Memories in the Making

Memories in The Making 2022

Memories in the Making Art Auction & Gala 2022

The Annual Memories in the Making Art Auction and Gala was back in person for 2022 and it was amazing! Together attendees raised over $228,000 and enjoyed a phenomenal evening at The Hilton Downtown Portland. The fantastic success of this beloved event reflects the ever-increasing dedication and enthusiasm of donors, volunteers, and families.  Thank you for supporting the Oregon and Southwest Washington Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association by donating to this great cause.

Memories in the Making is a unique fine-arts program for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.  The program’s creative process provides a safe and validating environment for artistic expression, resulting in a creative and nonverbal way to communicate and capture precious moments through art.

COVID definitely changed so much of what we do and we know that during this time we had to completely halt this program.  We are now focused on regrowth of this great program and we invite interested facilitators to an upcoming training to get the program up and running in your community:

Thursday, June 16, 2022, 11 am to 12:30 pm (Register Here)

Thursday, July 21, 2022, 1 pm to 2:30 pm (Register Here)

Mark your calendars for the 2023 Memories in the Making Art Auction for March 10, 2023 again at The Hilton.

Respite Care: Self-Health isn’t Selfish

Respite Care: Self-Health isn’t Selfish

Providing care for a loved one can become quite grueling for both the family caregiver and the patient. Caregivers may find themselves feeling burned out from the stress of consistent assistance, often falling into troubling sleeping patterns and neglecting their own self-care. Respite Care provides a mutually beneficial third-party resource for caregiver and patient, in which additional short-term assistance is made available in forms such as adult day centers, in-home care and counseling services, or as recovery from a hospital stay. It’s clear that a family caregiver is only as effective as his or her own self-health, and as the emotional weight of an aging loved one persists, taking a break to relax and recalibrate becomes invaluable.

Where to Find Respite Care?

Short-term stays at assisted living or nursing facilities, along with additional information including webinars and Medicaid/Medicare assistance can be found at the ARCH National Respite Network’s Respite Locator: By simply entering the age of the patient, along with the State, Zip Code, and preferred mile radius, you will find plenty of Respite options at your fingertips.

Respite care can take place in a variety of settings including:

  • In-Home Caregiving
  • Assisted Living Stay
  • Informal family respite
  • Adult day care centers

What does Respite Care Provide?

Respite can cover a wide range of services based on the unique needs of the caregiver. It might involve medical or social adult day care and/or a short-term stay in a nursing home or assisted living facility for the loved one; a home health aide or home health companion; a private duty nurse or adult foster care.

For the caregiver, personal respite varies as much as the individual and could mean, for example: giving the caregiver a short break to attend a doctor’s appointment or to go shopping; allowing the caregiver the opportunity to nap, bathe, or otherwise rejuvenate him or herself; attending a church service or seeing a movie; taking a much-needed vacation; pampering oneself with a hair appointment or manicure; scheduling elective surgery, or simply visiting friends or relatives.

Respite care amenities may vary by community but will typically provide 24-hour supervision, bathing assistance, meals, and medication management. This resource can be for an afternoon or up to a couple of weeks.

How to Determine if Respite Care Right for You

  • You are physically or emotionally exhausted
  • Your relationships are struggling
  • You would like to attend an important or required life event
  • You are ill and need time to recover
  • You miss quality time with your loved one
  • You are becoming irritable and impatient
  • No free time
  • You have resentment toward other family members who could be doing more to help
  • Your social life is suffering

If you answered yes to any of these questions, it might be a good idea for you to consider respite care to help relieve some of your daily stress.

Who is Eligible for Respite?

Anyone caring for a friend, family member, or neighbor is eligible for respite.  Some organizations provide respite for specific populations like children with disabilities or older adults with Alzheimer’s disease.  However, every caregiver owes it to him or herself to seek out and accept respite.

What are the benefits of Respite Care?

Respite care provides the necessary perspective into the reality of a caregiving situation. The emotional and physical toll of caring for a loved one can never be overlooked. Maintaining a special connection against the persistence of relentless dementia is profoundly draining. As a caregiver finds their own lives changing and slipping away from them, the quality of care often dwindles, as exhaustion and frustration can start to damage this relationship in the last couple of years they have together.

Access to Respite as a temporary resource allows the caregiver to simply get back to their own lives for some time. From simple sleep and relaxation to going out with friends or running errands, this bit of freedom is a way to recharge the batteries and reassess the balance necessary to maintain their own self-health.

It’s hard to acknowledge that family caregiving is often a necessary undertaking in which all parties involved wished it wasn’t necessary. Respite provides a valuable outlet for the guilt a caregiver is prone to feel when they stop and think about themselves in these troubling times. The assistance of Respite care can assure that the threshold of caregiving remains an active task to help a loved one in their final years, as opposed to a burden.

pride month

Pride Month: June 2022

Happy Pride Month!

The month of June is celebrated as LGBTQ Pride Month to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan, an event that became essential to the Gay Liberation Movement in the U.S. Initially, the last Sunday in June was celebrated as “Gay Pride Day”, but the one day quickly grew into a month-long series of celebrations including parades, festivals, concerts, workshops, and other events that attract millions from around the world. The purpose of these events are to honor the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals have had on history.

Other notable celebrations in the month of June include…

  • Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month – June 21st is known as The Longest Day, as the day with the most light people from across the world will come together to fight the darkness known as Alzheimer’s disease through various fundraising activities.
  • Juneteenth – Celebrated on June 19th, Juneteenth is a holiday commemorating the emancipation of enslaved African-Americans. Juneteenth celebrates African-American freedom, education, and achievement.
  • National Student Safety Month
  • Professional Wellness Month

“June is named after the Greek goddess Juno, a goddess of marriage, childbirth, and fertility.”

Learn more about the history of previous months here.