Marie Raschko: My Advocacy Story

Marie devoted her career as a social worker to the fields of aging and mental health and has been a long time advocate for various organizations with the goal of working towards a better future for aging community members. Continue reading Marie Raschko: My Advocacy Story

My Advocacy Story: Kevin Kvarda

Hello Friends! My name is Kevin Kvarda or you can call me “K-Squared.” Since June of 2019, I’ve had new friends in my life — a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s and Primary Progressive Aphasia (PPA). I’ve not necessarily been one to stand up on the public stage, but my diseases have pulled me out and given me a voice…a positive voice and hope. Continue reading My Advocacy Story: Kevin Kvarda

Meet the Public Policy Team

The Washington State Chapter has two staff members devoted to this important part of our mission. Together, they plan and manage grassroots advocacy efforts, including organizing a network of Alzheimer’s advocates, to advance issues critical to individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, their families, and their caregivers. Continue reading Meet the Public Policy Team

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

Alzheimer’s Advocate: Katie Denmark

Katie Denmark is a volunteer for the Alzheimer’s Association Washington State Chapter. Her work in public policy as an Alzheimer’s advocate has been so important to our Chapter and in Washington State! We interviewed Katie about her work as a volunteer and what motivates her. Tell us about yourselfI live in the Seattle area with my husband and two sons. I practiced law before having … Continue reading Alzheimer’s Advocate: Katie Denmark