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

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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

Exercise for your brain and body

Physical activity is a valuable part of any overall wellness plan and is associated with a lower risk of cognitive decline. The new year is a great time to start integrating exercise into your daily life to help improve the health of your brain and body. Continue reading Exercise for your brain and body

Meet the Public Policy Team

The Washington State Chapter has two staff members devoted to this important part of our mission. Together, they plan and manage grassroots advocacy efforts, including organizing a network of Alzheimer’s advocates, to advance issues critical to individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, their families, and their caregivers. Continue reading Meet the Public Policy Team

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