Category caregiving

For Better or for Worse: My Advocacy Story

By Cheri Whitlock On January 9, 1988, my husband Jim and I spoke traditional vows of better or worse, richer or poorer, sickness and health, till death do us part. In our 30 years, we have shared all the normal ups and downs of married life. We moved across the country and bought a home, […]

Justice for families: My advocacy story

Patricia Kienholz is a very busy woman. She is a single mother of two, an avid learner, working about 70-90 hours a week between her work in the nonprofit sector and helping to run a family-owned business. “I can’t stand idle time, and my brain only slows down when I’m sleeping,” she said. Still, Patricia takes […]

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 […]

A family portrait

How siblings can avoid fighting over caregiving disagreements

By Janet L. Smith As your parents get older, it may become increasingly important for you and your siblings to come together and help your parents find the best caregiving options. Depending on the circumstances and the health of your parents, you may be able to hire in-home caregivers that allow your parents to stay […]

Mikaela and her family at her wedding

Millennial caregivers: Mikaela’s story

Currently, one in six dementia caregivers is a millennial between the ages of 22 and 37. As the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias continues to grow, more young Americans are being called on each year to help care for their loved ones. One such caregiver is Mikaela Louie. She was just 22 years […]

My wife, my teacher

  By Larry Sabol My wife Mary and I have been married for 32 years, and have three children and six grandchildren between us. We have lived in Kent, WA for the last 21 years. Mary was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia with Parkinsonism in May of 2015. She first manifested signs of mild cognitive […]

The promise of a cure – Why I Walk

This speech was delivered on stage at the 2018 Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Spokane. Warren Walker was recently diagnosed with a type of dementia related to concussions, and is a member of our early-stage memory loss support group. Good morning, my name is Warren Walker. I am 65 years old. I was diagnosed last […]