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Who are you planting #SeedsofHope for?

Who are you planting #SeedsofHope for?

Who are you planting #SeedsofHope for? This is your last chance to get your Forget Me Not seeds and join our hopeful community for a world with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia! Meet some of the others who are planting seeds and find out why they doing so: I’m participating in #SeedsofHope campaign in memory of my Nanny. It’s a great new way to spread awareness of Alzheimer’s. I feel that this campaign was a thoughtful and respectful way to honour those…

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Seeds of Hope – planting party at Meridian Credit Union

Seeds of Hope – planting party at Meridian Credit Union

On Thursday April 23, the Alzheimer Society of Ontario and Meridian Credit Union staff showed up to work extra early. The Meridian Credit Union at 26 St. Clair Ave East in Toronto hosted a planting party to kick-off the #SeedsofHope campaign.  It was a special morning for both organizations who jointly planted Forget Me Not seeds in honour of all the people affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias across Ontario. The Alzheimer Society #SeedsofHope campaign is helping to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and…

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Run like the wind for Alzheimer’s

Run like the wind for Alzheimer’s

“Thank you, Son,” is what I should have said. “What a great reason for some quality father/son time,” would have been better. Instead, I cried, “You did what?!” That was Christmas morning 2014. My eldest son had signed us both up for the Ottawa Marathon. I was scheduled to run 26 miles, or 42 km, in less than 5 months. I’m in my 50’s, I haven’t run regularly for over 20 years and I’m about 20 pounds heavier since my…

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Photos from the Finding Your Way™ expansion

Photos from the Finding Your Way™ expansion

On February 19, Alzheimer Society of Ontario staff, the Ontario Seniors’ Secretariat, community partners and the media celebrated the expansion of Finding Your Way™ , a program designed to prevent people with dementia from going missing and ensuring caregivers have a plan in place if they do, into three new languages. With the addition of Arabic, Tagalog, Tamil and Urdu, Finding Your Way is now available in 12 languages, allowing to reach more seniors than ever with this important message….

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Revera has huge success with Celebrating Memories campaign

Revera has huge success with Celebrating Memories campaign

Revera sites across Canada have been holding fundraising campaigns for the past three years in honour of World Alzheimer’s month in September. Events including everything from bake sales to clothing drives to walks, runs and bike rides. Close to $170,000 was raised this past September, the most yet!

Cracked: New Light on Dementia combines research, dementia and the arts

Cracked: New Light on Dementia combines research, dementia and the arts

In the spring and fall of 2013, I worked with a team of artists and researchers on the play Cracked: New Light on Dementia. I was brought onto the project because of my theatre background and because of my personal and professional experience working with people who have dementia. The play is intended to inspire alternative ways of seeing people living with dementia, instill the importance of maintaining strong relationships with them, and reinforce the imperative for good ethical care….

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Dine and Dance 2014

Dine and Dance 2014

“Music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for the education of its virtue.” -Plato The Event The annual Dine and Dance is a fun and elegant event hosted by the Alzheimer Society of Toronto. Held at the St. Lawrence Hall, this social event provides a space for people in the early stages of dementia and their family caregivers to dance and enjoy an afternoon together. Amanda Schmukler, Senior Social Worker at the Alzheimer Society of Toronto is…

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Redstone Lake Hockey Tournament raises $13,000

Redstone Lake Hockey Tournament raises $13,000

On January 24, Peter de Maio held the second annual Redstone Lake Pond Hockey Classic. The tournament had been turned into a fundraiser for the Alzheimer Society, through our Memory Makers website, after Peter’s Father, Dominic de Maio, passed away from Alzheimer’s disease the previous year. The participants raised over $13,000 to help fund programs and services provided by the Alzheimer Society and research for a cure. Outstanding work everyone! Your generosity has made a difference. Here are some photos…

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Behind the scenes at the Finding Your Way phase 2 launch

Behind the scenes at the Finding Your Way phase 2 launch

On January 28, 2014, the Alzheimer Society of Ontario launched phase 2 of Finding Your Way, an innovative public safety initiative to help people with dementia stay safe while staying active.  Portuguese, Italian and Spanish were added to the program, which already consists of French, English, Punjabi, Traditional and Simplified Chinese. These were the photos I took in the midst of the media scrum.

On-ice showdown for Alzheimer’s disease

On-ice showdown for Alzheimer’s disease

On January 24, I will be hosting the fifth annual Red Stone Lake Pond Hockey invitational, an outdoor hockey tournament on Piccadilly Bay in Haliburton, Ontario. But this classic Canadian weekend of intense on-ice competition is about more than victory. Through Memory Makers for Alzheimer’s, we’ve turned the tournament into a fundraiser in honour of my father, Don de Maio, who passed away from Alzheimer’s disease last year. Our house on Piccadilly Bay once belonged to my father, who always…

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