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 mbecker1@uw.edu 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:

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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: 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 begins Monday, 10/21. View flyer here.

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 begins Tuesday 10/15. View flyer here.

Garden Discovery Walks

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

SOAR (Shared Outdoor Adventures for Resilience)

Do you live with younger onset Alzheimer's? Reinforce your strengths with SOAR! In this new program, you'll complete a series of outdoor “low ropes course” challenges in a supportive team environment. Along the way, you’ll apply the experience to your everyday life with Alzheimer’s.  You’ll leave feeling stronger, more connected and more equipped for the road ahead. Designed for people diagnosed with Alzheimer's before age 65, alongside a family member or friend. A program of UW Memory & Brain Wellness Center, with professional facilitation from Northwest Teambuilding, and sponsorship from Jefferson House Memory Care Community and The Inn at Belle Harbour.

View program flyerFrequently Asked Questions and video of sample low ropes course activities. Summer sessions ended 9/10. To be added to a list for future sessions, please email mbecker1@uw.edu.

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

Healthy Brain Aging Seminars

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

10:30 a.m. Thursday, 9/19: Meditation, Memory and Brain Health with Dr. Kristoffer Rhoads. University House Wallingford, 4400 Stone Way N. RSVP 206.452.3209.

1:30 p.m. Wednesday, 10/2: Reimagining Our Approach to Brain Health with Dr. Thomas Grabowski. Aljoya Mercer Island, 2430 76th Ave NE. RSVP 206.452.3195.

3 p.m. Monday, 10/7. Topic TBD. Ida Culver Broadview, 12505 Greenwood Ave N. RSVP 206-452-3206.

10:30 a.m. Wednesday, 10/23: Alzheimer's Disease Research Update with Dr. Suman Jayadev.  Aljoya Thornton Place, 450 NE 100th St. RSVP 206.452.3186.

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.