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I could feel the grief all through my body – it hurt, like a physical pain.

I was sitting with my mother Gladys as she underwent cognitive testing. She’d look up at me for the answers - it was so difficult not to help her and give her little hints. At the end she said, “I don’t think I did that great.” It broke my heart. But I needed to keep it together in that moment…for her.

My mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease a short time later. She was just 68.

Those early stages were very tough. Gladys knew that something was wrong. She felt depressed and upset, it was agonizing to see her break down. Mom had always taken care of me. And now… I was taking care of her.

I felt helpless and alone. Was there anyone else that was going through this? I just didn’t know what to do, or how to tell our friends and family.

Luckily, when I reached out for support, I found it. I was able to join a caregivers support group, where we could cry together and laugh at the funny things. I discovered that everyone’s journey would be different and not to believe every bad story we heard. Being able to share and learn with others was a lifeline...Read more.

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Posted on Nov 14, 2014

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Posted on Sep 25, 2014

Ever wonder where your donations go? How great the need is in Calgary and surrounding areas? Or what kind of impact your gift is creating for local families? Here's your opportunity to find out!

Browse or download the 2014 annual report to the community.

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Posted on Sep 23, 2014

Dr. David Hogan, a local dementia specialist, led an informative presentation about Alzheimer's disease and answered questions from Calgary families. Get access to his presentation here.

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Posted on Sep 19, 2014

Walk the Walk, Talk the Talk

Calgarians will soon gather to run or walk in the Investors Group Thanksgiving Memory Walk & Run. We cannot thank you enough for your support. Everything you’re doing right now, and leading up to the event, will make an impact on the lives of Calgary families dealing with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

Please help us spread the word. Here are 5 easy ways you can help right now...

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