Do you remember the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge that took to social media in 2014? Millions of dollars were donated towards ALS research through this event that individuals were partaking in. How amazing!

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a motor neuron disease that slowly paralyzes individuals because the brain can no longer communicate with the muscles. ALS gradually decreases the individual’s ability to eat, swallow, walk, talk and breathe.

Early symptoms of ALS possibly include:

  • fatigue
  • muscle cramping/twitching
  • feeling weak
  • stiffness or rigidity of muscles

Early signs of ALS possibly include:

  • shortness of breath
  • tripping
  • dropping things
  • weight loss
  • decreased muscle tone
  • increased or decreased reflexes

The following link has some quick facts about ALS, provided by the ALS Society of Canada:

Click to access ALSCAN-Quick-Facts-EN.pdf

How can you help? Join an event! There are numerous events that you can take part in such as the Walk for ALS and the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. Take a look at the various events that the ALS Society of Canada puts on each year!


The ALS Society of Canada states, “Taking care of someone with ALS is a demanding task. It requires time and energy. Looking after someone you love can be difficult. Even with youth and good health on your side, caregiving can be hard. To continue giving care, it is essential that you look after yourself.” So, how can Universal Home Care & Associates help? We are here with you every step of the way. Whether you are in need of help, you are a caregiver that needs extra assistance or if you know UHC & Associates can help someone you love, please contact us today. Change can be intimidating and overwhelming, which is why we have a well-trained team so that we can ease the burden of life’s inevitable changes. Our initial consultation is FREE, so call us today! 705-523-9100.

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