Category love

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. […]

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 […]

Farmer, Musician, Caregiver: The Longest Day

Laurie Lee Lewis is a self-described “whirlwind” of a woman. Besides being a farmer, songwriter, musician, author and philanthropist, she has also been the primary caregiver for both of her parents the past four years. This year, Laurie is celebrating her birthday and honoring her father with a celebration on her farm for The Longest […]

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 […]

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 […]

Finding Joy: 10 Tips for Caregivers

There is no doubt that being a family caregiver is not easy. It often comes with long days, new challenges and changing family dynamics. Even so, there may be an opportunity for you and your loved one to find moments of joy in your day-to-day routine. Our Care Consultants have compiled 10 tips to find […]

The grief and loss of reciprocity

by Reed Henry, MA, LMHC, gerontologist  I met with a man this morning that had recently experienced the agony of placing his dear sweet wife in a specialized memory care facility. Walter and Emma* have been married 62 wonderful years and he loves her with all of his heart. My last two encounters with him […]