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

Meet Our Team: Walk to End Alzheimer’s

As we kick off our first Walks of 2022 this Saturday, September 10th, we would like to take a moment to recognize our dedicated Walk Team. Throughout the year, this team works tirelessly to ensure that we continue to raise awareness, fundraise for research and host successful walks across Washington State, North Idaho and Alaska. Learn a little more about each of our Walk the … Continue reading Meet Our Team: Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Becky's Mom and Daughter

Remembering Mom: Why I Walk

By Becky Scott, Walk to End Alzheimer’s® participant Mom’s Diagnosis My mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in the spring of 2011. At the time, Mom and Dad were living in Scottsdale, Arizona, which is where they had planned on spending their retirement years. However, Mom’s diagnosis prompted their return to Eastern Washington because, as a family, we felt it was important that Mom be close to … Continue reading Remembering Mom: Why I Walk

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