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Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementia and Memory Loss

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Dementia is a general term for a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with a person’s daily life. Alzheimer's is the most common type of dementia and causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Symptoms of Alzheimer’s usually develop slowly, worsen over time, and hinder daily tasks. Read more about Alzheimer’s disease

Dementia Road Map

The Dementia Road Map: A Guide for Family and Caregivers offers guidance about what to do when a person experiences changes in memory and thinking, and offers information and tips about what to expect and steps to take if someone in your family has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or other dementia. Read it online in English or in Spanish. Or, order paper copies, click here for ordering instructions.

Dementia Road Map

People with memory concerns, Alzheimer’s or other types of dementia and their loved ones often have questions about planning for their future. The Dementia Legal Planning Toolkit can help you make important financial and health care decisions and give you the legal forms you need. Click here to download the Dementia Legal Planning Toolkit and related resources.

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Other forms of dementia include vascular dementia, Lewy body dementia, Pick’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. Learn more about other types of dementia and risk factors.

Primary Support and Educational Organizations

For a listing of resources that match your individual situation, use the Community Resource Finder on the right.

The Alzheimer’s Association

The Alzheimer’s Association is a voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. In addition to sponsoring local chapters across the United States, it has a professionally staffed 24/7 Helpline (1.800.272.3900) that offers advice to callers and provides translation services in more than 170 languages. They also sponsor support groups through their local chapters and connect people across the globe through online message boards. Additional services can be found on the Alzheimer’s Association website and through the local chapters.

Alzheimer’s Association Washington State Chapter: Serving Washington & Northern Idaho

Local chapters of the Alzheimer’s Association educate and support people living with memory loss, dementia or Alzheimer’s and their family and caregivers. Your local chapter provides programs and services across Washington State and Northern Idaho.

You can access:

19031 33rd Ave W. Suite 301
Lynnwood, WA 98036
Phone: (206) 363-5500
Toll-free: 1-800-272-3900
Fax: (206) 363-5700

635 Andover Park West, Suite 202
Tukwila, WA 98188
Phone: (206) 363-5500
Toll-free: 1-800-272-3900
Fax: (206) 363-5700

Spokane Office
Phone: (509) 456-0456

Tri-Cities Office
609 The Parkway
Richland, WA 99352
Phone: (509) 321-4579

Coeur d'Alene Office
2065 W. Riverstone Dr., Suite 205
Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814
Phone: (208) 666-2996

Dementia Support Northwest

Serving Whatcom and Skagit Counties

1301 Fraser Street, Suite A101
Bellingham, WA 98229
Phone: (360) 671-3316
Fax: (360) 715-9940

Dementia Support Northwest serves Whatcom and Skagit counties. It is a not-for-profit organization who’s mission is to help those people and their families affected by dementia with the education, support and resources to empower them.

Dementia Support Northwest provides education and support in Whatcom and Skagit Counties as follows: Care Partner Support Groups for adults caring for those affected by dementia, including a unique group that also supports the caregiver and the person with memory loss; Staying Connected Memory Support Groups for adults newly diagnosed or experiencing minimal memory loss; Adult Children Support Groups for those adults caring for a parent affected by dementia; Veterans Living with Dementia Support Groups; and the Project Lifesaver Program (a partnering with the Whatcom County Sheriff) providing electronic technology to locate those who wander.

Dementia Support Northwest also offers an annual Caregiver Conference and numerous educational seminars free to the community throughout the year.

University of Washington Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center

The University of Washington Alzheimer's Disease Research Center investigates the basic mechanisms causing the development of Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders. It directs particular attention to biomarkers, experimental new treatments, and studies that search for genetic risk factors underlying Alzheimer's disease. Its main priorities are to find the causes of Alzheimer’s and to identify effective treatments and prevention strategies for this tragic disorder. The ultimate goal of its basic and clinical studies is to improve patient care and functioning, as well as to improve the quality of life for both patients and caregivers. It is supported by the National Institute on Aging.

The UW ADRC is open to all members of the public for participation in research.

Seattle Main Location and General Inquiries
Harborview Medical Center
325 9th Avenue
PO Box 359791
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: (206) 744-0588 or Toll-free (855) 744-0588
Email: uwadrc@uw.edu

Washington’s Community Living Connections staff are available to help you explore your options to meet your current needs or create a plan for the future.

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Concerned about Memory Loss for Yourself or Someone Else?

To review a questionnaire that you might take to your next health care provider visit, click on the “Download Now” link below

VA Center Location:
Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System (VAPSHCS)
1660 South Columbian Way
Seattle, WA 98108
Phone: 206.764.2069 or 800.317.5382
* Research Hotline for veterans interested in Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) research: (206) 277-5566 or Toll-free (800) 329-8387
* Veterans and families interested in brain donation to help further research on military blast inquiries please email:

The Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Medical Center is conveniently located in Seattle on north Beacon Hill, right off of I-5. The ADRC Clinic is located on the first floor of Building 1 (the “Old Hospital”) in Room 142. It’s right around the corner from the elevators. If you become lost on your way to an appointment, please call our clinic at 206.277.1173
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