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

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

Marian and Bunky: Caregiving across the miles

  Growing up, Marian Allen was bright and bubbly. She had a love for Elvis Presley, holding babies and traveling. She went out of her way to introduce herself to people, and was always a big fan of hugs. Marian has Down syndrome, and a few years ago, she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Her older sister Bunky is her long-distance caregiver. Bunky has lived … Continue reading Marian and Bunky: Caregiving across the miles

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

More than Medications: Non-Pharmacological Treatment of Memory Loss

By Genevieve Wanucha, UW Memory and Brain Wellness Center Without many effective therapeutics for memory loss and dementia, families must often get creative to find solutions beyond the medicine cabinet to manage a loved one’s behavioral changes. Fortunately, evidence shows that a variety of non-pharmacological strategies can meaningfully improve the symptoms of people living with the early symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and provide ways to … Continue reading More than Medications: Non-Pharmacological Treatment of Memory Loss

Remembering a beautiful life: My advocacy story

By Ramona Pitre-Collins My mother’s life My mother, Marie Elizabeth Blouin Pitre was born June 28, 1924 at her Market Street house in Opelousas, a small town in southern Louisiana. She was the seventh of nine children. Aunts and uncles talked about what a rambunctious household they were, full of good-natured conflicts, laughter, music and chatter that was often louder than the homes around them. … Continue reading Remembering a beautiful life: My advocacy story