Dementia: Transformation through innovation

By: Benjamin Surmi, MsG, Social Gerontologist Director of People and Culture, Koelsch Communities We all want real outcomes that are provided by actionable insights. Cutting-edge research points us to practices that work for people living with a diagnosis of dementia. Healthcare and senior living professionals apply this wisdom through innovation – transforming families and communities.  In this article, we review evidence for five practices. For … Continue reading Dementia: Transformation through innovation

My Advocacy Story: Seema Abbasi, MD

By Seema Abassi, MD (speaking in photo above) My father was a retired air force officer. He was in excellent health until one day, when he was 80 years old, he suffered a heart attack and needed an emergency bypass surgery. The surgery was a success, but after his discharge from the hospital, we noticed significant memory changes and thence began his seven-year journey with … Continue reading My Advocacy Story: Seema Abbasi, MD

Swimming to Alcatraz for ALZ

  On July 27, 2019,  Mill Creek local Jill Jordan swam from Alcatraz Island back to the shore in San Francisco. She swam in 59 degree water for just under 45 minutes. Her mission? To raise funds and awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association. This is Jill’s third open-water swim to raise money for a cause, and this year she raised $3,500 for the Alzheimer’s Association.  … Continue reading Swimming to Alcatraz for ALZ

The advice I am so grateful for

By Randi Jensen (pictured above)  I had no idea when I married my husband 33 years ago that he had a secret that even he was not aware of. He never spoke of or gave any hint that he had endured life-changing physical injuries while fighting one of the most unpopular wars this country has ever fought.  We’d been married 20 years when the sequelae … Continue reading The advice I am so grateful for

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?

Bob and George Ann smile, sitting next to each other

Husband and Caregiver: Bob Reinholt

This November, in honor of National Family Caregivers Month,  we are telling the stories of family caregivers.  Bob Reinholt met his wife George Ann at the University of Washington in 1956. They married and settled in the Yakima Valley to raise their family.  In 2008, Bob noticed changes in George Ann, such as misplacing items, forgetting small things (like dates) and trouble keeping score on the … Continue reading Husband and Caregiver: Bob Reinholt

Two people holding hands

Oh, that smile…

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in the Fall/Winter 2019 edition of Compass & Clock Magazine. We are publishing it now in honor of National Family Caregiver’s Month.  By: Madeleine Fraley He was an amazing man who carried himself with tall and quiet dignity. Quickly, he would offer a gentle smile. He was smart, talented, energetic, passionate and loving. With a twinkle in his … Continue reading Oh, that smile…

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

Showing up to show support: Congressman Derek Kilmer

Congressman Derek Kilmer of Washington’s 6th district joined the Alzheimer’s Association Washington State Chapter at the Pierce County Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Tacoma on Sept. 15, 2019.  Since becoming a member of Congress in 2013, Congressman Kilmer has been a strong supporter of Alzheimer’s Association priorities. These are to improve care and support for those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, and dramatically increase Alzheimer’s … Continue reading Showing up to show support: Congressman Derek Kilmer

For the people I serve every day: Why I Walk

Julie Hooley started working in memory care in 2015, and she fell in love with the people she was helping each day. After realizing how many people had a connection to Alzheimer’s disease, she continued her education to learn as much as she could about dementia. Working with people experiencing dementia opened her eyes to the world of challenges that caregivers and families go through … Continue reading For the people I serve every day: Why I Walk