As part of our mission to promote the well-being of persons living with memory loss and their families, the Memory & Brain Wellness Center offers a variety of events and programs. We also maintain strong relationships with other organizations and spread the word about additional dementia-friendly offerings in our community. Below, you will find a list of MBWC events and programs, our calendar, and links to community calendars.
For more information or to sign up to receive email updates on MBWC events and programs, please contact program manager Marigrace Becker at firstname.lastname@example.org or (206) 744-2017. Please specify if you're interested in programs and events for persons living with memory loss, for friends and family members, or for professionals.
MBWC Events & Programs
2017 Event Series
- Alzheimer's Talks: We are proud to partner with The Art of Alzheimer's for a series of compelling conversations with public figures. Each speaker will share their reflections and personal experience with caregiving and the power of creative expression in the lives of people with memory loss. Events take place at 7:30 p.m. at Seattle's Benaroya Hall. More information and tickets here.
- May 23: Michael Reagan, eldest son of Ronald Reagan and chairman of the John Douglas French Alzheimer's Foundation. Interviewed by MBWC's Kristoffer Rhoads, PhD.
- June 14: Chef Madison Cowan, first-ever Grand Champion of Chopped.
- August 17: Gene Tagaban: Native American storyteller, performer and healer.
- September 27: Jean Smart, Emmy Award winning actress and Alzheimer's champion.
- Ride for Alzheimer's: This summer, Don and Donni Reddington are on a mission to encourage people with Alzheimer's and their loved ones! Follow their adventures as they tour the state on their motorcycle and sidecar, stopping in 5 locations for a mini rally. MBWC's Program Manager for Community Education & Impact will join them for the tour, to spark interest and action around dementia-friendly communities along the way. Hear Don's remarkable perspectives on living with Alzheimer's in the articles he wrote for the Methow Valley News. Learn more about their vision for the Ride for Alzheimer's, here. And join us for a rally!
- Healthy Brain Aging Seminars: The MBWC offers public talks on brain health at ERA Living communities throughout the year.
Memory Loss: Let's Face It
Have you recently been diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment or dementia? Join us for our monthly 90-minute orientation. Get your questions answered by others with memory loss and MBWC staff, and get equipped with our new handbook, Living With Memory Loss. You'll leave feeling encouraged and more confident for the road ahead. A free program. Register by Wednesday before. Spring Sessions: 4/28, 5/12, 6/9. See flyer.
Powerful Tools for Caregivers
Taking care of your own needs is essential for the caregiving journey, but how do you find the time or energy? Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a 6-week educational series designed to help you care for yourself while you care for a loved one. Learn about effective communication, making challenging decisions, moving through difficult emotions, getting connected to helpful resources, and more. A free program. Register by 4/5 for the next session, 1 - 2:30 p.m. Mondays, 4/10 - 5/15. See flyer.
Strength for the Journey
Developed in partnership with the Spiritual Care Department, Strength for the Journey is a 6-week small group experience for persons living with early stage memory loss. Through discussion and creative reflection, participants explore their strengths, values and relationships that can empower them throughout their journey with memory loss. Register by 4/5 for the next session, 10:15 - 11:45 a.m. Mondays, 4/10 - 5/15. See flyer.
Garden Discovery Walks
We partner with Seattle Parks and Recreation and Seattle P-Patch to provide monthly nature experiences for people living with memory loss, and their family and friends. Explore nature and savor the season with monthly walks through Seattle public gardens, followed by a creative, nature-inspired activity. Light refreshments provided. Rotating Locations of UW Center For Urban Horticulture (Fri 3/3), Magnuson Park (Sat 4/8), Seattle Children's Playgarden, Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands, Bradner Garden Park, and others. View Flyer for details.
Our Time Has Come
Our Time Has Come is an 8-week series in which persons living with memory loss come together to design their project. Participants learn what other local activists have accomplished, consider their own strengths and interests, and take one powerful step to make their community a better place in which to live with memory loss. A free program. See the last group's project, here. Next session TBD, Spring 2017.
Memory & Brain Wellness Center medical, research and education staff regularly provide community presentations about brain health and living well with memory loss. Past topics have included: Building a dementia-friendly community, diet and nutrition for dementia prevention, mindfulness meditation & brain health, creativity & brain health, sleep tips for brain health, cognitive training for brain health, re-imagining our approach to brain health, and current trends in Alzheimer’s research.
Roundtable Discussions for Professionals
On a regular basis, the Memory & Brain Wellness Center hosts small group roundtable discussions that bring together professionals interested in promoting the strengths of persons living with memory loss. Past discussions have included: Incorporating the experiences and perspectives of persons living with memory loss in dementia care, and Working alongside persons living with memory loss to develop educational programs and resources.
Were you looking for our Research Talks & Events Calendar? Find it here.
Community Events & Programs
For other community programs and events for persons living with memory loss and their family and friends, please see the following links.
- Puget Sound Region: Learn more about dementia-friendly arts, fitness, social and volunteer programs offered by a variety of organizations, and see them listed in an online community calendar on the Momentia Seattle website. The Memory & Brain Wellness Center is part of a team of community members and organizations that steward and promote this resource.
- Snohomish County: Programs and events for care partners are listed on this community calendar maintained by Senior Services of Snohomish County.
- Washington State: Find dementia-related programs and events on this community calendar maintained by the Alzheimer’s Association.