Category Research

Discovery 2018 Conference Preview – Workshop: Frontotemporal Dementia: What’s It All About?

By Genevieve Wanucha, UW Memory and Brain Wellness Center It’s a fact that many families know well: Not all dementia is Alzheimer’s disease. In Frontotemporal Dementia: What’s It All About?, Kimiko Domoto-Reilly, MD, a neurologist and FTD expert at the UW Memory and Brain Wellness Center, will demystify a lesser known brain disease that can […]

Discovery 2018: Dementia Care in Rural Areas

By Dr. Kristen Childress and Dr. Jonathan Medina The prevalence of Americans living with dementia is expected to increase by 40 percent from 2016 to 2025. This dramatic increase in prevalence will greatly impact our rural communities, as we see an influx of elders living longer in rural communities across the United States. Currently, persons […]

The Longest Day: David Kirtman & The Lake Chelan Memory Cup

“When my father was first diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, I wanted to immediately find ways to impact the cause. I am also an ex-Seahawk and NFL football player, making brain health something I am committed to understanding.” – David Kirtman, Board Member, Alzheimer’s Association Washington State Chapter David Kirtman’s father, Louis Kirtman, was one of five […]

Using my Talent to Make a Difference

By Philip Mack Growing up my grandpa was larger than life. He flew tomcat jets in desert storm and later developed the Awacs radar plane for Boeing. He seemed to have everything figured out. After he retired he managed a busy schedule of working with Meals on Wheels in his home town, supported his wife […]

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, […]

Why I Fight for Families Fighting Alzheimer’s

By Senator Patty Murray Traveling around Washington state, I’ve heard from many families about the devastating effect Alzheimer’s has on their lives. Each individual story is heartbreaking, and unfortunately each story is one of many such heartbreaks being caused by this terrible disease. A few years ago this disease was the 3rd leading cause of death […]