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New Alzheimer’s Treatment

I was recently feeling a little blue about the lack of progress of scientists finding a cure for Alzheimer's. I was further disheartened when I heard that a person in his early 20s has been diagnosed with mid- to late-stage Alzheimer's disease in Southern Alberta. What the heck is going on that so many people...
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Fernie Tunnel

The tunnel to the west of Fernie, British Columbia, now has lights to make drivers aware that bicyclists are in the tunnel. The road leading up to it is under construction, but once it's done it's going to be a smooth ride for bicyclists! When I rode through it a couple of years ago, I was...
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Be Safe on the Roads

Another season has begun for bicyclists doing long tours across Canada. I want to give a reminder to all the drivers on the road, please keep an eye out for our two- and three-wheeled friends. In the last week I've read two news articles of bicyclists hit and killed by vehicles. It's heartbreaking and my...
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Safely Home Program

The Alzheimer Society of Canada has recently partnered with MedicAlert for the Safely Home Program. For those who have dementia and tend to wander, this program will help bring them home safely and give peace of mind to caregivers. By enrolling your loved on in this program, his or her physical description, emergency contacts, and...
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In Memory of Christine Ratkai

One of the most charismatic people I’ve ever known passed away on November 22, 2014. I have a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that the world has lost such a kind loving soul as Christine “Chrissy” Ratkai.

I’ll never again hear her sweet laughter or her soft voice as she tells a...

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Slow Down Your Speech

David Suzuki recently discussed Alzheimer’s in The Nature of Things: Untangling Alzheimer's. I found the episode very informative. I especially liked how Suzuki put on ear phones and blurred glasses to give him a feel for what it is like to have the disease. My mom often has trouble understanding things I say...

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Are the Eyes Windows to Alzheimer’s Disease?

I’ve been receiving a lot of emails in regards to eye tests being able to determine if a person has Alzheimer’s. With this recent article I am hopeful that this will be a non-invasive way to check for the disease. Here’s another interesting article from the Economist. ...
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The Bump under the Rug May Well Be a Caregiver

Guest post by Rick Lauber

We’re hearing the term “caregiving” more and more these days, but people remain resistant to accepting it. Caregiving is the act of helping and/or supporting an aging senior (whether this is a parent, friend, spouse, or partner).

Caregivers (often family members) take on increased responsibilities including moving seniors to a...

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Thank You Seth Rogen!

Not long ago, Mom and I went to see the movie, The Guilt Trip. Mom is a huge Barbara Streisand fan while I'm a fan of Seth Rogen. Mom didn't always catch all the jokes due to her Alzheimer's; however, we both walked out of the theatre happy and laughing. That movie is one reason...
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