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

Decades of Dedication: 26 Years of Walking to End Alzheimer’s

“Alzheimer’s is not fair to the people who get it. It is not fair to the family. However, life is never fair. Alzheimer’s does not discriminate. It can happen to anyone.”  – Kathy Konek Decades of Dedication Fighting for a Cure Kathy Konek has been involved with the Walk to End Alzheimer’s for an outstanding 26 years. She first became involved in the walk in the … Continue reading Decades of Dedication: 26 Years of Walking to End Alzheimer’s

Katie Spears: Why I Walk Seattle

Why I Walk: For My Family

By Katie Spears: Walk to End Alzheimer’s Participant It felt like dementia came out of nowhere and hit both sides of my family within the span of 10 years.  My paternal grandmother was the first Japanese war bride to move to Blount County, and she and my grandfather had a love that many people long for. I remember Mamaw Peggy cooking traditional Japanese dishes, trying … Continue reading Why I Walk: For My Family

A Couer Cause

A Sparkling Cause

By Stacy Bellew, Owner Coeur Cause® Wines How does a dollop of Mango Sorbet topped with a splash of Coeur Cause® Brut Riesling and adorned with a Raspberry-Mint Sprig sound? It sounds even better when it can be enjoyed with gourmet bites all for a great cause! This is the second year Coeur Cause® Wines has teamed up with Milbrandt Vineyards to co-sponsor a wine event that benefits the Alzheimer’s Association® and … Continue reading A Sparkling Cause

I Will Always Remember You: Why I Walk

By Norma A Salgado, Walk to End Alzheimer’s®participant (English version below) Decidí caminar en 2020 después de que mi madre falleciera de la enfermedad de Alzheimer, me sorprendió ver cómo la información sobre este problema de salud es muy baja, quiero que todos sepan que esto es grave y está matando personas, aún no hay una cura y esto es triste mas cuando alguien cercano … Continue reading I Will Always Remember You: Why I Walk