DSNW is a local grassroots Nonprofit 501 ( c ) ( 3 ) . DSNW, formerly known as the Alzheimer Society of Washington, has been a mainstay of Whatcom County for over 30 years, since its creation around a Bellingham kitchen table in 1983. DSNW has become a respected resource specifically for those affected by dementia and their loved ones. Services have expanded and diversified over the years, (now reaching into Skagit County as well) including caregiver support groups, Staying Connected classes for people with dementia, Project Lifesaver bracelets for those who wander, memory screenings, and educational HEAD Talk seminars and conferences. Our funds raised remain local. No other organization provides these services in Whatcom County or Skagit County.
The need for dementia-related support and education is greater than ever before – and growing quickly. While some areas of our community have benefited from our services for years, others have not. We can do better. Our goal is to increase opportunities for dementia-related support and education to community members DSNW is not currently serving. The mobile office is focused on improving the lives of aging community members affected by dementia and their caregivers. We aim to increase health equity by increasing social connectedness, education, and support for those affected by dementia in these communities. Our goal is to literally meet community members where they are: we will travel to them. That’s where you come in! By setting up in local parking lots and locations, we can be present and ready to provide support and information. Our desire is to support those in our community that are so greatly in need of guidance and assurance that they ARE NOT ALONE .