Monthly Archives: October 2015

Touched By Alzheimer’s: Accepting the inevitable

By Devin Heilman, originally published in the Coeur d’Alene Press. This is the third in a three-part series that explores the lives of families touched by Alzheimer’s. This incurable and frightening “silent epidemic” affects many people in our community, from the patients losing themselves to the loved ones who watch them slowly disappear. As Barbara […]

Hilarity for Charity Variety Show: James Franco’s Bar Mitzvah

By Mikaela Louie, Alzheimer’s Advocate and Board Member for the Alzheimer’s Association Washington State Chapter. When I found out about Hilarity for Charity’s James Franco’s Bar Mitzvah event, it was already sold out. I really wanted to go, mostly because of the theme – my family is Jewish – so I thought I’d give it a shot. […]

Caregiving takes a lot of heart

Maria Gonzalez left Mexico twenty-six years ago. “We moved here in search of a better life, like everyone else,” said Maria. “Now my mother is sick, and we’re able to help her.” Maria is one of the more than 350,000 people who serve as unpaid caregivers in Washington State and Northern Idaho.

Opening a window on Alzheimer’s

By Devin Heilman, originally published in the Couer d’Alene Press.  Editors note:  Inspired by the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, Dennis and Jackie Wheeler have increased their match donation from $12,000 to $25,000. Any donations made to Washington and Northern Idaho Walk teams before October 31, will be doubled thanks to their generous support.  Life takes […]

Stages of Dementia and Halloween

Ah, fall. The air gets crisp, the leaves change and the pumpkin patch becomes the number one family destination for indoor and outdoor decorations.

The silent pain of the Latino community

By Lily Gonzalez Our blood is Mexican but in our hearts, we are Washingtonians. My husband, Manuel, and I migrated to the Yakima Valley in 1994. Our four kids were born here.  We love the forest of Washington. Manuel and I are very involved in diabetes education and prevention and Alzheimer’s disease awareness. A couple […]

Touched by Alzheimer’s: Letting go with grace

By Devin Heilman, originally published in the Coeur d’Alene Press. This is the second in a three-part series that explores the lives of families touched by Alzheimer’s. This incurable and frightening “silent epidemic” affects many people in our community, from the patients losing themselves to the loved ones who watch them slowly disappear. People who meet Betsy […]