Navigating dementia and COVID-19 this holiday season

The holidays are often a joyous time, but they can also be overwhelming, especially for families affected by Alzheimer’s or dementia. This year, the COVID-19 pandemic adds new challenges, especially for older adults who may have underlying health conditions and are at the greatest risk of complications due to the novel coronavirus. Continue reading Navigating dementia and COVID-19 this holiday season

Caring for the Gaps During My Daughter’s COVID-19 Isolation

Every day I deliver a tray of iced coffee with cream on the side to my 54-year-old daughter, Lynne, who is living with Alzheimer’s dementia — and who is now isolated to her apartment in assisted living. Continue reading Caring for the Gaps During My Daughter’s COVID-19 Isolation

Jenni and her family at the Walk to End Alzheimers

Missing my Granddaddy: Why I Walk

My grandaddy, James Roger Knight, along with my Granny, were incredibly involved in my life from a very young age. We always lived very close to them and they helped take care of my brother and me. Both he and my Granny are two of my favorite people. Continue reading Missing my Granddaddy: Why I Walk

Making Grandma Smile: Why I Walk

Jaxon is the leader of his Walk to End Alzheimer’s team, Jax’s End ALZ Army, one of the top fundraising teams for the Spokane Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Jaxon walks in honor of his grandma, who has been living with Alzheimer’s disease since 2013. This June, Jax turned 9 years old.  Jax lives in Cheney, WA with his mom, dad and older sister Jordan. When … Continue reading Making Grandma Smile: 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)

For the first man I ever loved: Why I Walk

My father had Alzheimer’s disease, as did his mother (my paternal grandmother). My dad, Hans Harder, was the first man I ever loved. He was an athlete, WSU Alumni and a farmer who loved sports and raising cattle. He was the most generous person I knew. As a child, I remember him giving money to strangers on the street when we went to town. Continue reading For the first man I ever loved: Why I Walk

It’s for you Chelito: Why I Walk

am 43 years old and from Guadalajara, Mexico. I am the youngest of 11 kids that my mom had — yes, 11! As the youngest of my family, I usually took care of my mom’s needs. We started to notice some changes in my mom’s behavior around eight years ago. She seemed sadder. She was usually pretty much an independent woman, strong and happy. She smiled at all people, and was a friendly and nice lady. Continue reading It’s for you Chelito: 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

Paddling the Sound: The Longest Day

On June 20, 2020, 71-year-old Paul Hirsh will be paddling around Vashon Island in a 19ft kayak for The Longest Day. Paul is paddling in honor of his mother, who had Alzheimer’s, and his father, who was her primary caregiver. Paul lives in Gig Harbor, WA on Wollochet Bay. Paul and his wife Charlotte have three daughters and 10 grandkids. Paul grew up an athlete. … Continue reading Paddling the Sound: The Longest Day