My Advocacy Story: Kevin Kvarda

Hello Friends! My name is Kevin Kvarda or you can call me “K-Squared.” Since June of 2019, I’ve had new friends in my life — a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s and Primary Progressive Aphasia (PPA). I’ve not necessarily been one to stand up on the public stage, but my diseases have pulled me out and given me a voice…a positive voice and hope. Continue reading My Advocacy Story: Kevin Kvarda

Why I Give: An Alzheimer’s Journey

In late 2015, during a holiday driving trip away from home and her usual surroundings, there was an incident where Katy “freaked out” about something. Her reaction was totally out of character for the situation, and it convinced me that some more focused medical intervention was now necessary. Continue reading Why I Give: An Alzheimer’s Journey

Make a promise: Growing a garden of hope

Now you can wear your Promise Garden flower all year long. Raise or donate $50 for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s from November 30 to December 11 to receive a collectors series Promise Garden pin in the color of your choice. Collect all four pins by fundraising $150 dollars, while supplies last. Continue reading Make a promise: Growing a garden of hope

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

Caring for the Gaps During My Daughter’s COVID-19 Isolation

Every day I deliver a tray of iced coffee with cream on the side to my 54-year-old daughter, Lynne, who is living with Alzheimer’s dementia — and who is now isolated to her apartment in assisted living. Continue reading Caring for the Gaps During My Daughter’s COVID-19 Isolation

Val Brustad: Morey Skaret Leadership Award

Each year, one support group facilitator from the Washington State Chapter is selected to receive the Morey Skaret Leadership Award. This honor is named after Morey Skaret, who attended the very first Alzheimer’s Association caregiver support group and went on to become a support group facilitator for over 20 years. Continue reading Val Brustad: Morey Skaret Leadership Award