“Memory Ball was started in 2012… to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease is not just a disease that affects people who are in their 70s or 80s. It can affect people that are in their 50s, their 40s — really in the prime of their lives.”
One year into the project, the music is already making a difference to some people with Alzheimer’s in Toronto. Over the next two years, the Alzheimer’s Society of Toronto intends to bring the music to plenty more.
Medical researchers at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) have been working around the clock to get brains ticking. Two new studies hit the science labs early last week.
Prof. Kagan Kerman and chemistry student Anthony Veloso applied a new approach to examine amyloid plaque formation in Alzheimer’s disease. Joining the chemistry board is author of Neuron and new chemistry professor at UTSC Xiao-an Zhang, who examines how zinc governs the formation of memories in the brain.
In the last days of her mother’s life coping with Alzheimer’s, Maria Minna took on the role of primary caregiver. She often relied on her family’s own resources when there didn’t appear to be help from government services.
When Sheida Richardson looks at her father, Ted Richardson, she sees a man with a great sense of humour, a man who loves to make others laugh.