Running for Wayne: The Longest Day

By Sherry Clarke My name is Sherry Clarke and I’m from Lake Tapps, Washington (about an hour south of Seattle).  I’m a born-and-raised Washingtonian and have lived in the Lake Tapps area for about 13 years with my husband and two kids, ages 6 and 4. I’m a stay-at-home mom and a freelance graphic designer. This year for The Longest Day, I am running for … Continue reading Running for Wayne: The Longest Day

Celebrating Mother’s Day During COVID-19

Mother’s Day celebrations for families affected by Alzheimer’s disease or dementia can be bittersweet and challenging, even under the best of circumstances. This year, the COVID-19 pandemic adds new complexities to the mix. Social distancing guidelines, travel restrictions and safety protocols in nursing homes or other long-term care facilities may prevent you from celebrating together in person.  This may seem daunting and difficult to accept, … Continue reading Celebrating Mother’s Day During COVID-19

On the Frontline: Meet Our Care Consultants

During these uncertain times, many people are experiencing their stress levels rise as normal routines have been disrupted by COVID-19 and local stay-at-home orders. It is easy to feel alone and more isolated than ever. The Alzheimer’s Association Washington State Chapter has care consultants who are working every day to help individuals and families facing dementia. Our care consultants are on the frontline, lending a … Continue reading On the Frontline: Meet Our Care Consultants

Volunteering for Gail, my forever friend

By: Alan Jaffe My name is Alan Jaffe. I am 81 years old and retired, and I volunteer for the Alzheimer’s Association Washington State Chapter.  I have had a very diversified life in careers and education. However, the constant aspect of my life over all of those years has been my relationship with my wife, Gail. We were married for 58 years from 1960-2018. l … Continue reading Volunteering for Gail, my forever friend

Caregiver tips: Staying engaged while staying at home

With stay-at-home orders in effect across Washington and Idaho, many families facing dementia are sheltering in place to protect their health and reduce their risk of infection. This has proven challenging for many caregivers, as they look for ways to keep their loved ones active and engaged while they’re at home for an extended period of time.  Below are some tips for choosing and engaging … Continue reading Caregiver tips: Staying engaged while staying at home

Self-care tips for dementia caregivers

It’s not uncommon for caregivers to neglect their own self-care needs, as they focus on providing the best care possible for their loved one. However, it’s critically important for you to take care of yourself, especially as you face the added challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are some self-care tips for reducing stress and staying healthy:  Attend to your own basic needs It can … Continue reading Self-care tips for dementia caregivers

Shelters in places of the mind: COVID-19 and dementia

By: Michele L. Turner, SME Global Business Resilience, daughter I am not a member of the medical profession, nor am I a scientist who can opine on the inner make-up of the COVID-19 virus. I am a leader in the business resilience industry, with an emphasis on the areas of risk management, emergency response and business continuity. Even so, I am not writing solely to … Continue reading Shelters in places of the mind: COVID-19 and dementia

6 Ways to Help a Dementia Caregiver Through COVID-19

For individuals and families facing dementia, the need to observe social distancing is critically important to their health and safety. But social distancing should not lead to social isolation. No one should face these uncertain times alone.  The Alzheimer’s Association Washington State Chapter is encouraging the community to lend a helping hand. Below are six things people can do to help dementia caregivers and their … Continue reading 6 Ways to Help a Dementia Caregiver Through COVID-19

COVID-19: Resources for You

Last updated: May 8, 2020 Download this information in PDF here. Based on guidance from local public health agencies, our staff in Washington State and North Idaho are currently working remotely. During this time, the Alzheimer’s Association is available to you 24/7 for around-the-clock care and support: •  24/7 Helpline: Through this free service, specialists and masters-level clinicians offer confidential support and information to people … Continue reading COVID-19: Resources for You

2020 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures

The 2020 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report was released March 11 and contains the most up-to-date data on Alzheimer’s prevalence and mortality, caregiving and the costs of health care for people living with the disease. Below are key takeaways from the report, including data for Washington State and Idaho. This year’s special report, “On the Front Lines: Primary Care Physicians and Alzheimer’s Care in … Continue reading 2020 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures