Liliane and Barbara are bringing their unique combination of personal and career experiences and artistic expressions to the cause – that of helping families and caregivers provide a joyful, comfortable and dignified existence for those living with Alzheimer’s and Dementia.
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Meet Our Team
Grant, the husband of a long-time friend of Liliane’s, was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s at the age of 65. His decline was rapid.
Within 14 months he was placed in a hospital, requiring full supervision. Liliane became one of his caregivers, to help Karen, her friend, Grant’s wife.
Once it became too difficult to care for Grant at home, he was moved to a hospital and lived there for 5 months, while his family researched facilities where Grant would receive the care he now needed. They quickly discovered the majority of long-term care facilities were still adjusting to the growing population of senior citizens in today’s world, and the challenges that come with it.
In the hospital, and then the long-term care facility where Grant lived, neither were entirely equipped to accommodate the particular needs of Alzheimer’s patients, nor the needs of their caregivers.
Like many Alzheimer’s caregivers, Karen had no place to go in the facility to take a necessary respite from the demanding responsibility of Grant.
This prompted Karen to create a caregiver lounge in the Oakville Hospital, the city in which she and Grant had lived. It is named in honour of Grant, and is enjoyed by many. Liliane helped raise money for the project.
Liliane Vidicek worked in advertising sales before launching her own business. She also dabbles in art.
She realized during this caregiving period that there was a real void in Toronto for a local, one-stop Alzheimer’s resource. In particular, she saw an opening for a type of resource that would be geared towards those families and caregivers managing an individual living with the disease through its various stages.
Barbara was an educator and guidance counsellor with the Peel District School board for 33 years. She has also been an avid photographer since her teenage years. You can browse through some of her catalogue on her website www.ballan.ca
David became connected with All-Alzheimer’s while completing his Marketing Management post-graduate program at Seneca College. During his studies, he became an advocate for the All-Alz cause by volunteering to help part-time with producing communication materials and assisting with website development. He has become an integral part of the team as we continue to provide much needed tools for caregivers.