Who Are We?
Memory DayByDay is dedicated to working with people diagnosed with early-onset and early-stage Alzheimer's dementia and their caregivers. These are people diagnosed before the age of 65.
Memory DayByDay was started by Tricia Bruketta, NP. My husband, Tom Ryan, was diagnosed while he was still working as medical director of a mental health clinic in the Tenderloin Area of San Francisco, CA. I had hoped he would be part of the program but he is now my angel taking care of me in heaven.
There is a need for mental activities that match the social, intellectual, and emotional level of people with early-onset dementia. Many people with this form of Alzheimer's dementia are still working, as is the caregiver. They want to be challenged and accepted for who they are right now.
This song still touches my heart. In so many ways it is the experience of loving someone with dementia.
Last year I dissolved Memory DayByDay as a nonprofit. The business aspects were too expensive and I was having difficulty getting the word out to get people into the program. So now I plan to continue as an individual.
I will continue to advocate for people with dementia and, after I finish moving into my new home in Spokane, I hope to give talks about dementia and perhaps open a new Memory Cafe.
I hope people will write on my blog and let me know what you are interested in, what are your concerns.
It has been shown that some changes in life-style and continuing to challenge the mind can help slow the progression of the disease.