When people learn I am living with Alzheimer’s disease, often times they start treating me differently. Sometimes they want to look after me. Other times they make assumptions about my capabilities. Even though I am living with Alzheimer’s, I am still me.
My husband I have been married for 54 years. We have faced many challenges in that time that have put our love to the test, but it was those challenges that allowed us to grow in love. When Don was diagnosed with dementia 10 years ago, it was another challenge that has grown a deeper and lasting love. That love has given us the strength to face the daily challenges of dementia.
After my husband was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, we decided to be open about it.
A diagnosis of dementia is not easy. Finding a community of support can make a big difference in the journey. We found our community through the Alzheimer Society.
The 2021 recipient of the Pauline Spatz Leadership Award is Lilli Lin of Quispamsis, NB.
An exclusive Alzheimer Society conversation with the director of the Academy-Award nominated film, The Father
Florian Zeller’s film The Father follows a person’s journey with dementia openly revealing his challenges, emotions, disorientation and resilience throughout the progression and acceptance of his condition.
The 2020 recipient of the Pauline Spatz Leadership Award is Paulette Noël of Ste-Rose, NB.
“Anyone who has been through this experience knows the vast need for research,” says Mrs. Pauline Spatz. This spritely octogenarian has become a consistent and loyal contributor to Alzheimer’s research. “You don’t need to have a lot. You simply need to make it happen.”
When her husband was diagnosed with dementia at a young age, Jan didn't know what to do. After getting in contact with the Alzheimer Society of New Brunswick, though, that would soon change. Read Jan's story below.