2020 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures

The 2020 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report was released March 11 and contains the most up-to-date data on Alzheimer’s prevalence and mortality, caregiving and the costs of health care for people living with the disease. Below are key takeaways from the report, including data for Washington State and Idaho. This year’s special report, “On the Front Lines: Primary Care Physicians and Alzheimer’s Care in … Continue reading 2020 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures

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

Tipping the scales: nutrition for brain health

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

Farmer, Musician, Caregiver: The Longest Day

Laurie Lee Lewis is a self-described “whirlwind” of a woman. Besides being a farmer, songwriter, musician, author and philanthropist, she has also been the primary caregiver for both of her parents the past four years. This year, Laurie is celebrating her birthday and honoring her father with a celebration on her farm for The Longest Day on June 21. Her parents, Jack and Darlene Little, … Continue reading Farmer, Musician, Caregiver: 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

More than Medications: Non-Pharmacological Treatment of Memory Loss

By Genevieve Wanucha, UW Memory and Brain Wellness Center Without many effective therapeutics for memory loss and dementia, families must often get creative to find solutions beyond the medicine cabinet to manage a loved one’s behavioral changes. Fortunately, evidence shows that a variety of non-pharmacological strategies can meaningfully improve the symptoms of people living with the early symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and provide ways to … Continue reading More than Medications: Non-Pharmacological Treatment of Memory Loss

From dementia friendly to dementia inclusive: A Q&A with Dr. G. Allen Power

G. Allen Power, MD is a board certified internist and geriatrician, and newly named Schlegel Chair in Aging and Dementia Innovation at the Schlegel—U. Waterloo Research Institute for Aging in Ontario, Canada. He is also clinical associate professor of medicine at the University of Rochester, New York, a Fellow of the American College of Physicians / American Society for Internal Medicine, and an international educator … Continue reading From dementia friendly to dementia inclusive: A Q&A with Dr. G. Allen Power

Justice for families: My advocacy story

Patricia Kienholz is a very busy woman. She is a single mother of two, an avid learner, working about 70-90 hours a week between her work in the nonprofit sector and helping to run a family-owned business. “I can’t stand idle time, and my brain only slows down when I’m sleeping,” she said. Still, Patricia takes the time to be an Alzheimer’s advocate. “I see advocacy … Continue reading Justice for families: My advocacy story

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Finding hope after my diagnosis

By: David H. Brown The neurologist said three simple words and asked me to repeat them. They were “apple,” “tree” and “desk” — or something like that. Single-syllable nouns. Then he asked me to repeat them. And then he asked me to repeat them again. After five, six or maybe more times, I thought it was getting a little silly, but he continued.   He … Continue reading Finding hope after my diagnosis

Awareness for Arline – Why I Walk

By Jerry Campbell   This year, I wanted to raise awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association by going on a little walk of my own for the cause — well, all of the Walks in the Pacific Northwest to be exact. Since I couldn’t be in every city when the Walk was happening, I journeyed around Washington, Oregon and Idaho on my own, walking each route … Continue reading Awareness for Arline – Why I Walk