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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

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

South Korea to Seattle: Meet our intern Ginny

“A few years ago I was re-considering my career path to find a new opportunity. I entered an online university to earn a certificate in teaching in Korean language for foreign learners. And then, by chance, I got to know about the university’s caregiving program,” Ginny said. “I realized that I would have no idea how to take care of my parents if they had … Continue reading South Korea to Seattle: Meet our intern Ginny

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

Opening the Closed Door: Brian Cook, Volunteer

  In late 2015, Brian Cook’s father-in-law Gary was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s. In 2016, the diagnosis progressed to include posterior cortical atrophy (PCA), an atypical diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease where a person will begin to lose their sight along with their memory. Though he has been showing signs of the disease for over four years, it took a while to get a correct diagnosis … Continue reading Opening the Closed Door: Brian Cook, Volunteer

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 counties  What is your role at the Alzheimer’s Association? South … Continue reading Meet our education and outreach staff

Dementia Whisperer: Denial, A Survival Mechanism

By Kathy Stewart, RN, BSN, Aegis Living VP of Nursing and Care Sponsored by Aegis Living In denial, we find our comfortable place—where nothing is changing, and the alarm bells are silent. But denial is only a coping mechanism to avoid an uncomfortable or stressful situation. Denial is why a parent believes they can live on their own when they are clearly endangering themselves. Denial … Continue reading Dementia Whisperer: Denial, A Survival Mechanism