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

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

The Promise

By Mel Watson, Director, Time Together Adult Day Services, Island Senior Resources How many of us ever plan to be a family caregiver? Do we consider what we might do, if someone close to us needs help to do everyday things? It’s not something most of us think about until we are facing it, head on. Years ago, my mom made me promise never to … Continue reading The Promise

The value of shared experience: Janelle Simpliciano

When Janelle Simpliciano was a Sigma Kappa sorority member at UC Berkeley in the early 1990’s, she learned about dementia and joined thousands of Sigma Kappas nationwide in fundraising for the Alzheimer’s Association. A few years after college, Janelle and her husband, Stan, moved their young family to Seattle and have been here since. “After college, dementia and Alzheimer’s were not a part of my … Continue reading The value of shared experience: Janelle Simpliciano

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 chatter that was often louder than the homes around them. … Continue reading Remembering a beautiful life: My advocacy story

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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 in their own home. In other situations, an assisted living … Continue reading How siblings can avoid fighting over caregiving disagreements