Family sits with a nurse to discuss palliative care options

Five Benefits of Palliative Care

By: Beth Hutchason, MN, ARNP What is palliative care? Okay, let’s start with a very frequent question: How do you pronounce this anyway?  It is pronounced “PAL-ya-tive,” not “PALE-ee-ah-tive.” Congratulations! You are now on your way. Palliative care is a type of care unknown to more than two-thirds of U.S. residents. Worldwide, 40 million people need palliative care each year, and only 14% receive it. … Continue reading Five Benefits of Palliative Care

An Update from University of Washington School of Nursing & The Dementia Palliative Care Network

An Update from UW QSNA Winner The Queen Silvia Nursing Award (QSNA) is an international global dementia nursing award addressing better quality of care for people living with dementia through ideas and solutions promoted by nursing students and nurses. The UW School of Nursing was elected as the first academic partner in the United States to bestow the Queen Silvia Nursing Award for dementia care … Continue reading An Update from University of Washington School of Nursing & The Dementia Palliative Care Network

With Love From the ALZWA Team: A Mother’s Day Tribute

With Mother’s Day fast approaching, we would like to take a moment to honor the inspiring women in our lives. Read our tributes below as we reflect on motherhood and celebrate all who love and care for those around us. Happy Mother’s Day with love from the ALZWA team! “To anyone who doesn’t know these two people, it looks like a nice walk in the … Continue reading With Love From the ALZWA Team: A Mother’s Day Tribute

Grief: The Elephant in the Room

By: Beth Hutchason, ARNP Can we take a moment to talk about something difficult? If you would rather not, that is fine too. From my experience, many people have been unable to talk about emotionally-charged subjects such as grief. I would like to give those people the space to do so here. Any major holidays are naturally stressful for people who are grieving. However, in … Continue reading Grief: The Elephant in the Room

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My Journey in Honoring Nancy: The Longest Day

Don Desonier became an Alzheimer’s Association volunteer after losing his wife, Nancy, to early-onset dementia. This year, he is participating in The Longest Day® in her honor.  A woman of grace, beauty and limitless love Don’s wife, Nancy, was a professional flute performer and teacher, having graduated from UCLA with a degree in flute performance. Little did she know that her talent and love for … Continue reading My Journey in Honoring Nancy: The Longest Day

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Daylight Saving Time and Alzheimer’s Disease

By Colleen Kienbaum, RN-BSN It’s that time of year again — the time when households all over America set their clocks forward and lose an extra hour of precious sleep during the night. For people living with or providing care to someone with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, the time change can also be the beginning of a change in routine. Some changes that come with … Continue reading Daylight Saving Time and Alzheimer’s Disease

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Alzheimer’s and Type 1 Diabetes: Q&A with Dr. Luciana Mascarenhas Fonseca

Dr. Luciana Mascarenhas Fonseca received funding from the Alzheimer’s Association Research Fellowship to Promote Diversity Program for her project, “Alzheimer’s disease biomarkers, vascular risk factors and cognitive variability in aging adults with Type 1 diabetes.” Here, we ask her some questions about her background and the important research she’s currently undertaking. Tell us a little about yourself. How did you first become involved in Alzheimer’s … Continue reading Alzheimer’s and Type 1 Diabetes: Q&A with Dr. Luciana Mascarenhas Fonseca

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Finding and Sharing Love: The Longest Day

By Patti LaFleur, The Longest Day® participant My name is Patti. I am 35. I am a lover, I am a (former) Kindergarten teacher, I am a fantastic friend, a dog mom and a wife to my amazing husband. I wear my heart on my sleeve and I love sharing my journey with others. My husband, my mom, our two bull terriers (Dakota and Sitka) … Continue reading Finding and Sharing Love: The Longest Day

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Turning Back the Clock: The Basics of Alzheimer’s Progression

By: Beth Hutchason, MN, ARNP Did you know that short-term memory lasts less than 30 seconds and can only hold about seven items? On the other hand, long-term memory can last for days to years. Some long-term memories are conscious (specific knowledge and events), and some are unconscious (knowing how to do things like tying your shoes). As a palliative care nurse practitioner, I met … Continue reading Turning Back the Clock: The Basics of Alzheimer’s Progression

A Toast to Our Moms: Why We Walk

Thank you to Coeur Cause® Wines and Milbrandt Vineyards, Local Presenting Sponsors for the 2021 Walk to End Alzheimer’s in the Tri-Cities and Wenatchee, and Platinum Sponsors in Seattle and Redmond. Below, owners Stacey Bellew and Lisa Milbrandt share their personal experiences with dementia and how it inspired their involvement in the cause.  They are hosting Coeur Cause® Sparkling Rosé release parties Sept. 24-26 and … Continue reading A Toast to Our Moms: Why We Walk