Category Memory Loss

Remembering a beautiful life: My advocacy story

By Ramona Pitre-Collins My mother’s life My mother, Marie Elizabeth Blouin Pitre was born June 28, 1924 at her Market Street house in Opelousas, a small town in southern Louisiana. She was the seventh of nine children. Aunts and uncles talked about what a rambunctious household they were, full of good-natured conflicts, laughter, music and […]

I am living with Alzheimer’s: My advocacy story

by Julie Burger Julie Burger was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2016 at age 76. Born in Puerto Rico, Julie moved to the United States to attend school, graduating first in her high school class. In college, she majored in physiological psychology and earned a master’s degree in human resources. Julie has worked in various […]

Two people with Down syndrome

Caring for someone with Down syndrome and dementia? Now there’s a support group just for you

By Alison Koop If someone you love lives with Down syndrome, you may already know that they’re at an increased risk for developing dementia. Maybe your child, sibling or friend has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and you’re having to adjust to a new normal. Perhaps you’ve noticed changes in their memory, abilities or behavior […]

A Grandpa and grandson holding Christmas Gifts

Tips for navigating the holidays when your loved one has dementia

The holiday season is upon us. For many people it is an exciting time of year, filled with parties, travel and family traditions. For a caregiver of a loved one with dementia, the holiday season can sometimes create feelings of anxiousness and unease if they are unsure how to navigate the challenges of caregiving combined […]

My wife, my teacher

  By Larry Sabol My wife Mary and I have been married for 32 years, and have three children and six grandchildren between us. We have lived in Kent, WA for the last 21 years. Mary was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia with Parkinsonism in May of 2015. She first manifested signs of mild cognitive […]

The promise of a cure – Why I Walk

This speech was delivered on stage at the 2018 Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Spokane. Warren Walker was recently diagnosed with a type of dementia related to concussions, and is a member of our early-stage memory loss support group. Good morning, my name is Warren Walker. I am 65 years old. I was diagnosed last […]

Celebrating a successful Walk season

Our 16 Walk to End Alzheimer’s events for 2018 are now complete. It’s been a record-breaking year with many things to celebrate — and we’re not done yet! Six of our Walks have exceeded their fundraising goals and many are on track to meet their goals by the end of the year. Help the Walk […]