth, watercolour portrait artist Beckie di Leo, an unreal silent auction and raffle, cooler than cool DJs Alex Tribe and Guillaume Viau, burritos and of course our sexy sax band, Sax 5th Avenue. But, what's most important about Memory Ball is raising awareness of Alzheimer's disease. Without awareness, we can't vanquish this terrible disease. This is why we had a Wall of Memories, where we asked guests to contribute photos of loved ones affected by the disease for guests to see and reflect on the lives touched by Alzheimer's. One of the highlights of the evening for the organizing committee is the video we show about Alzheimer's. We feel that the video portion anchors the event into the cause and motivates attendees to truly end Alzheimer's for good. The amazingly talented Kath Fudurich (Head of Community Outreach at Memory Ball) filmed Memory Ball caregivers Claire Poirier, Katie Johns and Kath's own twin brother, Jamie Fudurich reading letters to their parents with early-onset Alzheimer's disease. Claire, Katie and Jamie were all in their teens when their respective parents were diagnosed with a form of Alzheimer's or dementia. The video is moving and there was nary a dry eye in sight when we showed it to our guests. Afterwards, a touched Cathy Barrick (our favourite CEO) declared that we would "kick Alzheimer's ass" to the cheering crowd.

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 an annual Christmas eve gathering, surrounded by her own immediate family, my brother's and I along with other family members took shifts with my Mom. This is very stressful because it is one of the few times a year that we see many of our relatives and we wouldn't ever want to leave my Mom behind but the crowd proved to be very upsetting which, in turn, upset all of us. We had to find a quieter room or go to another level of the home.
[caption id="attachment_2904" align="aligncenter" width="625"]the stanford-fudurich family at Christmas Kath's family (from L to R) Geoff, Pat and Jamie[/caption]

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 needs to be yelled and screamed to the point that it finally gets the attention and the funding that it deserves and needs."