am 43 years old and from Guadalajara, Mexico. I am the youngest of 11 kids that my mom had — yes, 11! As the youngest of my family, I usually took care of my mom’s needs. We started to notice some changes in my mom’s behavior around eight years ago. She seemed sadder. She was usually pretty much an independent woman, strong and happy. She smiled at all people, and was a friendly and nice lady. Continue reading It’s for you Chelito: Why I Walk
By Haley Benningfield “I am having memory problems and I don’t know why. Nothing’s making sense to me.” LuPita Gutierrez-Parker was a Regional Admissions Advisor for Eastern Washington University for 10 years, following a 32-year career in social services. In 2015, she became more forgetful with names, dates and recalling basic information. Her job required frequent computer work and she found herself experiencing increasing difficulty … Continue reading A Guiding Light: LuPita Gutierrez-Parker
By Alexander Sokoll No matter how Alzheimer’s or dementia may affect you, support is only a click away. At our Chapter, we work to provide the best resources possible for residents in Washington and Northern Idaho. We know it can be hard to travel to in-person programs for caregivers and people living with dementia. That is why we offer support and education you can access … Continue reading What is ALZConnected®?
Maria Gonzalez left Mexico twenty-six years ago. “We moved here in search of a better life, like everyone else,” said Maria. “Now my mother is sick, and we’re able to help her.” Maria is one of the more than 350,000 people who serve as unpaid caregivers in Washington State and Northern Idaho. Continue reading Caregiving takes a lot of heart
By Lily Gonzalez Our blood is Mexican but in our hearts, we are Washingtonians. My husband, Manuel, and I migrated to the Yakima Valley in 1994. Our four kids were born here. We love the forest of Washington. Manuel and I are very involved in diabetes education and prevention and Alzheimer’s disease awareness. A couple of years ago, after an open-heart surgery, my mom started … Continue reading The silent pain of the Latino community
By Anita Harvey The day I learned the awful truth that my widowed mother has Alzheimer’s, my life became a high-wire act. I tried to balance my personal and professional life while also attending to my mother’s growing needs. During the first years after her diagnosis, I made many mistakes, and for a brief moment, even wished Mother would die before she reached the latter … Continue reading Something Amazing Happened Pt. 1
Por Dr. Anne Lipton El otoño nos trae colores resplandecientes, el Día de la Acción de Gracias y el inicio de temperaturas mas bajas. Pareciera que no hay un mejor momento para iniciar algo nuevo (o para continuarlo,) con tres hábitos que han demostrado mantener el corazón (y el cerebro) saludable. Estas prácticas, no tan solamente pueden ayudar a las personas con la pérdida de … Continue reading Disfrute de hábitos saludables
La Alzheimer’s Association ha creado esta lista de señales de advertencia de la enfermedad de Alzheimer y otros tipos de demencia. Cada individuo puede experimentar una o más de estas señales a grados diferentes. Si usted nota cualquiera de ellas, favor de consultar a un médico. 10 señales de advertencia de la enfermedad de Alzheimer: Cambios de memoria que dificultan la vida … Continue reading 10 señales de advertencia de la enfermedad de Alzheimer