News in Resources

March 29, 2024

Top 3 Action Items from Recent Dementia Friends Information Sessions

Dementia Friends is changing the way people think, act, and talk about dementia. “I feel less intimidated and more informed,” shared a new Dementia Friend. Our free Information Sessions, led by volunteers, or “Champions”, share information about dementia, key messages to know, and important communication tips.

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Categories: Community Stories, Resources, News, Dementia-Friendly Community, Dementia Friends


February 28, 2024

Revitalizing Dementia Friends in Pierce County

Chances are that you may know someone living with dementia, or may know someone who is caring for someone living with the disease. Perhaps you’ve even heard in the news recently about celebrities bravely sharing their diagnoses. You may wonder: how can I be a support to someone living with dementia? How can I learn more?

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Categories: Community Stories, Resources, News, Dementia-Friendly Community, Dementia Friends


January 31, 2024

Highlights of the Washington State Plan

The Washington State Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias sets out visionary goals and recommendations on raising awareness, ensuring early and accurate diagnosis and treatment, and improving supports and services for families.

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Categories: Resources, News, Dementia Friends


December 18, 2023

Shared Outdoor Adventures for Resilience

Kick off the new year with a hike in the Pacific Northwest, an experience tailored for people with younger onset Alzheimer’s disease.

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Categories: Resources, Nature, Programs


November 29, 2023

Memory and Brain Crossword

Pull out a pencil for the very first Memory & Brain crossword puzzle, created to be fun, interesting—and just challenging enough—to be a good brain health workout.

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Categories: Resources, News


October 31, 2023

Meet Samantha Lafontaine, MBWC program manager for Project ECHO Dementia

Samantha Lafontaine is the new MBWC program manager for Project ECHO Dementia, a virtual clinic and telementoring program that brings together care providers from across the state to discuss case studies and best practices in diagnosis, care, treatments, and research.

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Categories: Team Spotlights, Resources, News, Memory Hub Spotlight


September 25, 2023

Spotlight on Dr. Jeanne Gallée and the Role of Speech-Language Services in Dementia Care

“I would say the role of a speech language pathologist is to untap someone's functional communication abilities and allow them to express themselves in ways that leave them feeling successful,” says speech-language pathologist Jeanne Gallée, PhD, CCC-SLP, a new ADRC co-investigator and trainee in the ADRC Research and Education Component.

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Categories: Science Updates, Care & Treatment , Team Spotlights, Resources, News


June 07, 2023

Tips for Brain Health: Staying Socially Engaged

June is Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month! Each week, the Memory and Brain Wellness Center team will share information on brain health! This week, we are sharing evidence-based information about promoting brain health through staying socially engaged.

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Categories: Science Updates, Resources, News, Dementia Friends, Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month


June 05, 2023

Social Connection and Brain Health

Research shows that people who are more socially connected live longer and have better physical, mental, and cognitive health outcomes. Social isolation, on the other hand, can lead to poorer health outcomes. We break down the reasons why social connection and engagement have such a big impact on our cognitive health.

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Categories: Science Updates, Resources, News, Dementia-Friendly Community


June 01, 2023

Brain Health Block Party on June 21st!

You’re invited to celebrate Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month this June! Join your First Hill neighbors for our first annual Brain Health Block Party. From 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday June 21, stop by any site to enjoy an outdoor brain-healthy activity such as bike-powered smoothie making, games and more. 

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Categories: Resources, News, Dementia-Friendly Community, Dementia Friends