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Ever since she was a teenager, Ashley Kwong knew she wanted to open her own seniors’ home. Now, almost two decades later, her dream is finally becoming a reality.

Kwong is launching Memory & Company next spring — and she’s touting the Markham facility as Canada’s first private Alzheimer’s program.

“We’re taking what a lot of the upscale retirement homes offer and offering it as a day program,” says Kwong, who studied gerontology at both McMaster University and George Brown College.

Kwong says Memory & Company will have a spalike feel, with well-lit rooms, secured outdoor spaces and programming such as music therapy, gardening and yoga. There will be a five-to-one staffing ratio and an on-site nurse.

Ashley and Victor Kwong, shown with their dog Roxy, even sold their home to finance Memory & Company, a health club for people with Alzheimer’s that will feature a gym, dance studio and hydrotherapy spa, and offer services such as massages and physiotherapy.      

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