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

    How I’ll Remember You

    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…

  • Alzheimer's Disease,  Caregiver Tools,  dementia,  Guest Blog,  Personal Stories,  Uncategorized

    An Ode to Remember Not to Forget

    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…

  • Alzheimer's Disease,  Blog,  Caregiver Tools,  Community Events,  Guest Blog,  Personal Stories

    Introducing Memory Ball’s 2015 MC: Amanda Logan

    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…

  • 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…

  • Community Events,  Personal Stories,  Toronto Events,  Volunteering,  Volunteers

    Volunteer Spotlight: Victoria Ludwig & Thomas Gaylor

    #WaybackPlayback – A Victoria Ludwig & Thomas Gaylor Production On Saturday, February 21, TOTA Lounge hosted the Second Annual Wayback Playback night in support of Memory Ball and the Alzheimer Society of Toronto (AST). Despite the extreme cold and falling snow, 100 avid party-goers and J.Lo & Ja Rule enthusiasts danced their heart outs at this packed Queen West venue.   External Memory Ball events like this one have been major successes adding thousands of dollars to the bottom line, for which, we are hugely grateful. This year, Wayback Playback earned just shy of $1,500! With Memory Ball around the corner, the YPAA wouldn’t be able to have nights like this without the complete support, planning…