Bill and his neighbor look through the window at a loved one

Looking Through the Window

My inspiration for writing the poem was for all the loved ones experiencing a devastating and emotional tragedy caused by the COVID-19 restrictions, eliminating in-person visits to nursing homes and other care communities. Further inspiration was my visits with my neighbor Midge, the wife of Rocky, who has Alzheimer’s, as illustrated by the pictures of one of our visits. Continue reading Looking Through the Window

Senior African American couple reading

Valentine’s Day: A Couple’s Devotion While Facing Alzheimer’s During COVID-19

Valentine’s Day can be a particularly sentimental time for couples affected by Alzheimer’s or dementia, as they adjust to dual roles as both romantic partners and care partners. This day is also a reminder that love is not only what brings couples together, but it is often what keeps couples going through this difficult journey. Continue reading Valentine’s Day: A Couple’s Devotion While Facing Alzheimer’s During COVID-19

The messy nobility of being a caretaker

When their bodies or minds (or both) leave them unable to keep up with the tasks of living, and it becomes our duty to take up the tasks for them. We put our plans, ideas, hopes and futures on hold and our worlds begin to spin on the axis of someone else’s needs. Continue reading The messy nobility of being a caretaker

Advance Directives: Make Your Wishes Known

Every adult should have “advance directives.” There are several basic types of these legal documents that describe how you want medical decisions to be made for you if you are unable to make them yourself. Continue reading Advance Directives: Make Your Wishes Known

Exercise for your brain and body

Physical activity is a valuable part of any overall wellness plan and is associated with a lower risk of cognitive decline. The new year is a great time to start integrating exercise into your daily life to help improve the health of your brain and body. Continue reading Exercise for your brain and body

Marie Raschko: My Advocacy Story

Marie devoted her career as a social worker to the fields of aging and mental health and has been a long time advocate for various organizations with the goal of working towards a better future for aging community members. Continue reading Marie Raschko: My Advocacy Story

Why I Give: An Alzheimer’s Journey

In late 2015, during a holiday driving trip away from home and her usual surroundings, there was an incident where Katy “freaked out” about something. Her reaction was totally out of character for the situation, and it convinced me that some more focused medical intervention was now necessary. Continue reading Why I Give: An Alzheimer’s Journey

Meet the Public Policy Team

The Washington State Chapter has two staff members devoted to this important part of our mission. Together, they plan and manage grassroots advocacy efforts, including organizing a network of Alzheimer’s advocates, to advance issues critical to individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, their families, and their caregivers. Continue reading Meet the Public Policy Team