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

Year in Review: Impact Report FY19

The Alzheimer’s Association Washington State Chapter is pleased to present to you — our loyal supporters — the Impact Report for Fiscal Year 2019. We are grateful for the many ways your support enhances the lives of people in our community affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Below are key highlights of all we accomplished together in the past year. Thank you again for … Continue reading Year in Review: Impact Report FY19

Taking care of each other: Mac & Kathryn

Mac and Kathryn are a couple based out of Spokane. Kathryn is living with dementia and Mac is her full-time caregiver. The following is the story of their journey together with dementia. Mac met his wife Kathryn in Seattle on Dec. 8, 2006. Kathryn answered a Craigslist ad Mac had placed, looking for friendship. The pair quickly became friends. “I found a great friend, and … Continue reading Taking care of each other: Mac & Kathryn

Amy and her mom touch noses

Caregivers: What are you thankful 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?

Two Million Reasons to End Alzheimer’s

The Walk is over. The fight is not. Move us one step closer to a world without Alzheimer’s disease.  Thousands of people across Washington and North Idaho came together this fall in the fight against Alzheimer’s, and together, raised over $1.52 million so far. Thank you! To ensure our services are fully funded — like the 24/7 Helpline, support groups, education programs, disease research and more … Continue reading Two Million Reasons to End Alzheimer’s

Preview: 2019 Town Halls

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 some of the topics being covered at our Town Halls this year: Increases to Research Funding … Continue reading Preview: 2019 Town Halls

Walk to End Alzheimer’s- Washington State Chapter 2019

Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. This inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to join the fight against the disease! Join us in the fight for Alzheimer’s first survivor at alzwa.org/walk  Continue reading Walk to End Alzheimer’s- Washington State Chapter 2019

It’s Time to Talk About Alzheimer’s

It’s Time to Talk About Alzheimer’s Close family members are typically the first to notice the warning signs of Alzheimer’s, but they are often hesitant to say something – even when they know something is wrong. In fact, in the 2019 Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month (ABAM) survey, nearly 3 in 4 Americans said that talking to a close family member about memory loss, thinking … Continue reading It’s Time to Talk About Alzheimer’s

Q&A: New Executive Director Jim Wilgus

We are very pleased to introduce you to Jim Wilgus, the new executive director for the Washington State Chapter. Jim first joined the Alzheimer’s Association in 2010 and is a long-time friend and ally to our chapter. In addition to his role as executive director locally, he’ll also be providing regional leadership to chapters in Oregon, Idaho and Alaska. Here, we’ve asked him a few … Continue reading Q&A: New Executive Director Jim Wilgus

Meet our education and outreach staff

Our education and outreach staff work across Washington and Northern Idaho. They are often the people you will see in the community: giving presentations, holding workshops, and creating and maintaining relationships in the community. Learn more about them below with some Q&A’s!   Joan Acres- Richland office, covering central and southeast WA, Chelan and Douglas counties  What is your role at the Alzheimer’s Association? South … Continue reading Meet our education and outreach staff