Farming for our family: Why I Walk

By: Linda Larsen-King During my most recent visit with my mom, she blurted out “I lost my mind.” Her comment took me by surprise. What does that mean to her? Does she really know that she “lost” her thought functions to Alzheimer’s? I just don’t get it, and probably never will.  What does she know? Am I just hoping she understood what I said when … Continue reading Farming for our family: Why I Walk

Growing up when dad has dementia: Why I Walk

By: Grace Lilje It was in the Spring of 2010 when my dad, my older brother Nolan, and I piled into our car for a road trip that would forever change our lives.  My dad, Bill, who worked as a wheat farmer, had been exhibiting some uncharacteristic behaviors and patterns that my mom had recently noticed. He was having difficulty planning in his job and … Continue reading Growing up when dad has dementia: Why I Walk

For past, present and future: Why I Walk

By: Leslie Elvebak-Powell My name is Leslie Elvebak-Powell and I live and work in Anacortes, WA with my hubby Scott, and our chocolate and silver labs Maggie Mae & Odin.   I’ve worked in senior living and memory care communities for many years, helping families who are in the dredges of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.  It’s an honor for me to walk this journey with them, … Continue reading For past, present and future: Why I Walk

Walk to End Alzheimer’s- Washington State Chapter 2019

Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. This inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to join the fight against the disease! Join us in the fight for Alzheimer’s first survivor at alzwa.org/walk  Continue reading Walk to End Alzheimer’s- Washington State Chapter 2019

Remembering Joy: Why I Walk

Joy Lofquist was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 1997 and passed away from the disease in 2015. What defined Joy, though, was not the disease but the woman she was. “I have stated many times that my mom was a force of nature. All 4’11 ½” of her,” said her son, Brian Lofquist.  For the past six years, Brian and his family have been participating in … Continue reading Remembering Joy: Why I Walk

Local scientist Dr. Laura Heath presenting at AAIC 2019

Dr. Laura Heath is a research scientist at the Institute for Systems Biology (ISB) in Seattle, a nonprofit research institution studying biological systems that integrate all aspects of health and disease. This week, she is at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) in Los Angeles. Dr. Heath attended AAIC 2016 in Toronto, where she gave an oral presentation on her dissertation research. Dr. Heath said … Continue reading Local scientist Dr. Laura Heath presenting at AAIC 2019

Running 12,000 miles away from home

By: Olivia Budiono Olivia volunteers at the Alzheimer’s Association, Washington State Chapter. She is a recent graduate of the University of Washington and is pursuing a career in communications. Olivia chose to volunteer with the Alzheimer’s Association because she felt like it was something she could do to make a difference, even though she can’t be home with her grandma. I came to the United … Continue reading Running 12,000 miles away from home