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Early Stage Memory Loss programs

Covid-19 Update: Our team is working remotely starting Monday, March 9. During this time, Early Stage Memory Loss programs will be held online or by phone whenever possible. Please contact us ahead of time to verify details: 1.800.272.3900 or HelpineWA@alz.org

NEW! Virtual Picnics

Join us for food, friends and fun! This offers people living with dementia and their care partners the opportunity to connect and build community in a relaxed and judgment-free setting. No set agenda, just good company and conversation! Make lunch and plan to join us online from the comfort of your own home. 2nd & 4th Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more information or to register, please contact April Scott at apscott@alz.org or (206) 529-3875.

Download the Virtual Picnic flyer here. 

Support groups

Early Stage Memory Loss Support Groups are regularly scheduled meetings to provide emotional, educational and social support for people living with memory loss. Some groups are specifically for younger-onset dementia, meaning they are geared towards individuals who received a dementia diagnosis before the age of 65.

Early Stage Memory Loss Support Groups are currently offered in Coeur d’Alene, Edmonds, Everett, Seattle, Silverdale, Spokane and Tacoma.

Social engagement

Memory cafés:

This program provides an opportunity for people living with memory loss and their care partner(s) to meet in a relaxed and fun atmosphere to connect, engage in conversation and enjoy each other’s company. There is no cost to attend, but attendees are responsible for paying for their own food and drink.

We currently offer memory cafés in:

Community-run memory cafés are also offered in other areas of the state; please feel free to contact us for more information about other locations.

Guided art discussions:

Currently offered at local art museums in Kitsap and Snohomish counties, these monthly programs offer Individuals living with memory loss and their care partner(s) an opportunity to enjoy facilitated art discussions in a relaxed and welcoming environment. The group gathers to learn about and discuss a few key pieces of art in each exhibit and then meets in the museum bistro for conversation following the program.

Zoo walks:

Currently offered in King and Pierce counties, this weekly program offers individuals living with mild memory loss and their care partners the opportunity to stay active, socialize and build relationships with others in similar situations. The group walks through the zoo, enjoying various exhibits, then enjoys conversation and social connection over coffee in the zoo cafe.

Momentia - click here to learn more!

Momentia is a grassroots movement empowering persons with memory loss and their loved ones to remain connected and active in the community. The Puget Sound region is home to a variety of dementia-friendly opportunities offered by a growing number of community members and organizations.

Educational opportunities

 

Early Stage Memory Loss Seminars:

These programs are offered in various locations throughout the year and provide education for people living with mild mild memory loss and their care partner(s). Topics include the basics of dementia, medication and research, legal and financial planning, and coping and communication strategies. It is an opportunity for attendees to learn about Early Stage Memory Loss programs in their area, ask questions, and hear from others who are in similar situations.

Early Stage Memory Loss Forum:

The Alzheimer’s Association Washington State Chapter hosts an annual Early Stage Memory Loss Forum, a day-long educational event for people living in the early stages of Alzheimer’s or dementia and their care partner(s).

Staying Connected:

The Staying Connected educational series is a health promotion and social support program that consists of four weekly 90-minute sessions for people living with memory loss and a companion or care partner. Sessions include a topic discussion, time for socializing and a pleasant homework assignment. The program is designed to benefit the health, mood, and cognitive function of adults living with memory loss.

Early Stage Memory Loss Advisory Council


The Early Stage Memory Loss Advisory Council is comprised of individuals living with mild memory loss and related changes across Washington State and Northern Idaho. Members of the advisory Council assist with chapter initiatives and marketing efforts, engage their local community, serve as ambassadors for the Alzheimer's Association, and help guide the topics covered at local forums and conferences.