Chris and Sylvia smiling together

Our Love Endures: Why I Walk

Last year, in the middle of a sermon, Sylvia lost her place and couldn’t remember what she was saying. This was one of the signs Sylvia and Chris noticed before her diagnosis of early-stage Alzheimer’s. This year, Sylvia and Chris will participate in the Pierce County Walk to End Alzheimer’s in honor of their family and other families facing this disease.  Continue reading Our Love Endures: Why I Walk

For Evelyn, my wife and companion: Why I Walk

Marti Anthony was born and raised in San Diego, CA. She was married and had five children. After 28 years of marriage to her husband, Marti decided to live her truth and let the world know she was a lesbian woman. She moved to Washington and met Evelyn Marie. They fell in love and spent 25 happy years together until Evelyn passed away from frontotemporal … Continue reading For Evelyn, my wife and companion: Why I Walk

Honoring Mom and Dad: Why I Walk

By: Erika Roden My name is Erika Roden. I am the middle child, my mom was a single mom of me and my two sisters. I am from Everett, WA and currently live in Arlington, WA with my husband Scott and our two daughters, Kirsten and Rebecca. I participate in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s in honor of my mother who has early-onset dementia and … Continue reading Honoring Mom and Dad: Why I Walk

Mom’s Greatest Gift: Life lessons from a pandemic, dementia and a supportive work family

A couple of months ago when it was clear Liz needed hospice care, there was no question Rick and I would be there for her, even though neither of us had any hospice experience. The pandemic turned out to be a blessing in my situation as it allowed me to work from home, so we set up mom (on what was to be her “deathbed”) adjacent to my home office. Continue reading Mom’s Greatest Gift: Life lessons from a pandemic, dementia and a supportive work family

Through a Daughter’s Eyes: A Collection of Poems

My mom’s dementia progressed and it was given the name Alzheimer’s. I saw this horrific disease steal my beautiful mom from me. I wrote these poems to help express my profound sadness during this season of life with my mom. Continue reading Through a Daughter’s Eyes: A Collection of Poems

A group of people in a virtual improve class

Dementia-Friendly Activities – Virtually!

While we’re still awaiting the return of community programs like Alzheimer’s cafés, memory loss choirs or dementia-friendly walking groups, a robust world of virtual dementia-friendly programs has emerged. Continue reading Dementia-Friendly Activities – Virtually!

A multigenerational family smiling together

Cultural Barriers to Care

Caregivers are supporting elders who have experiences shaped by their cultural values and practices, family traditions and the lessons and wisdom of their own elders; they share their lessons, words of wisdom and experiences with their children whispered in their native language, through the foods they serve and the views of life through religious and spiritual traditions. Continue reading Cultural Barriers to Care

Bill and his neighbor look through the window at a loved one

Looking Through the Window

My inspiration for writing the poem was for all the loved ones experiencing a devastating and emotional tragedy caused by the COVID-19 restrictions, eliminating in-person visits to nursing homes and other care communities. Further inspiration was my visits with my neighbor Midge, the wife of Rocky, who has Alzheimer’s, as illustrated by the pictures of one of our visits. Continue reading Looking Through the Window

Senior African American couple reading

Valentine’s Day: A Couple’s Devotion While Facing Alzheimer’s During COVID-19

Valentine’s Day can be a particularly sentimental time for couples affected by Alzheimer’s or dementia, as they adjust to dual roles as both romantic partners and care partners. This day is also a reminder that love is not only what brings couples together, but it is often what keeps couples going through this difficult journey. Continue reading Valentine’s Day: A Couple’s Devotion While Facing Alzheimer’s During COVID-19

Why I Give: An Alzheimer’s Journey

In late 2015, during a holiday driving trip away from home and her usual surroundings, there was an incident where Katy “freaked out” about something. Her reaction was totally out of character for the situation, and it convinced me that some more focused medical intervention was now necessary. Continue reading Why I Give: An Alzheimer’s Journey