Since 1983, the Alzheimer Society of Washington has served Whatcom County. We are an organization of volunteers, family and friends of persons affected by Alzheimer's disease and other dementing illnesses. Our mission is to educate people about dementia-related diseases.
Each year we provide hundreds of hours of education and support in Whatcom County 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; a nine-week educational Early Memory Loss Classes for both the caregiver and those affected by early memory loss; and the Find Me Safe Network (a partnering with the Whatcom County Sheriff) providing electronic technology to locate those who wander.
As one spouse said at a Care Partner Support Group:
"It is such an amazing feeling knowing that you guys are there for me. No matter what the situation, having this group is providing me with the tools and knowledge that I need in order to make it through the day. I love him so much, but this is probably the hardest thing I have had to deal with throughout our entire 47 years of marriage. Coming to this class is what he looks forward to the most, every single week."
We rely on private donations to fulfill our mission. Please donate today to help us build a legacy of education, resources, and support for those affected by Alzheimer's and other dementia-related diseases. Let them understand they are not alone in one of the most challenging of life's journeys.