A Grandpa and grandson holding Christmas Gifts

Tips for navigating the holidays when your loved one has dementia

  The holiday season is upon us. For many people it is an exciting time of year, filled with parties, travel and family traditions. For a caregiver of a loved one with dementia, the holiday season can sometimes create feelings of anxiousness and unease if they are unsure how to navigate the challenges of caregiving combined with the stress of the holidays. While being a … Continue reading Tips for navigating the holidays when your loved one has dementia

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

Dementia-Friendly Activities to get in the Holiday Spirit

By Kenna Little The holiday season is often a blur of time spent with family, traditions and social engagements. For those caring for a loved one with dementia, the hustle and bustle of the holidays may feel overwhelming. With the change in routine, new family dynamics and nostalgia for holidays before dementia, the stress can quickly build up. However, with some planning and flexibility, there … Continue reading Dementia-Friendly Activities to get in the Holiday Spirit

Alzheimer’s – Why Finding a Cure is Important to Me

By Noah Hummel My name is Noah Hummel. I’m a senior at Peninsula High School and a member of HOSA – Future Health Professionals, formerly known as Health Occupations Students of America. HOSA is a national career and technical student organization endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education. I’m very interested in the medical field and wanted to do a fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association. My … Continue reading Alzheimer’s – Why Finding a Cure is Important to Me

A Guiding Light: LuPita Gutierrez-Parker

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

What is ALZConnected®?

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®?

My Un-Saintly Reality: A Caregiver’s Perspective

By Juanita Wellington I am a caregiver for my husband, Bob, who has early stage Alzheimer’s disease.  I am not a peripheral actor in this disease, eventually it will take over my life nearly as much as it will Bob’s. And, along with many other caregivers, I will be working at this extremely demanding and heart-wrenching job 24/7 with no pay, thus saving the economy … Continue reading My Un-Saintly Reality: A Caregiver’s Perspective

Preparing for the Holidays

By Becca Verda The holidays are a wonderful time.  But with all of the good that comes along with the holidays – family friends and traditions – added stress can also creep into our lives. This is especially true for families caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s or other dementias. However, with some planning and flexibility, the holidays can be happy celebrations to share with … Continue reading Preparing for the Holidays