Don Reddington, whose courageous public efforts to bring more attention to Alzheimer’s disease were chronicled in the “Living With Alzheimer’s” publication in 2016, died on Tuesday morning (Oct. 2), his wife, Ginger said.
“Don passed away peacefully at 10:08 a.m. today at Central Washington Hospital. His family was at his side,” Ginger said in an email on Tuesday.
Reddington had been scheduled to return to his home near Twisp for hospice care after a stay in the mental care unit at Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee, Ginger said earlier this week. Don resided for a time at Jamie’s Place in Winthrop before moving to the hospital in Wenatchee.
Don Reddington was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s four years ago and was an outspoken proponent of acknowledging and living with the disease. He wrote a series of well-received articles, “Living With Alzheimer’s,” that appeared over several months in the Methow Valley News in 2015. Later, the articles were combined with other stories and photography in the special magazine, “Living With Alzheimer’s: the Reddington Project,” which was produced by the Methow Valley News with the assistance of community donations to helped cover costs.
In July 2017, Don and his daughter Donni completed the “Ride4Alzheimers,” a circuit of the state on a motorcycle driven by Donni, with Don in a sidecar. The eight-day, 1,300-mile tour of the state by motorcycle was part of Don’s ongoing campaign to promote awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and how everyone affected can best cope with it.