May 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: Kimber Behrends, Alzheimer's Association

Kimber Behrends is the King County Programs Manager for the Alzheimer's Association, WA State Chapter. She runs the organization's education and support groups and recruits and trains volunteers.

The Alzheimer's Association, as a key Memory Hub collaborator, offers many free resources here, including consults with a social worker, dementia education workshops, and a caregiver support group.

Kimber helps to run several of these programs at the Memory Hub, as part of an effort to increase the reach of Alzheimer's Association education and support.

In this spotlight, Kimber talks about the Alzheimer's Association and what being part of a dementia-friendly community means to her.

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Tai Chi and Karaoke - The New Sound of Mondays at the Memory Hub!

We are excited about the new Tai Chi and Karaoke program we’re launching with Kin On here at the Memory Hub, based on community input. This healthy aging program is for any Chinese-speaking older adult who wants to stay socially and physically active – or who loves singing – all great things for brain health!

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

Thurs. May 16, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m: Dementia Legal Planning Clinic

Looking for FREE legal help completing your Power of Attorney forms or Health Care Directives? Appointments available at the Memory Hub from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. on , with volunteer attorneys from the Washington Pro Bono Council. Call 425-780-5589 to schedule.

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

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One More Reason to Get a Good Night's Sleep

At a Next Generation Medicine talk, UW School of Medicine researcher, Dr. Jeffrey Iliff, shared evidence-based insights about the effect of sleep on brain wellness. He talks about what you can do to help ensure you're getting the type of sleep your brain needs to function at its best.

"It's mid-life sleep disruption that is the risk factor [for cognitive decline and dementia]. The sleep we're getting in our 40s and 50s is setting the stage for what our brains look like in our 60s and 70s. And that matters." - Jeff Iliff

Funding and Awards Opportunities

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Maude’s Awards gives three annual $25,000 awards to organizations and up to five $5,000 awards to individuals excelling in one of four categories of care for persons living with dementia and care partners. Apply by May 13th.

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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.

New MBWC ECHO Dementia Didactic Recordings:

Apr 12, 2024 Community Resources for Dementia Patients and Families Presenter: Marigrace Becker, MSW, UW Memory and Brain Wellness Center/ The Memory Hub

Apr 26, 2024 Advance Care Planning Presenter: Dr. Barak Gaster, MD, FACP, UW General Internal Medicine

Dementia Friends Washington

Awareness about dementia is growing in Clark County!

Dementia Friends is changing the way people think, act, and talk about dementia. Our latest update focuses on the expansion of Dementia Friends into new counties. Awareness about dementia is growing in Clark County due to the leadership and support at the Area Agency on Aging and Disabilities of Southwest WA and HOPE Dementia Support, Regional Lead Organizations in Clark County for Dementia Friends Washington.

Learn more

Way to go, Josie Beierl! Josie, our UW Medicine social work practicum student, held her first Dementia Friends session for her social work cohort at Harborview Medical Center! (3rd from left in photo)

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. May 15, 1pm - 2:30pm Know the 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's and Other Dementias. Learn more.

Register today for May 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, May 14

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. 

Frye Art Museum here:now Artwork Discussions- Online

Select Tuesdays; 1-2pm PT

Explore art from the comfort of your own home in a facilitated, small-group discussion with a museum. Please and learn more here

Maude's Garden

Tomorrow, May 4th is.... Herb Day! (It was created and organized by the HerbDay Coalition, a group of five non-profit groups. The holiday encourages people to learn more about herbs, grow them and use them more in their daily lives.) Today, in the Garden Discovery Program in Maude's Garden at the Memory Hub, we began the 'Herb of the Month!" presentation.

May's Herb of the Month is catmint (nepeta x faassenii), or field balm, which has long been used as a folk remedy to promote calm and relieve toothaches and tension headaches. Participants enjoyed an herbal tea brewed with fresh catmint and created botanical suncatchers with flowers and leaves from Maude's Garden.

"I would have never thought of this activity in a million years," said one participant. "And this is something anyone could do with stuff lying around the house."

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

Memory Café in Bellevue continues this month from 2-3:30 p.m. on Tuesday May 21, and ongoing every 3rd Tuesday of the month. Come together for connection, food, and entertainment at Tutta Bella Neopolitan Pizzeria. More info here

NEW “Wonder Walks” with Wild Whatcom and Northwest Regional Council offer dementia-friendly park walks in the Bellingham area. 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. the last Friday of each month. More info here

NEW Museum in Mind program with the Whatcom Museum and Northwest Regional Council provides a chance for people with early stage memory loss and care partners to explore the current exhibition and enjoy art-based activities. 2-4 p.m. every second Monday of the month. Questions:, 360-778-8935. View flyer here.

COMING SOON – A new monthly Memory Café is planned for Jefferson County’s Revielle Café beginning in June. Details forthcoming – reach out for more information to Jan Svien with the Olympic Area Agency on Aging: 360-344-3030,

Arts in the Park program with Seattle Parks and Recreation and Elderwise offers watercolor painting in Seattle’s Japanese garden for people with memory loss and families. 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. on Wednesdays, May 15 and 29. View info in Parks brochure here, page 31.

Elderwise “Spring for Art” Annual Exhibit and Silent Auction takes place from 2-4:30 p.m. on Saturday May 18 at the Memory Hub, 1021 Columbia St, Seattle. Enjoy refreshments, music, and over 50 framed paintings by people living with dementia who participate in the Elderwise adult day program. Plus a special tea tasting! More info here. 

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