March 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: Genevieve Wanucha, MS, communications lead, UW Memory and Brain Wellness Center

Genevieve has worked at the UW MBWC for the last 8 years, helping to share news about our Center's clinical, research, and support programs. She enjoys "being a fly on the wall," which helps her create these newsletters you get and edit Dimensions magazine. She has a masters degree in science writing from MIT, and working at the MBWC and the Memory Hub has allowed her to use this training - and also take her career in new directions.

When her MBWC colleague, Marigrace Becker, first announced the plans for the Memory Hub community center, Genevieve became inspired to spearhead the creation of a garden on the property grounds: a botanical oasis tailored for people living with dementia. Maude's Garden recently turned 2 years old! She now works with others to coordinate ongoing design/planting and the programs held in the garden. Most recently, Genevieve launched the annual 'Garden of Inspiration' Art Show. She fervently hopes that every Memory Hub participant, staff, volunteer, and visitor considers creating an artwork for this fun summer event at the Memory Hub! Outside of work, Genevieve is a botanical artist working in graphite, colored pencils, and watercolor. She loves visiting gardens, reading novels, brewing kombucha, and watching her curious toddler gaze intently at plants, flowers, bugs, and birds and comment on them, saying: "ooooh ahh".

A Resource for Traveling with a Loved One Living with Dementia

Josie Beierl, MBWC social work practicum student at the Memory Hub, shares her own experiences to frame a compilation of resources from the MBWC and our partners at the Alzheimer’s Association about travel and dementia. We hope this guide can help our caregiving community prepare to travel-or just get out of the house-with their loved one and feel that they are not alone. Sections include: Getting ready - Dealing with sensory overload - Staying safe and preventing falls - Traveling by air.

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Support, Education, and Engagement

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


Garden Discovery Program - Spring 2024

When: April 5, May 3, and June 7

Registration Opens March 5th at 12pm | Learn more

Tech Help at the Memory Hub

Do you have a question about using your smartphone, tablet or laptop? Want help setting up an email account or social media account? Looking for tips on videoconferencing with Zoom or Teams? Come sign up for a FREE 50-minute Tech Help appointment at the Memory Hub, courtesy of an AmeriCorps volunteer with Seattle Public Library!

Appointments available between 10am and 1:30pm on Wednesdays: Feb 28, Mar 20, Apr 24, May 22, Jun 26. Book a slot.


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Special Events & Workshops

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

Thurs. March 21, 10 - 10:45am: Tech-Savvy Communications: Facilitating Connections with Video Calling

Presenter Jesse Fish is a local technology coach with a knack for working with older adults. In this presentation, he will discuss the importance of staying connected and how video calling technologies can bridge the gap for people with dementia, families and friends. 

Location: The Memory Hub, 1021 Columbia St, Seattle

Sign up by March 19 | Contact: 206.221.8284 or [email protected]


Wed. March 13, 1-2 pm UW Dementia Research Talk: Decision-Making in Alzheimer’s

Come learn about the Decision-Making in Alzheimer’s Research (DMAR) study. Adults with dementia and their family often have to make decisions about more supportive care. However, the voices and preferences of adults with dementia are often not included in these decisions. The DMAR study aims to keep adults with dementia involved in decision-making, better understand their decision-making processes, and create a novel tool to identify preferences for care. In this presentation with a member of the research team, hear about the study’s initial findings, and learn about how to get involved.

Location: The Memory Hub, 1021 Columbia St, Seattle

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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:

February 23, 2024:

  • Dementia Prevention and Modifiable Risk Factors Presenter: Dr. Nancy Isenberg, MD, MPH, FAAN

  • Massachusetts General Hospital DGIM Healthy Lifestyle Program Presenter: Jacob Mirsky MD, MA, DipABLM

Slides, Video, and Resources

Dementia Friends Washington

Revitalizing the Dementia Friends Program 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.

Dementia Friends help us spread the word about supporting people living with dementia and making our communities more dementia friendly. Dementia Friends Washington (headquartered at the Memory Hub) is spearheaded by the UW Memory and Brain Wellness Center, in partnership with organizations that take the lead in their county. Today, we spotlight Pierce County: the incredible progress in training new Dementia Friends, how to get involved, upcoming information sessions, and related resource programs.

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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 Free Dementia Education Classes hosted by the Memory and Brain Wellness Center, offered by the Alzheimer's Association at the Memory Hub.

Up next: Wed. Mar. 20, 1-2:30 pm PT Understanding Alzheimer's and Other Dementias. Learn more.

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

Kicking off the 2024 Walk Season: Volunteer & Join the Fight to End Alzheimer’s

Our friends at the Alzheimer’s Association Washington State Chapter host the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, a powerful movement uniting people for awareness and funds. Volunteer Kick Off 2024 events are happening across the state, offering opportunities to get involved.

Read more [Alzheimer's Association]

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.

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, March 12

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

Maude's Garden

At the kick-off event to the 2024 Garden Discovery program at the Memory Hub, the group explored the many plants blooming in these winter days. Inside participants created woven raffia baskets to hold dirt and wheatgrass seeds, which will sprout within a couple days. The activity cultivated a feeling of flow, mindfulness, and relaxation. "I love how this garden is different every time we visit," said one participant. The registration for the Spring 3-session program series opens March 5th. See below:

Garden Discovery Program - Spring 2024

When: April 5, May 3, and June 7

Registration Opens March 5th at 12pm | Learn more


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 WA at Town Hall Seattle for “Caring for the Caregiver: A conversation about caregiver wellness and brain health.” Tuesday March 19, 7:30-9:00pm. Event features NBC News/MSNBC Anchor Richard Lui and Dr. Kate Zhong, geriatric psychiatrist and founder of the Brainnovation Initiative at UNLV. Register at or by phone at 1-877-926-8300. Learn more.

Edmonds Center for the Arts continues its monthly Dementia-Inclusive Series, with a session from 10:30-11:45 a.m. on Wednesday March 6. A free program. More info and register.

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.

Celebrate Seniority-MultiCare in Pierce County offers several free programs for people with memory loss and caregivers – including an at-home brain fitness program, and Care Pairs which provides support to new caregiver/care receiver pairs. Learn more.

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