Today for National Parkinson's Day we are joined by Lexi Salt, a great friend who knows the effects of Parkinson's disease firsthand through her grandfather, Ken. Parkinson's Day is a day to celebrate and uplift those living with Parkinson's, and we are happy to have Lexi and Ken share their story. Read more to hear about Ken's journey with Parkinson's and dementia through Lexi's eyes.
On March 30th Marlena Books pitched in the Velocity Fund 25k Finals at the University of Waterloo! We were blown away by the quality of the pitches the other finalists presented and had a wonderful time getting to know the other teams throughout the process. We are so honoured and humbled to be one of the four 25k winners along with the teams from Emagin, Gamelynx, and Serenity Bioworks. Thank you to everyone who supported us leading up to the event, and took the time to come and watch us in-person or online. Special thanks to our supporters from The Centre for Peace Advancement, St. Paul's Greenhouse, and the Velocity Garage, your mentorship prepared us to deliver a winning pitch! If you did not get a chance to watch us on Thursday you can rewatch the pitch!
Thanks again for the support, we are excited to further our work and to see what the future has in store for us!
Sometimes a lot of us like to sit alone in a corner in our own little world. For a while it may seem like the best thing to do, getting some peace of mind. But we often forget that if we get used to this little world we’ve created, we may block out the beauty outside. Maintaining strong relationships with people is really important, especially when it comes to preventing the onset of cognitive decline. Being social may seem quite daunting, but there are different ways that one can interact without it being too much. Not only is this good for your own mental health, it is especially worthwhile for dementia patients - even though encouraging patients to socialise may be challenging. Verbal communication plays a major and crucial role in relationships. It’s amazing how quickly tempers flare and a situation can escalate simply from improper or misunderstood communication, even with our closest kin.
This week, we explain the reasons why exercise is so important to your mental health!
The Benefits of Books
Here at Marlena Books, we value the power of books. Not a lot of people know how far a good book can take you and the impact it may have on your life. This is basically the foundation of Marlena Books - how reading can improve the lives of dementia patients. Especially in this generation, reading is hugely ignored and is declining rapidly. It’s important that we hold on to our books. As they say, there is no friend as loyal as a book :)
As Spring is finally upon us and gardening is just around the corner, let’s remember why the flower for Alzheimer’s disease is the forget-me-not. Years ago, Marilyn left the voicemail message on her home phone and my grandfather has yet to change the mailbox message. The other day I tried to get ahold of my grandfather, so I called his home phone. Unfortunately, he didn’t answer. That’s when I knew I would listen to the phone ring and ring, until finally their answering machine picked up the call. It was my grandmother’s voice, before her dementia diagnosis, and listening to it brings tears to my eyes every time. The most challenging acceptance to face is that dementia continuously progresses. Here are 6 ways to remind yourself that your loved one with dementia is in fact the same person as before.
Second year Honours Arts and Business Co-op student
Today on the blog we’re taking a look at healthcare students and dementia. It is important that nursing schools in Canada concentrate on geriatric care. Seeing that the aging population will increase, and the prevalence of dementia is increasing as well. Emphasizing on senior engagement in nursing school will allow future nurses to provide a better quality of care.
Today we're giving our insights on how we can ease communication between us and a person with dementia. We know sometimes it can be really tricky to articulate our conversations but we hope some of our tips can help you too!
Second year Honours Biology Co-op student
If you didn’t know, dementia disproportionately affects women compared to men. Based on recent studies, women might have a higher risk of developing dementia over men as their mental capacity declines at a faster rate. Are you interested in learning more about why women have a greater risk of developing dementia? Read more below!
Today's blog post is going to be a bit unconventional. Many of you recognize my grandmother Marilyn as the face of Marlena Books, but she is only one half of the dynamic duo that inspired Marlena Books to be what it is today. The name Marlena comes from a combination of my grandmother's names, Marilyn and Helena. Helena, my other grandmother passed away a year ago today, and this blog post is dedicated to her, and what I have learned from living a year without her.