Taking the Joy in Tiny Moments: Why I Walk

My name is Jimmy Kloppmann and I walk for my mom. My mother, Carol, was officially diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s in the fall of 2013. Earlier that year, I moved away from home and out to the Seattle area. After the diagnosis I remember looking into the disease and trying to see what I could do to help, and even wondering whether I had made … Continue reading Taking the Joy in Tiny Moments: Why I Walk

New program: Care Community Coaching

We are proud to announce that the Washington State Chapter has recently hired Jessica Welsch as our first-ever Practice Recommendation Coach for the Alzheimer’s Association’s new Care Community Coaching program. The Care Community Coaching program is a strengths-based consultative coaching program for nursing homes in Washington State in order to promote the adoption and implementation of the Alzheimer’s Association’s evidence-based Dementia Care Practice Recommendations (DCPR). … Continue reading New program: Care Community Coaching

Caregiving with my sisters: Why I Walk

By: Dorothy Bagsby  My name Dorothy Bagsby, I live in Seattle. I retired from The Port of Seattle as a Lease Accountant III with 30 years of service. I have a bachelor’s degree in business administration, minor in sociology and two years of graduate study in public administration. I am a Certified Manager. I love reading, walking, music, attending church, participating in community charity and … Continue reading Caregiving with my sisters: Why I Walk

Aging with Pride: IDEA (Innovations in Dementia Empowerment and Action)

The Aging with Pride: IDEA (Innovations in Dementia Empowerment and Action) study is the first federally-funded research study examining ways to improve the health and quality of life for adults aged 50 and older in the LGBTQ community with memory loss and their caregivers. It tests a tailored approach to improve physical function and independence, addressing the unique needs of LGBTQ older adults who frequently … Continue reading Aging with Pride: IDEA (Innovations in Dementia Empowerment and Action)

Moving On – Life After Death

By: Bethmarie Fahey For the past year, I’ve been writing about caring for my elderly mother with Alzheimer’s. I’ve written pages on the effects of the disease, how it stole the vibrant, fun-loving person I knew and left behind a stranger.  My world revolved around her current state of mind and what I needed to do to protect her from harm. My time wasn’t my … Continue reading Moving On – Life After Death

A role reversal in our marriage: Becoming a caregiver

By Janet Tarbutton  My name is Janet Tarbutton. I live in Liberty Lake, WA with my husband, Alan. We were high school sweethearts in Orange, CA. We went to rival town high schools and met at church. We are celebrating 42 years of marriage in July 2020. We love to travel, play golf and be outdoors as much as possible. We have so many wonderful … Continue reading A role reversal in our marriage: Becoming a caregiver

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

Celebrating Mother’s Day During COVID-19

Mother’s Day celebrations for families affected by Alzheimer’s disease or dementia can be bittersweet and challenging, even under the best of circumstances. This year, the COVID-19 pandemic adds new complexities to the mix. Social distancing guidelines, travel restrictions and safety protocols in nursing homes or other long-term care facilities may prevent you from celebrating together in person.  This may seem daunting and difficult to accept, … Continue reading Celebrating Mother’s Day During COVID-19

On the Frontline: Meet Our Care Consultants

During these uncertain times, many people are experiencing their stress levels rise as normal routines have been disrupted by COVID-19 and local stay-at-home orders. It is easy to feel alone and more isolated than ever. The Alzheimer’s Association Washington State Chapter has care consultants who are working every day to help individuals and families facing dementia. Our care consultants are on the frontline, lending a … Continue reading On the Frontline: Meet Our Care Consultants

Volunteering for Gail, my forever friend

By: Alan Jaffe My name is Alan Jaffe. I am 81 years old and retired, and I volunteer for the Alzheimer’s Association Washington State Chapter.  I have had a very diversified life in careers and education. However, the constant aspect of my life over all of those years has been my relationship with my wife, Gail. We were married for 58 years from 1960-2018. l … Continue reading Volunteering for Gail, my forever friend