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This page is about Alzheimer's and Dementia.  Yes there is a difference!  Alzheimer's is the disease and dementia is the umbrella term used to describe a collection of symptoms related to memory, language and decision-making.  

On May 3rd, 2021, I launched 

Cooking the Mindful Way "A Tribute to Alzheimer's' cookbook. 


My goal was to raise $10,000 for Alzheimer's foundations so we can find a cure to this disease that impacts over 700,000 Canadians and over 44 million more around the world.  I achieved that goal and now with so many suffering with this horrible disease I want to continue to raise funds for research and development.  Please come on this journey with me!

Cooking the Mindful Way " A Tribute to Alzheimer's 

How to get your cookbook? 

Alzheimer’s and dementia has touched my family in many ways and this fundraising opportunity allows me to reflect on the challenges but mostly embrace on giving back by supporting this amazing organization.

For those that know me, know I absolutely love to create magic in the kitchen. My love of food started with my mom teaching me how to cook at just seven years old and watching my dad grow vegetables in the garden that became the basics of the amazing meals we shared.

Having had my dad pass away from Alzheimer's and mom of dementia, there is no better way to honour them, then creating a cookbook. This book is also a legacy for my children, grandchildren, nephews and extended family where they can read the stories behind the recipes. Today I’m re-sharing this legacy with anyone that wants to join this fundraising adventure with me.

The cookbook has 36 recipes in three categories:

  • Baby Nonna's Recipes - mom's family recipes that I recreated such as Meatballs, Chicken Cacciatore and more

  • Maria’s Favourite Recipes - favourite personal creations, including five types of biscotti that are absolutely delicious such as Crunchy Peanut Butter Biscotti, Rum Butter Scallopini and more

  • Maria's Mind Smart Recipes - recipes that positively impact the brain and help reduce Alzheimer's such as Lemon Veggie Infused Rice, Tilapia Bunwich and more


This cookbook not only has ingredients and directions for each step but there are beautiful photos of selected steps and end results.

All you have to do is donate a minimum of $25 to your local Alzheimer's Society and email me your receipt at  I will then email you a digital PDF copy you can print out in 8.5 x 11 inches.  (Sorry the paper book is sold out)


By making a donation, you are helping to transform the lives of individuals and families living with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias. It goes a long way in providing services and programs as well as supporting the search for a cure. 


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Thank you for your heartwarming donation, you have made a difference.
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Information Blogs about Alzheimer's and Dementia

Read the Blogs and lets start chatting about Alzheimer's and Dementia.  Here we are able to share what we know so we can not only get educated but support each other through our challenges of living with or caring for those that are impacted with any of the dementia's.  

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