• Alzheimer's Disease,  Community Events,  Personal Stories,  Toronto Events,  Volunteers

    A Love Letter to Memory Ball

    My Alzheimer’s story may have already been told, you might already know it’s a disease that has affected my mother and grandfather. You may already know it changed my family beyond anything I was prepared for, all before turning 20. One thing that might not be overly clear is how grateful I am to have had the opportunity to be a part of Memory Ball, and how appreciative I am of the ability to give back to the Alzheimer Society of Toronto. Memory Ball has provided me with countless opportunities for personal growth and therapy. I will be forever grateful to the original girls (O.G.’s) for their belief and action.…

  • 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,  dementia,  Early-Onset Alzheimer's,  Personal Stories

    Never Forgotten, Always Present

    This week we are pleased to feature a post from one of the newer members of the Memory Ball team – Lisa Callaghan.  Lisa and her family have first-hand experience with the significant impact that early-onset Alzheimer’s disease can have on a person and their loved ones.  We are thrilled to have Lisa involved in Memory Ball this year and thank her for sharing her story with us (and for the reference to The Notebook, for all of us diehard Ryan Gosling fans #AmIRight). The Notebook is well known as one of the greatest romantic movies of all time.  This romantic classic is centered around a husband supporting his wife with Alzheimer’s…

  • Alzheimer's Disease,  Blog,  Community Events,  dementia,  Early-Onset Alzheimer's,  Personal Stories,  Toronto Events,  Volunteering,  Volunteers

    Memory Ball and the Millennial Spirit

    Looking for your daily dose of inspiration? Well then, you’re in for a treat. Today, we are pleased to feature an inspiring post from one of (the many!) inspiring member of the Memory Ball Team. Amanda McMillan has been involved in Memory Ball for the past five years, and has shared her spunk, creativity, and dedication with us throughout the years. She’s crafted a thought-provoking post about some of the things she’s learned throughout her time volunteering with Memory Ball, and her thoughts on the millennial spirit. We are excited to share this post with you and to remind folks that early bird tickets for this year’s event will be going…

  • Alzheimer's Disease,  Blog,  dementia,  Early-Onset Alzheimer's,  Personal Stories,  Uncategorized,  Volunteering

    “How’s Your Dad?”

    Katie Iveson connected with the Memory Ball team back in the summer of 2014. Feeling an immediate bond with the members whose experiences so closely matched her own, Katie began her journey volunteering as a member of the Memory Ball team. She took part in our awareness-building short film from 2015 – But I’m Also A Caregiver. Katie’s sincerity, dedication and commitment to Memory Ball are truly appreciated. Here are some poignant words she so kindly shared with us about her Father and the stigma around dementia. In 2012, my Father was diagnosed with Primary Progressive Aphasia, a form of dementia that causes one’s language capabilities to become progressively impaired. An official diagnosis…