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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 […]

Sara

Mark Holtzen is a Seattle author whose mother-in-law, Sara, lives with Alzheimer’s disease. When the day came that Sara was moving into an assisted living facility, Mark’s wife, Carolyn, and her siblings were coordinating the move. While Carolyn and her siblings were packing up Sara’s belongings, Mark and Sara spent the day together in Seattle. […]

Granny Can’t Remember Me

Susan McCormick is a doctor in Seattle and the author of a new children’s picture book about Alzheimer’s disease called Granny Can’t Remember Me. She will be doing a live reading at Third Place Books in Seward Park on Saturday, Sept. 22 at 3:00 p.m. You can also learn more by visiting her online at susanmccormickbooks.com. In this […]

Kathy Katz – Why I Walk

Kathy Katz and Tim Oshie have known each other for 29 years. Kathy met Tim through her late husband. “We actually met at my wedding,“ Kathy says. “Tim and my husband were really good friends in high school. Back in the day, Tim was a disc jockey and he deejayed our wedding for us. That […]

The Holtzen Family – Why We Walk

From the time she was young, Carolyn Holtzen has known the impact of Alzheimer’s disease, starting with her grandmother. “Most of my childhood memories are of her with the disease,” Carolyn says. “And she lived for quite a long time with it, into her 90s.” Later in life, Carolyn started to notice her mother, Sara, […]

Valerie Halvorson: Why I Walk

Alzheimer’s disease impacts others besides those who’ve been diagnosed. Valerie Halvorson can attest to that. Valerie’s father was living in Pampa, Texas when he was diagnosed. At the time, Valerie was a teacher in Olympia. “I was 2,000 miles away,” Valerie says. “And though they would visit often, it was hard for me to tell […]

Cherished Memories

By Laureen Skirvan “The long goodbye” is a term used when a loved one has Alzheimer’s. The goodbye begins when they start to fade away and lose their memory and ends when their body succumbs to the disease and they pass away. I am currently in the middle of this long goodbye with my mother, […]