South Korea to Seattle: Meet our intern Ginny

“A few years ago I was re-considering my career path to find a new opportunity. I entered an online university to earn a certificate in teaching in Korean language for foreign learners. And then, by chance, I got to know about the university’s caregiving program,” Ginny said. “I realized that I would have no idea how to take care of my parents if they had … Continue reading South Korea to Seattle: Meet our intern Ginny

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 college, dementia and Alzheimer’s were not a part of my … Continue reading The value of shared experience: Janelle Simpliciano

Opening the Closed Door: Brian Cook, Volunteer

  In late 2015, Brian Cook’s father-in-law Gary was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s. In 2016, the diagnosis progressed to include posterior cortical atrophy (PCA), an atypical diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease where a person will begin to lose their sight along with their memory. Though he has been showing signs of the disease for over four years, it took a while to get a correct diagnosis … Continue reading Opening the Closed Door: Brian Cook, Volunteer

Meet our education and outreach staff

Our education and outreach staff work across Washington and Northern Idaho. They are often the people you will see in the community: giving presentations, holding workshops, and creating and maintaining relationships in the community. Learn more about them below with some Q&A’s!   Joan Acres- Richland office, covering central and southeast WA, Chelan and Douglas counties  What is your role at the Alzheimer’s Association? South … Continue reading Meet our education and outreach staff

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 in your community reach its goal by making a Walk … Continue reading Celebrating a successful Walk season

Sara

Mark Holtzen is a Seattle author whose mother-in-law, Sara, lives with Alzheimer’s disease. When the day came that Sara was moving into an assisted living facility, Mark’s wife, Carolyn, and her siblings were coordinating the move. While Carolyn and her siblings were packing up Sara’s belongings, Mark and Sara spent the day together in Seattle. Mark noticed how Sara was handling the weight of the … Continue reading Sara

Beth Lewis – Why I Walk

Agnes Lesofski always put her family first. After her husband of 21 years passed away, the now-single mother of seven enrolled in night classes while working as a homemaker to support the five children who were still living at home. One of those children was Beth Lewis, now living in Spokane Valley, who greatly values the sacrifices her mother made. “She was my mother and … Continue reading Beth Lewis – Why I Walk