South Korea to Seattle: Meet our intern Ginny

“A few years ago I was re-considering my career path to find a new opportunity. I entered an online university to earn a certificate in teaching in Korean language for foreign learners. And then, by chance, I got to know about the university’s caregiving program,” Ginny said. “I realized that I would have no idea how to take care of my parents if they had … Continue reading South Korea to Seattle: Meet our intern Ginny

Opening the Closed Door: Brian Cook, Volunteer

  In late 2015, Brian Cook’s father-in-law Gary was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s. In 2016, the diagnosis progressed to include posterior cortical atrophy (PCA), an atypical diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease where a person will begin to lose their sight along with their memory. Though he has been showing signs of the disease for over four years, it took a while to get a correct diagnosis … Continue reading Opening the Closed Door: Brian Cook, Volunteer

For Better or for Worse: My Advocacy Story

By Cheri Whitlock On January 9, 1988, my husband Jim and I spoke traditional vows of better or worse, richer or poorer, sickness and health, till death do us part. In our 30 years, we have shared all the normal ups and downs of married life. We moved across the country and bought a home, we had a miscarriage and dealt with infertility, we shared … Continue reading For Better or for Worse: My Advocacy Story

Justice for families: My advocacy story

Patricia Kienholz is a very busy woman. She is a single mother of two, an avid learner, working about 70-90 hours a week between her work in the nonprofit sector and helping to run a family-owned business. “I can’t stand idle time, and my brain only slows down when I’m sleeping,” she said. Still, Patricia takes the time to be an Alzheimer’s advocate. “I see advocacy … Continue reading Justice for families: My advocacy story

Remembering a beautiful life: My advocacy story

By Ramona Pitre-Collins My mother’s life My mother, Marie Elizabeth Blouin Pitre was born June 28, 1924 at her Market Street house in Opelousas, a small town in southern Louisiana. She was the seventh of nine children. Aunts and uncles talked about what a rambunctious household they were, full of good-natured conflicts, laughter, music and chatter that was often louder than the homes around them. … Continue reading Remembering a beautiful life: My advocacy story

I am living with Alzheimer’s: My advocacy story

by Julie Burger Julie Burger was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2016 at age 76. Born in Puerto Rico, Julie moved to the United States to attend school, graduating first in her high school class. In college, she majored in physiological psychology and earned a master’s degree in human resources. Julie has worked in various executive and volunteer roles for the American Red Cross for … Continue reading I am living with Alzheimer’s: My advocacy story

Pramila Jayapal standing with a group of people

Fighting Alzheimer’s: Supporting families and funding research

By Pramila Jayapal, Congresswoman for Washington District 7 In the summer of last year, I was approached by a constituent with a story that I’ve heard all too often. Mikaela Louie was born and raised in Seattle and was working abroad after completing her undergraduate program when tragedy struck. Mikaela received a call from home: her mother, only 57 years old, was diagnosed with early … Continue reading Fighting Alzheimer’s: Supporting families and funding research

Awareness for Arline – Why I Walk

By Jerry Campbell   This year, I wanted to raise awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association by going on a little walk of my own for the cause — well, all of the Walks in the Pacific Northwest to be exact. Since I couldn’t be in every city when the Walk was happening, I journeyed around Washington, Oregon and Idaho on my own, walking each route … Continue reading Awareness for Arline – Why I Walk

Sigma Kappas raise money in friendly competition

With the Apple Cup on the horizon, Huskies and Cougars all over the state are getting ready for some healthy rivalry as UW and WSU go head-to-head in their yearly football game. Football isn’t everything these two schools have in common, though. This year, the Sigma Kappa Mu sorority from UW and the Sigma Kappa Alpha Gamma sorority from WSU raised over $70,000 for Alzheimer’s … Continue reading Sigma Kappas raise money in friendly competition

Public Policy Town Halls 2018

Each fall, the Alzheimer’s Association, Washington State Chapter hosts a series of Town Halls across Washington State and northern Idaho. These community events are a unique opportunity for constituents to hear from and ask questions of local leaders about public policy related to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Here are few of topics being covered at our Town Halls this year: Increases to Research Funding The … Continue reading Public Policy Town Halls 2018