Contemplative Caregiving: A Q&A with Jonathan Prescott

Jonathan Prescott is the founder of Wise Caregiving, a nonprofit dedicated to helping people become effective, sustainable and empathetic caregivers. Jonathan’s career as a hospice, cancer-care and hospital Chaplain, along with his spiritual practice as an ordained student of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, gives him a unique perspective on how to thrive within the helping professions. His trainings help people learn the arts of listening, … Continue reading Contemplative Caregiving: A Q&A with Jonathan Prescott

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How siblings can avoid fighting over caregiving disagreements

By Janet L. Smith As your parents get older, it may become increasingly important for you and your siblings to come together and help your parents find the best caregiving options. Depending on the circumstances and the health of your parents, you may be able to hire in-home caregivers that allow your parents to stay in their own home. In other situations, an assisted living … Continue reading How siblings can avoid fighting over caregiving disagreements

My wife, my teacher

  By Larry Sabol My wife Mary and I have been married for 32 years, and have three children and six grandchildren between us. We have lived in Kent, WA for the last 21 years. Mary was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia with Parkinsonism in May of 2015. She first manifested signs of mild cognitive impairment in 2010, but symptoms of Lewy Body did not … Continue reading My wife, my teacher

AAIC UPDATE & RESEARCH IN THE NEWS

Joel Loiacono, Regional Director for Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho, will give a presentation on this topic at the upcoming Central Washington Alzheimer’s & Dementia Conference. Click here for more information or to register. The 2018 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) was held in Chicago this past July. It was a record-breaking year for the event with over 5,900 scientists attending from 68 countries. New … Continue reading AAIC UPDATE & RESEARCH IN THE NEWS

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

Central WA Alzheimer’s and Dementia Conference Preview: Advanced Care Planning for Dementia with Dr. Barak Gaster, MD.

By Genevieve Wanucha, UW Memory and Brain Wellness Center Primary care doctors are usually the first medical professionals to identify age-related cognitive impairment in their patients, field questions about Alzheimer’s disease, and make referrals to specialty neurology centers. A conversation in the doctor’s office about memory loss and dementia can position a patient and the family to receive quality care and plan ahead for important … Continue reading Central WA Alzheimer’s and Dementia Conference Preview: Advanced Care Planning for Dementia with Dr. Barak Gaster, MD.

Sara

Mark Holtzen is a Seattle author whose mother-in-law, Sara, lives with Alzheimer’s disease. When the day came that Sara was moving into an assisted living facility, Mark’s wife, Carolyn, and her siblings were coordinating the move. While Carolyn and her siblings were packing up Sara’s belongings, Mark and Sara spent the day together in Seattle. Mark noticed how Sara was handling the weight of the … Continue reading Sara

Highlights from Presenting at AAIC

By Briana Lee Last month, the largest international meeting on Alzheimer’s disease took place in Chicago, Illinois. As my first conference, Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) was an intense and inspiring experience for me. I had the opportunity to learn of cutting-edge research by leading scientists in the biomedical and Alzheimer’s disease research field. I presented my own project investigating how brain imaging may be … Continue reading Highlights from Presenting at AAIC

Granny Can’t Remember Me

Susan McCormick is a doctor in Seattle and the author of a new children’s picture book about Alzheimer’s disease called Granny Can’t Remember Me. She will be doing a live reading at Third Place Books in Seward Park on Saturday, Sept. 22 at 3:00 p.m. You can also learn more by visiting her online at susanmccormickbooks.com. In this guest blog post, Susan shares her personal connection to Alzheimer’s … Continue reading Granny Can’t Remember Me

Beth Lewis – Why I Walk

Agnes Lesofski always put her family first. After her husband of 21 years passed away, the now-single mother of seven enrolled in night classes while working as a homemaker to support the five children who were still living at home. One of those children was Beth Lewis, now living in Spokane Valley, who greatly values the sacrifices her mother made. “She was my mother and … Continue reading Beth Lewis – Why I Walk