News at the Memory Hub


Giving primary-care docs training, tools to manage dementia

April 17, 2024

Clinicians designed a program to help manage the burgeoning wave of patients with cognitive deficits. Via UW Medicine

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Memory Hub Spotlight: Emily Billow, Seattle Public Library

April 05, 2024

Emily Billow, the Older Adults Program Manager at the Seattle Public Library, talks about her work with the Memory Hub to deliver resources and what being part of a dementia-friendly community means to her.

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Top 3 Action Items from Recent Dementia Friends Information Sessions

March 29, 2024

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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Revitalizing Dementia Friends in Pierce County

February 28, 2024

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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Highlights of the Washington State Plan

January 31, 2024

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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Team Spotlight: Katie Zeitler, MBWC Program Manager of Dementia Friends

January 26, 2024

Katie will manage and continue to support the expansion of the much-needed public outreach and awareness program throughout Washington state.

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Team Spotlight: Ann Mathew, Memory Hub Design Intern (UW School of Art + Art History + Design)

January 04, 2024

Ann is working as a design intern and volunteer at the Memory Hub while working on her UW Design Thesis on dementia and social inclusion.

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Shared Outdoor Adventures for Resilience

December 18, 2023

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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Team Spotlight: Josie Beierl, Social Work Practicum Student

December 01, 2023

Josie Beierl talks about her role at the Memory Hub and what inspired her interest in social work in the area of memory loss and dementia.

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Memory and Brain Crossword Puzzle

November 21, 2023

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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Meet Samantha Lafontaine, MBWC program manager for Project ECHO Dementia

October 31, 2023

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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A Caregiver Goes to the Opera

October 05, 2023

Family dementia caregiver Randi Luoto received a grant from Road Scholar to embark on an educational adventure in New York City, a creative twist on taking some caregiver respite.

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Team Spotlight: Susan Kopka, Front Desk Volunteer

August 25, 2023

Susan Kopka is one of the five active front desk volunteers at the Memory Hub. She has worked as a medical social worker and a community college art teacher, focusing on drawing and photography.

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Preserving memories and legacy in glass art

August 25, 2023

Community members Jim and Jama Rand create glass artworks to keep Jim's memories within his reach.

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Team Spotlight: Allyson Schrier, Program Manager of Project ECHO® Dementia

August 02, 2023

As program manager for the ECHO Dementia program, Allyson Schrier has brought management expertise and creativity to this critical resource for care providers across Washington State. Her experience as family caregiver motivates her work. She is now moving on to devote more time to her role as co-founder of Zinnia TV. Her story shines a light on the work of ECHO Dementia to equip primary care physicians to detect and diagnose dementia.

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