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 Oregon, Idaho and Alaska. Here, we’ve asked him a few … Continue reading Q&A: New Executive Director Jim Wilgus

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 her wedding day with her father present.   This year … Continue reading Dancing for Dad: The Longest Day

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 on. Years ago, my mom made me promise never to … Continue reading The Promise

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 people in many ways, including their sense of identity and … Continue reading Alzheimer’s Champion Starts C.H.A.M.P Clinic

Skating to End Alzheimer’s – Why We Walk

“We want to bring more attention to communities that need it most, and there is stigma around Alzheimer’s and dementia that needs to be eradicated,” said K Walker, aka Sirr Gotcha. Because of this stigma, K and his team have decided to skate for Alzheimer’s awareness — roller skate, that is. On April 13, 2019, Northwest Derby Company will be collecting donations at the door … Continue reading Skating to End Alzheimer’s – Why We Walk

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

Contemplative Caregiving: A Q&A with Jonathan Prescott

Jonathan Prescott is the founder of Wise Caregiving, a nonprofit dedicated to helping people become effective, sustainable and empathetic caregivers. Jonathan’s career as a hospice, cancer-care and hospital Chaplain, along with his spiritual practice as an ordained student of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, gives him a unique perspective on how to thrive within the helping professions. His trainings help people learn the arts of listening, … Continue reading Contemplative Caregiving: A Q&A with Jonathan Prescott