Why I Made a Video for Alzheimer’s Awareness

By Alex Britton Growing up, I watched Alzheimer’s disease impact the lives of my grandparents. I’ve seen how each stage affected not only their lives, but the lives of their loved ones as well. That’s why when the opportunity presented itself, I was honored to have a platform where I could share knowledge of Alzheimer’s disease with my peers. I am a current junior at … Continue reading Why I Made a Video for Alzheimer’s Awareness

Returning the Favor: Maria Prescott

Hello, my name is Maria Prescott and I’m 26 years old. I’m originally from Sumner, grew up in Rainier and now live Gig Harbor. This is my story of caregiving for my grandparents, both of whom were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. I hope that by sharing my story, people who become caregivers for their grandparents or another family member will see it can be well … Continue reading Returning the Favor: Maria Prescott

7 in ’17: Dave’s Divas

“We try to make as many people aware of the fight to end Alzheimer’s as we can. Even if they’re not impacted by it today, it doesn’t mean they won’t be impacted by it tomorrow.” Dave and Roxzan Sukola have been together since they were 19 and married for 40 years. They have four children and seven grandchildren. In 2005, Dave was diagnosed with younger-onset Parkinson’s … Continue reading 7 in ’17: Dave’s Divas

Meet the Care Consultants

It’s important for those impacted by Alzheimer’s and dementia to have a local resource for them to turn to when necessary. Our Care Consultants provide consultations to those in the Puget Sound area facing this disease. They’ve helped many in this journey, and now you can get to know them a little better! Mandi Gundersen Q: How long have you been with the Washington State … Continue reading Meet the Care Consultants

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

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

To Help Others Share their Story: Why I Walk

By Alex Sokoll Allie Schumacher was living in France when her mother began showing symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. Allie’s mom decided to stay silent on the matter, something Allie wants other families to avoid. Join Allie and the thousands walking on Sunday, Sept. 24 at the Pacific Northwest Walk to End Alzhiemer’s. Continue reading To Help Others Share their Story: Why I Walk