Discovery 2018: Dementia Care in Rural Areas

By Dr. Kristen Childress and Dr. Jonathan Medina The prevalence of Americans living with dementia is expected to increase by 40 percent from 2016 to 2025. This dramatic increase in prevalence will greatly impact our rural communities, as we see an influx of elders living longer in rural communities across the United States. Currently, persons who live in rural communities account for half of un-diagnosed … Continue reading Discovery 2018: Dementia Care in Rural Areas

What is The Longest Day?

The Longest Day is a “day of action” for the Alzheimer’s Association during Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month®. The Longest Day is held on the day with the most light – the summer solstice. On The Longest Day, thousands of participants from across the world come together to fight the darkness of Alzheimer’s through an activity of their choice – biking, hiking, playing bridge, swimming, knitting … Continue reading What is The Longest Day?

Celebrate Loved Ones with the Ornament Challenge

As you gather together this holiday season, it’s a wonderful time to pay tribute to family or friends you’ve lost or who have been impacted by Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia. In recognition of your gift of $30 or more, we will add a personalized ornament to our holiday tree in honor of your loved one. Together, we’ll celebrate your most cherished memories. Give the … Continue reading Celebrate Loved Ones with the Ornament Challenge

Game Night to Remember: In Honor of Nick Pearce

By CJ Pearce My dad, Nick, was a remarkable man who was truly loved by everyone that knew him. As teenagers, my sisters and I used to complain that we couldn’t get through a single trip to the grocery store without dad bumping into someone he knew who would stop him to chat. Part of this was because he was so involved in our community. … Continue reading Game Night to Remember: In Honor of Nick Pearce

For my Best Friend – Why I Walk

Editor’s Note: The 2017 Walk season begins Saturday, Sept. 9! Register for a walk near you at alz.org/walk. By Julia Leonard Living in Butte, Montana, Taylor James puts her favorite memories at her family’s cabin by Wise River, 45 miles from the town she grew up in. “Our whole entire family on both sides would all go up to the cabin and we would just … Continue reading For my Best Friend – Why I Walk

For a Human Calculator: Why I Walk

Editor’s Note: There are 16 Walks to End Alzheimer’s in Washington and Northern Idaho in 2017. Register today at alz.org/walk By Julia Leonard Bob Kaftan always admired his mother for her analytical abilities. “She was a human calculator,” Bob recalls. “She could add, subtract and divide faster than anybody else in the family. She was very good with mathematics and very good at keeping things orderly.” Bob … Continue reading For a Human Calculator: Why I Walk

Kids Meet a Woman With Alzheimer’s

Editor’s Note: Join the fight to end Alzheimer’s. Join one of our 16 Walks at alz.org/walk. In order to create a world without Alzheimer’s, we need to talk about the disease. Openness about Alzheimer’s eliminates the stigma surrounding it and helps people understand what Alzheimer’s is. Myriam Marquez is one of our most dedicated advocates and lives with Alzheimer’s disease. She recently sat down with … Continue reading Kids Meet a Woman With Alzheimer’s

For a Brilliant Woman: Why I Walk

Editor’s Note: There are 16 Walks to End Alzheimer’s in Washington and Northern Idaho in 2017. Register today at alz.org/walk By Julia Leonard Marcia-Mongrain Finkas made a career out of helping others. “I spent a lot of years in special education and working with youth with intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities [and] behavioral issues,” said Marcia. Marcia was one of seven children to Mary Ellen “Meg” … Continue reading For a Brilliant Woman: Why I Walk

Washington and Northern Idaho on The Longest Day

This year, over 50 teams from Washington and Northern Idaho participated in The Longest Day. We thank everyone who did something they love for those affected by Alzheimer’s! Generation End Alzheimer’s     Running for Wayne Alpha Kappa Alpha – Delta Upsilon Omega “Light the Park” – glassybaby     Longview Bridge Club     Kendra Scott      Did you participate in The Longest Day in … Continue reading Washington and Northern Idaho on The Longest Day

The Longest Day: A Brother’s Bond

By Thomas Bowler Dr. Pat Collins’ father always taught him as life goes on, you’ll be able to count your best friends on one hand, and one better be your brother. Pat and his brother, Mike, were virtually one in the same. Born 16 months apart, they did everything together: playing instruments, fishing, sailing and more. They even had their weddings two weeks apart. Pat … Continue reading The Longest Day: A Brother’s Bond