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

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

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

What to Consider When Pursuing Assisted Living or Memory Care

We have created a list of questions for you and your family to consider when choosing assisted living or memory care for your loved one. Each family is different, but this is a good place to start. Continue reading What to Consider When Pursuing Assisted Living or Memory Care

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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!

What is MCI?

With public awareness of brain aging and Alzheimer disease risk growing, it’s understandable for adults to wonder whether moments of forgetfulness could be signs of something more serious, such as mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Continue reading What is MCI?

Bill and his neighbor look through the window at a loved one

Looking Through the Window

My inspiration for writing the poem was for all the loved ones experiencing a devastating and emotional tragedy caused by the COVID-19 restrictions, eliminating in-person visits to nursing homes and other care communities. Further inspiration was my visits with my neighbor Midge, the wife of Rocky, who has Alzheimer’s, as illustrated by the pictures of one of our visits. Continue reading Looking Through the Window

Senior African American couple reading

Valentine’s Day: A Couple’s Devotion While Facing Alzheimer’s During COVID-19

Valentine’s Day can be a particularly sentimental time for couples affected by Alzheimer’s or dementia, as they adjust to dual roles as both romantic partners and care partners. This day is also a reminder that love is not only what brings couples together, but it is often what keeps couples going through this difficult journey. Continue reading Valentine’s Day: A Couple’s Devotion While Facing Alzheimer’s During COVID-19

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