• Alzheimer's Disease,  Caregiver Tools,  Early-Onset Alzheimer's

    Alzheimer’s Awareness Month 2017

    This Canadian Alzheimer’s Awareness month, Kath reflects on how her story has been told in the media and her life with Alzheimer’s.  A few of the interviews I’ve done recently state that I “put my life on hold” to deal with my mom’s diagnosis. I want to address this. That is not exactly how I’d word it, and it is my mistake if I said that/perhaps this was mistakenly implied. I’d say that I prioritised differently when Alzheimer’s joined our immediate family in my early-twenties. Life can’t be put on hold, as I’m sure we all know, things keep rollin’ atchya whether or not you’re prepared and we don’t have…

  • 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,  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…

  • Alzheimer's Disease,  Guest Blog

    Caitlin Johnston’s Story

    This is a guest post by Caitlin Johnston, the founder and CEO of Memory Mats, a product that aims to help recollection in Alzheimer’s patients. Caitlin and FFAB became connected through their passion of helping people with Alzheimer’s disease and their families – as well as saving memories. Caitlin also founded the Purple Elephant Campaign to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s – at the younge age of 25! We wanted to share her story with you to give a different perspective on the disease to the ones we’ve been posting recently. We hope you enjoy her story! At 21 years old and I had entered into what seemed at the time to…