The ALS Canada Blog is a pilot project. We will be working towards publishing content in both English and French in the coming months. Please refer to the “Français” category to access blog posts that are available in French at this time.

Le blogue de la Société canadienne de la SLA est un projet pilote. Nous poursuivrons des travaux sur la publication d’un contenu de blogue en anglais et en français dans les mois à venir. Veuillez consulter la catégorie « Français » pour accéder aux entrées de blogue qui sont disponibles en français en ce moment.

A shift in perspective over the holidays

James and Madeleine Low have learned to adapt to new realities

James and Madeleine have been married for 55 years. Their shared life together has included three children, six grandchildren, and a beloved cottage that has been in the family for over five decades. ALS has forced the family to make...

Posted in: Stories

Can probiotics play a protective role in ALS?

Thinking outside the box

Probiotics are friendly, live bacteria that are good for the digestive system. You may be familiar with the digestive benefits of probiotics in foods like yogurt or kefir. Many scientists are investigating how changes in the composition of intestinal bacteria...

Posted in: Research

Understanding if and how the body compensates for motor neuron loss in ALS

An electrical diagram of a building shows where all the electrical wires, fixtures and components are connected to an electrical system. When a circuit is faulty, it’s easy to identify the culprit because specific lights will not work. But the...

Posted in: Research

Who does what?

The roles of ALS Canada, LHINs and ALS clinics in helping people diagnosed with ALS in Ontario

If you are diagnosed with ALS in Ontario, you can access information, care and support through a few different sources: ALS Canada, your ALS clinic, and the LHIN (Local Health Integration Network, formerly known as the CCAC or Community Care...

Posted in: Support & Services

Talking about ALS with friends and family poses special challenges for caregivers

Caring for a loved one with ALS can bring out some of the best qualities in a person ‒ commitment, compassion, and resilience among them. At the same time, it is a stressful, emotionally draining, and sometimes overwhelming role. Being...

Posted in: Support & Services

A Giving Tuesday story of mental resilience and creative expression

Learning to balance challenges and blessings after an ALS diagnosis

When someone receives an ALS diagnosis, the first thought is often about the impending loss of function; for example, the progressive inability to walk, talk, eat and swallow. But the reality of this unforgiving disease can also result in emotional...

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