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.

Profiles and information:

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: 11/09/2017