Growing up when dad has dementia: Why I Walk

By: Grace Lilje It was in the Spring of 2010 when my dad, my older brother Nolan, and I piled into our car for a road trip that would forever change our lives.  My dad, Bill, who worked as a wheat farmer, had been exhibiting some uncharacteristic behaviors and patterns that my mom had recently noticed. He was having difficulty planning in his job and … Continue reading Growing up when dad has dementia: Why I Walk

Walk to End Alzheimer’s- Washington State Chapter 2019

Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. This inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to join the fight against the disease! Join us in the fight for Alzheimer’s first survivor at alzwa.org/walk  Continue reading Walk to End Alzheimer’s- Washington State Chapter 2019

Mikaela and her family at her wedding

Millennial caregivers: Mikaela’s story

Currently, one in six dementia caregivers is a millennial between the ages of 22 and 37. As the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias continues to grow, more young Americans are being called on each year to help care for their loved ones. One such caregiver is Mikaela Louie. She was just 22 years old when her mother, Irene, was diagnosed with younger-onset Alzheimer’s … Continue reading Millennial caregivers: Mikaela’s story

Public Policy Town Halls 2018

Each fall, the Alzheimer’s Association, Washington State Chapter hosts a series of Town Halls across Washington State and northern Idaho. These community events are a unique opportunity for constituents to hear from and ask questions of local leaders about public policy related to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Here are few of topics being covered at our Town Halls this year: Increases to Research Funding The … Continue reading Public Policy Town Halls 2018

Central WA Alzheimer’s and Dementia Conference Preview: Advanced Care Planning for Dementia with Dr. Barak Gaster, MD.

By Genevieve Wanucha, UW Memory and Brain Wellness Center Primary care doctors are usually the first medical professionals to identify age-related cognitive impairment in their patients, field questions about Alzheimer’s disease, and make referrals to specialty neurology centers. A conversation in the doctor’s office about memory loss and dementia can position a patient and the family to receive quality care and plan ahead for important … Continue reading Central WA Alzheimer’s and Dementia Conference Preview: Advanced Care Planning for Dementia with Dr. Barak Gaster, MD.

Sara

Mark Holtzen is a Seattle author whose mother-in-law, Sara, lives with Alzheimer’s disease. When the day came that Sara was moving into an assisted living facility, Mark’s wife, Carolyn, and her siblings were coordinating the move. While Carolyn and her siblings were packing up Sara’s belongings, Mark and Sara spent the day together in Seattle. Mark noticed how Sara was handling the weight of the … Continue reading Sara

Highlights from Presenting at AAIC

By Briana Lee Last month, the largest international meeting on Alzheimer’s disease took place in Chicago, Illinois. As my first conference, Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) was an intense and inspiring experience for me. I had the opportunity to learn of cutting-edge research by leading scientists in the biomedical and Alzheimer’s disease research field. I presented my own project investigating how brain imaging may be … Continue reading Highlights from Presenting at AAIC

Granny Can’t Remember Me

Susan McCormick is a doctor in Seattle and the author of a new children’s picture book about Alzheimer’s disease called Granny Can’t Remember Me. She will be doing a live reading at Third Place Books in Seward Park on Saturday, Sept. 22 at 3:00 p.m. You can also learn more by visiting her online at susanmccormickbooks.com. In this guest blog post, Susan shares her personal connection to Alzheimer’s … Continue reading Granny Can’t Remember Me

Beth Lewis – Why I Walk

Agnes Lesofski always put her family first. After her husband of 21 years passed away, the now-single mother of seven enrolled in night classes while working as a homemaker to support the five children who were still living at home. One of those children was Beth Lewis, now living in Spokane Valley, who greatly values the sacrifices her mother made. “She was my mother and … Continue reading Beth Lewis – Why I Walk

Kathy Katz – Why I Walk

Kathy Katz and Tim Oshie have known each other for 29 years. Kathy met Tim through her late husband. “We actually met at my wedding,“ Kathy says. “Tim and my husband were really good friends in high school. Back in the day, Tim was a disc jockey and he deejayed our wedding for us. That was the first time that I met him.” Kathy and … Continue reading Kathy Katz – Why I Walk