Giving Thanks: We Count Our Blessings

By: Emily Bennett, Kenmore  Thanksgiving 2020Thanksgiving after a year of loss, loss for the world outside and loss for me. My husband’s dementia has increased and the man who was once chief of staff, wrote four books and was often an after-dinner speaker at events cannot use his cell phone, follow a program on TV or remember his grandchildren. He is also declining physically in … Continue reading Giving Thanks: We Count Our Blessings

Giving Thanks: Community Helps Bring Dad Home Safe

By: Gloria Youngblood How many times have you passed a flyer, not really noticing it? Or perhaps seeing a picture of a lost cat or dog, taking a quick glimpse? Or, there is a picture of a missing person and you think, “How sad I hope they find him or her?” Perhaps you don’t believe you could be the one to help find a missing … Continue reading Giving Thanks: Community Helps Bring Dad Home Safe

Looking Back: A Lesson Learned as a Caregiver for My Wife

By: Craig Cottingham Craig and his wife, Randie, lived together in Bothell, Wash. for over 40 years. Randie now resides in Kirkland, Wash. at an adult family home. When I look back at how my wife Randie and I struggled with her dementia, some of the solutions were counterintuitive. At one point, she surmised that all the pieces of bark and dirt she was picking … Continue reading Looking Back: A Lesson Learned as a Caregiver for My Wife

Shared experience inspires tech duo to develop app for caregivers

Seattle locals Mark Tarbutton and Alan Allison are no strangers to the difficulties caregivers face when supporting a loved one with dementia. For the last seven years, Mark has watched his mother care for his father who is living with Alzheimer’s disease. Likewise, Alan witnessed his uncle struggle as a caregiver for his aunt when she was living with dementia. In 2021, the pair founded … Continue reading Shared experience inspires tech duo to develop app for caregivers

My Advocacy Story: Bruce Holroyd

By: Bruce Holroyd My name is Bruce Holroyd. Earlier this year, I became the Ambassador to Rep. Rick Larsen of Washington’s Second Congressional District. In this role, I will be working with the Washington State Chapter to keep Rep. Larsen’s office updated as to the dementia needs of his constituency. I am also working to increase membership on our Alzheimer’s Congressional Team. About me  I … Continue reading My Advocacy Story: Bruce Holroyd

For My Family, and Our Residents: Why I Walk

My family, like so many families, has been deeply affected by Alzheimer’s and dementia. My dad was a family physician in Yakima and he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in his early 60s. Eventually, he developed Lewy Body dementia. We walked the journey with him, and it was incredibly hard on our entire family.     Continue reading For My Family, and Our Residents: Why I Walk

For My Amazing Mother: Why I Walk

By: Rita Carlson Learning about the Walk to End Alzheimer’s It is my privilege and honor to be a part of the Alzheimer’s Association’s North Idaho Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Coeur d’Alene for the third year in a row. My mother moved to Coeur d’Alene in 2019, and I happened to see a flyer at her memory care community. I asked the staff if I … Continue reading For My Amazing Mother: Why I Walk

In Memory of Mom and Dad: Why I Walk

By Lori Murphy We started noticing some issues with Dad’s short-term memory in 2005. He was always a great conversationalist, and he loved to chat with my sisters and me and our families — especially his grandchildren. After we had to repeat the answer to a question that he asked three times within two minutes, we knew that something wasn’t quite right. It was obvious … Continue reading In Memory of Mom and Dad: Why I Walk

Five Things I Learned as a Palliative Nurse Practitioner and Family Caregiver

By: Beth Hutchason, MN, ARNP Over the last 14 years doing palliative and hospice care, I found myself in hundreds of conversations with people who have dementia and people who love and care for them. This was mainly in a professional setting as a nurse practitioner, but I also personally had some of these difficult conversations with my family surrounding my dad’s diagnosis with Lewy … Continue reading Five Things I Learned as a Palliative Nurse Practitioner and Family Caregiver