Public Policy Town Halls 2018

Each fall, the Alzheimer’s Association, Washington State Chapter hosts a series of Town Halls across Washington State and northern Idaho. These community events are a unique opportunity for constituents to hear from and ask questions of local leaders about public policy related to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Here are few of topics being covered at our Town Halls this year: Increases to Research Funding The … Continue reading Public Policy Town Halls 2018

Valerie Halvorson: Why I Walk

Alzheimer’s disease impacts others besides those who’ve been diagnosed. Valerie Halvorson can attest to that. Valerie’s father was living in Pampa, Texas when he was diagnosed. At the time, Valerie was a teacher in Olympia. “I was 2,000 miles away,” Valerie says. “And though they would visit often, it was hard for me to tell really what was going on, and my mom didn’t want … Continue reading Valerie Halvorson: Why I Walk

The Dementia Action Collaborative

Established in 2016, the Dementia Action Collaborative (DAC) is a coalition of public-private partners committed to preparing Washington State for the growth of the dementia population. The DAC has been a driving force behind many initiatives in Washington State, including but not limited to:   Dementia Roadmap Designed to let people impacted by Alzheimer’s know what to expect, the Dementia Roadmap has become a go-to … Continue reading The Dementia Action Collaborative

Acme’s New Purple Truck Delivers Fuel – and Research Funding for Alzheimer’s

By Heidi Smith of ThurstonTalk.com Looking back, the signs were there. As early as 2001, Christophe Allen’s mother Jeannine was forgetting things – little things to be sure, but enough to make her family notice. “She would go to Costco and buy a bunch of stuff and then the next week, go to Costco and buy a whole bunch of the same stuff. It was … Continue reading Acme’s New Purple Truck Delivers Fuel – and Research Funding for Alzheimer’s

Why I Fight for Families Fighting Alzheimer’s

By Senator Patty Murray Traveling around Washington state, I’ve heard from many families about the devastating effect Alzheimer’s has on their lives. Each individual story is heartbreaking, and unfortunately each story is one of many such heartbreaks being caused by this terrible disease. A few years ago this disease was the 3rd leading cause of death in Washington, and today there are an estimated 100,000 seniors … Continue reading Why I Fight for Families Fighting Alzheimer’s

Returning the Favor: Maria Prescott

Hello, my name is Maria Prescott and I’m 26 years old. I’m originally from Sumner, grew up in Rainier and now live Gig Harbor. This is my story of caregiving for my grandparents, both of whom were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. I hope that by sharing my story, people who become caregivers for their grandparents or another family member will see it can be well … Continue reading Returning the Favor: Maria Prescott

Join the Fight Against Alzheimer’s: Rep. Rick Larsen

Editor’s Note: Registration is open for 2018 Advocacy Day. Join the fight against Alzheimer’s in Olympia! By Rep. Rick Larsen It’s a great pleasure for me to be here. I just live up on the hill, not too far from here, and I heard all this noise going on so I came down here to see what was going on. Turns out, there is a … Continue reading Join the Fight Against Alzheimer’s: Rep. Rick Larsen

Game Night to Remember: In Honor of Nick Pearce

By CJ Pearce My dad, Nick, was a remarkable man who was truly loved by everyone that knew him. As teenagers, my sisters and I used to complain that we couldn’t get through a single trip to the grocery store without dad bumping into someone he knew who would stop him to chat. Part of this was because he was so involved in our community. … Continue reading Game Night to Remember: In Honor of Nick Pearce

Dementia-Friendly Communities: An Introduction for Washington State

Editor’s Note: Are you getting started or already involved with developing dementia-friendly programs (i.e. Alzheimer’s Cafes, memory loss walking groups, art programs, etc) or dementia-friendly initiatives in your community? Want to network or share resources related to dementia-friendly communities, with others around Washington State? If so, please: Respond to this brief 5-question survey, sharing what you’re interested in, and the best way for you to connect … Continue reading Dementia-Friendly Communities: An Introduction for Washington State

Congressman Denny Heck: Why I’m grateful for Alzheimer’s advocates

Editor’s Note: These remarks were made by Congressman Denny Heck at our Olympia Town hall in October. Thousands of advocates will be gathering at Advocacy Forum. Show your support by participating in the Thunderclap March 29! By Congressman Denny Heck Today, I’m going to be thinking about three people: Dennis, Lena and Vic. Dennis Mahar was an incredibly important voice in moving the conversation about Alzheimer’s disease forward … Continue reading Congressman Denny Heck: Why I’m grateful for Alzheimer’s advocates