Dementia Friends Champion Spotlight: Katie Freeman

January 27, 2023

News, Dementia Friends, Dementia-Friendly Community, Memory Hub Spotlight

Dementia Friends Champions help us spread the word about supporting people living with dementia. This spotlight features the great people championing our shared mission to make communities more dementia friendly. Today, we spotlight Katie Freeman, a Masters of Social Work student at the UW Memory and Brain Wellness Center, based at the Memory Hub!


Katie Freeman, Seattle, WA


Why did you decide to become a Dementia Friend Champion?

I learned about Dementia Friends a few years back, but couldn't get involved because of the pandemic. I was so happy to have another chance to help out with this wonderful program when I joined the Memory Hub! I'm passionate about working with folks with dementia and I'm eager to do what I can to help build dementia-friendly communities. 


What do you do outside of Dementia Friends?

I'm currently a Masters of Social Work student at the University of Washington and I'll be graduating this June. When I'm not in class or at the Memory Hub, I love to make art, read romance novels, and cook with my partner.


What is a project, event, or initiative that excites you?

At the Memory Hub, Seton FitzMacken, Marigrace Becker and I have all been working hard to put together a Younger-Onset Alzheimer's Resource and Education Day, which will be on February 11th.  I'm excited to see everything come together!


What would you like your team to know about you?

One thing they should know about me is just how much I enjoy working with them! I couldn't have asked for a better practicum site, and it's going to be real hard to leave when I graduate.


If you are interested in learning more about becoming a Dementia Friends Champion, please email


  • Related Pages

Dementia Friends Washington

What is a Dementia-Friendly Community?

Dementia-Friendly Programs and Activities

Dementia-Friendly Washington Learning Collaboration