Public Policy Town Halls 2018

Each fall, the Alzheimer’s Association, Washington State Chapter hosts a series of Town Halls across Washington State and northern Idaho. These community events are a unique opportunity for constituents to hear from and ask questions of local leaders about public policy related to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Here are few of topics being covered at our Town Halls this year: Increases to Research Funding The … Continue reading Public Policy Town Halls 2018

Central WA Alzheimer’s and Dementia Conference Preview: Advanced Care Planning for Dementia with Dr. Barak Gaster, MD.

By Genevieve Wanucha, UW Memory and Brain Wellness Center Primary care doctors are usually the first medical professionals to identify age-related cognitive impairment in their patients, field questions about Alzheimer’s disease, and make referrals to specialty neurology centers. A conversation in the doctor’s office about memory loss and dementia can position a patient and the family to receive quality care and plan ahead for important … Continue reading Central WA Alzheimer’s and Dementia Conference Preview: Advanced Care Planning for Dementia with Dr. Barak Gaster, MD.

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

Granny Can’t Remember Me

Susan McCormick is a doctor in Seattle and the author of a new children’s picture book about Alzheimer’s disease called Granny Can’t Remember Me. She will be doing a live reading at Third Place Books in Seward Park on Saturday, Sept. 22 at 3:00 p.m. You can also learn more by visiting her online at susanmccormickbooks.com. In this guest blog post, Susan shares her personal connection to Alzheimer’s … Continue reading Granny Can’t Remember Me

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

Valerie Halvorson: Why I Walk

Alzheimer’s disease impacts others besides those who’ve been diagnosed. Valerie Halvorson can attest to that. Valerie’s father was living in Pampa, Texas when he was diagnosed. At the time, Valerie was a teacher in Olympia. “I was 2,000 miles away,” Valerie says. “And though they would visit often, it was hard for me to tell really what was going on, and my mom didn’t want … Continue reading Valerie Halvorson: Why I Walk

Cherished Memories

By Laureen Skirvan “The long goodbye” is a term used when a loved one has Alzheimer’s. The goodbye begins when they start to fade away and lose their memory and ends when their body succumbs to the disease and they pass away. I am currently in the middle of this long goodbye with my mother, Rosalie. She was diagnosed last year with Alzheimer’s, but I … Continue reading Cherished Memories