News in Profiles

April 22, 2021

A Window of Opportunity: Connection, Joy from Tai Chi Classes Held through a Pane of Glass

How tai chi classes, taught by Master Joe Liao at a Bellingham memory care community, opened up ways for families to connect with loved ones during the isolation and stress of the pandemic.

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Categories: Dementia-Friendly Community, Profiles, Art, Caregiving, Dimensions Spring 2021, Community Champions, ADRC News


November 29, 2020

An Interview with the ADRC’s Founding Director

George Martin, MD, Emeritus Professor of UW Pathology, has led a long and productive career at the University of Washington, where he received his BS and MD degrees and has been a member of its faculty since 1957. He shares memories, fascinating insights about evolutionary biological theories of aging and genetics, and his hopes for the field of Alzheimer’s disease research.

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Categories: Research, Q&A, Profiles, Precision Medicine, ADRC History, ADRC News


Untangling the Knot: The Far-Reaching Legacy of Non-Pharmacological Interventions and Caregiving Programs at the Early UW ADRC

Non-pharmacological approaches to dementia care, known collectively as the Seattle Protocols, stand as one of the historical legacies of the ADRC and parallel efforts that have had the farthest reach into the most intimate and difficult parts of people’s lives.

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Categories: Research, Clinical Care, Profiles, Social Determinants of Health, LGBTQ, ADRC History, Discoveries Made Possible By You, ADRC News


Celebrating the Stories of ADRC Research Participants

Community members share about their lives, passions, and unique reasons for participating in ADRC research studies.

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Categories: Research, Clinical Care, Profiles, Social Determinants of Health, ADRC History, ADRC News


High Standards: A Profile of Ellen Wijsman

Ellen Wijsman will admit that she doesn’t have all the answers, but she might just have all the right questions. As Professor of Biostatistics in the UW School of Public Health and UW Division of Medical Genetics/Department of Medicine in the School of Medicine, she uses mathematical models to find meaningful patterns and insights into Alzheimer's disease risk hidden within massive amounts of medical data. Her career has also focused on mentoring and training the next generation of statistical geneticists.

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Categories: Research, Profiles, ADRC History, ADRC News


June 03, 2020

Aging with Pride: IDEA - An Interview with UW Professor Dr. Karen Fredriksen Goldsen

This interview explores the creation of the first ever dementia intervention tailored to address the unique needs of LGBTQ older adults living with memory loss and their caregivers.

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Categories: Research, Q&A, Profiles, Social Determinants of Health, LGBTQ, ADRC News


May 21, 2020

Sweeping Aside the Clouds: The Wisdom behind Indigenizing Evidence-Based Health Programs for Elders

Becky Bendixen is a Tribal Program Specialist at the Northwest Regional Council and the co-creator of the health intervention program Wisdom Warriors. She generously shares the story driving her passion to improve the health and wellbeing of Elders and of Native communities more broadly. It is one of heartbreak, healing, and the power of connecting to Unangam traditional culture and dance.

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Categories: Research, Q&A, Profiles, Art, ADRC Indigenous Aging Brain Health Series, Social Determinants of Health, ADRC News


November 25, 2019

Food for Thought: Revitalizing Indigenous Knowledge about Healthy Eating

An ADRC Interview with Valerie Segrest, a member of the Muckleshoot Nation and leading voice in tribal food sovereignty, about her approach to traditional foods and how to harness the power of food to improve health, longevity, and spirit.

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Categories: Research, Clinical Care, Profiles, Food & Diet, ADRC Indigenous Aging Brain Health Series, Social Determinants of Health, ADRC News


February 06, 2018

“One of the World’s First Experts in Neurogenetics”: A Profile of ADRC’s Dr. Tom Bird

A profile in Lancet Neurology marks Dr. Bird's role in the 1980s and 90s in unraveling the genetic secrets behind inherited Alzheimer's and frontotemporal dementia, and opening the UW Medicine Adult Neurogenetics Clinic, where he continues his work to this day.

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Categories: Research, Clinical Care, Profiles, FTD Disorders, ADRC News


December 08, 2017

Keeping Him in the Game of Life

Monte Strohl, a MBWC patient who participates in speech language therapy at the UW Speech and Hearing Clinic, wants to help medical students understand the value of this approach for people living with primary progressive aphasia.

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Categories: Research, Clinical Care, Profiles, FTD Disorders, ADRC News