• Alzheimer's Disease,  Caregiver Tools,  dementia,  Personal Stories

    The Holidays With Alzheimer’s

    This post is contributed by Carolyn Poirier, a Memory Ball founder. Find out more about her story here. Gift Ideas & Wisdom From An Alzheimer’s Holiday Veteran  This time of year can be particularly busy and stressful for most of us. However, it’s also the best time of year to sit back and remember the past year. I’m always a little nostalgic for Christmases gone by.  When you are living with a person with Alzheimer’s disease, it can be particularly sad; traditions aren’t the same or aren’t there anymore. My mum, Jane, would make sure there were a few handmade ornaments on the tree every year. One year, she taught…

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

    Caring for my Grandfather with Alzheimer’s disease: Kathleen’s Story

    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…

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

    For all the little things…

    Sharing What I’m Thankful For I imagine that all too often we realize too late that what matters most are the little things we take for granted. It’s our 5th Thanksgiving since my Mom got diagnosed. Of course all holidays are hard because you try to be as happy and excited as everyone else while facing everything that’s changed, everything that’s gone. Thanksgiving is my favourite holiday and one especially meaningful now as I step back and search for things to be grateful for in the gradual loss of my Mom. I’m thankful that after we plated the food, my Mom independently ate her dinner, her pumpkin pie, and drank…

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

    My Story: Dealing with my Mother’s diagnosis

    Emma Mckay is a guest blogger for Memory Ball. She joined the Memory Ball team to help raise awareness of Alzheimer’s Disease, and to support her mother who has early-onset Alzheimer’s Disease. She is in her final semester of her Political Science and Communications program at McGill University. She loves sports, being active, and writing. She hopes that sharing her story will help others that are dealing with a diagnosis.  When I was seventeen years old, about a month before my high school graduation, I learned of my fifty-one year old mother’s diagnosis with early-onset Alzheimer’s Disease. Having just finalized my acceptance to McGill University, and being about to embark…