Community Events & Programs

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 mbecker1@uw.edu or (206) 744-2017.

MBWC Events & Programs

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; offered at Harborview Medical Center. Register by Wednesday before. Spring Sessions: 1:30 - 3 p.m., 4/26, 5/17, 6/14.

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; offered at Harborview Medical Center. Register now for Spring Session: Mondays, 1:30 - 3 p.m., 4/23 - 6/4 (no class on Monday 5/28, Memorial Day). View flyer.

Strength for the Journey

Developed in partnership with the Spiritual Care Department, Strength for the Journey is a 6-week enhanced support group 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. A free program. Next session Spring 2018.

Garden Discovery Walks

Garden Discovery Walks Spring 2018—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. Rainier Beach Urban Farms and Wetlands (Friday 4/6), Bradner Gardens Park (Fri 5/4),  Kubota Gardens (Fri 6/1) and others TBA. Free. Space-limited; To register contact Cayce Cheairs at cayce.cheairs@seattle.gov. Spring Flyer PDF

Our Time Has Come

Our Time Has Come is an 8-week series in which persons living with memory loss come together to design a dementia-friendly communities project of their choice. 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. Previous projects include building awareness at a summer day camp and within a local retirement community. A free program.

Healthy Brain Aging Seminars

The MBWC offers the following public talks on brain health at Seattle area ERA Living communities throughout 2018.

10:30 a.m. Tuesday, 4/10: Arts, Creativity and Brain Health with Dr. Lee Burnside. University House Issaquah, 22975 SE Black Nugget Rd. RSVP 425.654.1485.

2 p.m. Wednesday, 4/18: When a Friend Develops Dementia with Dr. Janelle Taylor. The Lakeshore, 11448 Rainier Ave S. RSVP 206.452.3183.

2:30 p.m. Wednesday, 5/2: Mindfulness Meditation and Brain Health with Dr. Kristoffer Rhoads. Gardens at Town Square, 933 111th Ave NE. RSVP 425.502.6787.

10:30 a.m. Wednesday, 5/23: How Aging Affects Thinking and Brain Function with Dr. Bruce Ransom. Aljoya Mercer Island, 2430 76th Ave SE. RSVP 206.452.3195.

10:30 a.m. Thursday, 9/20: Alzheimer's Research Update with Dr. Sumi Jayadev. University House Wallingford, 4400 Stone Way N. RSVP 206.452.3209.

2 p.m. Tuesday, 10/2: Memory Loss and Aging: What's Normal, What's Not? with Dr. Pamela Dean. Aljoya Thornton Place, 450 NE 100th St. RSVP 206.452.3186.

10:30 a.m. Thursday, 10/11: Re-imagining our Approach to Brain Health with Dr. Tom Grabowski. Ida Culver Broadview, 12505 Greenwood Ave N. RSVP 206.452.3206.

6 p.m. Thursday, 11/1: Diet, Exercise and Brain Health with Dr. Angela Hanson. Ida Culver Ravenna, 2315 NE 65th St. RSVP 206.452.3188.

MBWC Events Calendar

 

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.