Finding Community with Dementia-Friendly Walking Groups

In 2017, when my husband, Steve, started getting lost in our house, I realized it was time for the next step in our Alzheimer’s journey—a move from Seattle to a retirement community in Vancouver. That move, to be closer to my son and daughter-in-law in Portland, meant the loss of our former support community. That community had changed over the years following Steve’s diagnosis. While … Continue reading Finding Community with Dementia-Friendly Walking Groups

Self-Care: Practice IS Perfect

Written by Sheridan Horning, LAc Self-care is a topic that can bring up many different reactions. It can inspire excitement or curiosity about learning a new way to relax and recharge. But it can also prompt anxiety around falling short of expectations about what we could and should be doing. However, in a fundamental way, if we’re alive, we have been and are taking care … Continue reading Self-Care: Practice IS Perfect

USPS promotes Alzheimer’s semipostal during September, other semipostals through 2021

The United States Postal Service has undertaken a concerted effort to promote the four semipostal stamps it’s currently selling. First up is the Alzheimer’s Awareness semipostal, but those wanting to support that effort will need to act fast. That’s because the focus on this stamp ends September 30, even though they will continue to be available throughout the special promotional period ending December 31. Other … Continue reading USPS promotes Alzheimer’s semipostal during September, other semipostals through 2021

The best time to volunteer? Now: Amanda and Christyna’s story.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is a community driven event. This means that, behind the scenes, a group of incredible volunteers dedicate their time each year to bring us together for the world’s leading event to raise funds and awareness for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Both Christyna Hengstler and Amanda McCallum are celebrating their second year on the Walk to End Alzheimer’s SW Washington volunteer … Continue reading The best time to volunteer? Now: Amanda and Christyna’s story.

12 Steps to Take After a Lewy Body Dementia Diagnosis

by Kathy Teyler Jarrett You’ve gotten at least a tentative diagnosis, so what do you do next? Next steps may seem daunting, but there are things you can and should do now – even if you feel in a fog. Do the first 3 sooner rather than later. If you have done some of these already, great!  1. Get a good specialist for your loved one. If … Continue reading 12 Steps to Take After a Lewy Body Dementia Diagnosis

One Woman’s Journey to Sew a Connection to the Past

By Janelle Bretz; edited by Stephanie Foster A hug that’s always with you Veronica Garcia’s love of quilting may be new—she taught herself via YouTube videos at the beginning of the pandemic after buying a sewing machine to make 100 masks—but her love of sewing and giving away her creations as gifts has always been part of her style. The first quilt she made was … Continue reading One Woman’s Journey to Sew a Connection to the Past

5 Ways Lewy Body Dementia is Different from Alzheimer’s

By Kathy Teyler Jarrett, Oregon LBD Support Group Facilitator LBD is not ALZ When I found my husband, Ben, at the back door—a pistol in one hand, phone in the other, describing to the cops the seven robbers who were getting ready to steal everything in our house—I knew we were in trouble. Not because there really were any robbers lurking. Because this was a … Continue reading 5 Ways Lewy Body Dementia is Different from Alzheimer’s

Sorority Involvement Strengthens Walk to End Alzheimer’s in the Pacific Northwest

By Hudson S. Tyler, Alzheimer’s Association staff ΣΚ Sigma Kappa brings women together through lifelong opportunities for social, intellectual and spiritual development. Members regularly volunteer while they are in college. This mission also goes beyond graduation. Sorority alumnae bring their values for personal growth, friendship, service and loyalty to community service later in life. For 38 years, the Sigma Kappa Sorority puts forward their wild … Continue reading Sorority Involvement Strengthens Walk to End Alzheimer’s in the Pacific Northwest