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

Home care, home health and assisted living: What’s the difference?

By: CarePartners  The Value of Home Care Report, published by the Home Care Association of America, states that nine out of 10 Americans aged 65 and older want to stay in their own homes; however, 40% need daily assistance and over 70% will need assistance at some point in their lives. A family may be faced with a few considerations to provide assistance for loved … Continue reading Home care, home health and assisted living: What’s the difference?

My Advocacy Story: Todd Larson

By Todd Larson (Pictured above on the left) 1980 was a very memorable year for me. That year, I finally mustered the courage to ask out a work friend who would become my future wife, Sandy. I asked Sandy out in a way that she would talk about for years to come. It was just after my birthday. When Sandy asked me about my birthday, … Continue reading My Advocacy Story: Todd Larson

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

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

My Advocacy Story: Dee Anne De Angelo

Above: Dee Anne and her mother, Rose Dee Anne De Angelo is an Air Force veteran raising two teenagers in Wenatchee, WA. In addition to raising her kids, Dee Anne is the founder of a group that supports women veterans, and was the sole caregiver for her mother with Alzheimer’s disease who recently passed away. This is her Alzheimer’s advocacy story.  Dee Anne’s father was … Continue reading My Advocacy Story: Dee Anne De Angelo

Quarterly report: documenting my wife’s journey

By Bill Fulton (pictured above with his wife Deryn) Bill Fulton is a caregiver in Snohomish, WA for his wife Deryn (DJ) who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2015. Bill keeps a quarterly report of his wife’s journey with dementia to document her changes over time. “I’m afraid.” That was all she said. It was 2009, and we were skiing very steep and deep powder … Continue reading Quarterly report: documenting my wife’s journey

Tipping the scales: nutrition for brain health

By Marilyn Walls, M.S. Marilyn has a Masters of Science in Nutrition from Bastyr University, where she also taught as an adjunct professor. She has written articles for local publications, a book on family and Alzheimer’s from a nutritionist’s perspective, and has taught hundreds of classes throughout the U.S. on nutrition, supplements, essential oils, sustainable eating and natural skin care. My mother, born on a … Continue reading Tipping the scales: nutrition for brain health

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

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