Celebrating nurses who care for people, families and communities living with dementia

The UW School of Nursing is deeply invested in research, education and action directed at improving the lives of people with dementia and their caregivers. Among the School of Nursing’s initiatives are the transformational Dementia Palliative Education Network (DPEN) initiative and the Queen Silvia Nursing Award. Continue reading Celebrating nurses who care for people, families and communities living with dementia

Sorority Involvement Strengthens Walk to End Alzheimer’s in the Pacific Northwest

This article was originally published by the Alzheimer’s Association Oregon & Southwest Washington Chapter. It has been adapted for the ALZWA blog. ΣΚThe Sigma Kappa sorority brings women together through lifelong opportunities for social, intellectual and spiritual development. In college, members regularly volunteer in their community. This mission carries well past graduation, where sorority alumnae bring their values for personal growth, friendship, service and loyalty … Continue reading Sorority Involvement Strengthens Walk to End Alzheimer’s in the Pacific Northwest

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

Safety Tips for Dementia Family Caregivers

By: Beth Hutchason, MN, ARNP Beth has been a registered nurse for 33 years and a nurse practitioner for 25 of those years. She spent the past 14 years doing palliative care, a branch of medicine focused on improvement in quality of life and relief of suffering. During these years, she had the opportunity to interact with hundreds of people with dementia and their families. … Continue reading Safety Tips for Dementia Family Caregivers

Progress on the Alzheimer’s State Plan

The Dementia Action Collaborative, a group of public-private partners committed to implementing the state plan, has created a variety of tools and resources to help individuals and families facing memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. Continue reading Progress on the Alzheimer’s State Plan

Improving Dementia Care in Clinical Settings

The Alzheimer’s Association is working to engage more than 300 health systems nationwide to offer proven solutions for improving health outcomes and more effectively managing the cost of care for people living with dementia. Kathy Jacobi, our health systems director, is leading this effort in Washington, Idaho, Oregon and Alaska.  “I work with health systems to help them uncover their greatest needs and opportunities for … Continue reading Improving Dementia Care in Clinical Settings

Living Well with Dementia During COVID-19

You being many labels, one of which is a person living with dementia during COVID-19. We’ll explore how you might be tapping into your cognitive reserves, resilience reservoirs and strength systems and what you can do, or how you can be, to feel a sense of settledness and balance in your world. Continue reading Living Well with Dementia During COVID-19

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Dementia-Friendly Activities – Virtually!

While we’re still awaiting the return of community programs like Alzheimer’s cafés, memory loss choirs or dementia-friendly walking groups, a robust world of virtual dementia-friendly programs has emerged. Continue reading Dementia-Friendly Activities – Virtually!

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Cultural Barriers to Care

Caregivers are supporting elders who have experiences shaped by their cultural values and practices, family traditions and the lessons and wisdom of their own elders; they share their lessons, words of wisdom and experiences with their children whispered in their native language, through the foods they serve and the views of life through religious and spiritual traditions. Continue reading Cultural Barriers to Care