June 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: Full Life Care's Exciting News

Memory Hub collaborators Rena Ferretti and Tegenu Negi of Full Life Care

New Full Life Care location on Beacon Hill!

We are thrilled to announce that Full Life Care has moved our headquarters to the Beacon Hill neighborhood! Our new location is 1625 S. Columbian Way Seattle, WA98108. Situated in the heart of Beacon Hill, offers the opportunity for all our community-based programs to be together in one space. We are eager to expand our Adult Day Health Program, which provides services for participants and respite for families and caregivers. 

Full Life Care’s Adult Day Health programs provide health and wellness services that work to challenge minds, keep bodies moving and lift the spirits of each participant. We are eager to expand our Adult Day Health Program, which provides services for participants and respite for families and caregivers. 

Our Home Care program is continuing to grow and provide in-home services for clients to remain living independently in their own homes.

Our Housing Stabilization and Supports programs work to help individuals find independent housing and address issues that put current housing in jeopardy.

Our Care Teams program provides respite for caregivers by providing a team of volunteers to provide customized support.


 For more information, please call 206.528.5315.

SOARING into the Great Outdoors

“What a day…WHAT A DAY!” was how one participant described the SOAR program at the End of Year Retreat that took place yesterday at Camp Long.

SOAR, which stands for the Shared Outdoor Adventure program, brings together people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s before age 65 for the opportunity to connect with each other while enjoying being active in nature. SOAR is a program of the UW Memory & Brain Wellness Center, with hikes led by a Lifelong Recreation Specialist from Seattle Parks and Recreation.

“I’m glad that we’re all together, and we’re all positive and doing something fun," said another participant.

So many people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at a younger age feel alone. What's more, the programs and services designed for people with dementia are typically for people much older than them. It’s easy to feel out of place. SOAR centers these younger folks and provides an active outdoor opportunity well-matched for their physical abilities.

Near the end of the retreat, in the reflection circle, a participant stretched their arms out to the sky. “Today was about everything - Big – Very, Very, Very big. Much bigger than I am – you know?"

It’s been a wonderful year piloting the program thanks to funding from the I’m Still Here Foundation, and we’re excited to bring in new participants as we kick off the new season this summer! Our 2024-2025 season runs from July 2024 - June 2025. Join us from 10-10:30 a.m. on Thursday June 27, online by Zoom, to learn more about the program, meet staff and other participants, and get your questions answered. Sign up here | Flyer

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

Special Events & Workshops

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

Join us at the 2nd Annual First Hill Brain Health Block Party!

Celebrate the numerous paths to brain health and wellness this summer at our second annual Brain Health Block Party. From 1- 4 p.m. on Wednesday July 10, enjoy a walk through the First Hill neighborhood, stopping at activity stations listed below for fun brain-healthy activities such as music, puzzles, creative arts, movement and more. Healthy snacks included! A fun and free event for all ages, with a special invitation to folks age 50+. 

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Thurs. June 6, 4-6pm: Welcome to Summer! Live Music and Refreshments featuring Old School Groove with DJ Mr. Cliff

Join the Memory Hub community to kick off the summer season with food, friends, and fun! Enjoy live music outside in Maude’s Garden together with people living with memory loss, family members, neighbors and professionals. A free event. 


Questions: mbecker1@uw.edu

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Tues. June 18, 1pm - 2:30pm: Book Group for Caregivers / Music Group for People with Memory Loss

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New Openings! Tech Lab Appointments

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: June 18, June 20, June 26, June 27, July 2. Book an available time slot online. Or, call the Memory Hub at 206-616-6035.

Funding and Awards Opportunities

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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.

MBWC ECHO Dementia Didactic Recordings:

May 10, 2024 Non-Pharmacological Treatment of MCI & Dementia Presenter: Dr. Kristoffer Rhoads, PhD

Dementia Friends Washington

“I did not know almost anything about dementia before this presentation and I feel I learned a lot.”

Latest Milestones in Dementia Awareness Program

Dementia Friends is changing the way people think, act, and talk about dementia. 114 people joined the movement and became Dementia Friends this past month across Washington state! It’s energizing to see much-needed awareness continue to spread throughout the state.

Dementia Friends Champion, Josie Beierl, became a Dementia Friends Champion so she could help lead information sessions out in the community. “Becoming a Dementia Friends Champion was important to me because I wanted to get the accurate information out there. I want to help de-stigmatize the topic and normalize the conversation so it can be something easily discussed.” The interest is growing and more information sessions are being scheduled across different sectors throughout the communities. To see a list of upcoming June sessions, click here.

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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!

Register today for June 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, June 11

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 andUW Medicine Memory and Brain Wellness Center. 

Maude's Garden

Thanks to Sunrise Senior Living for visiting Maude's Garden this week! It was so fun showing you around!

Registration for the SUMMER Garden Discovery Program is open!

July 19, Aug. 6, and Sept 6. Offered by UW Memory and Brain Wellness Center and Seattle Parks and Recreation. A conversation with SPR's Dementia-Friendly Recreation Specialist is required for 1st time participants. Please contact tamara.keefe@seattle.gov. Learn more.

Today, in the June Garden Discovery Program in Maude's Garden at the Memory Hub, we focused on mindfulness, being "in the present" together, and discovering how time in nature can make us feel better, and learning new things about herbs.

June's Herb of the Month is Apple Mint, which is a species of mint that has a sweet smell and fuzzy leaves. We learned that Mojito Mint is actually a hybrid of the apple mint and the spearmint species. Mint, in general, has long been used as a folk tea remedy to help stomach trouble, invigorate a tired mind, and relieve headaches. Participants enjoyed an herbal tea brewed with fresh mint and created dried fruit window hangings.

A partnership between Seattle Parks and Recreation and UW Memory and Brain Wellness Center. The Garden Discovery Program is made possible by support from Aegis Living Assisted Living and Memory Care communities.

Community Resources

NEW Elderwise Adult Day Program opens in Bellevue, WA in June. Program will run 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Wednesdays, to include conversation, creative arts, movement and stretching, and lunch. Learn more.

NEW Dementia & Inclusive Rec Hour will launch this month at Renton Senior Center. 12:30-1:30 p.m. every Thursday, starting June 20. Activities range from music, light chair exercise, crafts, and nature walks. A free program for people with memory loss; care partners encouraged to join. More info.

HOPE Dementia Support in Clark County offers a variety of supportive groups, including a Music and Memories group for people with memory loss every 2nd Tuesday of the month from 10-11 a.m. More info on all groups.

A new monthly Memory Café at Revielle Café in Port Townsend, 1-2 pm on the first Monday of every month. A free, relaxed social gathering for people with memory loss and their care partners. Learn more.

Taproot Theatre in Seattle offers “Re-Ignite the Mind with Improv” from 12:45-12:45 p.m. every second Tuesday of the month. This class for people with early stage memory loss taps into creativity and imagination and builds a sense of accomplishment, self-confidence and social enrichment. Learn more.

The Lynn Hanson Gallery in Pioneer Square is a

contemporary art gallery – a welcoming space full of approachable art.

On display June 6 - 29: Barbara Noonan's exhibit features paintings that deal with her visual interpretation of her friend’s dealing with dementia. Learn more.

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