Volunteering for Gail, my forever friend

By: Alan Jaffe My name is Alan Jaffe. I am 81 years old and retired, and I volunteer for the Alzheimer’s Association Washington State Chapter.  I have had a very diversified life in careers and education. However, the constant aspect of my life over all of those years has been my relationship with my wife, Gail. We were married for 58 years from 1960-2018. l … Continue reading Volunteering for Gail, my forever friend

2020 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures

The 2020 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report was released March 11 and contains the most up-to-date data on Alzheimer’s prevalence and mortality, caregiving and the costs of health care for people living with the disease. Below are key takeaways from the report, including data for Washington State and Idaho. This year’s special report, “On the Front Lines: Primary Care Physicians and Alzheimer’s Care in … Continue reading 2020 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures

Alzheimer’s, dementia & the healing power of music

*Editor’s note, the 2020 Discovery Alzheimer’s Regional Conference has been rescheduled to June 25, 2020. Please see note below article.  Cheryl Hodge, BFA, is an author and award-winning performer. Her first professional gig was when she was 16 years old. She spent time touring the US and Europe, taught in the vocal department for eight years at Berklee College of Music in Boston and headed … Continue reading Alzheimer’s, dementia & the healing power of music

Dementia Reimagined: Q&A with Tia Powell, MD

Tia Powell, MD holds the Trachtenberg chair in Bioethics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where she is Professor of Epidemiology and Psychiatry. She directs the Montefiore Einstein Center for Bioethics and the Certificate and Masters Programs in Bioethics. She is recognized for her bioethics scholarship related to dementia, LGBT issues, end-of-life care and health policy. Read her full bio here. You are an expert … Continue reading Dementia Reimagined: Q&A with Tia Powell, MD

My Advocacy Story: Todd Larson

By Todd Larson (Pictured above on the left) 1980 was a very memorable year for me. That year, I finally mustered the courage to ask out a work friend who would become my future wife, Sandy. I asked Sandy out in a way that she would talk about for years to come. It was just after my birthday. When Sandy asked me about my birthday, … Continue reading My Advocacy Story: Todd Larson

Year in Review: Impact Report FY19

The Alzheimer’s Association Washington State Chapter is pleased to present to you — our loyal supporters — the Impact Report for Fiscal Year 2019. We are grateful for the many ways your support enhances the lives of people in our community affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Below are key highlights of all we accomplished together in the past year. Thank you again for … Continue reading Year in Review: Impact Report FY19

My Advocacy Story: Seema Abbasi, MD

By Seema Abassi, MD (speaking in photo above) My father was a retired air force officer. He was in excellent health until one day, when he was 80 years old, he suffered a heart attack and needed an emergency bypass surgery. The surgery was a success, but after his discharge from the hospital, we noticed significant memory changes and thence began his seven-year journey with … Continue reading My Advocacy Story: Seema Abbasi, MD

The advice I am so grateful for

By Randi Jensen (pictured above)  I had no idea when I married my husband 33 years ago that he had a secret that even he was not aware of. He never spoke of or gave any hint that he had endured life-changing physical injuries while fighting one of the most unpopular wars this country has ever fought.  We’d been married 20 years when the sequelae … Continue reading The advice I am so grateful for

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Oh, that smile…

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in the Fall/Winter 2019 edition of Compass & Clock Magazine. We are publishing it now in honor of National Family Caregiver’s Month.  By: Madeleine Fraley He was an amazing man who carried himself with tall and quiet dignity. Quickly, he would offer a gentle smile. He was smart, talented, energetic, passionate and loving. With a twinkle in his … Continue reading Oh, that smile…

Two Million Reasons to End Alzheimer’s

The Walk is over. The fight is not. Move us one step closer to a world without Alzheimer’s disease.  Thousands of people across Washington and North Idaho came together this fall in the fight against Alzheimer’s, and together, raised over $1.52 million so far. Thank you! To ensure our services are fully funded — like the 24/7 Helpline, support groups, education programs, disease research and more … Continue reading Two Million Reasons to End Alzheimer’s