April 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

Community Spotlight: Emily Billow, Seattle Public Library

Emily Billow is the Older Adults Program Manager at the Seattle Public Library and has worked with older adults for a decade. Growing up in Montana with four active grandparents, she has always had older adults in her life. Emily has a degree in gerontology, which was her focus for undergrad. She has experience working with older adults in healthcare settings, senior centers, and now at the Seattle Public Library providing inclusive programming and partnerships to improve the wellbeing of older adults.

In this spotlight, Emily talks about how the Seattle Public Library has worked with the Memory Hub to deliver resources and what being part of a dementia-friendly community means to her.

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The Memory Hub Turns 2! 

This March we celebrated our 2 year anniversary and the milestones we've reached. In 2023, a total of 2,225 people were served on-site and virtually. The Memory Hub launched 5 new programs—some unique in our nation—and held over 45 caregiver support group meetings. Over 70 people visited the Memory Navigator program, accessing individual appointments with an Alzheimer’s Association social worker. While we celebrate this positive impact, we are working harder than ever to grow our offerings, especially our nature-engagement programs, such as Shared Outdoor Adventures for Resilience for individuals with younger-onset Alzheimer's.

To mark our 2 year anniversary we officially mounted the community weaving project on the wall of the Memory Hub conference room! This weaving was created by visitors at the Memory Hub Open House last fall, to represent dementia-friendly community building and collaboration.

Another way of celebrating involved starting a new tradition in Maude's Garden at the Memory Hub: making teas featuring herbs and flavors in the garden. In the April 5th Garden Discovery program, participants learned how to mix their own teas with herbs that our ancestors have used medicinally for centuries.

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

NEW Chinese social group offers tai chi and karaoke

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: 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. April 25, 10 - 10:45am: Sensory Stimulation: Enhancing Memory through Interactive Technologies

Presenter Jesse Fish is a local technology coach with a knack for working with older adults. In this presentation, he will delve into the world of sensory stimulation using technologies like virtual reality and interactive touchscreens to engage multiple senses.

Location: The Memory Hub, 1021 Columbia St, Seattle

Sign up by April 20 | Contact: 206.221.8284 or debcayz@uw.edu


Thurs, April 23: Dealing with Dementia

Do you need help in the following areas?

  • Understanding dementia
  • Managing challenges
  • Handling stress
  • Finding time for you

Pre-register at least 2 days in advance.

Sign up online | Flyer

Questions: mbecker1@uw.edu, 206-543-2440

In collaboration with the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving and Aegis Living

Location: The Memory Hub, 1021 Columbia St, Seattle


The Quest to Detect and Cure Alzheimer's Disease (Lecture Recording Available)

Among our aging population, diseases like Alzheimer’s are increasing — and by the time they’re detected, it’s often too late to provide effective treatment. In the 2024 University Faculty Lecture, UW Bioengineering Professor Valerie Daggett will share how her team is working on tests to detect these diseases years before symptoms develop — and how her lab is creating novel treatments to stop disease progression.

Recording [Youtube]

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.

New MBWC ECHO Dementia Didactic Recordings:

Mar 8, 2024 Neurological Assessment and Diagnosis of Dementia Presenter: Dr. Ariana Tart-Zelvin, PhD

Mar 22, 2024 Pharmacological Treatments for Dementia and Management of Neuropsychiatric Symptoms of Dementia Presenter: Dr. Trang Le, PharmD

Dementia Friends Washington

Top 3 Action Items from Recent Dementia Friends Information Sessions

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.

At the end of every Information Session, participants are asked to select an action item (or multiple action items) they’d like to take using the understanding they’ve acquired during the session. These action items can be small or big. See the top 3 action items participants selected at recent sessions.

Learn more
  • 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. Apr. 17, 1-2:30 pm PT Healthy Living for You Brain and Body. Learn more

Register today for April 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]

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, April 9

2:30 - 4 pm 


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

Wednesdays; April 24 - May 29

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 contaccreativeaging@fryemuseum.org and learn more here

Maude's Garden

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 gwanucha@uw.edu. 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

Southeast Seattle Senior Center continues their new Memory Café from 2-3:30 p.m. on Thursday April 25, and every 4th Thursday of the month. Enjoy light appetizers and have fun with facilitated movement/dance! RSVP to 206-722-0317. Learn more.

Looking for a way to give back to your community? Join others with early stage memory loss for a service program at Aurora Commons, a non-profit serving unhoused community members. 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Friday April 12. To sign up, contact organizer Kristen Oshyn at Greenwood Senior Center: 206-297-0875 ext. 133 or kristeno@phinneycenter.org

NEW Memory Café in Bellevue! Come together for connection, food, and entertainment. Tutta Bella Neopolitan Pizzeria, 2-3:30 p.m. Tuesday April 16 and continuing every 3rd Tuesday of the month. Learn more.

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HOPE Dementia Support in Clark County announces its NEW Meet Me at the Movies program for people with memory loss and their families, coming in May! Enjoy watching Singin’ in the Rain at Kiggins Theatre in Vancouver, WA, at 1 p.m. on Friday May 10 – pizza and singalong included! Learn more.

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