A father and daughter travel the state to bring awareness to Alzheimer's disease

A father and daughter travel the state to bring awareness to Alzheimer's disease

YAKIMA Wash. -- Studies show that in Washington over 100,000 people suffer from Alzheimer's disease and that number is expected to triple by the year 2050.

A man who suffers from Alzheimer's and once lived here in Yakima is now traveling the state with his daughter to bring awareness to the disease and show people how to deal with it.

Don Reddington lived in Yakima for 10 years and was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease three years ago.

His daughter Donnie Reddington says it hasn't been easy seeing the disease develop and seeing her dad lose his memory little by little.

"The first year he was diagnosed I couldn't talk about it without crying," said Donnie.

After learning about dementia Donnie decided to travel around the state with her dad to bring awareness to Alzheimer's disease and teach people how they can find resources.

They have traveled from Seattle to Olympia and now Yakima has been one of their stops.

"There's a lot of help and support out there but I think because the stigma that comes along with being diagnosed with Alzheimer's or dementia not a lot of people are going and getting the help and support that they need," said Donnie.

Donnie says that the field stone memory care center here in Yakima has hosted offers several programs and resources for people with Alzheimer's.

Mari Grace Becker is the Brain Center's Program Manager at the University of Washington. Becker says the best way to prevent Alzheimer's from developing is by keeping an active mind.

"We always recommend staying physically and mentally and socially active. It's really important to stay engaged with people that you enjoy and things that you like to do," said Becker.

Donnie says that although it's been hard to travel with her dad because he constantly forgets where they are or what they're doing, she was surprised when she took him to Mount Rainier where they used go on vacation when she was younger because he was able to remember the place and got emotional.

Donnie and her dad will head over to Spokane and then Wenatchee before heading back home.

If you want to know more on where you can find help for Alzheimer disease here in Yakima you can click here.

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