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. Note that during the COVID-19 outbreak, we are offering virtual support, education and engagement opportunities, offered online, by phone, or on video. Our in-person programs are temporarily on hold. For more information, please contact program manager Marigrace Becker at mbecker1@uw.edu or (206) 744-2190.

Virtual Support, Education & Engagement 

Coffee Chats for persons with memory loss/dementia (Online or Phone)  

Make a cup of coffee or tea and come together for an informal social time with others living with memory loss or dementia.  Build connections and offer support and encouragement. Participate online or by phone, with a free application called “Zoom.” Facilitated by program manager Marigrace Becker. Join for just one session, or multiple. Space is limited; sign up by the day before. 

10 - 11 a.m. every Tuesday: October 6, 13, 20, 27

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Caregiver Forums (Online or Phone) 

Join other family caregivers to discuss caring for a loved one during the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. Make meaningful connections, offer mutual support, and discover strategies that work for others. Participate online or by phone, with a free application called “Zoom.” Facilitated by clinic social worker Karen Clay. Space is limited; sign up by the day before. Join for just one session, or multiple. 

10 - 11 a.m. every Monday: October 5, 12, 19, 26

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Ask About Alzheimer's (Online or Phone) 

A new group for students going into grades 6 - 8 who are coping with a loved one with memory loss or dementia. Explore feelings and learn from each other's experience. Group includes a brief overview of dementia and facilitated sharing. Parents or guardians are welcome but not required. Participate online or by phone, with a free application called “Zoom.” Every other Wednesday, 4 - 5 p.m.  10/7, 10/21, 11/4, 11/18, 12/2, 12/16. View flyer or sign up here.

 

Community Wellness Talks (Online or Phone) 

Join us for a brief presentation and Q&A from 1 - 1:45 p.m. every Wednesday on various topics related to “living well” in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak. These talks are for people with memory loss, family caregivers, and the general public, and feature UW MBWC team members and our partners. Participate online or by phone, with a free application called “Zoom.” Join for just one session, or multiple. Sign up by the day before. Session topics are below.

Wednesday, October 7: “Staying Connected With Loved Ones in Memory Care” with Washington State Long-Term Care Ombuds Patricia Hunter, MSW.

Wednesday, October 14: “Social Engagement During COVID: An Innovative Approach” with Laurelynn Brooks, family caregiver.

Wednesday, October 21: Film Screening & Discussion: “Living with Memory Loss: In Our Own Words” by members of the Gathering Place program at Greenwood Senior Center.

Wednesday, October 28: Film Screening & Discussion: “GAPS,” an exploration of Alzheimer's in Asian American communities, by producer Peter Trinh.

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Archived Recordings/PowerPoints of Previous Talks:

4/3: “Dementia Caregiving in the Midst of Covid-19 - Health, Safety and Communication” with ARNP Elisabeth Lindley. View PowerPoint and Recording.

4/8: “Staying Connected During Social Distancing” with neuropsychologist Carolyn Parsey, PhD. View PowerPoint.

4/10: Home Workouts 101 – “Staying Active with or without a Home Gym” with neuropsychologist Carolyn Parsey, PhD. View PowerPoint.

4/15: “Strategies for Stress Management” with neuropsychologist  Kristoffer Rhoads, PhD. View PowerPoint and Recording.

4/17: “Info-Savvy – Staying Sane in the Era of Information Overload” with neuropsychologist Carolyn Parsey, PhD. View PowerPoint.

4/22: “Mind over Matter – Cognitively-stimulating activities for everyone” with neuropsychologist Carolyn Parsey, PhD. View PowerPoint and Recording.

4/24:  “A Reason to Get Out of Bed in the Morning: Finding Purpose during COVID-19” with Program Manager Marigrace Becker, MSW. View PowerPoint and Recording.

4/29: “Enjoying the Arts from Home” with geriatrician Lee Burnside, MD. View PowerPoint and Recording.

5/1: “Virtual Nature for the Soul” with neuropsychologist Carolyn Parsey, PhD. View PowerPoint and Recording.

5/6: “Food for Thought: Brain-Healthy Meals” with geriatrician Angela Hanson, MD. View PowerPoint and Recording.

5/13: “Living with Dementia and Dementia Caregiving during COVID-19: An Update” with Elisabeth Lindley, ARNP. View PowerPoint and Recording.

5/20: “Practicing Self-Compassion” with neurologist Nancy Isenberg, MD. Medical Director for Center for Healthy Aging, Swedish Neuroscience Institute; Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology, University of Washington. View Handout.

5/27: “Sleep: Important considerations in the era of COVID-19” with neuropsychologists Dr. Pamela Dean and Dr. Madison Bertolin, VA Puget Sound. View PowerPoint.

6/3: “Resilience Never Rests: Support During COVID-19” with Katie Brandt, Director of Caregiver Support Services and Public Relations for the Frontotemporal Disorders Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital. View Recording.

6/10: “Calming the Monkey Mind: an Introduction to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction” with neuropsychologist Dr. Emily Trittschuh, Geriatric Research and Education Clinical Center (GRECC) at VA Puget Sound; University of Washington School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. View PowerPoint and Recording.

