February 2024 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.

Visit us:

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

  • Our care consultant from the Alzheimer's Association acts as “Memory Navigator" to provide free 30-minute appointments to help you get connected with helpful memory loss resources. Learn more.

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

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

Memory Hub Stories

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

Katie is excited to be joining the MBWC as the Program Manager for Dementia Friends Washington, based at the Memory Hub community center. As the Program Manager, she will manage and continue to support the expansion of the Dementia Friends program throughout Washington state, working with leads in each county and tribe to bring on new Dementia Friends and Dementia Friends Champions. Anyone can become a Dementia Friend!

Read the spotlight

A Memory Hub Reading List for Black History Month

We are bringing back, from the archive, stories that honor local efforts to help African Americans overcome the disproportionate burden of Alzheimer's disease. Pictured: Participants of the SHARP program 2022 pilot in Seattle.

  • Bringing SHARP to Seattle - SHARP is a culturally celebratory neighborhood walking and reminiscing program for older Black adults, launched in Portland. A successful pilot of SHARP in Seattle took place in 2022.

Learn about all support, education, and engagement programs hosted at the Memory Hub, offered by the UW Memory and Brain Wellness Center and our on-site collaborators:

Programs for People Living with Memory Loss
Programs for Caregivers
Programs for Professionals

Add your vote about our 2024 programs at the Memory Hub

This month we have been collecting ideas for what programs or events are a priority for the Memory Hub community this year. Brain health talks or dance classes? Support groups or caregiver education? Art workshops or community service programs? Please take a moment to add your vote, by filling out this quick survey!

Special Events & Workshops

Location: The Memory Hub, 1021 Columbia St. Seattle, WA 98104

Tech Help for Tranquility

When: Thursday, Feb. 8, 9:30am - 10:30am

Where: The Memory Hub, 1021 Columbia St. Seattle

In this presentation, explore the use of smart home devices, like Alexa's routines, to create calming and memory-enhancing atmospheres. A free event. Presenter Jesse Fish is a local technology coach with a knack for working with older adults.

Sign up here or by calling 206.221.8284.


Coming soon - Tech Help, courtesy of Seattle Public Library

Visit the Memory Hub for Tech Help services once a month, courtesy of Seattle Public Library! Learn more about using your smartphone, tablet, computer, apps, social media and more. If you’d like to schedule a free 50-minute appointment, reach out to us here. Appointments will be available monthly on Wednesdays starting February 28. We’ll give you a call to schedule a time that works for you!

Dementia Legal Planning Clinic

When: Wednesday, February 14, 9am - 3pm

Where: The Memory Hub, 1021 Columbia St. Seattle, WA 98104

Are you or someone you know experiencing or expecting to experience dementia and have concerns about legal planning? If so, consider signing up for a free 1-hour appointment with the Pro Bono Council. Appointments will cover important documents for those experiencing, or expecting to experience dementia, should complete.

To schedule and appointment or ask a question, contact [email protected] or call 425.780.5589.

This program is funded, on behalf of the Dementia Action Collaborative, by Aging and Long-Term Support Administration/DSHS.

Garden Discovery Program "Kick-Off" Event (Waitlist)

When: Friday, March 1, 10am - 12pm PT.

Waitlist | Learn more

Opportunities at the Memory Hub

  • Due to a rise in Covid-19/RSV/flu, masks are recommended at the Memory Hub.

Memory Hub Collaborator Announcements & Events

The Memory Hub is operated by the UW Memory and Brain Wellness Center. Our partners include the Frye Art Museum, the Alzheimer's Association, Elderwise, and Full Life Care. See below for current offerings and announcements!

Explore the Caregiver Support Group and Alzheimer's Education Classes hosted by the Memory and Brain Wellness Center, offered by the Alzheimer's Association at the Memory Hub.

Next up on Wednesday, February 21, 1pm-2:30: A Caregiver's Guide to Finances. Learn more and register.

Register today for February Online Educational Webinars, presented by the Alzheimer's Association. See schedule.

A Guide to Daily Care for Alzheimer's Caregivers

Our friends at the Alzheimer’s Association Washington State Chapter explain the key components of their Daily Care Plan.

Read more [Alzheimer's Association]

Early bird registration is open for the Alzheimer's Association Journey Caregiver Conference on March 23rd at Shoreline Community College. This conference will offer live interpretation in Spanish. Learn more and register.

