Caring for Someone with Alzheimer’s in the Rising Summer Heat

Extreme heat can have a significant impact on everyone’s safety. It can be especially stressful and confusing for individuals with Alzheimer’s and other dementia. Alzheimer’s disease causes a number of changes in the brain and body that may affect their safety, including changes in sensitivity to temperatures. As we begin to see summer temperatures rise in the Pacific Northwest, it’s important to take extra care … Continue reading Caring for Someone with Alzheimer’s in the Rising Summer Heat

Family sits with a nurse to discuss palliative care options

Five Benefits of Palliative Care

By: Beth Hutchason, MN, ARNP What is palliative care? Okay, let’s start with a very frequent question: How do you pronounce this anyway?  It is pronounced “PAL-ya-tive,” not “PALE-ee-ah-tive.” Congratulations! You are now on your way. Palliative care is a type of care unknown to more than two-thirds of U.S. residents. Worldwide, 40 million people need palliative care each year, and only 14% receive it. … Continue reading Five Benefits of Palliative Care

An Update from University of Washington School of Nursing & The Dementia Palliative Care Network

An Update from UW QSNA Winner The Queen Silvia Nursing Award (QSNA) is an international global dementia nursing award addressing better quality of care for people living with dementia through ideas and solutions promoted by nursing students and nurses. The UW School of Nursing was elected as the first academic partner in the United States to bestow the Queen Silvia Nursing Award for dementia care … Continue reading An Update from University of Washington School of Nursing & The Dementia Palliative Care Network

WSU Researcher Adapts Online Program for ʻOhana Caregivers

Dr. Alexandra Jackson, PhD, RDN, CDCES, is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Institute for Research and Education to Advance Health (IREACH) at Washington State University. Dr. Jackson recently received funding from the Alzheimer’s Association for her research project, “Adaptation of an intervention for caregivers of Native Hawaiians with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.” Below, Dr. Jackson explains her research and her personal connection to … Continue reading WSU Researcher Adapts Online Program for ʻOhana Caregivers

Honoring My Dad, My Hero: The Longest Day

By Heather Shadko My name is Heather Shadko. I grew up in the Midwest, just outside of Chicago, but I’ve been a resident of Puyallup, Wash., for 24 years. I’m a mother, wife and active member of my community. I work as a contract specialist for King County’s Department of Natural Resources and Parks, combining my passion for the environment and our community with my … Continue reading Honoring My Dad, My Hero: The Longest Day

With Love From the ALZWA Team: A Mother’s Day Tribute

With Mother’s Day fast approaching, we would like to take a moment to honor the inspiring women in our lives. Read our tributes below as we reflect on motherhood and celebrate all who love and care for those around us. Happy Mother’s Day with love from the ALZWA team! “To anyone who doesn’t know these two people, it looks like a nice walk in the … Continue reading With Love From the ALZWA Team: A Mother’s Day Tribute

Stacy Bellew, owner of Coeur Cause Wines

A Sparkling Mother’s Day Weekend

By Stacy Bellew, Owner, Coeur Cause® Wines Diamond Partner for 2022 Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Washington State During Mother’s Day Weekend, our blossoming brand Coeur Cause® will be releasing its third wine benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association. We’ve raised almost $50,000 to date with much more to go. You are all invited to celebrate this inspiring partnership and event at one of our upcoming release parties.  … Continue reading A Sparkling Mother’s Day Weekend

Grief: The Elephant in the Room

By: Beth Hutchason, ARNP Can we take a moment to talk about something difficult? If you would rather not, that is fine too. From my experience, many people have been unable to talk about emotionally-charged subjects such as grief. I would like to give those people the space to do so here. Any major holidays are naturally stressful for people who are grieving. However, in … Continue reading Grief: The Elephant in the Room