In honor of National Family Caregivers Month, we asked local caregivers to tell us what they are thankful for. Caregiving comes with many challenges, but there are also many bright spots along with way. We are inspired by the resilience and positivity of the caregivers we serve. Thank you for sharing your stories with us! Continue reading Caregivers: What are you thankful for?
By Bob Le Roy Dear Friends, Alzheimer’s disease is complicated. It is often said that no two cases are alike. We often do not know who has it or what causes it. We cannot prevent it, and we cannot cure it. At the Washington State Chapter, however, our work is really quite simple. Its essence can be found in the three “c”s: care, cause, and … Continue reading Care, Cause and a Cure for Alzheimer’s
By Representative Suzan DelBene Earlier this spring, I heard from local Alzheimer’s advocates in Bothell about the heartbreaking toll the disease takes on millions of families each year. Their stories were powerful and demonstrated the ongoing need to increase federal investments in medical research — a critical step toward saving lives and improving care for those living with Alzheimer’s. I started my career in immunology … Continue reading To Fight Alzheimer’s, We Must Invest in Research — Now
By Anita Harvey The day I learned the awful truth that my widowed mother has Alzheimer’s, my life became a high-wire act. I tried to balance my personal and professional life while also attending to my mother’s growing needs. During the first years after her diagnosis, I made many mistakes, and for a brief moment, even wished Mother would die before she reached the latter … Continue reading Something Amazing Happened Pt. 1
Everett outfielder Braden Bishop started the #4MOM movement while playing for the University of Washington. Now, he and his new team are raising awareness about Alzheimer’s disease by hosting a #4MOM event on August 19, during their game against the Spokane Indians. Bishop began the #4MOM movement after his mother was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s to increase awareness and funding to find a cure for … Continue reading Everett Aquasox Raise Awareness #4MOM to #EndALZ
By Brittany Mosser This is the second in a two-part series written by Brittany Mosser, MSW, about her experience attending the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference. Read part one of Brittany’s story here. Since I’ve returned from the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) in D.C., people keep asking me, “How was it?” The word that keeps jumping to my mind is exciting! Throughout the halls of … Continue reading Research: Create A World Without Alzheimer’s Pt.2
The Walk Challenge Match is off to an incredible start! On Monday we announced our Match Challenge for the month of June and had our biggest fundraising week of the year, thanks to YOU. The Challenge has inspired people to get registered, start fundraising and dig deep to double their impact. We all have a reason to Walk. More people are touched by Alzheimer’s every day and the time … Continue reading The Walk Challenge Has Begun!
By Peggy A. Jurcisin Lena Ernst, Ph.D., Clinical Director and COO of Retreat Healthcare, located in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, has developed a unique practice with dementia and Alzheimer’s patients focusing on both neuropsychiatric behavior and environmental design. By incorporating various facets through design, caregivers are able to effectively and creatively provide a better understanding of dementia behaviors while stimulating more engagement with the patient. Some … Continue reading Viewing the Environment as a Tool in Dementia Care