Part-time Online Education Support Position

View job description

For over twenty-five years, Elderwise has provided a structured program of arts, exercise, discussion and shared community for people with dementia, while providing respite for caregivers, utilizing our philosophy of Spirit-Centered Care, and seeing the wholeness in all people.


In 2022, Elderwise unveiled our online caregiving course, Elderwise Spirit-Centered Care®: An Overview for Caregivers using Thinkific as our learning platform. We are looking for part-time support for this program.

Photo courtesy Jonathan Vanderweit

The Frye Art Museum is proud to offer the Alzheimer's Cafe every 2nd Tuesday at the Memory Hub!

Alzheimer's Cafe

Tuesday, February 13

2:30 - 4 pm 


Festive season is here! Enjoy a spirited art discussion, a special holiday singalong with our talented musicians, and explore Maude's garden (weather-permitting) with friends and family. We welcome returning as well as new participants. Registration is required for this free, fun program. Presented in partnership with the Frye Art Museum and UW Medicine Memory and Brain Wellness Center. 

here:now Art-making and Discussion Class: Spring 1

Wednesdays; March 6 - April 10, 2024

2–4 pm

Frye Art Museum

This here:now arts-engagement class is designed for adults living with dementia and their care partners. Meeting on consecutive Wednesday afternoons at the Frye, come enjoy conversation, works of art, and hands-on exploration with different art mediums led by a specially trained teaching artist. Pre-registration is required. Please contac[email protected] and learn more here

Statewide Impact at the Memory Hub

Hosted at the Memory Hub, MBWC's Project ECHO Dementia is a learning model in which front-line care providers from around WA State meet in a web-based virtual conference room with an interdisciplinary panel of experts in memory loss and dementia.

Recent Project ECHO Resources:

January, 12, 2024: Diseases Causing Dementia, Masquerading Conditions, and Red Flags. Presenter: Kimiko Domoto-Reilly, MD, MS Recording and Resources

Learn about the work behind the WA State Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias, and the key resources and MBWC programs (Dementia Friends and Project ECHO) that have come from the tireless implementation of its goals.

Maude's Garden


After the amazing success of last year's event, the Garden of Inspiration Art Show returns in late Summer 2024!

The Garden of Inspiration Art Show is a one-day, open-air exhibit of art created by Memory Hub program participants living with memory loss or dementia and Memory Hub staff, volunteers, and visitors. The event is a collaboration of the UW MBWC and Elderwise.

As a member of the Memory Hub community, you are invited to create and submit artwork inspired by Maude's Garden at the Memory Hub, for example, by the feelings or memories evoked by a visit there. Or, the art can be inspired by your own experiences with gardens or gardening. No prior art experience required. Please direct any questions to Maude's Garden project lead, Genevieve Wanucha, at [email protected]. For background, read this one-pager about the 2023 exhibit this past September.

The date and details about art making opportunities are forthcoming.

Community Resources

Join AARP at Town Hall Seattle for a free Caring for the Caregiver event from 7:30 – 9 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19. This free event features NBC News/MSNBC Anchor Richard Lui and Dr. Kate Zhong, geriatric psychiatrist, and explores Richard’s own caregiving experience and tips for other caregivers. Learn more and register.

National Alzheimer's Buddies are excited to introduce their 4th Annual Virtual Symposium: Breaking Through - Advancing Dementia Care taking place tomorrow February 3rd from 10am -12:30pm PT (Held 1-3:30pm EST). To sign up for this virtual event or to read more about our speakers head to www.alzbuddies.org/virtualsymposium2024 | View flyer

HOPE Dementia Support in Vancouver, WA offers a monthly “Music and Memories” program for people with memory loss and their care partners, facilitated by board certified music therapists. More info on their programs page.

NEW Memory Café at Southeast Seattle Senior Center, 2-3:30 p.m. February 22 and continuing every 4th Thursday of the month. Enjoy light refreshments, live music and connections with other people who live with memory loss and care partners. RSVP to 206-722-0317.

Bellingham’s Upfront Theater continues its Minds Alive! Program, an improv class for people with early stage memory loss and their care partners. Enjoy improv exercises designed to tap into the present moment through creativity, connection and joy. Offered every 3rd Monday of the month at 2 p.m. with support from Northwest Regional Council. Learn more.

Spokane County Library District continues its Memory Café every Tuesday from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the North Spokane Library. Come together for socializing, music, crafts and more. Call 509-893-8200 for more information, or learn more here.

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