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: 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: 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

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

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…

Roxzan and Dave sitting together in front of promise garden flowers

Two Million Reasons: Dave’s Divas

Editor’s Note: “This story was originally published in 2017. Since then, Roxzan and her team, Dave’s Divas, have continued their Walk to End Alzheimer’s streak. This year, Krisie from Dave’s Divas participated in the Walk in St. Joseph, Michigan. In total, Dave’s Divas have participated in 38 Walks since 2012, raising over $23,000.”  “We try to make as many people aware of the fight to … Continue reading Two Million Reasons: Dave’s Divas