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

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

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

Meet Our Team: Walk to End Alzheimer’s

The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is right around the corner. While things might look a little different this year, we are moving forward to end Alzheimer’s and our Walk team is making that happen! We interviewed the Walk Managers so that you can get to know a little more about them and why they work so hard to make the Walk to End Alzheimer’s a … Continue reading Meet Our Team: Walk to End Alzheimer’s

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

Alzheimer’s Advocate: Katie Denmark

Katie Denmark is a volunteer for the Alzheimer’s Association Washington State Chapter. Her work in public policy as an Alzheimer’s advocate has been so important to our Chapter and in Washington State! We interviewed Katie about her work as a volunteer and what motivates her. Tell us about yourselfI live in the Seattle area with my husband and two sons. I practiced law before having … Continue reading Alzheimer’s Advocate: Katie Denmark

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

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