Janet Callahan lives in Edmonds, Wash. with her husband and son, “The Nicks,” (also known as Nick and son Nicholas) and their two chubby cats. In January 2020, Janet joined the Alzheimer’s Association Washington State Chapter as The Longest Day Coordinator. Janet came to the Alzheimer’s Association through “total serendipity.” While attending a Journey Dementia Family Caregiver Conference in November with her father, she happened … Continue reading Janet Callahan: The Longest Day Coordinator
By Janet L. Smith As your parents get older, it may become increasingly important for you and your siblings to come together and help your parents find the best caregiving options. Depending on the circumstances and the health of your parents, you may be able to hire in-home caregivers that allow your parents to stay in their own home. In other situations, an assisted living … Continue reading How siblings can avoid fighting over caregiving disagreements
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?
Hello, my name is Maria Prescott and I’m 26 years old. I’m originally from Sumner, grew up in Rainier and now live Gig Harbor. This is my story of caregiving for my grandparents, both of whom were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. I hope that by sharing my story, people who become caregivers for their grandparents or another family member will see it can be well … Continue reading Returning the Favor: Maria Prescott
By CJ Pearce My dad, Nick, was a remarkable man who was truly loved by everyone that knew him. As teenagers, my sisters and I used to complain that we couldn’t get through a single trip to the grocery store without dad bumping into someone he knew who would stop him to chat. Part of this was because he was so involved in our community. … Continue reading Game Night to Remember: In Honor of Nick Pearce
By Kelly Zwicker Every individual who experiences Alzheimer’s has a unique story. Shantel Thilman has used her experience as a young caregiver and her passion for living a healthy lifestyle to join the fight against Alzheimer’s. A self-starter and globetrotter, Shantel’s active lifestyle has lead her to become an advocate for the Alzheimer’s Association. Her hobbies fit well with The Longest Day, a spring team … Continue reading The Longest Day: Healthy Habits for a Healthy Life
Editor’s Note: You can still honor a caregiver for National Family Caregiver Month. Follow us on Instagram or Facebook. Create a post honoring a caregiver in your life, tag us and use the hashtags #ALZWA and #ENDALZ for a chance to be featured on our social media pages. Every November, The Alzheimer’s Association recognizes caregivers in honor of National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and National … Continue reading Washington Honors Caregivers in November
Editor’s Note: November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and National Family Caregiver Month. Honor a caregiver this November. By: Kelly Zwicker Shantel Thilman is one of many to be inspired by her personal connection to Alzheimer’s disease and engage her community through her life passions. She is a reminder that individuals can inspire a community effort to help create a world without Alzheimer’s disease. Shantel … Continue reading The Young Face of Alzheimer’s Caregivers