The advice I am so grateful for

By Randi Jensen (pictured above)  I had no idea when I married my husband 33 years ago that he had a secret that even he was not aware of. He never spoke of or gave any hint that he had endured life-changing physical injuries while fighting one of the most unpopular wars this country has ever fought.  We’d been married 20 years when the sequelae … Continue reading The advice I am so grateful for

Amy and her mom touch noses

Caregivers: What are you thankful for?

In honor of National Family Caregivers Month, we asked local caregivers to tell us what they are thankful for. Caregiving comes with many challenges, but there are also many bright spots along with way. We are inspired by the resilience and positivity of the caregivers we serve. Thank you for sharing your stories with us! Continue reading Caregivers: What are you thankful for?

Bob and George Ann smile, sitting next to each other

Husband and Caregiver: Bob Reinholt

This November, in honor of National Family Caregivers Month,  we are telling the stories of family caregivers.  Bob Reinholt met his wife George Ann at the University of Washington in 1956. They married and settled in the Yakima Valley to raise their family.  In 2008, Bob noticed changes in George Ann, such as misplacing items, forgetting small things (like dates) and trouble keeping score on the … Continue reading Husband and Caregiver: Bob Reinholt

Two people holding hands

Oh, that smile…

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in the Fall/Winter 2019 edition of Compass & Clock Magazine. We are publishing it now in honor of National Family Caregiver’s Month.  By: Madeleine Fraley He was an amazing man who carried himself with tall and quiet dignity. Quickly, he would offer a gentle smile. He was smart, talented, energetic, passionate and loving. With a twinkle in his … Continue reading Oh, that smile…

You have a friend in Congress: Congresswoman Dr. Kim Schrier

Congressman Kim Schrier, M.D., of Washington’s 8th district joined the Alzheimer’s Association Washington State Chapter at the Eastside Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Redmond on Oct. 6, 2019.  Since becoming a member of Congress in 2019, Dr. Schrier has been a good supporter of Alzheimer’s Association priorities: These are to improve care and support for people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, and dramatically increase Alzheimer’s … Continue reading You have a friend in Congress: Congresswoman Dr. Kim Schrier

Preview: 2019 Town Halls

Each fall, the Alzheimer’s Association, Washington State Chapter hosts a series of Town Halls across Washington State and northern Idaho. These community events are a unique opportunity for constituents to hear from and ask questions of local leaders about public policy related to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Here are some of the topics being covered at our Town Halls this year: Increases to Research Funding … Continue reading Preview: 2019 Town Halls

For the people I serve every day: Why I Walk

Julie Hooley started working in memory care in 2015, and she fell in love with the people she was helping each day. After realizing how many people had a connection to Alzheimer’s disease, she continued her education to learn as much as she could about dementia. Working with people experiencing dementia opened her eyes to the world of challenges that caregivers and families go through … Continue reading For the people I serve every day: Why I Walk

Praying for a cure for mom: Why I Walk

By: Michele Devlin  In 2016 at the age of 64, my mom, Debi Turner, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. For years, she’d had some unusual symptoms that I chalked up to stress or being tired. Boy, was I wrong. The most independent, strong woman I knew was starting to fade away. She was so young, and it progressed so fast. I had two moms: the one … Continue reading Praying for a cure for mom: Why I Walk

For Lynne and Grammy Helen: Why I Walk

Lynne Russell was 51 and raising her three sons, one 14-year-old and two 19-year-olds, when she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Her grandma, Helen, passed away from that disease the same year.  Lynne has since retired from her teaching career and lives close to her sons in Seattle in an assisted living community.  Lynne and her parents, Jim and Karen, are captains for the Lynne & … Continue reading For Lynne and Grammy Helen: Why I Walk

Spreading kindness: Why I Walk

Amy Baidoo-Essien lives in Puyallup, Washington. She is an administrative assistant, graphic designer and more — but according to Amy, “My most important job is being a mom to my three amazing girls and wife to my wonderful husband.” Amy is also the team captain for Team Shelia, named after mother, who died from Alzheimer’s on May 25, 2018.  “At first, my mom would forget … Continue reading Spreading kindness: Why I Walk