April 2023 Newsletter

Thanks for subscribing to the Memory Hub Newsletter, your source of the latest news, events, and resources at our vibrant community center for people living with memory loss, their families, and all who support a dementia-friendly community. This dynamic space is operated by the UW Memory and Brain Wellness Center, alongside partners the Frye Art Museum, the Alzheimer's Association, Elderwise, and Full Life Care.

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1021 Columbia St, Seattle on Tues, Wed, Thurs from 9 am to 3pm. Limited valet parking provided around the corner at Murano Senior Living, with validation at our front desk. We are excited to greet you!


Drop by to explore Memory Hub resources

Paintings in our inaugural art exhibit feature artists from the Elderwise adult day program.

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Our library/resource room provides a wide array of books about living well with memory loss and caregiving.

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Maude's Garden, Washington's first public memory garden, offers a botanical oasis at the Memory Hub.

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View our calendar for upcoming events and opportunities. Visit the Programs tab on the Memory Hub website to explore current programs for people living with memory loss, caregivers, and professionals.

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Memory Hub Team Spotlight

Meet Janet Salsbury

At the Memory Hub, Janet is the program coordinator for the Elderwise adult day program, a structured program of arts, exercise, and spirit-centered care for people with dementia. "I see spirit-centered care as a creating a level playing field for people to connect as human beings," says Janet. "We all have something to offer regardless of our careers or accomplishments."

Janet discovered her love of working with seniors while getting her masters of social work at UW. Her first job in social work was discharge planning at a skilled nursing facility. She then worked with low income seniors in independent living and as a contract social worker with a local senior village. Prior to geriatric and medical social work, Janet dabbled in residential landscape design after graduating from the UW Dept of Landscape Architecture.

Her botanical background and love of healing gardens gives Janet a special appreciation for Maude's Garden at the Memory Hub. "It's a hidden treasure,' she says. "Elderwise spends time in the garden every week, and people always notice something new."

Latest News at the Memory Hub

Husky Giving Day Recap

Thanks to everyone you supported the Memory Hub and Maude's Garden on Husky Giving Day! We were thrilled to raise nearly $30,000 yesterday, thanks to the support of over 60 donors on the day and the generous challenge


What a huge difference this will make! Thank you! You can always support the Memory Hub at this page.

Interview with Memory Hub's Kris Rhoads: A Lifelong Passion for Creative Aging

The Frye Art Museum's quarterly blog post features UW Medicine's Kris Rhoads, PhD. He talks about his passion for creative aging and connection with the Frye, the Memory and Brain Wellness Center, and the Memory Hub. Kris Rhoads is a neuropsychologist at the UW Memory and brain Wellness Center.

"I believe the creative spirit and drive in older adulthood is a wonderful opportunity to engage with the “what is.” That means, how are you right now – regardless of previous abilities – simply being present and connecting in that space, independent of cognitive functions or other capabilities." Read more (Frye Art Museum)

Collaborator Announcements: Elderwise

The Elderwise adult day program provides a structured program of arts, exercise, discussion and shared community for people with dementia, while providing respite for caregivers.

The art featured here is by Lenny Larson and created at Elderwise.

SAVE THE DATE: Elderwise Annual Silent Art Auction

The Memory Hub - Saturday, May 20th 2 to 4 pm                

Come and view 40-plus beautifully framed paintings by the Elderwise participants, volunteers, and staff. This is a lovely event held at the Memory Hub and is primarily a celebration of and for our participants and their creativity. Enjoy hors d'oeuvres, beverages, music and our unique community. Read More.

Dementia Friends Spotlight

Dementia Friends Champion: Anessa Boyer

The UW Memory and Brain Wellness Center is proud to lead the Dementia Friends program in Washington State on behalf of the Dementia Action Collaborative. Dementia Friends Champions help us spread the word about supporting people living with dementia. They are the great people championing our shared mission to make communities more dementia friendly. Read on to learn more about Dementia Friends Champion, Anessa Boyer, Planning Coordinator at Aging & Long Term Care of Eastern Washington!

