For My Family, and Our Residents: Why I Walk

My family, like so many families, has been deeply affected by Alzheimer’s and dementia. My dad was a family physician in Yakima and he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in his early 60s. Eventually, he developed Lewy Body dementia. We walked the journey with him, and it was incredibly hard on our entire family.     Continue reading For My Family, and Our Residents: Why I Walk

Celebrating nurses who care for people, families and communities living with dementia

The UW School of Nursing is deeply invested in research, education and action directed at improving the lives of people with dementia and their caregivers. Among the School of Nursing’s initiatives are the transformational Dementia Palliative Education Network (DPEN) initiative and the Queen Silvia Nursing Award. Continue reading Celebrating nurses who care for people, families and communities living with dementia

Five Things I Learned as a Palliative Nurse Practitioner and Family Caregiver

By: Beth Hutchason, MN, ARNP Over the last 14 years doing palliative and hospice care, I found myself in hundreds of conversations with people who have dementia and people who love and care for them. This was mainly in a professional setting as a nurse practitioner, but I also personally had some of these difficult conversations with my family surrounding my dad’s diagnosis with Lewy … Continue reading Five Things I Learned as a Palliative Nurse Practitioner and Family Caregiver

Safety Tips for Dementia Family Caregivers

By: Beth Hutchason, MN, ARNP Beth has been a registered nurse for 33 years and a nurse practitioner for 25 of those years. She spent the past 14 years doing palliative care, a branch of medicine focused on improvement in quality of life and relief of suffering. During these years, she had the opportunity to interact with hundreds of people with dementia and their families. … Continue reading Safety Tips for Dementia Family Caregivers

Progress on the Alzheimer’s State Plan

The Dementia Action Collaborative, a group of public-private partners committed to implementing the state plan, has created a variety of tools and resources to help individuals and families facing memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. Continue reading Progress on the Alzheimer’s State Plan

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

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