Community Wellness Talks - Schedule and Recording Archive

Community Wellness Talks

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.

No Sessions on Wednesday, December 23 or December 30.

Wednesday, January 6:  “Starting the Year Off Right: Tips for Setting and Achieving Your Wellness Goals” with UW MBWC neuropsychologist Dr. Carolyn Parsey. Sign Up Here

From January 13 onward, we are pleased to announce a new partnership with the Alzheimer's Association: “Wellness Wednesdays.” We will co-present this free weekly webinar series, still from 1 - 1:45 p.m. on Wednesdays. By working together, we aim to diversify the speakers and topics, and reach more people with valuable information on living well with memory loss or caregiving.

Please register for each talk you would like to attend. Note that your first time registering, you will be prompted to create an account on the Alzheimer's Association website. You can use this account every time after that. After you register, you will promptly receive a confirmation email with Zoom link.

Wednesday, January 13: “Resources for Helping Youth Cope with Dementia in the Family” with Dr. Aimee Le-Huynh McArthur, UW psychiatry resident. Sign Up.

Wednesday, January 20: “Living with Alzheimer's: Younger Onset, Part 1” with Ene Gaines, Alzheimer's Association. Join to get answers to the questions that arise for people diagnosed with dementia age 65 or younger. Sign Up.

Wednesday, January 27: “Living with Alzheimer's: Younger Onset, Part 2” with Ene Gaines, Alzheimer's Association. A continuation of the previous week's session. Sign Up.


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 and Recording.

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 and Recording.

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 and Recording.

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. View PowerPoint and Recording

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. View PowerPoint and Recording.

8/5: “The question of meaning in life: Insights from people with memory loss and caregivers” with Bomin Shim, PhD, Associate Professor, School of Health Sciences, Seattle Pacific University. View PowerPoint

8/26: “Balance, mobility and independence” with Ka'imi Sinclair, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor and Co-Director of Partnerships for Native Health, Institute for Research and Education to Advance Community Health (IREACH), College of Nursing, Washington State University. View PowerPoint and Recording.

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. View PowerPoint and Recording.

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. View PowerPoint and Recording.

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 PowerPoint and Recording.

10/7: “Staying Connected With Loved Ones in Long-Term Care during COVID-19” with Washington State Long-Term Care Ombuds Patricia Hunter, MSW. View PowerPoint and Recording.

10/14: “Social Engagement During COVID: Innovative Approaches” with Laurelynn Brooks, family caregiver; Joe Liao, tai chi master;  Jen Allen, Senior Services for South Sound; LeAnne Chow, Phinney Neighborhood Association.

10/21: Film Screening & Discussion: “Living with Memory Loss: In Our Own Words” by members of the Gathering Place program at Greenwood Senior Center.

11/4: Film Screening & Discussion: “GAPS,” an exploration of Alzheimer's in Asian American communities, by producer Peter Trinh. With Michael Woo, Kin On Health Care Center.

11/18: Steps to Reducing Stress with Kim Boom, Aging and Long-Term Support Administration.

11/25: Coping with Family Dynamics around the Holidays, with Dr. Pamela Dean, VA Puget Sound. View PowerPoint and Recording.

12/2:  Join Greenwood Senior Center for a discussion of the new local book, “The Elderwise Way: A Different Approach to Life with Dementia.” 

12/9: “Promoting Personhood and Dignity During Health Care Visits: Tips for You and Your Loved One” with UW MBWC nurse practitioner Elisabeth Lindley. View PowerPoint.

12/16: “Connecting with Family from Afar: A Few Creative Approaches” with Jen Kulik, PhD, CEO and Founder of SilverKite Community Arts.


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


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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.