Today we’d like to introduce you to Marie Vaudry.
Hi Marie, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
Everything started in 2012 when my mother, France, was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s at 59 years old. France used to spend hours doing crossword puzzles and reading books, but as her illness progressed, my family faced the all-too-common challenge of finding stimulating activities adapted to her changing cognitive abilities.
As a result, I took matters into my own hands and spent the next few years working with experts in neurology, neuropsychology, geriatrics, speech therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, audiology & optometry to acquire a strong knowledge of Alzheimer’s disease and of patients’ needs. In 2015, I created Spark your mind, a book of activities adapted for patients at a moderate stage of the disease.
In 2021, I set out to create a more comprehensive experience that includes logical activities while also addressing the sensory and physical needs of patients. Surrounded by a passionate team, I founded Gleam in Your Eye and developed an innovative product offering a monthly subscription box filled with fun and stimulating activities. The boxes are delivered directly to the homes of patients, making life easier for caregivers. Each box includes five different games designed to engage the senses, provoke logical thinking, invite play with words, stimulate artistic expression and encourage light physical moves.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
This disease progressed very fast and unfortunately my mother was not able to get help from it. It makes me happy to know it will give joy to others.
As you know, we’re big fans of Gleam in Your Eye. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about the brand?
At Gleam in Your Eye, we are driven by the desire to foster and nurture a positive environment by entertaining and providing cognitive stimulation to people with a form of dementia such as Alzheimer’s.
Like everyone, people with dementia deserve a positive environment and interactions in their day-to-day lives.
It is essential for people with dementia to continue engaging in activities – both cognitive and physical – and to have as many social interactions as possible. However, those activities must be adapted to ensure their success and to build self-confidence. That’s why Gleam in Your Eye boxes contain a variety of games with different levels of difficulty. Our boxes have been designed with the input of health professionals.
Each box includes five games focusing on the senses, movement, art, logic, and language. Everything is made to ensure fun and success, to gain self-confidence while engaging in brain stimulation activities. Every month, the patient and the caregiver will share an exciting time while discovering the new box. It will be delivered directly to the patient’s home or nursing home.
We provide all the material and instruction, making it easy to offer as a gift while also being easily played alone or with another person. This material is a fun way to pass the time. We create games encouraging social connections and give tips for further discussion, advised by our health professionals who validate each activity to guarantee success.
Can you talk to us about how you think about risk?
To launch a company is always a risk. Alzheimer and dementia is a subject matter that is very hard for people to understand and accept. Therefore, educating people on our product and the benefits is a challenge because often people believe they don’t need it.
- Monthly subscription plan $45
- 3 months subscription plan $43
- 6 months subscription plan $40
- Website: https://gleaminyoureye.com/
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gleaminyoureye/
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