COVID-19: Resources for You

Last updated: Sept. 9, 2020 Click here to download this page in PDF form. Based on guidance from local public health agencies, our staff in Washington State and North Idaho are currently working remotely. During this time, the Alzheimer’s Association is available to you 24/7 for around-the-clock care and support: •  24/7 Helpline: Through this free service, specialists and masters-level clinicians offer confidential support and … Continue reading COVID-19: Resources for You

Taking the Joy in Tiny Moments: Why I Walk

My name is Jimmy Kloppmann and I walk for my mom. My mother, Carol, was officially diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s in the fall of 2013. Earlier that year, I moved away from home and out to the Seattle area. After the diagnosis I remember looking into the disease and trying to see what I could do to help, and even wondering whether I had made … Continue reading Taking the Joy in Tiny Moments: Why I Walk

New program: Care Community Coaching

We are proud to announce that the Washington State Chapter has recently hired Jessica Welsch as our first-ever Practice Recommendation Coach for the Alzheimer’s Association’s new Care Community Coaching program. The Care Community Coaching program is a strengths-based consultative coaching program for nursing homes in Washington State in order to promote the adoption and implementation of the Alzheimer’s Association’s evidence-based Dementia Care Practice Recommendations (DCPR). … Continue reading New program: Care Community Coaching

Making Grandma Smile: Why I Walk

Jaxon is the leader of his Walk to End Alzheimer’s team, Jax’s End ALZ Army, one of the top fundraising teams for the Spokane Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Jaxon walks in honor of his grandma, who has been living with Alzheimer’s disease since 2013. This June, Jax turned 9 years old.  Jax lives in Cheney, WA with his mom, dad and older sister Jordan. When … Continue reading Making Grandma Smile: Why I Walk

For the most loving person I know: Why I Walk

By Michele Rufer I am Michele Rufer from Mill Creek, WA and I was a stay-at-home mom for my two kids most of their young lives. My husband and I will celebrate 25 years of marriage next year. I started my own business in 2013, which allowed me the flexibility to set my own hours. It was so great when the kids were little, and … Continue reading For the most loving person I know: Why I Walk

Team Linda’s Angels: Why I Walk

By John Morris My name is John Morris Jr., and I am 62 years old. I lost Linda, my wife of 29 years, to dementia. She was a strong woman. This is why I participate in the Columbia Basin Walk to End Alzheimer’s with Team Linda’s Angels. I noticed some changes in Linda around 2002. She had recently lost her mother, so I  thought, “Well, … Continue reading Team Linda’s Angels: Why I Walk

Caregiving with my sisters: Why I Walk

By: Dorothy Bagsby  My name Dorothy Bagsby, I live in Seattle. I retired from The Port of Seattle as a Lease Accountant III with 30 years of service. I have a bachelor’s degree in business administration, minor in sociology and two years of graduate study in public administration. I am a Certified Manager. I love reading, walking, music, attending church, participating in community charity and … Continue reading Caregiving with my sisters: Why I Walk

Taking care of Mom: Why I Walk

My name is Don Sweet. I live in Yakima with my wife Cindy. We have been married for five years now. I work as a Job Developer at a nonprofit organization that trains and employs adults with disabilities. I am the Walk Chair for the Yakima Walk to End Alzheimer’s and the captain of Team Cha Cha (more to come on the name later). My … Continue reading Taking care of Mom: Why I Walk

Aging with Pride: IDEA (Innovations in Dementia Empowerment and Action)

The Aging with Pride: IDEA (Innovations in Dementia Empowerment and Action) study is the first federally-funded research study examining ways to improve the health and quality of life for adults aged 50 and older in the LGBTQ community with memory loss and their caregivers. It tests a tailored approach to improve physical function and independence, addressing the unique needs of LGBTQ older adults who frequently … Continue reading Aging with Pride: IDEA (Innovations in Dementia Empowerment and Action)

For the first man I ever loved: Why I Walk

My father had Alzheimer’s disease, as did his mother (my paternal grandmother). My dad, Hans Harder, was the first man I ever loved. He was an athlete, WSU Alumni and a farmer who loved sports and raising cattle. He was the most generous person I knew. As a child, I remember him giving money to strangers on the street when we went to town. Continue reading For the first man I ever loved: Why I Walk

Fighting for families like ours: Why I Walk

My name is Becky Smith (aka “Ponytail Girl” as my dad called me). My dad, Henry Leroy Wood, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in the early 2000s. My two brothers, Rick and Scott, as well as my mother Jan, have shared with me some memories and the reasons why we have chosen to participate in the North Central Washington Walk to End Alzheimer’s as Leroy’s Team. Continue reading Fighting for families like ours: Why I Walk