Category Washington State

Athira Pharma – Dedicated to Advancing New Therapies for Alzheimer’s

Submitted by Athira Pharma  Athira Pharma is a clinical-stage company headquartered in Seattle, Washington. Our focus is to advance new treatments for neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and ALS. Our mission is to restore lives by advancing bold therapies, thoughtfully and urgently. Despite the challenges that have existed in tackling Alzheimer’s disease […]

Q&A: New Executive Director Jim Wilgus

We are very pleased to introduce you to Jim Wilgus, the new executive director for the Washington State Chapter. Jim first joined the Alzheimer’s Association in 2010 and is a long-time friend and ally to our chapter. In addition to his role as executive director locally, he’ll also be providing regional leadership to chapters in […]

Dancing for Dad: The Longest Day

Kristen Barsky-Harlan and her wife, Sarah, had just 3.5 months to plan their wedding. It was not the original date they had chosen; but Kristen wanted her father there by her side, to walk her down the aisle and enjoy the father-daughter dance. Kristen’s dad, Tom, had younger-onset Alzheimer’s disease, and Kristen wanted to remember […]

Farmer, Musician, Caregiver: The Longest Day

Laurie Lee Lewis is a self-described “whirlwind” of a woman. Besides being a farmer, songwriter, musician, author and philanthropist, she has also been the primary caregiver for both of her parents the past four years. This year, Laurie is celebrating her birthday and honoring her father with a celebration on her farm for The Longest […]

The Promise

By Mel Watson, Director, Time Together Adult Day Services, Island Senior Resources How many of us ever plan to be a family caregiver? Do we consider what we might do, if someone close to us needs help to do everyday things? It’s not something most of us think about until we are facing it, head […]

Alzheimer’s Champion Starts C.H.A.M.P Clinic

Dr. Lama Alameddine recently received the Alzheimer’s Champion Award for being the Community Partner of the Year in 2018—and for good reason too! In her line of work as a neuropsychologist, Dr. Alameddine saw a need for people living with dementia that wasn’t being filled, so she took action. She believes that neurological conditions impact […]

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 […]