Memory Loss Program

About the PNA Memory Loss Program

Our nationally-recognized memory loss programs include support for early-stage memory loss, opportunities to socialize for people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, and cultural and social events specifically tailored for the needs of those with memory loss and caregivers.

Gathering Place

Tuesdays, 1-3 pm, online. $20/session.
Thursdays, 1-4 pm, GSC. $40/session.

 The Gathering Place is an early-stage memory loss program for people living with ‘early-stage’ Alzheimer’s, Mild Cognitive Impairment or other kinds of diagnosed memory disorders that impact their daily living. This program fosters a strong sense of community while providing cognitive stimulation, exercise, cultural enrichment, and discussion. The Gathering Place runs on a quarter system but new members can be added throughout the year. There is no drop-in availability. Pre-screening is required. Contact Kristen for screening: gro.r1708638316etnec1708638316yenni1708638316hp@on1708638316etsir1708638316k1708638316.

Thirteen Lessons From Those Living with Memory Loss

Persons living with cognitive challenges offer lessons to springboard further conversation

The Gathering Place, North Seattle’s unique early-stage memory loss program, teamed up with Dr. John Zeisel of I’m Still Here, a foundation promoting a life-fulfilling approach to living with dementia, to develop 13 impactful memory loss lessons. Reflecting their real-life experiences, these lessons offer a distinctive perspective into challenges faced daily by persons living with cognitive impairment. A valuable resource for individuals, care partners, and professionals the “Lessons” are intended to positively impact the lives of those dealing with these issues.

The “Lessons” provide intimate insight and advice to others in the words of those living with cognitive challenges about how to be helpful. An important aim: to inspire a movement towards building dementia-friendly communities.

Living with Memory Loss Video: In Our Own Words

A documentary film by participants of The Gathering Place, Memory Loss: In Our Own Words

Short version film

Watch the full version of the film (16 min)

Additional Programs

All Present Song Circle

Mondays, 1-2 pm. GSC. $5 PNA Members (pre-pay only)/$7 Public and drop-in.

A chorus for people with memory loss, and community members who love to sing. Song sheets will be provided. Register 206.297.0875.

Brain Games

1st & 3rd Wednesdays, 1-2 pm. Online. Free.

Join us for games and exercises designed to support your cognitive health. This hour-long program is sure to give your brain a workout! Suitable for participants with MCI and ESML. Register: gro.r1708638316etnec1708638316yenni1708638316hp@on1708638316etsir1708638316k1708638316.

ESML Art Appreciation

2nd & 4th Wednesdays, 1-2 pm. Online. Free.

Let’s appreciate art together! This program includes viewings of classic and contemporary works of visual art along with guided discussion, all in a relaxed, supportive setting. Suitable for folks with Mild Cognitive Impairment and ESML Register: gro.r1708638316etnec1708638316yenni1708638316hp@on1708638316etsir1708638316k1708638316.

ESML Community Service Group

2nd Mondays, 11 am-1 pm. GSC. Free.

Come join others to make a positive impact on the community. We’ll be assembling hygiene and dental kits for those in our community who are unsheltered and then sharing lunch together at the Senior Center. RSVP to Kristen Oshyn: gro.r1708638316etnec1708638316yenni1708638316hp@on1708638316etsir1708638316k1708638316.

Music and Mindfulness

Fridays, 11 am-12 pm. GSC. Free.

Practice mindfulness, relaxation and self-awareness and learn how to implement these practices in your life. Sessions will incorporate breathwork, gentle movement and instrumental improvisations all while focusing on relaxation and restoration. This class will also be accessible to those with early to mid-stage memory loss along with their care partners. Instructor Kate Schnieder has a Bachelor’s of Music in Music Therapy and is a board-certified music therapist. Register: 206.297.0875.

Support Groups

Advanced Dementia Spousal Caregiver Support Group *online*

Meets online 3rd Wednesday of each month, 1-2:30 pm

Support and resources for spousal caregivers of those living with advanced dementia, either at home or in a facility. To attend, contact Kristen: gro.r1708638316etnec1708638316yenni1708638316hp@on1708638316etsir1708638316k1708638316

Early Stage Memory Loss (ESML) *online*

Meets virtually 1st & 3rd Mondays of the month, 10:30 am-noon.

For those diagnosed with mild memory loss issues. Support group meets 1st & 3rd Mondays of each month to discuss coping, communication and other areas of concern. Screening with Kristen is required before participation – call 206.230.0166 for details. To attend, contact Kristen: gro.r1708638316etnec1708638316yenni1708638316hp@on1708638316etsir1708638316k1708638316

ESML Caregiver Support Group: Spouses *online*

Meets virtually on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. 10:30 am-12 pm.

Monthly group for any spouse who is a caregiver of someone with early-stage memory loss. To attend, contact Kristen: gro.r1708638316etnec1708638316yenni1708638316hp@on1708638316etsir1708638316k1708638316

Mid-Stage Memory Loss Caregiver Support Group: Spouses *online*

Meets virtually on the 4th Tuesday of each month. 10:30 am-12 pm.

Monthly group for any spouse who is a caregiver of someone with mid-stage memory loss. To attend, contact Kristen: gro.r1708638316etnec1708638316yenni1708638316hp@on1708638316etsir1708638316k1708638316

Living Independently with Memory Loss Diagnosis

2nd Wednesdays, 10:30 am-12 pm. GSC & Online. Free.

If you have diagnosed memory loss and are managing life alone, join us for a facilitated conversation of shared concerns and resources. RSVP to Kristen Oshyn: gro.r1708638316etnec1708638316yenni1708638316hp@on1708638316etsir1708638316k1708638316.

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