Celebrating the Holidays with Dementia

Published on 25 November 2015

The holidays can often be a time filled with high expectations, requiring lots of energy and engagement in non-stop activities. For the individuals and families living with Alzheimer's or a related dementia, it can be challenging and a time of high anxiety. Festivities can agitate, confuse, and overstimulate persons with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. Meanwhile, caregivers can feel anxious, frustrated, and lonely.

Home for the Holidays: Signs Your Aging Loved One May Need Help

Published on 25 November 2015

The holidays are a common time for families to gather. When we live apart, we often don't realize changes are occurring in our aging loved ones until we are together for an extended period of time. If you have family members who are older, this is when you may notice changes in behavior, routines and lifestyle.

Dementia: A Silent Pain in the Latino Community

Published on 29 October 2015

A couple of years ago, after an open-heart surgery, my mom started showing signs of dementia during her recovery time. None of my nine siblings were even talking about her forgetful pattern. Not because they were ignoring the signs, but because they didn't know anything about dementia.

Until There is a Cure, Alzheimer's Disease will Touch Us All

Published on 1 October 2015

Since early 2014, an Alzheimer's Disease Working Group has examined the needs of individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, services available to meet these needs, and the capacity of the state and current providers to meet these and future needs.

Learn for Life

Published on 27 August 2015

As Albert Einstein said, "Once you stop learning, you start dying."

Brain Health: Minimize the Risk Factors, Maximize the Protections

Published on 1 June 2015

I have to admit, I love to read and learn new things. Growing up, family members called me a "bookworm," because I was always checking out books from the library. As I grew older, my thirst for reading continued and I even started to write poetry.

Washington's State Alzheimer's Plan … and You!

Published on 2 December 2014

Do you have thoughts on how to improve the lives of people with Alzheimer's disease or related dementias and of their caregivers?

Dementia-friendly Innovations Expand throughout King County

Published on 30 September 2014

There's something new happening in King County. You may have noticed it in our neighborhood coffee shops, with a sign about a new monthly Alzheimer's Café. Or at the Frye Art Museum, with an arts engagement series tailored for persons living with dementia. Or at the Woodland Park Zoo, with a weekly memory loss walking group. Or at Seattle's Greenwood Public Library, with the start of an early stage memory loss book discussion group.

Lunch In the Nursing Home

Rallying to Become a Dementia-friendly Community

Published on 30 April 2014

It is not uncommon for people with dementia to face significant barriers, from engaging in social activities to navigating a neighborhood, or even a conversation with their healthcare provider. Without support or understanding of their condition, many shrug their shoulders in frustration and give up out of fear or feelings of being misunderstood. Some will isolate, lacking confidence and feeling they have nothing to contribute. Others reach out but may be met with no response or a disregard of their offer.

What's Normal? What's Not? Know the 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's

Published on 30 October 2013

After designating a National Alzheimer's Disease Week in 1982, President Ronald Reagan helped launch a national campaign against Alzheimer's disease in 1983. President Reagan called members of the Alzheimer's Association to the White House for the signing of a proclamation declaring that November is National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month (NADAM). This year marks NADAM's 30th anniversary.

Nurse giving to senior woman physical therapy at home.

Reducing Disability in Clients with Alzheimer's Disease

Published on 29 August 2013

Earlier this year, Aging and Disability Services (ADS) began participating in "Reducing Disability in Alzheimer's Disease" (RDAD), a "translational study" conducted by the University of Washington School of Nursing. Our goal is to examine how exercise and other interventions help clients with Alzheimer's—and other forms of dementia—reduce disability.

Why I Walk to End Alzheimer's

Published on 29 August 2013

Our vision at the Alzheimer's Association is a world without Alzheimer's. One way you can help us make that happen is by participating in one of our Walks to End Alzheimer's. This is our largest awareness builder and fundraiser each year. The money raised goes directly to Alzheimer's programs and services—such as our 24/7 Helpline, care consultation, education and support groups—as well as research, all in support of individuals and families, like mine, who have been directly affected by Alzheimer's and related dementias.

Speak Up for the Needs and Rights of People with Alzheimer's

Published on 1 August 2013

Throughout August across King County, the Alzheimer's Association will hold town hall meetings to highlight—and solicit feedback on—public policy priorities. These include the National Alzheimer's Plan, an Alzheimer's Disease Plan for Washington State, and Voices for Better Health, a new initiative to improve health care for "dual eligibles"—Washington residents who qualify for both Medicare and Medicaid.

"The Penelope Project" Raises the Bar on Activities for People Living with Dementia

Published on 31 May 2013

This month, the Greenwood Senior Center and Elderwise will screen a recently-released documentary, The Penelope Project, to benefit creative programming for people living with dementia. This one-hour film documents a collaborative effort to dramatically raise the bar on activities in long-term care.

The Gift of Alzheimer's

Published on 4 March 2013

Relationships are always in transition: when a neighbor moves...after a child graduates from college...as a parent ages. That's life.

How to Manage Stress: 10 Ways to Be a Healthier Alzheimer's Caregiver

Published on 1 November 2012

Are you so overwhelmed by taking care of someone else that you have neglected your own physical, mental and emotional well-being? If you find yourself without the time to take care of your own needs, you may be putting yourself and your health at risk.

African American Caregivers Forum Set for October 6

Published on 1 October 2012

African American families and caregivers, health care and social services professionals, and older adults who want to learn more about dementia are invited to attend the 7th annual African American Caregivers Forum on Saturday, October 6

Drum Group Helps Muscles and Coordination and Lifts Spirits

Published on 1 May 2012

Admit it. It's hard not to tap your foot or clap along when you hear good music. Being one with the music makes you feel good. It brings joy to the heart and soul.

Creativity & Dementia

Published on 2 April 2012

For 25 years, Suzanne Visser worked as an oncology research nurse, caring for individuals battling cancer and helping medical science find answers in the process.

Maintaining a Healthy Brain

Published on 29 February 2012

When we think about staying fit, we generally think about going to the gym and exercising. Seldom do we include keeping our brain active as part of staying fit.

Caregiver Support Helps Persons with Dementia Remain with Family

Published on 2 March 2012

Don Samman brought his mother Donna into his home over a year ago, when she was diagnosed with dementia and having trouble remembering to take her diabetes medication.