A Walk on the Wild Size: Early Stage Memory Loss Zoo Walks

Written by Steve, Alzheimer’s Association Volunteer and Zoo Walk Participant A Walk in a Park On nearly every Wednesday, shortly after the Woodland Park Zoo opens, members of the Alzheimer’s Association’s Early-Stage Memory Loss (ESML) Zoo Walk gather near the Zoo’s south entrance. There are typically four to eight Walkers in the group with their care partners accompanied by volunteers who either lead, help keep … Continue reading A Walk on the Wild Size: Early Stage Memory Loss Zoo Walks

Care & Support for Care Providers

Living with or caring for someone living with Alzheimer’s or other dementia can be stressful and overwhelming, but they aren’t the only ones who need support. Doctors, nurses, and other care providers can shoulder the stress and emotional toll as they come to know and care for patients and families facing Alzheimer’s and other dementia. Even the medical professionals we rely on for support, need … Continue reading Care & Support for Care Providers

Holiday Travel Tips for Families Facing Alzheimer’s

Holiday travel can be hectic for just about everyone who does it, but it can be especially challenging for the 120,000 Washington residents living with Alzheimer’s. Even short trips to visit family and friends during the holidays can be stressful for people with Alzheimer’s and other dementia. While not all living with Alzheimer’s are able to travel, people living with early- and mid-stage Alzheimer’s often … Continue reading Holiday Travel Tips for Families Facing Alzheimer’s

Know the 10 Signs of Alzheimer’s this Holiday Season

The holiday season is a special time of year. As many of us gather with loved ones to celebrate the season, we may also notice changes in our friends and family. Oftentimes, it can be challenging to know if and when to seek additional advice and care. When memory loss starts to disrupt daily life, it may be time to schedule an appointment with your … Continue reading Know the 10 Signs of Alzheimer’s this Holiday Season

Better Care for Caregivers

An update from the University of Washington Dementia & Palliative Education Network (DPEN) Have you ever noticed that no academic institutions offer a degree in “caregiving”? You’ve heard children say they want to be a nurse or an astronaut; have you ever heard they want to become a caregiver? Caregiving involves offering oneself to support and sustain another person. Seldom does someone envision becoming a … Continue reading Better Care for Caregivers

10 Tips for Caregiver Self-Care

By: The ALZWA Care & Support Team (Jen, Steve, Maria, Estela, Em and Erica) “Self-care is not selfish. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.” – Eleanor Brownn We all know it, caregivers are superheroes. But even the strongest superheroes need time to rest and regain their strength. Looking after someone’s health, financial and legal affairs can be stressful and overwhelming. In honor of National … Continue reading 10 Tips for Caregiver Self-Care

Four Key Takeaways from the King County Community Forum 

The Alzheimer’s Association, along with our partners from the University of Washington’s Memory and Brain Wellness Center, hosted a community forum this past Thursday, November 3. The meeting was in person and virtual and included constituents impacted by Alzheimer’s and other dementias and those who work in a profession that supports those on their journey with the disease. Topics discussed ranged from obtaining a diagnosis … Continue reading Four Key Takeaways from the King County Community Forum 

Daylight Saving Time & Alzheimer’s

For most people, the end of Daylight Savings Time on Sunday, Nov. 6, means an extra hour of sleep. But for people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, it may accelerate the disorientation that comes with “sundowning” that can last through the winter months. For the more than 297,000 Washington family members who serve as unpaid caregivers for 120,000 loved ones living … Continue reading Daylight Saving Time & Alzheimer’s

Why I Walk: For My Papa

By Amber Helbling, Walk to End Alzheimer’s Participant My grandpa, Les, was an outgoing, kind and compassionate person. He never met a stranger because his welcoming nature had a way of making everyone feel like they had been friends for years. We always joked that every time we went out with him, there would be at least one person that would come up, say hello … Continue reading Why I Walk: For My Papa