The Memory Hub: A Place for Dementia-Friendly Community, Collaboration, and Impact

 

Visit our NEW webpage: thememoryhub.org!

 

Welcome to the Memory Hub: A Place for Dementia-Friendly Community, Collaboration and Impact! Bringing together people, programs and partners, the Memory Hub operates as a vibrant dementia-specific community center, collaborative workspace and training center. Spearheaded by the UW Memory and Brain Wellness Center (MBWC), and located on the campus of founding partner the Frye Art Museum, the Memory Hub welcomes visitors year-round to explore what it means to live well with dementia.

Sandy Howe, Participant in FTD Arts Showcase, shows off her painting 'Night Sky'

A place for dementia-friendly community

Living with memory loss can be isolating, even more so during a global pandemic. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Now, there is a place for people with memory loss and their families to connect with others who understand their experience, while accessing a variety of programs and resources tailored to their many strengths!

The Memory Hub offers a wide range of in-person and virtual education, support, and wellness programs for people with memory loss and their families – such as support groups, memory loss classes, and workshops on caregiving, creative arts, technology and more. It is also the home for the Elderwise adult day program and the rotating “Frame of Mind” art gallery featuring artwork created by people with memory loss. In addition, the Memory Hub boasts a library/resource center, a Memory Navigator care consultant from the Alzheimer’s Association, and Maude’s Garden – a public memory garden named for the wife of our founding donor, Richard Ferry. With ample space for programs and events, the list of opportunities is ever-growing!

A place for collaboration and innovation

 

Washington is home to a number of individuals and organizations committed to building dementia-friendly communities. Partnerships on the local and state level – such as the Momentia movement and the Dementia Action Collaborative – have led to significant gains such as the launch of the Dementia Friends public awareness campaign here in Washington. We know we can accomplish more together. We know we can accomplish more together, and the Memory Hub accelerates this process through intentional opportunities for collaboration and innovation.

At the Memory Hub, you’ll find a number of mission-aligned organizations, including inaugural collaborators the UW Memory and Brain Wellness Center, the Frye Art Museum, the Alzheimer’s Association (Washington State Chapter), Elderwise and Full Life Care. These “on-site collaborators” work and offer programs on-site, making it easier for families to access multiple resources simultaneously, while also fostering collaboration. The Memory Hub also offers networking, resource-sharing and professional development events, as well as community forums and other platforms for surfacing innovative ideas. 

 

A place for statewide impact

Celebrating Dementia Friends certification for King and Yakima Counties

While a variety of memory loss programs and initiatives thrive in urban areas like Seattle, people with memory loss and their families in other parts of the state regularly ask, “what about us?” The Memory Hub aims to change that. While serving people and families locally, the Memory Hub simultaneously equips communities across the state to become more dementia-friendly. 

The Memory Hub offers training opportunities such as workshops and conferences, as well as the chance to observe model programs and learn how to implement them. In alignment with the Washington State Dementia Action Collaborative, its “Zoom room” with state-of-the-art videoconferencing technology supports and equips a statewide network of dementia practitioners. Meanwhile, Memory Hub staff provide guidance on launching programs and dementia-friendly community initiatives across the state.

Whether you are a person with memory loss, a family caregiver, or a supporter of dementia-friendly communities, Welcome to the Memory Hub: A Place for Dementia-Friendly Community, Collaboration and Impact!

 

Tours and Grand Opening

Discover all that the Memory Hub has to offer! Join us for weekly public tours, 11 – 11:45 a.m. on Thursdays January 20 – March 17. All on-site activities will follow current COVID-19 guidelines; virtual tours are also available. Space is limited and registration is required. Contact: mbecker1@uw.edu

Save the Date for our Grand Opening event, 2-4 p.m. on Wednesday March 23! Enjoy live music, program demonstrations, ribbon cutting and light refreshments.

  • For more information, contact the director of the Memory Hub, Marigrace Becker: 206-744-2190, mbecker1@uw.edu
  • Join us in supporting this groundbreaking project! Donate today.

 

At work in a Dementia Friends training