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Local scientist Dr. Laura Heath presenting at AAIC 2019

Dr. Laura Heath is a research scientist at the Institute for Systems Biology (ISB) in Seattle, a nonprofit research institution studying biological systems that integrate all aspects of health and disease. This week, she is at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) in Los Angeles. Dr. Heath attended AAIC 2016 in Toronto, where she gave an oral presentation on her dissertation research. Dr. Heath said … Continue reading Local scientist Dr. Laura Heath presenting at AAIC 2019

Running 12,000 miles away from home

By: Olivia Budiono Olivia volunteers at the Alzheimer’s Association, Washington State Chapter. She is a recent graduate of the University of Washington and is pursuing a career in communications. Olivia chose to volunteer with the Alzheimer’s Association because she felt like it was something she could do to make a difference, even though she can’t be home with her grandma. I came to the United … Continue reading Running 12,000 miles away from home

Marian and Bunky: Caregiving across the miles

  Growing up, Marian Allen was bright and bubbly. She had a love for Elvis Presley, holding babies and traveling. She went out of her way to introduce herself to people, and was always a big fan of hugs. Marian has Down syndrome, and a few years ago, she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Her older sister Bunky is her long-distance caregiver. Bunky has lived … Continue reading Marian and Bunky: Caregiving across the miles

It’s Time to Talk About Alzheimer’s

It’s Time to Talk About Alzheimer’s Close family members are typically the first to notice the warning signs of Alzheimer’s, but they are often hesitant to say something – even when they know something is wrong. In fact, in the 2019 Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month (ABAM) survey, nearly 3 in 4 Americans said that talking to a close family member about memory loss, thinking … Continue reading It’s Time to Talk About Alzheimer’s

My Grandma Bonnie: A Poem

Stephanie Eldore participated in The Longest Day by running an ultra marathon for her mother, Bonnie who is living with Alzheimer’s. Stephanie’s daughter, recently wrote this poem about her grandma for a school assignment. “My ten year old daughter recently wrote a beautiful poem about her Grandma Bonnie (my Mom) as a response to literature. The assignment was to write a poem about something meaningful. … Continue reading My Grandma Bonnie: A Poem

Athira Pharma – Dedicated to Advancing New Therapies for Alzheimer’s

Submitted by Athira Pharma  Athira Pharma is a clinical-stage company headquartered in Seattle, Washington. Our focus is to advance new treatments for neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and ALS. Our mission is to restore lives by advancing bold therapies, thoughtfully and urgently. Despite the challenges that have existed in tackling Alzheimer’s disease treatment, a lot has been achieved in the understanding of … Continue reading Athira Pharma – Dedicated to Advancing New Therapies for Alzheimer’s

Dancing for Dad: The Longest Day

Kristen Barsky-Harlan and her wife, Sarah, had just 3.5 months to plan their wedding. It was not the original date they had chosen; but Kristen wanted her father there by her side, to walk her down the aisle and enjoy the father-daughter dance. Kristen’s dad, Tom, had younger-onset Alzheimer’s disease, and Kristen wanted to remember her wedding day with her father present.   This year … Continue reading Dancing for Dad: The Longest Day