Monthly Archives: February 2016

Joel & Nancy: Reason to Hope

Art of Alzheimer’s: a lesson in dementia

by Becca Verda, Alzheimer’s Association “[My mom] had never painted a day in her life yet these paintings were really good, always interesting and sometimes remarkable.  Slowly, I began to understand.  She may have had a short term memory of about ten seconds, but she was still here—loving, creative and joyful.  I began to share […]

Remember to Dance

Joe Bahr works tirelessly to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s since the 2008 passing of his brother Marty from younger-onset Alzheimer’s disease.  “People should know the mental benefits of square dancing,” said Joe. “I also want to raise money to find a cure for Alzheimer’s.” Joe created and the Annual Alzheimer’s Benefit Dance to reach […]

We need more resources in fight against Alzheimer’s

By Denny Heck  At St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma, Lena Forsyth was known for being a dedicated nurse diabetes educator. At the age of 55, she was in the prime of her career, hard at work teaching patients and their families how to treat their condition and change their lifestyle. She had a loving […]

The Galvanized Tub

As my mother’s primary caregiver, the staff (where she lived) often called when my mother showed a new behavior. Mom was a colorful character, but they thought the world of her. Fortunately, I had two things going for me. One, I listened to and remembered all those family stories that my grandmother told us. And two, I had worked with people with dementia for several years.

Advocate & support the State Plan, please

My father, a leader and teacher in our community, taught from high school to elementary throughout his 33-year career. He was a leader in our church, and he worked with Boy Scouts of America. However, during the last 10 years of his life, we saw a different person evolve. He began requiring constant care.

Recognizing pain in a person with dementia

By Michael A. Bower, BA When I first started working with people with dementia in the late 1980s, I had a doctor tell me that people with Alzheimer’s don’t feel pain. Even as green as I was then, I knew that couldn’t be true, and I was right! So how did that myth get started? […]