Full Width Stripe Momentia Miilestones.png

Learn about the history of the movement

Fall 2018

Momentia is highlighted at various conferences including a presentation at the Alzheimer’s Society Caregivers Conference in Bellingham, WA (October 2018), a poster at the Canadian Association on Gerontology Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting in Vancouver, BC (October 2018), and a presentation at the Gerontological Society of America annual meeting in Boston, MA (November 2018).

May 2018

Q13 Changemaker series features Momentia programs including Taproot’s Improvisation theater workshop, Seattle Parks and Recreation’s “Arts in the Park” watercolor painting program with Elderwise, and the Greenwood Alzheimer’s Cafe.

April 2018

Community partners in Northeast Seattle including Lake City Seniors, Seattle Parks and Recreation, Elderwise, Sea Mar Latino Seniors Program, The Art of Alzheimer’s and Full Life hosted a “Momentia in My Neighborhood” gathering in which persons with dementia and their families designed their own dementia-friendly programs.

April 2018

Momentia is again highlighted at the Alzheimer’s Association’s Discovery Conference in Seattle with a presentation on how to start Alzheimer’s Cafes and Dementia-Friendly Walking Groups, and a workshop on how to develop programs in partnership with people with dementia.

November 2017

Members of The Gathering Place early stage memory loss program at Seattle’s Greenwood Senior Center debut their documentary and photo exhibit, “What We Want the World to Know.” This project communicates profound messages about living with memory loss, while building awareness and challenging stigma.

Fall 2017

Partner organizations such as the Alzheimer’s Society, NW Adult Day Health, NW Regional Council, and Bellingham Senior Activity Center begin meeting alongside community members to design Momentia Bellingham, modeled after Momentia Seattle.

October 2017

Community partners such as Stillaguamish Senior Center, Homage Senior Services, the Alzheimer’s Association, Snohomish Senior Center, Public Hospital District #3, Snohomish County Music Project, Synergy Homecare and Leeside Manor Senior Care host a “Momentia in my Neighborhood” community gathering in which north Snohomish County residents with dementia design their own dementia-friendly programs. This work will combine forces with the outreach efforts around Snomentia in south Snohomish County.

June 2017

Momentia is highlighted on a panel presentation at the Dementia Action Alliance “Re-Imagine Life with Dementia” Conference in Atlanta, GA.

April 2017

Momentia is highlighted at the Alzheimer's Association's Discovery Conference with a presentation on how to start your own dementia-friendly programs.

March 2017

Community partners including Edmonds Center for the Arts, Edmonds Senior Center, Mountlake Terrace Senior Center, Cascadia Art Museum, Cedar Creek and Full Life Care host a "Momentia in My Neighborhood" meeting for South Snohomish County residents with dementia to design their own dementia-friendly programs. This will become SnoMentia, the Snohomish County version of the Momentia movement.

December 2016

The Washington State Dementia Action Collaborative promotes Momentia through their Dementia-Friendly Communities Fact Sheet.

October 2016

Community partners including the Senior Center of West Seattle, Seattle Parks and Recreation, and Providence Mount St. Vincent host a "Momentia in My Neighborhood" meeting for West Seattle residents to design their own dementia-friendly programs.

January 2016

The Art of Alzheimer’s and community partners launch The Art of Alzheimer’s “The Artist Within” exhibit at Seattle City Hall. This large scale, public exhibition of art by persons with dementia is the first of its kind in Washington, and highlights the creative capacities of persons with dementia while raising awareness about local dementia-friendly art programs.

January 2016

yes! magazine highlights the Momentia Movement.

Spring 2015

Public launch of the updated momentiaseattle.org website for showcasing dementia-friendly community events and programs.  Managed by Charlie Reidy and Melinda Franklin.

March 2015

Momentia Seattle Stewardship Team has its first meeting.

January 2014

Members of the Gathering Place early stage enrichment program at Greenwood Senior Center present their anti-stigma project, highlighting their own perspectives on living full and meaningful lives with dementia.  They present their project on the local NPR station as well as at several community events.

January 2014

Momentia New Year's party celebrates "the new dementia story" spreading throughout Seattle.

January 2014

Launch of Momentia Seattle Facebook page.

January 2014

ChangingAging publishes Marigrace Becker's blog post describing Momentia.

December 2013

First public performance of the "Momentia Rap" at Seattle Parks and Recreation Staff Talent Show.

December 2013

Southeast Seattle "Dementia-Friendly Programs" design process begins.  Throughout 2014 this group develops the urban farm volunteer program, drum circle and Momentia at the Royal Room.

November 2013

Launch of online Momentia Calendar to keep track of the growing number of dementia-friendly programs and events.  Developed by Charlie Reidy, Kavan Peterson and Fisher Qua.

Fall 2013

Organizational changes promote the movement.  For example Elderwise creates "Creative Programming Director" position to support community programs; Seattle Parks and Recreation plans for launch of Dementia-Friendly Recreation.

September 2013

First public recognition of "Momentia" as a movement with the Elder Friendly Futures presentation by Marigrace Becker.

Spring 2013

Dr. John Zeisel presents at the Alzheimer’s Association Discovery Conference about his “It Takes A Village” program that provides regular cultural enrichment opportunities for persons living with dementia at public venues like museums, art galleries and theaters. Local organizations are inspired to expand dementia-friendly programs in Seattle, building upon the momentum of existing programs in the area.

Upon Zeisel’s suggestion, organizations that already offer dementia-friendly programs begin meeting monthly. They come together under the name Alzheimer’s Services Coalition, with the purpose to promote current dementia-friendly programs and encourage development of new ones. The word “Momentia” is first used as a nickname or rallying cheer for this coalition. While the Alzheimer’s Coalition disbanded within a year, the word “Momentia” lives on as a name for the grassroots movement made up of the variety of dementia-friendly programs expanding throughout the Puget Sound region.

2010 - 2013 Community-based dementia-friendly programs begin to emerge in the Seattle area