Kathleen F. was just 20 years old when her family learned that their mom, Moira, had young onset Alzheimer’s. Their powerful journey is the subject of Much Too Young — an unflinching documentary that screened in January at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema in Toronto, Ontario.
The event, hosted by the Alzheimer Society of Toronto, in partnership with MedicAlert Foundation Canada, drew about 350 people, all of whom have been impacted in some way by Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. Representatives from MedicAlert were there to speak to families impacted by the disease and share important information about the MedicAlert Safely Home® program, which helps identify and bring home loved ones with dementia who may get lost.
The film followed four families as they struggled to cope with the unexpected role reversal that comes with caring for a parent who has been diagnosed with young onset (formerly called early-onset) Alzheimer’s.
Kathleen says her family got involved in the project to help others following a similar path. “At that time, there were not a lot of resources for young people and I felt really isolated,” says Kathleen.
(L to R): Kathleen F., one of the caregivers featured in the documentary Much Too Young, and Eman Attallah, MedicAlert Safely Home® Program Coordinator, MedicAlert Foundation Canada.
Learn more about the documentary Much Too Young here: http://muchtooyoung.com/
To support the Alzheimer Society of Toronto, a team from MedicAlert participated in Toronto’s Walk for Memories in early February. This annual event honours and remembers the people who have lived with dementia and raises funds to end Alzheimer’s disease.
The event attracted over 2,000 families, companies and volunteers from across the Greater Toronto Area. Funds raised by the Walk for Memories provide resources, support, information and education for those living with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias and those who care for them. Resources include one-on-one counselling, support groups, workshops, creative therapies and much more.
(L to R): Kimberley Locke, Director of Community Engagement, Alzheimer Society of Toronto; Cathy Barrick, CEO, Alzheimer Society of Toronto; Eman; and Christine Mulligan, Corporate Partnerships Officer, Alzheimer Society of Toronto.
To find out more information about Walk for Memories, please visit walk.alz.to.