Highlights of recent accomplishments of the Dementia Action Collaborative (DAC), a public-private partnership committed to implementing the WA State Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias.
“That’s great Seattle has all these dementia-friendly programs, but what about in our area?” It's a common question, so the UW Memory & Brain Wellness Center spent the last year developing and testing a model that new communities can use to start their own dementia-friendly programs.
In Fujian, China, UW Social Work student Yuanjin Zhou became interested in dementia care development, non-pharmaceutical interventions such as music therapy, and fall risk for older adults. She just completed an internship at the UW MBWC to help develop a dementia-inclusive community initiative.
Andrew McCormick, a social worker at Harborview Medical Center for the last 23 years, acts as a guide for families after a dementia diagnosis. Upon his retirement, we reflect on the real difference he's made in people's lives and his contributions to his clinic team.