The Alzheimer's (Alz) Café is a welcoming place where people living with dementia, along with their care partners and family members, come together for a casual social gathering. Spend an afternoon enjoying interesting conversation with both new and old friends who are experiencing similar circumstances. Everyone is welcome. The Alzheimer's Café happens on the fourth Thursday of each month from 3:00pm - 4:30pm at various food and social venues in and around Bellingham. Read more.
Care Partner Support Group
This is a two component support group: one is for the caregiver and the other is for the person experiencing early stage memory loss. Education is empowerment! This therapeutic peer support group is professionally facilitated and may include discussions about the impact of the diagnosis on you and your family, coping with changing abilities, improving communication skills, finding meaningful activities, and planning for the future. Read more.
Caregiver Support Group
This support group will provide you as the caregiver or loved one, the opportunity to talk to other individuals who are facing some of the same problems that they are. It is helpful to talk to sympathetic people about the frustrations you are experiencing. Alzheimer’s disease and memory loss problems create many specific problems for families in their daily lives. Simply getting to know other people with similar concerns is a comfort to many. Read more.
We offer conferences and workshops intended for care partners and those who serve people affected by dementia related diseases. Continuing education credits are available for healthcare professionals. Read more.
Project Lifesaver - Find Me Safe Network
ASW is a part of the Find Me Safe Network, which is a transmitter safety bracelet program, also known in some areas as Project Lifesaver. We work closely with the Whatcom County Sheriff's Department and search and rescue to facilitate this program. Read more.
Memory Screenings - Get Checked!
Memory screenings make sense for anyone concerned about memory loss or experiencing warning signs of dementia; whose family and friends have noticed changes in them; or who believe they are at risk due to a family history of Alzheimer’s disease or a related illness. Screenings also are appropriate for anyone who does not have a concern right now, but who wants to see how their memory is now and for future comparisons. These questions might help you decide if you should be screened. If you answer “yes” to any of them, you might benefit from a memory screening. Read more.
Staying Connected Classes
The role of a care partner is filled with challenges. It is important to take care of yourself so that you can take care of others. Read more.