Alzheimer’s, dementia & the healing power of music

*Editor’s note, the 2020 Discovery Alzheimer’s Regional Conference has been rescheduled to June 25, 2020. Please see note below article.  Cheryl Hodge, BFA, is an author and award-winning performer. Her first professional gig was when she was 16 years old. She spent time touring the US and Europe, taught in the vocal department for eight years at Berklee College of Music in Boston and headed … Continue reading Alzheimer’s, dementia & the healing power of music

My Grandma Bonnie: A Poem

Stephanie Eldore participated in The Longest Day by running an ultra marathon for her mother, Bonnie who is living with Alzheimer’s. Stephanie’s daughter, recently wrote this poem about her grandma for a school assignment. “My ten year old daughter recently wrote a beautiful poem about her Grandma Bonnie (my Mom) as a response to literature. The assignment was to write a poem about something meaningful. … Continue reading My Grandma Bonnie: A Poem

Unforgettable Moments- Why I Walk

As the community relations director for an assisted living community, Jennifer Angell’s job is to create unique and enjoyable experiences for the residents living there. She often combines these activities with something purposeful, like raising money for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. For the last few years, Jennifer has been the Team Captain for the Spiritwood Unforgettables. They usually attend the Eastside Walk to End … Continue reading Unforgettable Moments- Why I Walk

Photos from Discovery 2018

NOTE: Discovery 2019 is now March 8. Thank you to everyone who made Discovery 2018 a success, including photographer Kailee Powers. Check out some of her photos from the day. We hope to see you in 2019! Continue reading Photos from Discovery 2018

The Longest Day: Music for Mom

Sheri Roberts Greimes is an award-winning singer songwriter, known for bringing her powerhouse voice to venues across the Pacific Northwest. As part of The Longest Day, she’s taking the stage for a very special occasion — her mother’s 80th birthday. Her mother, Joni Latham, raised four children as a single mom. She also owned and operated a popular salon, Adam and Eve, in Marysville. “She’s … Continue reading The Longest Day: Music for Mom

Meet Kenny Alhadeff, the 2018 Seattle Walk Chair

We’re excited to introduce Kenny Alhadeff as our 2018 Seattle Walk Chair! Kenny brings invaluable leadership experience to his new role as Chair of the Walk Planning Committee, which oversees execution of the Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Seattle. He joins in the fight against Alzheimer’s as a way to honor his mother, who died from the disease. “It is my honor and privilege to … Continue reading Meet Kenny Alhadeff, the 2018 Seattle Walk Chair

What is The Longest Day?

The Longest Day is a “day of action” for the Alzheimer’s Association during Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month®. The Longest Day is held on the day with the most light – the summer solstice. On The Longest Day, thousands of participants from across the world come together to fight the darkness of Alzheimer’s through an activity of their choice – biking, hiking, playing bridge, swimming, knitting … Continue reading What is The Longest Day?

Using my Talent to Make a Difference

By Philip Mack Growing up my grandpa was larger than life. He flew tomcat jets in desert storm and later developed the Awacs radar plane for Boeing. He seemed to have everything figured out. After he retired he managed a busy schedule of working with Meals on Wheels in his home town, supported his wife who headed the local women’s club and made time to … Continue reading Using my Talent to Make a Difference

Dementia-Friendly Activities to get in the Holiday Spirit

By Kenna Little The holiday season is often a blur of time spent with family, traditions and social engagements. For those caring for a loved one with dementia, the hustle and bustle of the holidays may feel overwhelming. With the change in routine, new family dynamics and nostalgia for holidays before dementia, the stress can quickly build up. However, with some planning and flexibility, there … Continue reading Dementia-Friendly Activities to get in the Holiday Spirit

Dementia-Friendly Communities: An Introduction for Washington State

Editor’s Note: Are you getting started or already involved with developing dementia-friendly programs (i.e. Alzheimer’s Cafes, memory loss walking groups, art programs, etc) or dementia-friendly initiatives in your community? Want to network or share resources related to dementia-friendly communities, with others around Washington State? If so, please: Respond to this brief 5-question survey, sharing what you’re interested in, and the best way for you to connect … Continue reading Dementia-Friendly Communities: An Introduction for Washington State