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 community events and programs. For more information or to register, please contact program manager Marigrace Becker at or (206) 744-2017.

Resource & Education Days

The UW MBWC offers quarterly events which provide an opportunity for people and their families touched by specific types of dementia to connect, learn and share resources.

2019 Events:

  • Saturday, April 27: Younger Onset Alzheimer's Resource & Education Day
  • Thursday, June 20: Lewy Body Dementia Resource & Education Day
  • September 2019: Posterior Cortical Atrophy (PCA) Resource & Education Day
  • December 2019: Primary Progressive Aphasia (PPA) Resource & Education Day 


Memory Loss: A Guide to Next Steps

Have you recently been diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment or dementia? Join us for our 90-minute orientation. Get your questions answered by an expert panel including peer mentors who share strategies for living well with memory loss, and a medical provider from the UW Memory & Brain Wellness Center.  Receive a copy of our handbook, Living With Memory Loss, and review helpful websites for more resources. You'll leave feeling encouraged and more confident for the road ahead. A free program; offered at Harborview Medical Center. Register by Wednesday before. Upcoming Sessions: 1:30 - 3 p.m. every 2nd Thursday of the month: 2/14, 3/14, 4/11, 5/9, 6/13, 7/11, 8/8, 9/12, 10/10, 11/14, 12/12. View 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; offered at Harborview Medical Center. Next session 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Thursdays 2/14 - 3/21. View flyer. Offered again in Summer 2019.

Strength for the Journey

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. Developed in partnership with the Harborview Spiritual Care Department. A free program. Next session 12:30 - 2 p.m. Mondays 4/15 - 5/20. View flyer.

Garden Discovery Walks

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. Offered in partnership with Seattle Parks and Recreation and Seattle P-Patch. A free program. Space-limited; To register, contact Cayce Cheairs at View the Spring 2019 Flyer

Our Time Has Come

An 8-week advocacy experience in which persons living with memory loss come together to design a dementia awareness 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. The UW MBWC provides facilitator training and materials for this program. If you are interested in bringing it to your community, please contact program manager Marigrace Becker,, 206-744-2017.

Healthy Brain Aging Seminars

The MBWC offers public talks on brain health at Seattle area ERA Living communities throughout the year. 2019 talks include:

2 p.m. Thursday, 3/7: Sleep and Brain Health with Dr. Mike Persenaire. The Lakeshore, 11448 Rainier Ave S. RSVP 206.452.3183.

2 p.m. Wednesday, 4/10: Technology for Memory Loss and Daily Living with Dr. Carolyn Parsey. Gardens at Town Square, 933 111th Ave NE. RSVP 425.502.6787.

10:30 a.m. Thursday, 5/2: Memory Loss and Aging: What's Normal, What's Not? with Dr. Pamela Dean. University House Issaquah, 22975 SE Black Nugget Rd. RSVP 425.654.1485

2:30 p.m. Wednesday, 5/22: When a Friend Develops Dementia with Dr. Janelle Taylor. Ida Culver House Ravenna, 2315 NE 65th St. RSVP 206.452.3188.


MBWC Events Calendar


For the Research Talks & Events Calendar, visit the UW Alzheimer's Disease Research Center's listings of UW research seminars, talks, conferences, and medical school Grand Rounds.