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The Memory Loss Compass Rose: Towards a New Identity, Hope, and Strength Post-Diagnosis

May 28, 2021

Chapter 2 of My Journey from Disease into Advocacy by Kevin Kvarda

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What’s In the Works at the Memory Hub: A Glimpse Behind the Scenes!

May 20, 2021

A space for community, collaboration and impact has never felt more vital.

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The Power of Caregiver Advocacy: A Grassroots Effort to Improve COVID-19 Vaccine Access For Vulnerable Older Adults

May 11, 2021

Read about the community collective who pushed for more equitable vaccine access for Seattle's refugee and immigrant communities, especially older adults and caregivers who live at home.

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Building a Culturally Engaging Brain Health Program for African American Communities, One Step at a Time

May 07, 2021

The SHARP study aims to forestall memory loss through walking and reminiscing in Portland's historically Black neighborhoods, led by Raina Croff, PhD, of Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine. Now, we are working with an amazing team to pilot the program in Seattle!

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A Window of Opportunity: Connection, Joy from Tai Chi Classes Held through a Pane of Glass

April 22, 2021

How tai chi classes, taught by Master Joe Liao at a Bellingham memory care community, opened up ways for families to connect with loved ones during the isolation and stress of the pandemic.

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Dementia-Friendly Activities – Virtually!

March 24, 2021

A year into the COVID-19 pandemic, the landscape of opportunities for people with memory loss and their families to stay socially, physically and cognitively active has shifted dramatically. Read about how the MBWC shifted events to a virtual format and how everyone can now access local virtual dementia-friendly programs.

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On Dementia: Care, Community, and Creativity: You’re Invited

January 25, 2021

The UW Memory and Brain Wellness Center joins the Frye Art Museum and Aging Wisdom in presenting "On Dementia: Care, Community, and Creativity," a series of three conversations with leaders in elder care who have published books in 2020 that bring hope, connection, and joy to adults living with dementia, their care partners, families, friends, and those who provide support.

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Healing Hearts through the Power of Music

June 29, 2020

Today, we celebrate Pastor Patrinell “Pat” Wright of Seattle for extending joy to the memory loss community through song.

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A Voice For Seattle’s Seniors

June 28, 2020

Today, we celebrate Brenda Charles-Edwards, a local businesswoman, senior advocate, and Dementia Champion.

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Sweeping Aside the Clouds: The Wisdom behind Indigenizing Evidence-Based Health Programs for Elders

May 21, 2020

Becky Bendixen is a Tribal Program Specialist at the Northwest Regional Council and the co-creator of the health intervention program Wisdom Warriors. She generously shares the story driving her passion to improve the health and wellbeing of Elders and of Native communities more broadly. It is one of heartbreak, healing, and the power of connecting to Unangam traditional culture and dance.

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Wicked Diseases, Advocacy, and Gifts, Oh My! 

May 12, 2020

My Journey from Disease into Advocacy powered by P.R.I.S.M and P.U.S.H. By community member Kevin Kvarda 

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The Importance of Nature in Times of Social Distancing

March 30, 2020

Nature and natural experiences come in all shapes and sizes. We can decorate a bland office with a basket of succulents. We can take a walk in a public garden or hike up Mount Si or a favorite forest trail. Or, we can simply enjoy birdwatching from our kitchen window.

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New Resources Equip Budding Dementia Self-Advocates

September 30, 2019

Across the globe, a growing number of people with dementia are making a difference through self-advocacy, an effort the Alzheimer’s Society defines as “having a voice; being able to represent yourself; being able to express your views and needs.”

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“A Kaleidoscope of Experience” at the Dementia Without Borders Event

July 11, 2019

At Dementia Without Borders 2019, a diverse crowd gathered at the Canada-US border to celebrate the creativity, advocacy efforts, and social citizenship of persons living with dementia.

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It’s time to launch a hub for dementia-friendly communities. Will you help us name it?

January 10, 2019

The UW Memory and Brain Wellness Center is crowdsourcing inspiration. Our Center will launch a hub for dementia-friendly communities on First Hill, which will house dementia-specific support, education, engagement, and empowerment programs; and much more. First, it needs a name.

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