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Collaborating for a Dementia-Friendly Washington: Moving Forward Together
Tuesday, September 19, 2023 to Wednesday, September 20, 2023
Category: Affiliate Events

Collaborating for a Dementia-Friendly Washington: Moving Forward Together

September 19-20, 2023

Do you want to make your town or city a more welcoming and inclusive place for people with dementia and their families? Join us for "Collaborating for a Dementia-Friendly Washington: Moving Forward Together,” a statewide virtual conference featuring strategies, programs, and initiatives you can use to build a more dementia-friendly community!

  • A 2-day virtual event, 9 a.m.– 12 p.m. Tues/Wed September 19–20, with a pre-conference virtual “happy hour” from 4 – 5 p.m. on Monday, September 18.
  • NEW this year, partners in Clark, King, Spokane, and Whatcom Counties are organizing in-person networking events for conference attendees the afternoon of Tuesday, September 19. See event website for more info.

The conference is for anyone who wants to take action to make their community more dementia-friendly, including people with dementia, caregivers, and people who work or volunteer in a variety of public settings: aging and senior services, arts and culture, chambers of commerce, city government, community centers, cultural associations, faith communities, libraries, neighborhood groups, parks and recreation, service clubs, social or health care services. Whether you joined us for a previous conference or are attending for the first time, you’ll take away plenty of practical ideas and helpful tools!


Topics include:

  • Overview of the Dementia Friendly America model and resources
  • Culturally-celebratory dementia-friendly programs and initiatives
  • How to start a Memory Café program in your community
  • Using the Dementia Friends program for dementia awareness, including a tailored approach for Indigenous communities
  • Engaging faith communities in the dementia-friendly movement
  • Launching a dementia-friendly chorus: the Giving Voice model
  • And more!

Sliding scale $0 - $40 registration fee.

The event is organized by the UW Memory and Brain Wellness Center, on behalf of the Washington State Dementia Action Collaborative, with primary funding from the Aging and Long Term Support Administration, and with a planning committee made up of advisors from across the state.