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My Precious Gem: Jim and Shirley Mallonee

“Telling you my story as it relates to the Alzheimer’s experience gave me an opportunity to recall some of the wonderful, memorable experiences we’ve shared over the years. We’re very blessed.” Jim and Shirley Mallonee met at a sock hop while they were sophomores at Seattle University. After graduation, Jim joined the Army and shortly […]

Matter of Fact

By Ron Louie, MD Her face was matter of fact when she heard the pronouncement. The neuropsychologist was her colleague; he remained professional, but slipped in some sympathy with the data, which I could not appreciate. She didn’t display a mask of depression, or Parkinson disease. Her face remained pliable, not pleased, but neither terribly pained, […]

Returning the Favor: Maria Prescott

Hello, my name is Maria Prescott and I’m 26 years old. I’m originally from Sumner, grew up in Rainier and now live Gig Harbor. This is my story of caregiving for my grandparents, both of whom were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. I hope that by sharing my story, people who become caregivers for their grandparents […]

7 in ’17: Dave’s Divas

“We try to make as many people aware of the fight to end Alzheimer’s as we can. Even if they’re not impacted by it today, it doesn’t mean they won’t be impacted by it tomorrow.” Dave and Roxzan Sukola have been together since they were 19 and married for 40 years. They have four children and […]

Dementia-Friendly Activities to get in the Holiday Spirit

By Kenna Little The holiday season is often a blur of time spent with family, traditions and social engagements. For those caring for a loved one with dementia, the hustle and bustle of the holidays may feel overwhelming. With the change in routine, new family dynamics and nostalgia for holidays before dementia, the stress can […]

Alzheimer’s – Why Finding a Cure is Important to Me

By Noah Hummel My name is Noah Hummel. I’m a senior at Peninsula High School and a member of HOSA – Future Health Professionals, formerly known as Health Occupations Students of America. HOSA is a national career and technical student organization endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education. I’m very interested in the medical field and […]

A Guiding Light: LuPita Gutierrez-Parker

By Haley Benningfield “I am having memory problems and I don’t know why. Nothing’s making sense to me.” LuPita Gutierrez-Parker was a Regional Admissions Advisor for Eastern Washington University for 10 years, following a 32-year career in social services. In 2015, she became more forgetful with names, dates and recalling basic information. Her job required […]