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Aryn Gatto is new to the Memory Ball team this year. Aryn's passion and enthusiasm have been a huge gain for the Memory Ball team and we welcome her big smile and creative spirit.  Here are some words Aryn shared with us about her grandmother, who is living with Alzheimer’s disease, and some reflections on their relationship.  I have often thought that the following Shakespeare quotation aptly suits my Baubie: “And though she be but little, she is fierce.” Albeit a bit on the shorter side, my Baubie has always demonstrated remarkable strength.  Having lost her husband at a young age, my Baubie raised three children, including my wonderful mother, all on her own.  She took care of us as kids just about every Saturday for as long as I can remember.  She taught us how to tie our shoes, read to us, and took us on walks and little adventures around her neighbourhood. She always ensured that we left her house well-fed, made sure that we didn’t go outside with wet hair on those cold, winter days, and sent us home with a Dixie cup full of treats.  These are the little things that I know I, and my sisters, will always cherish.Snapseed All this to say, although it is difficult to watch our Baubie change and her Alzheimer’s disease progress, she has played a big part in my life and who I am today – that will never change. 

Amanda Logan is an on-air personality at popular Toronto radio station Z103.5. On Saturday, March 28th, Amanda is the master of ceremonies for the sold out 4th ever Memory Ball which takes place at Palais Royale. Here, she tells us about her history with Alzheimer's.  I’m so honoured to be hosting the Memory Ball 2015. Here’s a bit about myself and my relationship with Alzheimer’s Disease. Like many, it was affected me and my family directly. When I was younger, my grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease. I grew up around it. My parents sat me down as a little girl, and explained to me why grandma couldn’t remember many things. Yes, there were tough and confusing times, but what always made me feel special was that I was the one person she always remembered in a hospital room full of aunts, cousins and uncles. She passed away 18 years ago this month and I carry her spirit with me all the time. [caption id="attachment_2780" align="aligncenter" width="447"]amanda logan grandmother Amanda and her grandmother many moons ago.[/caption]

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 suffered this year wasn’t one of mind, character, or soul, it was his physical body that left us, the rest had already slowly chipped away.19 11 2014 Kathleen's Story BeveridgeFamily99 (2)

Christie Preston of Preston Fitness and the Beauty and the Bod Blog has been a longtime supporter and friend of Memory Ball. Christie is a stellar personal and group trainer who promotes healthy habits and exercise as a way to live a better life -- and trust us when we say, her enthusiasm is infectious. Not only that, but Christie has a very positive view on working out, she believes in balance. We love her because she won't make us feel badly about having a cupcake or 2, but... she may make us do extra burpees. We hope you love this video as much as we love working out with Christie. 

January has come and gone, but your resolution to be more active doesn't need to. Our guest blogger, Kathleen Beveridge, has provided some yoga tips that will keep your brain and body healthy, and help you stay on track with your workout routine. yogaRegular yoga practice, meditation and physical postures are starting to spread as more and more research is done on the benefits of these activities. Let’s discuss how yoga can help those with Alzheimer’s, as well as how yoga helps to stimulate brain health. For those already diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, incorporating a regular yoga practice (with modifications and adjustments based on stage of the disease) allows for gentle physical activity, can help to reduce depression, and also provides social interaction. Yoga is based on muscle memory, rather than an intangible thought, yet this movement is actually beneficial for brain and body health.