Sandy's Sweets was named in honor of Sandy. Sandy is the mother of Leigh Ann (owner/baker) who has Alzheimer's. She was diagnosed in 2019 while the neurologist was reviewing a brain scan that was done in 2017 after a visit to the hospital due to a fall. In 2016, Sandy's mother passed away from Alzheimer's.
Leigh Ann and her husband Tyler took Sandy into their home, as soon as her diagnosis was made, to work toward helping her have a better quality of life. In the regard, Leigh Ann and Tyler dug into research around the causes and prevention of Alzheimer's disease and learned that the Ketogenic diet is the best for the brain. Leigh Ann began developing recipes for sweet treats (that's all Sandy craves) that weren't laden with sugar and wheat and so Sandy's Sweets was born. After a year of living with us, Sandy no longer needed diabetic medications, cholesterol meds or high blood pressure meds. She was symptom free of diabetes and the progression of her Alzheimer's had slowed drastically. While there is no cure or possibility for reversal, we were happy to see that she wasn't losing her memories as fast anymore.
In 2021, we had to put her in memory care. The shutdown of so many places and the death of her dog lead to her sitting in front of the TV much more and having no real desire to do anything and so we saw a major progression. Sandy is very happy today and living her best life believing she is an employee of the home. We take her sweet treats to her and bake special keto bread for her. We were very sad to have to put her in a home, but if you've been a caregiver to an adult with dementia, you know how hard it can be when they can't remember how to do the simple daily acts such as showering.
Sandy's Sweets is a growing bakery in Anchorage, AK and will soon be able to ship wholesale all over. We are diligently working toward opening a storefront and have a Go Fund Me in place to help us get that store up and running. We want to be in major stores, local coffeeshops and work to bring awareness to the necessity of understanding Alzheimer's and hopefully prevention in those not diagnosed yet. 30% of our net profits will be donated to Alzheimer's research.
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Leigh Ann and Tyler