Janet Callahan lives in Edmonds, Wash. with her husband and son, “The Nicks,” (also known as Nick and son Nicholas) and their two chubby cats. In January 2020, Janet joined the Alzheimer’s Association Washington State Chapter as The Longest Day Coordinator. Janet came to the Alzheimer’s Association through “total serendipity.” While attending a Journey Dementia Family Caregiver Conference in November with her father, she happened … Continue reading Janet Callahan: The Longest Day Coordinator
*Editor’s note, the 2020 Discovery Alzheimer’s Regional Conference has been rescheduled to June 25, 2020. Please see note below article. Cheryl Hodge, BFA, is an author and award-winning performer. Her first professional gig was when she was 16 years old. She spent time touring the US and Europe, taught in the vocal department for eight years at Berklee College of Music in Boston and headed … Continue reading Alzheimer’s, dementia & the healing power of music
*Editor’s note, the 2020 Discovery Alzheimer’s Regional Conference has been rescheduled to June 25, 2020. Please see note below article. By: CarePartners The Value of Home Care Report, published by the Home Care Association of America, states that nine out of 10 Americans aged 65 and older want to stay in their own homes; however, 40% need daily assistance and over 70% will need assistance … Continue reading Home care, home health and assisted living: What’s the difference?
By Todd Larson (Pictured above on the left) 1980 was a very memorable year for me. That year, I finally mustered the courage to ask out a work friend who would become my future wife, Sandy. I asked Sandy out in a way that she would talk about for years to come. It was just after my birthday. When Sandy asked me about my birthday, … Continue reading My Advocacy Story: Todd Larson
By Seema Abassi, MD (speaking in photo above) My father was a retired air force officer. He was in excellent health until one day, when he was 80 years old, he suffered a heart attack and needed an emergency bypass surgery. The surgery was a success, but after his discharge from the hospital, we noticed significant memory changes and thence began his seven-year journey with … Continue reading My Advocacy Story: Seema Abbasi, MD
By Bill Fulton (pictured above with his wife Deryn) Bill Fulton is a caregiver in Snohomish, WA for his wife Deryn (DJ) who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2015. Bill keeps a quarterly report of his wife’s journey with dementia to document her changes over time. “I’m afraid.” That was all she said. It was 2009, and we were skiing very steep and deep powder … Continue reading Quarterly report: documenting my wife’s journey
By Marilyn Walls, M.S. Marilyn has a Masters of Science in Nutrition from Bastyr University, where she also taught as an adjunct professor. She has written articles for local publications, a book on family and Alzheimer’s from a nutritionist’s perspective, and has taught hundreds of classes throughout the U.S. on nutrition, supplements, essential oils, sustainable eating and natural skin care. My mother, born on a … Continue reading Tipping the scales: nutrition for brain health
On July 27, 2019, Mill Creek local Jill Jordan swam from Alcatraz Island back to the shore in San Francisco. She swam in 59 degree water for just under 45 minutes. Her mission? To raise funds and awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association. This is Jill’s third open-water swim to raise money for a cause, and this year she raised $3,500 for the Alzheimer’s Association. … Continue reading Swimming to Alcatraz for ALZ
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
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?