6/17: “Caregiver Self-Care” with Dr. Tatiana Sadak, University of Washington School of Nursing. View PowerPoint and Recording.

6/24: “Grief and Loss along the Dementia Journey” with social worker Karen Clay, MSW. View PowerPoint.

7/1: “Safe and enjoyable physical fitness activities from home” with Cecilia Matta, senior fitness instructor and UW ADAPT program volunteer. View PowerPoint.

7/8: “Making art together at home” with Cal Dobrzynski, MDes, designer and UW MBWC volunteer. View PowerPoint.

7/15: “The genius of each day: Using your camera to make memories during COVID-19” with Tom Grabowski, MD, director of UW MBWC and photography enthusiast. View PowerPoint.

7/22: “Musical activities you can do at home” with Shih-Yin Lin, MM, MPH, PhD, senior research scientist/project director, NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing and former Music Therapist.

7/29: “Preventing falls in people with dementia: What can we do together?” with Yuanjin Zhou, MSW, PhD Candidate at UW School of Social Work

9/2: “Taking care of your mental health,” with George Dicks, Geriatric Mental Health Specialist, Harborview Medical Center

9/9: “Having Fun & Learning New Things at Home: What Libraries Have to Offer,” with Nancy Slote, Older Adults Program Manager, Seattle Public Library

9/16: “Coping with the ongoing challenges of COVID-19: Lessons from grief recovery” with Peach Jack, MA, CC, GRS, HTS, UW MBWC horticulture therapy intern; advanced grief recovery specialist, Grief Recovery Institute; landscape designer and therapeutic horticulturalist

9/23: “Health, wellness and nature engagement: The basics of horticulture therapy,” with Peach Jack, MA, CC, GRS, HTS, UW MBWC horticulture therapy intern; advanced grief recovery specialist, Grief Recovery Institute; landscape designer and therapeutic horticulturalist

View all Community Wellness Talks on our YouTube channel, here.

UW Memory & Brain Wellness Center - Community Programs

Memory Loss: A Guide to Next Steps - Offered Virtually (Online or Phone)

Have you recently been diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment or dementia? Join us for this introductory class. 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.  Learn more about the resources in our handbook, Living With Memory Loss, and some helpful websites. You'll leave feeling encouraged and more confident for the road ahead. A free program; offered online or by phone via Zoom. 2 - 3:15 every 2nd Thursday of the month. Upcoming Sessions:  9/10, 10/8. View flyer. Register two days in advance.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers - Offered Virtually (Online or Phone)

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 online or by phone via Zoom.  Next session Fall 2020. Please contact us to be notified of session dates.

Garden Discovery Walks - Offered Virtually (Video)

Explore the spring 2020 monthly garden walks and nature crafts available to watch at home.

In lieu of:

Monthly (first Fridays, March-November) nature experiences for people living with memory loss, and their family and friends. Explore nature and savor the season with 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, with generous support from Family Resource Home Care. A free program. Space-limited; To register and sign up for the waitlist, contact Cayce Cheairs at cayce.cheairs@seattle.gov

Read:

Staying Active & Bringing the Outdoors Inside! Resource List: Virtual Tours, Nature Apps, Home-based Exercise, Live Streams (PDF)

The Importance of Nature in Times of Social Distancing by Dr. Carolyn Parsey, PhD, neuropsychologist

Resource & Education Days - Offered Virtually (Online)

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. In 2020 our events are taking place online using a free application called Zoom.

2020 Events:

  • Thursday, July 2: Younger Onset Alzheimer's Resource & Education Day (Virtual Event). View videos here.
  • Thursday, October 22: Parkinson's Plus Resource & Education Day (Virtual Event). For people with conditions that cause parkinsonian symptoms plus cognitive impairment, such as Lewy Body Dementia, Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, Corticobasal Syndrome, or Multiple System Atrophy. View flyer or register here by October 20.

2019 Events:

2018 Events:

Strength for the Journey - Temporarily On Hold

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 Summer 2020, COVID-19 dependent.

SOAR (Shared Outdoor Adventures for Resilience) - Temporarily On Hold

Do you live with younger onset Alzheimer's or other dementias? Reinforce your strengths with SOAR! In 2020, enjoy monthly outdoor adventures like kayaking, cycling, sailing and hiking.  You’ll leave feeling stronger, more connected and more equipped for the road ahead. Designed for people diagnosed with Alzheimer's or another dementia before age 65, alongside a family member or friend - but anyone with memory loss or dementia is welcome. If you would like to receive an update when the program launches, please contact mbecker1@uw.edu.

Our Time Has Come - Temporarily On Hold

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, mbecker1@uw.edu, 206-744-2017.

Healthy Brain Aging Seminars - Offered Virtually (Zoom)

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

2 p.m. Thursday, October 15: Mindfulness Meditation and Brain Health with Dr. Kris Rhoads. 

10:30 a.m. Tuesday, October 20: Technology for Memory Loss and Daily Living with Dr. Carolyn Parsey. 

 

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.