Category Alzheimer’s Association

Meet our education and outreach staff

Our education and outreach staff work across Washington and Northern Idaho. They are often the people you will see in the community: giving presentations, holding workshops, and creating and maintaining relationships in the community. Learn more about them below with some Q&A’s!   Joan Acres- Richland office, covering central and southeast WA, Chelan and Douglas […]

More than Medications: Non-Pharmacological Treatment of Memory Loss

By Genevieve Wanucha, UW Memory and Brain Wellness Center Without many effective therapeutics for memory loss and dementia, families must often get creative to find solutions beyond the medicine cabinet to manage a loved one’s behavioral changes. Fortunately, evidence shows that a variety of non-pharmacological strategies can meaningfully improve the symptoms of people living with […]

From dementia friendly to dementia inclusive: A Q&A with Dr. G. Allen Power

G. Allen Power, MD is a board certified internist and geriatrician, and newly named Schlegel Chair in Aging and Dementia Innovation at the Schlegel—U. Waterloo Research Institute for Aging in Ontario, Canada. He is also clinical associate professor of medicine at the University of Rochester, New York, a Fellow of the American College of Physicians […]

Remembering a beautiful life: My advocacy story

By Ramona Pitre-Collins My mother’s life My mother, Marie Elizabeth Blouin Pitre was born June 28, 1924 at her Market Street house in Opelousas, a small town in southern Louisiana. She was the seventh of nine children. Aunts and uncles talked about what a rambunctious household they were, full of good-natured conflicts, laughter, music and […]

I am living with Alzheimer’s: My advocacy story

by Julie Burger Julie Burger was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2016 at age 76. Born in Puerto Rico, Julie moved to the United States to attend school, graduating first in her high school class. In college, she majored in physiological psychology and earned a master’s degree in human resources. Julie has worked in various […]

Pramila Jayapal standing with a group of people

Fighting Alzheimer’s: Supporting families and funding research

By Pramila Jayapal, Congresswoman for Washington District 7 In the summer of last year, I was approached by a constituent with a story that I’ve heard all too often. Mikaela Louie was born and raised in Seattle and was working abroad after completing her undergraduate program when tragedy struck. Mikaela received a call from home: […]

Two people with Down syndrome

Caring for someone with Down syndrome and dementia? Now there’s a support group just for you

By Alison Koop If someone you love lives with Down syndrome, you may already know that they’re at an increased risk for developing dementia. Maybe your child, sibling or friend has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and you’re having to adjust to a new normal. Perhaps you’ve noticed changes in their memory, abilities or behavior […]