Bringing Positive Change to Our Communities

May 29, 2018

Dementia-Friendly Community, ADRC News

We’re pleased to see Momentia gain the spotlight with this recent Changemakers story and video, which features UW MBWC’s Program Manager for Community Education Marigrace Becker, alongside many local movers and shakers!

Over 100,000 people in Washington live with Alzheimer’s or other dementias, and the numbers continue to rise. For many, a diagnosis has meant fear, shame and isolation. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Here in Seattle and spreading across the state, a movement called Momentia empowers people with dementia and their loved ones to remain connected and active in the community. From improv workshops at Taproot Theatre, to walks at Woodland Park Zoo, to arts engagement at the Frye Art Museum, a growing number of people and organizations are working together to tell a new dementia story. The most vibrant spokespeople are people with dementia themselves – as evidenced by the powerful advocates in the Greenwood Senior Center’s “Gathering Place” group who recently completed an award-winning anti-stigma project.

With momentum for Momentia growing in Snohomish County, Bellingham, Olympia, Vancouver, and more, stories like this inspire us all to keep working together for a dementia-friendly community!