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

Preview: 2019 Town Halls

Each fall, the Alzheimer’s Association, Washington State Chapter hosts a series of Town Halls across Washington State and northern Idaho. These community events are a unique opportunity for constituents to hear from and ask questions of local leaders about public policy related to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Here are some of the topics being covered at our Town Halls this year: Increases to Research Funding … Continue reading Preview: 2019 Town Halls

The Dementia Action Collaborative

Established in 2016, the Dementia Action Collaborative (DAC) is a coalition of public-private partners committed to preparing Washington State for the growth of the dementia population. The DAC has been a driving force behind many initiatives in Washington State, including but not limited to:   Dementia Roadmap Designed to let people impacted by Alzheimer’s know what to expect, the Dementia Roadmap has become a go-to … Continue reading The Dementia Action Collaborative

The Disparate Impact of Alzheimer’s Disease

Editors Note: This piece was adapted from live remarks made by Representative Norm Johnson at the 2016 Yakima Town Hall hosted by the Alzheimer’s Association. Join the association in Olympia Feb. 9 for 2017 Advocacy Day. Alzheimer’s is the third leading age-adjusted cause of death in the state of Washington. While the death rates for cancer, stroke, and heart attack are on the decline, that’s not true of … Continue reading The Disparate Impact of Alzheimer’s Disease

Why I still care: An advocate’s story

Editor’s note: You can join Karen and hundreds of advocates across Washington State and Northern Idaho. Register today for Advocacy Day 2017. By Karen Johnson Marez When I volunteered for and walked at the South Sound Walk to End Alzheimer’s this year, I wore a special hat adorned with a photo of my mother. I wanted her to be with me in a way others could see. … Continue reading Why I still care: An advocate’s story

Connecting the Alzheimer’s Community

By Alexander Sokoll When Myriam Marquez was first diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, her search for resources led her to ALZConnected®. What started with the information and community on ALZConnected® has transformed into much more. Click here to learn about Myriam’s experience using ALZConnected® and see if it’s right for you!   Continue reading Connecting the Alzheimer’s Community

The Needs and Challenges of Dementia

By Rep. Steven Tharinger  Editors Note: Registration is open for the Washington State Chapter Advocacy Day Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. As a member of the Dementia Action Collaborative (DAC) I am learning about the needs and challenges around dementia. I am also learning about the great work the Alzheimer’s Association along with the Collaborative with the assistance from the … Continue reading The Needs and Challenges of Dementia

Washington Honors Caregivers in November

Editor’s Note: You can still honor a caregiver for National Family Caregiver Month. Follow us on Instagram or Facebook.  Create a post honoring a caregiver in your life, tag us and use the hashtags #ALZWA and #ENDALZ for a chance to be featured on our social media pages. Every November, The Alzheimer’s Association recognizes caregivers in honor of National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and National … Continue reading Washington Honors Caregivers in November

Bipartisan push for research and funding brings hope for Alzheimer’s patients and caregivers

Editor’s Note: Registration is open for Washington’s 2017 Advocacy Day. Join us to update state legislators on the state’s efforts to address Alzheimer’s and dementia.   By: Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05), Chair of the House Republican Conference It’s been said that our memories are the diaries we carry with us each day. Weddings, birthdays, our children’s first steps; each mind is a collection of treasured images … Continue reading Bipartisan push for research and funding brings hope for Alzheimer’s patients and caregivers

Dementia, Palliative Care and Your Local Museum

By Lee Burnside M.D., M.B.A. and Mary Jane Knecht B.A. For centuries museums have held a sacred place in human culture.  They are the cornerstone for documenting and preserving human culture and artistic expression, and sharing those works with the world. In the US alone there are over 17 thousand museums with over 850 million museum visits a year.  “Just being in the museum, surrounded by … Continue reading Dementia, Palliative Care and Your Local Museum