Paddling the Sound: The Longest Day

On June 20, 2020, 71-year-old Paul Hirsh will be paddling around Vashon Island in a 19ft kayak for The Longest Day. Paul is paddling in honor of his mother, who had Alzheimer’s, and his father, who was her primary caregiver. Paul lives in Gig Harbor, WA on Wollochet Bay. Paul and his wife Charlotte have three daughters and 10 grandkids. Paul grew up an athlete. … Continue reading Paddling the Sound: The Longest Day

How Maude’s Awards Came To Be

Maude’s Awards celebrates and inspires innovative practices that enrich the quality of life for persons living with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias and that of their care partners. Eight monetary awards will be made each year—three $25,000 awards to organizations and five $5,000 awards to individuals. The deadline to apply for this year’s Maude’s Awards is May 31, 2020. Learn more here. Maude and Richard … Continue reading How Maude’s Awards Came To Be

25 Ways to Fundraise from Home for The Longest Day

We are all feeling the effects of being physically distanced from our family, friends, colleagues and teammates during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Longest Day is a wonderful opportunity to come together virtually, share in a joyful activity and make a difference in the lives of people impacted by Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. The Longest Day is the day with the most light — the summer … Continue reading 25 Ways to Fundraise from Home for The Longest Day

Janet Callahan: The Longest Day Coordinator

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

Swimming to Alcatraz for ALZ

  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

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

Honoring my wife and lifelong partner: Why I Walk

By: Bob Reinholt My name is Bob Reinholt and I live in East Wenatchee. I am retired after spending nearly my entire working career in the fruit business in the Yakima Valley. We have three grown children and seven grandchildren. I met my wife George Ann while we were both attending the University of Washington in 1956. George Ann was a Tacoma girl. After we … Continue reading Honoring my wife and lifelong partner: Why I Walk

Dancing for Dad: The Longest Day

Kristen Barsky-Harlan and her wife, Sarah, had just 3.5 months to plan their wedding. It was not the original date they had chosen; but Kristen wanted her father there by her side, to walk her down the aisle and enjoy the father-daughter dance. Kristen’s dad, Tom, had younger-onset Alzheimer’s disease, and Kristen wanted to remember her wedding day with her father present.   This year … Continue reading Dancing for Dad: The Longest Day

Skating to End Alzheimer’s – Why We Walk

“We want to bring more attention to communities that need it most, and there is stigma around Alzheimer’s and dementia that needs to be eradicated,” said K Walker, aka Sirr Gotcha. Because of this stigma, K and his team have decided to skate for Alzheimer’s awareness — roller skate, that is. On April 13, 2019, Northwest Derby Company will be collecting donations at the door … Continue reading Skating to End Alzheimer’s – Why We Walk

Unforgettable Moments- Why I Walk

As the community relations director for an assisted living community, Jennifer Angell’s job is to create unique and enjoyable experiences for the residents living there. She often combines these activities with something purposeful, like raising money for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. For the last few years, Jennifer has been the Team Captain for the Spiritwood Unforgettables. They usually attend the Eastside Walk to End … Continue reading Unforgettable Moments- Why I Walk