July 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.

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

Frame of Mind Art Exhibit: Join us for a reception celebrating the creativity of persons with memory loss and dementia.

Reception: July 24th, 2:30-4 pm RSVP

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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Latest News at the Memory Hub

Recap of the Brain Health Block Party held on June 21 on First Hill

The day brought together the First Hill neighborhood for fun brain health activities and social engagement. We preserved memories, voices, and takeaways from the day, here in an article and slideshow.

Read more [MBWC News]

Memory Hub Team Spotlight

A fond farewell to Mary Jane Knecht

Memory Hub on-site collaborator for the Frye Art Museum

Mary Jane Knecht. Photo courtesy: Lou Daprile

Our on-site collaborator Mary Jane Knecht retired in June, sparking off bittersweet celebrations of her foundational role at the Memory Hub and her legacy in the field of Creative Aging.

The story of the Memory Hub—of its early days and current vibrant reality—can't be told without Mary Jane Knecht as a main character.

In fact, she was one of the first people to brainstorm about the idea with Marigrace Becker, who is now the director of the Memory Hub. “Mary Jane was an instrumental co-visionary for the Memory Hub from the very beginning,” states Becker. “The project quite literally would not have happened without her passion and commitment to the Frye’s role as founding partner.” Read the Memory Hub Spotlight [Memory Hub News]

Upcoming Events & Programs

You can also view and register for ENGAGE Tuesdays in August


Special Event:

Register for Gallery Reception

Learn about all support and education programs offered at the Memory Hub:

Programs for People Living with Memory Loss

Programs for Caregivers

Programs for Professionals

Memory Hub Collaborator Announcements

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!

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, July 11 

2:30 - 4 pm 

Register for June 13 | Register for August 8

Join the Frye Art Museum and the UW Memory and Brain Wellness Center for an uplifting time of social connection! A unique opportunity for people living with dementia, their care partners, family, and friends to enjoy companionship, live music, and fun in a relaxed environment. Advance registration required.

Photo courtesy Katherine Lamar

Meet Me at the Movies

Thursday, August 24 

11 - 12 pm 

Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, Frank Buxton Auditorium

550 Winslow Way E.

Bainbridge IslandWA 98110

No registration needed. Learn more.

Entertaining, inspiring, and uplifting, Meet Me at the Movies is an interactive film program that celebrates the wonder of film and its ability to connect us with life’s experiences and imagination. Designed for people with memory loss and their care partners, this program can be enjoyed by all adults. Theme-based clips from classic and contemporary films are shown, followed by facilitated audience discussion. This month’s theme is Vacations and Travel. Presented with Bainbridge Island Museum of Art.

Statewide Impact at the Memory Hub

Resources for Care Providers

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. A brief 15-minute didactic is followed by an hour of case-based learning where everyone at the table is both a teacher and a learner.

Most Recent Project ECHO Dementia Session Resources:

Post-operative delirium: best practices for prevention and management. Presenter: Hilary Wang, MD, MBA, Associate Medical Director, Neurohospitalist Team, Quality Lead, Swedish Medical Center

View Slides, Video, Resources

What's in Bloom at Maude's Garden

July Garden Discovery Program Recap

The July Garden Discovery Program celebrated the bounty of Maude's Garden in the summer! Participants shared what they were noticing in the garden this morning. It was the color that stood out for many. Everyone noticed the brilliant organges and reds of the feathery celosia (see-low-zhuh). One participant chose to share about her feelings on being in the garden. "I've come here several times for this program," she said, while smelling some mint that we passed around the group. "I have to say, it's pleasure."

Our July project got everyone creating little succulent gardens planted in oyster shells. Peach Jack, HTR, horticultural therapist, had brought these oyster shells from her home. They were bright white with purple streaks, some had smooth stones embedded on their rough, barnacle-covered exteriors. There deep openings made perfect vessels for soil and succulents. Participants will place these creations in their own homes or yards, and we invited people to place some extras in their chosen location within Maude's Garden.

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.

Maude's Garden is open to the public during Memory Hub drop in hours on Tues., Wed., Thurs. from 9 am - 3pm!

Community Resources

Explore the Sammamish Animal Sanctuary at a special event for people with memory loss and their families. More info

HOPE Dementia Support in Clark County presents an educational seminar on Dementia-Friendly Communities by UW MBWC’s Marigrace Becker, 6:30 – 8 p.m. on Tuesday July 25, online by Zoom. Register here.

NEW Community Gardening Program at Lakeway Community Garden in Bellingham, offered on Fridays in the summer months by Dementia Support Northwest. Learn more.

NEW Memory Café at McMenamin’s Anderson School in Bothell returns this summer, presented by Northshore YMCA. 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. Friday August 18. Enjoy food and great company in a relaxed, fun atmosphere. Learn more.

Seattle’s Greenwood Senior Center continues its weekly All Present song circle for people with memory loss, from 1 – 2:30 p.m. on Mondays. Learn more.

Look Again arts engagement program with Bainbridge Island Museum of Art continues each first Friday of the month from 10-11 a.m. Learn more.

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