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Tech Corner

Learn from 3 UW researchers in this free seminar on current trends in tech and aging at the Memory Hub! Click on the below flyer to download the PDF.

Statewide Impact at the Memory Hub

While a variety of memory loss programs and initiatives thrive in urban areas like Seattle, people with memory loss and their families in other parts of the state regularly ask, “what about us?”

 The Memory Hub aims to change that. While serving people and families locally, the Memory Hub simultaneously equips communities across the state to become more dementia-friendly. 

The Memory Hub is positioned to drive statewide impact, working in alignment with other broad efforts such as the Dementia Action Collaborative and Momentia, a grassroots movement empowering people with memory loss and families to stay active and connected in the community. 

Most Recent Project ECHO Dementia Session Resources:

March 10, 2023 Gender Affirming Care. Presenter: Emily Trittschuh, PhD, Associate Professor, UW School of Medicine Slides | Video (Talk starts at 4:50 timestamp)

February 24, 2023 Pharmacological Treatment of Dementia. Presenter: John Finke, PhD. Associate Professor, UW Tacoma Slides | Video


February 10, 2023  Cognition in Primary Care Program: Concise and Practical Dementia Training. Presenter: Barak Gaster, MD, Professor of Medicine, UW Medicine Slides | Video

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What's in Bloom at Maude's Garden

Earlier today, the Spring session of the Garden Discovery Program began in Maude's Garden at the Memory Hub.

After learning about April growth in the garden, and appreciating the poem Instructions on not Giving Up by Ada Limon, we gathered inside for a raffia basket weaving project. It was wonderful to hear some feedback from the participants:

"I came here once before. Now I'm addicted."

"It was nice to slow down and observe things."

"It changed my way of thinking."

"It was so nice to be creative."

"It was wonderful to spend time with my mother."

The Garden Discovery Program is a partnership of UW MBWC and Seattle Parks and Recreation, with support from Aegis Living Assisted Living and Memory Care communities.

What's Growing?

All plants in Maude's Garden are obtained thanks to financial donations or gifts of plants. The garden is open to the public during Memory Hub drop in hours on Tues, Wed, Thurs from 9 am - 3pm!

April at Maude's Garden features:

Bleeding hearts. These get people talking!

Red flowering currant. These are just starting to bloom and will attract hummingbirds!

Bergenia (Heronswood hybrid) - a specimen plant from the collection of local plantsman Dan Hinkley. This paddle-leafed plant is the star of the garden bed right now! Fun fact: This particular plant was raised by seed at Heronswood, a garden in Kingston WA owned by the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe.

The Garden Discovery Program for Spring has begun! There are 2 spots still available and a waiting list when those spots fill up. Click on the flyer to download.

Upcoming Event

Seed Funding for Innovations in Dementia Care


Community Resources

Save the Date May 4th: Seattle City Reads: The Swimmers

This year’s Seattle Reads program with the Seattle Public Library features a book related to themes of memory loss. View the Seattle Reads website to learn more about where you can pick up a free copy of the book, and save the date for author talks on May 19-20.

Edmonds Center for the Arts presents a new Dementia-Inclusive Series on Saturdays starting April 15. Join for weekly creative arts activities such as singing, improv, storytelling, movie discussion and more. More info here.

Taproot Theatre has restarted its in person “Reignite the Mind” improv workshops for people with memory loss and care partners, continuing every second Tuesday of the month! More info here

The “All Present Song Circle” returns in-person this month to Seattle’s Greenwood Senior Center! “All Present” is a chorus for people with memory loss and community members who love to sing. Mondays, 1-2:30 p.m. More info here.

NEW Memory Café on Whidbey Island takes place every third Tuesday of the month at 12:30 p.m. A Memory Café is an informal, free social event for people with memory loss and their families. More info here.

Bainbridge Island Museum of Art continues its “Look Again” guided art discussion program for people with memory loss and families, from 10-11 a.m. every 1st Friday of the month. More info here.

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