AAIC 2019: 5 top news stories

Over 6,000 researchers from more than 60 countries attended the 2019 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) last month in Los Angeles. AAIC is the world’s largest gathering of researchers focused on Alzheimer’s and dementia science.The four-day conference featured more than 3,400 presentations, convening and catalyzing the scientific community to uncover the causes, progression, risk factors, treatment and prevention of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. More … Continue reading AAIC 2019: 5 top news stories

Growing up when dad has dementia: Why I Walk

By: Grace Lilje It was in the Spring of 2010 when my dad, my older brother Nolan, and I piled into our car for a road trip that would forever change our lives.  My dad, Bill, who worked as a wheat farmer, had been exhibiting some uncharacteristic behaviors and patterns that my mom had recently noticed. He was having difficulty planning in his job and … Continue reading Growing up when dad has dementia: Why I Walk

Remembering Joy: Why I Walk

Joy Lofquist was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 1997 and passed away from the disease in 2015. What defined Joy, though, was not the disease but the woman she was. “I have stated many times that my mom was a force of nature. All 4’11 ½” of her,” said her son, Brian Lofquist.  For the past six years, Brian and his family have been participating in … Continue reading Remembering Joy: Why I Walk

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