Stories of hope

Profiles of people with Alzheimer's disease, their caregivers, researchers, volunteers and generous donors. Use your BACK button to return to this page.

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Mario: "I was 57 years old when I retired from a telecommunications company as a Data Analyst in 2007. A year later I was diagnosed with vascular dementia and possibly Alzheimer’s."

Mary Beth: "My diagnosis was six years ago, and what you might find interesting about my reaction to hearing the news is that I was actually relieved."

Naomi: "It’s surprising that some medical professionals still consider Alzheimer’s to be an “old person’s” disease. That’s just one of the issues and is part of the stigma we must get rid of."

Roger: "I found by just being me day in and day out, it didn’t take long for people to look past the disease and still see me, not the disease."

A new Intergenerational Program at the Alzheimer Society of Perth County partnered with a pre-school program to bring new energy and enthusiasm to individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia.

Mridula: In memory of her late husband, Ashwini, Mridula is visiting 150 parks during Canada’s 150th anniversary to raise awareness, fundraise and commemorate her late husband.

Abby and Maya: These young ladies understand the difficulties of dementia and have found creative ways to help support their loved ones that have the disease.

Alison: “None of us expected Mom’s symptoms to be dementia – she was only 46”

Kim: When Kim’s father started to become overwhelmed with everyday things and started showing unusual behaviour, Kim’s family knew something was very wrong. After a long journey to find answers, he was finally diagnosed with Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.

Matthew: My grandmother and I had a very special bond. All my life, Oma had always been right there to give me comfort, reassurance and companionship.

Sara: My Father still lights up at the sound of music which led him to join a senior’s harmonica group. Allowing him to be both socially and mentally active, as well as connecting him with a welcoming group of people.

Melissa Mark: Despite the confusion and challenges that arise when a family member is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, Melissa was inspired to take action and become an advocate.

Lloyd Schneider: There is love in Alzheimer’s. Lloyd shares his experience caring for his partner Karen, who was diagnosed at the age of 49.

Bill Heibein: "I feel like a lucky man", this Dementia Champion, Bill Heibein, says Alzheimer's disease "wasn't going to stop me...".

Sarah Condie: This gifted grade seven student wrote a speech as a  loving tribute to her great-grandfather.

Sadie Morrow: Sadie, a six-year-old first-grader, took Nobody on the Walk for Memories and proved that everyone can make a difference.

Bob Waldon: This Caledon, Ontario man is sprinting to the finish to beat Alzheimer's disease.

Anne-Marie Ambert: Making a charitable gift annuity to the Alzheimer Society was a gift that gives back for this retired sociology professor.

Ellen Bialystok: Research by this York University psychology professor finds bilingual people with dementia show symptoms at a later age than do those who speak just one language

More than memory loss: Recognizing dementia's early symptoms.

Tom Noble: Tom looks after his wife Janet at home since her Alzheimer's disease diagnosis.

George Stewart: This retired University of Windsor law professor visits his wife Carolyn every day.

John Campbell: John, 82, is determined to do as much as he can for Nora on his own.

Muriel Munson: Muriel is a daughterless mother. Mother's Day still has special significance.

Susan Sommers: Susan lives in Toronto but her mom was across the continent. Caregiving was a challenge.

Marlene Douglas: Following a cause close to her heart this retired administrative professional from Sudbury volunteered with the Alzheimer Society of Sudbury-Manitoulin.

Doris Gall: This 89-year-old Ottawa woman has been volunteering for 70-odd years, 23 of them for the Alzheimer Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County.

Chris Uszynski: In the past three years, Chris and his fellow runners have raised $60,000 for the Alzheimer Society of Windsor-Essex County.

Dr. Jo-Anne Clarke: This 32 year old geriatrician is a special breed of specialist.

Cathi Gorham-Mol and Shelley Green: How to keep children's special bond with grandparents when Alzheimer's strikes.

Jim Mann: Why is early diagnosis important? "The earlier you admit to having mental confusion, the better off you'll be...." says this former airline employee.

Last Updated: 01/25/2018