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Who We Are

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Dementia Support Northwest has served northwestern Washington since 1983. What started around a kitchen table has grown into an organization of volunteers, family and friends of persons affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia-related illnesses. Previously known as Alzheimer Society of Washington, our mission is to educate people about dementia-related diseases and support caregiving partnerships.

Each year we provide hundreds of hours of support to caregivers in Whatcom and Skagit County through our free programs:

  • Adult Day Programs for scheduled caregiver respite

  • Support Groups for adults caring for those affected by dementia

  • 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

  • Dementia-Friendly events

  • Art Access Classes with Allied Arts of Whatcom County

  • Project Lifesaver (a partnering with the Whatcom County Sheriff) providing electronic technology to locate those who wander


All seek to provide a support to those living with dementia as well as to those providing their care.

Dementia Support Northwest provides professional education and training to those likely to engage with those living with dementia through our partnership with our local Area Agency on Aging, the Northwest Regional Council in Bellingham. Trainings for community groups and professionals alike promote our vision for a more understanding, accepting, and supportive community for those affected by cognitive decline.

       Board of Directors 
Barry Meyers, Board Chair

Glenda McLachlan, Vice Chair

Erika Crichton, Treasurer

Mary Ellen O'Keefe, Secretary

Josselyn Winslow

Carolyn Lenington

Don Kurtis

Kelsey Wood

Rosalee Ronquillo

Karen Koenig


Executive Director: Daniel Gray, MPA

Education Coordinator: Leslie Jackson, RN

Program Assistant: Betsy Freeman

Project Lifesaver Coordinator: Tom Oliver

Day Program Coordinator: Megan Dufault

Day Program Assistant: Shawn Monninger

OFC Marketing and Outreach: Katie Zeitler

OFC Affiliate Support: Katie Spears

Why We Do It

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Our Mission

Our mission is to support people with dementia and their caregivers, families and friends, through education and working with community partners to expand resources.

Our Vision

A community where Alzheimer’s and other dementias are understood and accepted. We desire to bring awareness to our society with an understanding of the overwhelming devastation caused by the dementias; and to bring about improvements in the social and health systems serving those affected by dementia-related diseases.

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Our Values

We are a compassionate, responsive, and accepting organization committed to honesty, integrity, and professionalism in all we do.

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