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. Currently we are offering virtual programs, 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  - Community Programs

There are over 20 recorded Community Wellness Talks!

MBWC Events Calendar

 

Wellness Wednesdays (Online or Phone) 

We are pleased to partner with the Alzheimer's Association to offer Wellness Wednesdays, a free weekly webinar series for people with memory loss and their families. Join us from 1 - 1:45 p.m. each Wednesday and enjoy dynamic speakers to help you thrive on your memory loss journey.

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. on Tuesdays (May 4, 11, 18, 25). 

Sign Up Here

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. on Mondays (May 3, 10, 17, 24) *No session on Memorial Day, May 31.

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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 - 4:45 p.m. View flyer or sign up here.

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:  4/8, 5/13, 6/10. 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 Summer 2021.  Contact us to be added to the list for future sessions.

  • Tuesdays, July 20 – August 24, 2021, the AgePRIDE Center and UW Memory and Brain Wellness Center in partnership, offer Powerful Tools for Caregivers.  Are you an LGBTQ+ caregiver or caring for an LGBTQ+ friend or family member? Attend a free 6-week class about taking care  of yourself while you care for a loved one  Learn more and register here.

Garden Discovery Walks - Offered Virtually (Video)

Explore the 2020-2021 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 and 2021 our events are taking place online using a free application called Zoom.

2021 Events: To Be Announced

  • Monday, May 3, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. PST: Lewy Body Dementia Knowledge & Support Summit (Virtual Event). Presented by Mayo Clinic and co-sponsored by UW MBWC. View flyer. Register here.

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
  • Thursday, December 17: FTD Resource & Education Day (Virtual Event). For people with behavioral variant Frontotemporal Degeneration (bvFTD) and their families. View flyer.

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. 

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 2021, 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, within a local retirement community, and among the general 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, 206-744-2190.

Healthy Brain Aging Seminars - Offered Virtually (Zoom)

The MBWC offers public talks on brain health in partnership with Seattle area Era Living communities. Upcoming talks include:

2 - 3 p.m. March 25, 2021 –  “Memory Loss: What is Normal and What is Not” with neuropsychologist Dr. Kristoffer Rhoads

2 - 3 p.m. May 19, 2021 –  “How Aging Effects Brain Function and Thinking” with neurologist Dr. Charles Bernick

 

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.