Paul Szakacsi was 21 when he arrived in Canada from his native Hungary eager to build the life he dreamed of.
Already a machinist by trade, Paul worked at General Motors (GM) for a decade before he began to design and fabricate his own products and started Rider Tool and Manufacturing Co. in Oshawa, Ont.
"He was so talented and determined to be successful," notes Eva, his loving wife of 43 years.
Paul built a nice life for his blended family, which included four children, nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He loved to travel, play cards and socialize. He loved hosting parties and being around people he cared about.
When he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease four years ago, Paul was still very much the same man.
"When we found out, he was still healthy and we travelled to Europe," recalls Eva. "I'm glad we did."
Have you or someone you know recently been diagnosed with early onset dementia or mild cognitive impairment?
Researchers at Ontario Shores and University of Waterloo are conducting focus groups to understand the experiences of people who develop early onset dementia or mild cognitive impairments while in the workforce. You will be asked to take part in one focus group for approximately 1.5-2 hours.
Ontario Shores has begun a year-long celebration recognizing 100 years of delivering mental health care.
The specialty mental health hospital unveiled its 100 year brand as well as a portion of its plans around its 100th anniversary at this morning’s kickoff event, which marks one full year before the organization officially reaches the century mark on October, 23, 2019.
The organization’s journey officially began in 1911 when architect James Govan consulted with psychiatrists, physicians and government officials to develop a design for a new mental health centre on the shores of Lake Ontario.