Alzheimer's, Dementia, and Brain Health

Worldwide, 55 million people are living with Alzheimer's and other dementias. Alzheimer's disease is a degenerative brain disease and the most common form of dementia. Dementia is not a specific disease. It is an overall term that describes a group of symptoms.

Northeast Tri County Health District is partnering with the Alzheimer's Association to provide a series of educational opportunities to help those impacted by or wanting to learn about Alzheimer's disease, Dementia and brain health. The next presentation will be: 

Thursday, November 9, 2023

12:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Northeast Tri County Health District

Lower Level Meeting Room

240 E Dominion Ave

Colville WA 99114

RSVP to Kim McKenna at or text 509-207-7667.

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10 Early Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer's

Memory loss that disrupts daily life may be a symptom of Alzheimer's or other dementia. Alzheimer's is a brain disease that causes a slow decline in memory, thinking and reasoning skills. If you notice any of the below signs and/or symptoms, don't ignore them! Schedule an appointment with your doctor.

10 Steps to Approach Memory Concerns in Others

If you notice changes in friends, family, or others close to you and are concerned for their health - particularly when it involves changes in memory, thinking or behavior - it can be difficult to know what to do or say. Although it's natural to be uncertain or nervous about how to offer support, these changes could be a sign of a significant health concern. The Alzheimer's Association website provides guidance you can use to assist you in assessing the situation and feeling more confident and prepared to take action. 

Online Caregiver Resources

Caring for a person with Alzheimer's or dementia often involves a team of people. Whether you provide daily care, participate in decision making, or simply care about a person with the disease - we have resources to help. The Alzheimer's Association's website offers a variety of resources and support. 

Around - The - Clock Alzheimer's Disease Information Support

The free Alzheimer's Association 24/7 Helpline allows people living with Alzheimer's, caregivers, families, and the public to: 

  • Speak confidentially with master's-level care consultants for decision-making support, crisis assistance and education on issues families face every day. 
  • Learn about the symptoms of Alzheimer's and other dementias. 
  • Find out about local programs and services. 
  • Get general information about legal, financial and care decisions, as well as treatment options for managing symptoms. 
  • Receive help in their preferred language through our bilingual staff for translation service, which accommodates more than 200 languages. 
  • Access support through our TTY service (TTY: 866-403-3703) if assistance is required via a teletype device. 

For information on Alzheimer's Association resources in your community as well as opportunities to volunteer please visit the Alzheimer's Association Washington State Chapter website. 

Kim McKenna, Community Outreach Manager, stationed in Spokane, WA.

509-207-7667 or email