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

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

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

Honoring Mom and Dad: Why I Walk

By: Erika Roden My name is Erika Roden. I am the middle child, my mom was a single mom of me and my two sisters. I am from Everett, WA and currently live in Arlington, WA with my husband Scott and our two daughters, Kirsten and Rebecca. I participate in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s in honor of my mother who has early-onset dementia and … Continue reading Honoring Mom and Dad: Why I Walk

Mom’s Greatest Gift: Life lessons from a pandemic, dementia and a supportive work family

A couple of months ago when it was clear Liz needed hospice care, there was no question Rick and I would be there for her, even though neither of us had any hospice experience. The pandemic turned out to be a blessing in my situation as it allowed me to work from home, so we set up mom (on what was to be her “deathbed”) adjacent to my home office. Continue reading Mom’s Greatest Gift: Life lessons from a pandemic, dementia and a supportive work family

Alisa and her mom smile together

Why I Volunteer: Alisa Carroll

By Alisa Carroll I love you, mom.  My mom and I have always been best friends. She laughs easily and beautifully and has, her entire life, been the most animated and spirited person I know. She has been my cheerleader and encourager, and me hers –always at one another’s sides in times of need and celebration.  One of her dreams was to go to India, … Continue reading Why I Volunteer: Alisa Carroll