May 31, 2022

The number of people living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias is expected to double by the year 2050, reaching 12.7 million, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. 1 in 3 seniors will die with Alzheimer’s or another dementia. “NWRC understands the impacts that Alzheimer’s and other brain diseases have on individuals, families, and the community as a whole. These impacts are especially evident in marginalized communities, where access to quality health care, diagnosis, and community supports is limited by systemic barriers”, said Melody Woodrich-Fernando, Community Programs Director. NWRC stands ready to provide support for all, no matter where someone is in their dementia journey. Whether recently diagnosed and looking for help planning ahead or caring for a loved one at the end stages of the disease, NWRC has programs designed to improve outcomes for people living with dementia in Western Washington.

During the month of June, NWRC joins the national movement to bring awareness to Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Increased awareness helps to reduce the stigma surrounding memory loss and builds strength as we face the disease as a community. To learn more about Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month and how to get involved, visit Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month | Alzheimer's Association. For local supports, including memory screenings, support groups, dementia friendly events, and trainings, visit Dementia | Dementia Support Northwest | Washington (

About Northwest Regional Council:

Since 1971, NWRC has been helping seniors, people with complex medical conditions, and their families obtain resources and assistance that promote optimal health, well-being, independence to improve quality of life in Island, San Juan, Skagit, and Whatcom Counties. For more information,  

Written By: 
Kelsey Wood
Dementia Support Program Specialist

Media Contact: 

Melody Woodrich-Fernando
Community Programs Director