Taking care of Mom: Why I Walk

My name is Don Sweet. I live in Yakima with my wife Cindy. We have been married for five years now. I work as a Job Developer at a nonprofit organization that trains and employs adults with disabilities. I am the Walk Chair for the Yakima Walk to End Alzheimer’s and the captain of Team Cha Cha (more to come on the name later). My … Continue reading Taking care of Mom: Why I Walk

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)

Fighting for families like ours: Why I Walk

My name is Becky Smith (aka “Ponytail Girl” as my dad called me). My dad, Henry Leroy Wood, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in the early 2000s. My two brothers, Rick and Scott, as well as my mother Jan, have shared with me some memories and the reasons why we have chosen to participate in the North Central Washington Walk to End Alzheimer’s as Leroy’s Team. Continue reading Fighting for families like ours: Why I Walk

Moving On – Life After Death

By: Bethmarie Fahey For the past year, I’ve been writing about caring for my elderly mother with Alzheimer’s. I’ve written pages on the effects of the disease, how it stole the vibrant, fun-loving person I knew and left behind a stranger.  My world revolved around her current state of mind and what I needed to do to protect her from harm. My time wasn’t my … Continue reading Moving On – Life After Death

Adapting Interventions & Improving Outcomes for Latino Caregivers Q&A with Dr. Maggie Ramirez

Puede encontrar este artículo traducido a continuación en español. Dr. Maggie Ramirez received funding from the Alzheimer’s Association’s International Research Grant Program for her project, “Cultural Adaptation of a Behavioral Intervention for Latino Caregivers.” Here, we ask her some questions to better understand this important research: How did you become involved in Alzheimer’s research? I became involved in Alzheimer’s research in 2016 when I was … Continue reading Adapting Interventions & Improving Outcomes for Latino Caregivers Q&A with Dr. Maggie Ramirez

A role reversal in our marriage: Becoming a caregiver

By Janet Tarbutton  My name is Janet Tarbutton. I live in Liberty Lake, WA with my husband, Alan. We were high school sweethearts in Orange, CA. We went to rival town high schools and met at church. We are celebrating 42 years of marriage in July 2020. We love to travel, play golf and be outdoors as much as possible. We have so many wonderful … Continue reading A role reversal in our marriage: Becoming a caregiver

Celebrating Mother’s Day During COVID-19

Mother’s Day celebrations for families affected by Alzheimer’s disease or dementia can be bittersweet and challenging, even under the best of circumstances. This year, the COVID-19 pandemic adds new complexities to the mix. Social distancing guidelines, travel restrictions and safety protocols in nursing homes or other long-term care facilities may prevent you from celebrating together in person.  This may seem daunting and difficult to accept, … Continue reading Celebrating Mother’s Day During COVID-19

On the Frontline: Meet Our Care Consultants

During these uncertain times, many people are experiencing their stress levels rise as normal routines have been disrupted by COVID-19 and local stay-at-home orders. It is easy to feel alone and more isolated than ever. The Alzheimer’s Association Washington State Chapter has care consultants who are working every day to help individuals and families facing dementia. Our care consultants are on the frontline, lending a … Continue reading On the Frontline: Meet Our Care Consultants

Volunteering for Gail, my forever friend

By: Alan Jaffe My name is Alan Jaffe. I am 81 years old and retired, and I volunteer for the Alzheimer’s Association Washington State Chapter.  I have had a very diversified life in careers and education. However, the constant aspect of my life over all of those years has been my relationship with my wife, Gail. We were married for 58 years from 1960-2018. l … Continue reading Volunteering for Gail, my forever friend

Caregiver tips: Staying engaged while staying at home

With stay-at-home orders in effect across Washington and Idaho, many families facing dementia are sheltering in place to protect their health and reduce their risk of infection. This has proven challenging for many caregivers, as they look for ways to keep their loved ones active and engaged while they’re at home for an extended period of time.  Below are some tips for choosing and engaging … Continue reading Caregiver tips: Staying engaged while staying at home