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My Unsung Hero

July 4, 2014

By Mary Beth Wighton
It was all said by a box of Krispy Kreme donuts. Last night, Brianna (Bri) was at work at Walmart. She told Dawn that she was bringing home a surprise for me. Bri knows I like surprises. This morning when I went to make my coffee, I found my surprise on the counter. It was a box of Krispy Kreme donuts.
​The Red Cardinal

June 30, 2014

By Mary Beth Wighton
These last few days, I have had a touch of melancholy. I think its because of a combination of the long winter, the wet dreary days, and I've been fighting a cold. Some Canadians might also call this The Winter Blues. As I was lying on the couch, debating whether to do research for my new MAREP project, I glanced out of the patio doors. It is a grey, rainy day. At the back of our large yard, something caught my eye near the bird feeder. A red cardinal flew to the feeder.
The Long and Winding Road

June 27, 2014

By Mary Beth Wighton
In November 2013, in partnership with Murray Alzheimer Research and Education (MAREP), a group of individuals living with dementia and their care partners, came together to discuss the lack of both anOntario and national dementia strategy plans.
​I Have a Worm in my Ear

June 17, 2014

By Mary Beth Wighton
Do you ever get that song stuck in your head that just keeps playing over and over? I do. It happens to me a lot. Yesterday, while watching CBC news, there was a segment on this phenomenon. These mental tunes are nicknamed “earworms.” You learn something new every day! For about the last year, I have started to sing to myself – or to my dog, Shiloh. I can assure you, I was never much of a singer. But things have changed. I often catch myself doing this and sometimes I even add in a few dance steps to accompany the music.
A New Project

June 9, 2014

By Mary Beth Wighton
Back in the day, I used to be a Sr. Business Analyst for a large well-known software company. This job afforded me wonderful opportunities of working with the very brightest and dedicated individuals across many global business units.
Here We Go Again

June 3, 2014

By Mary Beth Wighton
Some days are easier than other days. Today, has not been easy. I had an appointment with my Geriatrician this morning. The last time I saw her was September 5th, 2012 when she diagnosed me with Frontotemporal Lobe dementia (FTD). I walked out of that appointment before it was finished. I did the same thing today.
Women and Alzheimer’s Disease

May 29, 2014

By Editor
My mother had Alzheimer’s disease. My family and I think she first showed symptoms when she was 68 years old. A more accurate statement would be the indications became just too obvious to ignore. Research shows that Alzheimer’s begins its inexorable progress years, even decades before the symptoms come to the fore. Like many others with the disease, I’m sure Mom experienced some cognitive difficulties she kept to herself or allowed herself to accept.
The Dementia Team

May 2, 2014

By Mary Beth Wighton
By Mary Beth Wighton, Person with Dementia Date: Jan 27th, 2013 Growing up, I was an excellent athlete and was on many top-rated teams. I played basketball, volleyball and soccer. Those teams excelled from winning locally to competing at a national level. My status on the teams varied from a “bench warmer” to being captain. Therefore, it really did not surprise me when I was diagnosed with Frontotemporal Lobe Dementia (FTD), that I wanted to be part of a team fighting for people with dementia.
The Lucky Ticket - Not!

May 2, 2014

By Mary Beth Wighton
By: Mary Beth Wighton, Person with Dementia Date: 2012-12-20 I'm not much of a gambler. Once in a blue-moon, I like to buy a lottery ticket. I carefully choose my numbers, cross my fingers, and hope for the best. Then I play the fun game of; If I won a million dollars I would .....;
One Bracelet At A Time

April 25, 2014

By Editor
​On the surface, there may not be much that connects Alzheimer’s and other dementias with youth. Alzheimer’s disease is commonly associated with an older population – only rarely affecting the younger generation. Dig a little deeper into your community though and you will find that there is in fact, a lot more connecting Alzheimer’s and dementia with a younger population than meets the eye.