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

Mom’s Legacy of Love: Kelly and Teresa’s Alzheimer’s Story

By Stephanie Foster, Alzheimer’s Association staff Family is everything Kelly Hovland, a financial advisor with Edward Jones® in Portland, loved growing up in a large family in the Midwest. When she married her wife, Teresa Schmidt, she joined an even larger family. In fact, it was Teresa’s proclivity toward family that first caught Kelly’s eye. Locally, Kelly and Teresa are raising three children in the … Continue reading Mom’s Legacy of Love: Kelly and Teresa’s Alzheimer’s Story