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We host a variety of conferences throughout the year, providing education, resources and networking opportunities for family caregivers, health care professionals and people living with memory loss.

Tri-Cities Alzheimer's & Dementia Conference

Journey Conference

March 25, 2023 | 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Lynnwood Event Center

The Alzheimer’s Association Washington State Chapter invites you to join us for the 
2023 Journey Conference for dementia family caregivers.

This conference offers tools and encouragement to unpaid family caregivers supporting a loved one with memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease, or other forms of dementia. Topics to be covered include emergency planning, difficult conversations, and practical tips for everyday living.

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Session Schedule

  • Keynote Address: Author of Walking with Fay: My Mother's Uncharted Path Into Dementia, Carolyn Birrell
  • Session 1: Emergency Preparedness presented by Greg Sanders. Sanders is a sergeant with Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue, Dive Team and Marine Services Unit. (11:15 am)
  • Session 2: Advancing the Science: The Latest in Alzheimer's & Dementia Research presented by the Alzheimer's Association's Research Champion, Joel Loiacono. (1:15 pm)
  • Session 3: Connecting Through Art & Music presented by Patti LaFleur, a Certified Dementia Practitioner and Steve Wilson, the Alzheimer's Association's Care Consultant and Board Certified Music Therapist. (2:30 pm)
  • Closing Remarks: Bryan Haakenson, Alzheimer's Association Washington State Chapter Board President (3:45 pm)

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Keynote Address


Carolyn Birrell, Author of Walking with Fay: My Mother's Uncharted Path Into Dementia

Carolyn Birrell retired to Bonners Ferry, ID, after spending 20 years in Atlanta, GA, working for the American Cancer Society and then as a real estate agent. Soon after her move, she relocated her aging mother to be near her and spent the next eight years caring for her while learning “all things dementia.” 

What began as a written collection of her mother’s difficult behaviors during dementia’s earliest stages quickly turned into a comprehensive book that she continued to update until the inevitable end of her mother’s disease. 

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