May 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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Latest News at the Memory Hub

Tracing the Vision for the Memory Hub.. to Zimbabwe

Marigrace Becker, director of the Memory Hub, shares how a year living with a host family in Zimbabwe formed her early vision for creating a welcoming community of respect for people living with memory loss. Read more.

Memory Hub Team Spotlight

Margaret "Peach" Jack, MA, CC, GRS, HTR,

Team Spotlight: Peach Jack, Registered Horticultural Therapist

Margaret "Peach" Jack is the gardener at Maude's Garden at the Memory Hub. She also leads nature-based activities of the Garden Discovery program.

This month, Peach Jack officially became a registered horticultural therapist through the American Horticultural Therapy Association! Horticultural therapy is a professional practice that uses plant and garden-based activities improve the mental and physical health of its participants. At the Memory Hub, Peach draws on these principles to design mindful activities that bring social and cognitive benefits to participants.

Peach was required to complete an internship that involved hands-on horticultural therapy work. She worked at a variety of places, including the Brain Injury Alliance, and the Bridges Program at Rainier Beach and Urban Farms that provides support in vocational and social skills for adults with intellectual disabilities. Peach went above-and beyond to complete her internship hours by helping to build a therapeutic garden at the Memory Hub, Maude's Garden!

"For me, having done my training with the UW MBWC and the Memory Hub, I have a much clearer understanding of the needs of people living with memory loss and their care partners, including what makes people feel safe, calm, and welcome in a garden," says Peach.

Congratulations, Peach! We are proud to have been part of your training.

Upcoming Events & Programs

IDD & Dementia Dialogue: an Afternoon of resources and connection

The Memory Hub - Saturday, May 13th, 1:30 pm - 4 pm. Register

Atypical PD Virtual Support Group

Virtual - 4th Mondays, 11am -12:30 pm. More information, contact [email protected]

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!

The Frye Art Museum is proud to offer a creative workshop for caregivers in West Seattle, in partnership with Sound Generations:

Creative Workshop for Caregivers 

Wednesday, May 24 

1–2 pm 

Senior Center of West Seattle

4217 SW Oregon St. 

Seattle, WA 98116 

Led by Frye Art Museum teaching artist Carmen Ficarra, this workshop is designed to give caregivers an opportunity to create in a fun and relaxing manner. While the session will focus on how caregivers can turn to art in their own leisure time, participants will also explore the possibilities of these projects being done with those in their care. No prior experience as an artist is necessary. The workshop is free and art materials are provided. For more information or to register by Monday, May 22, email [email protected] or call 206 727 6261. Presented with the Frye Art Museum and Sound Generations.

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 Spotlight: Misty Eberspecher, Independent Living Program Manager at Housing Resources Bainbridge

Dementia Friends Champions help us spread the word about supporting people living with dementia. This spotlight features the great people championing our shared mission to make communities more dementia friendly. Today, we spotlight Misty Eberspecher, Independent Living Program Manager at Housing Resources Bainbridge!

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Statewide Impact at the Memory Hub

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. The Project ECHO® Dementia program at University of Washington makes available recordings/slides from presentations and sessions.

Most Recent Project ECHO Dementia Session Resources:

March 24, 2023 Genetic Neurodegenerative Diseases. Presenter: Susan Jayadev, MD, Arthur Krause Professorship for Neurogenetics Research, UW School of Medicine. Slides | Video

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What's in Bloom at Maude's Garden

Take a peek at the April/May 2023 Garden Highlights

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

Funding Opportunities

Applications are open for the 2023 Maude’s Awards! If you or your organization are making a difference in the lives of people living with dementia, consider applying for an award of $5k-25K by May 16, 2023. Learn more at!

Community Resources

The Alzheimer’s Association offers a variety of educational seminars this month. More info.

NEW Community Service Group for people with early stage memory loss begins Monday, May 8 at Seattle’s Greenwood Senior Center. More info.

NEW Dementia-Friendly Recreation series meets the 2nd Monday of every month at North Bellevue Community Center. Enjoy a rotating menu of activities including singing, painting and more. More info.

NEW “Old Friends Club” adult day programs have launched in Whatcom County, led by Dementia Support Northwest.

Learn more here.

Enjoy the return of “Memory Café” events throughout the region. A Memory Café is a free, fun social gathering for people with memory loss and their families in a welcoming community venue. View some options below:

McMenamins Anderson School offered by Northshore YMCA, to begin in June. More info by calling Heather at Northshore YMCA, 425-318-8007

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