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

Showing up to show support: Congressman Derek Kilmer

Congressman Derek Kilmer of Washington’s 6th district joined the Alzheimer’s Association Washington State Chapter at the Pierce County Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Tacoma on Sept. 15, 2019.  Since becoming a member of Congress in 2013, Congressman Kilmer has been a strong supporter of Alzheimer’s Association priorities. These are to improve care and support for those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, and dramatically increase Alzheimer’s … Continue reading Showing up to show support: Congressman Derek Kilmer

For the people I serve every day: Why I Walk

Julie Hooley started working in memory care in 2015, and she fell in love with the people she was helping each day. After realizing how many people had a connection to Alzheimer’s disease, she continued her education to learn as much as she could about dementia. Working with people experiencing dementia opened her eyes to the world of challenges that caregivers and families go through … Continue reading For the people I serve every day: Why I Walk

Praying for a cure for mom: Why I Walk

By: Michele Devlin  In 2016 at the age of 64, my mom, Debi Turner, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. For years, she’d had some unusual symptoms that I chalked up to stress or being tired. Boy, was I wrong. The most independent, strong woman I knew was starting to fade away. She was so young, and it progressed so fast. I had two moms: the one … Continue reading Praying for a cure for mom: Why I Walk

For Lynne and Grammy Helen: Why I Walk

Lynne Russell was 51 and raising her three sons, one 14-year-old and two 19-year-olds, when she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Her grandma, Helen, passed away from that disease the same year.  Lynne has since retired from her teaching career and lives close to her sons in Seattle in an assisted living community.  Lynne and her parents, Jim and Karen, are captains for the Lynne & … Continue reading For Lynne and Grammy Helen: Why I Walk

Honoring my wife and lifelong partner: Why I Walk

By: Bob Reinholt My name is Bob Reinholt and I live in East Wenatchee. I am retired after spending nearly my entire working career in the fruit business in the Yakima Valley. We have three grown children and seven grandchildren. I met my wife George Ann while we were both attending the University of Washington in 1956. George Ann was a Tacoma girl. After we … Continue reading Honoring my wife and lifelong partner: Why I Walk

Spreading kindness: Why I Walk

Amy Baidoo-Essien lives in Puyallup, Washington. She is an administrative assistant, graphic designer and more — but according to Amy, “My most important job is being a mom to my three amazing girls and wife to my wonderful husband.” Amy is also the team captain for Team Shelia, named after mother, who died from Alzheimer’s on May 25, 2018.  “At first, my mom would forget … Continue reading Spreading kindness: Why I Walk