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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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Momentia is highlighted on a panel presentation at the Dementia Action Alliance “Re-Imagine Life with Dementia” Conference in Atlanta, GA.
Momentia is highlighted at the Alzheimer's Association's Discovery Conference with a presentation on how to start your own dementia-friendly programs.
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.
The Washington State Dementia Action Collaborative promotes Momentia through their Dementia-Friendly Communities Fact Sheet.
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.
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.
yes! magazine highlights the Momentia Movement.
Public launch of the updated momentiaseattle.org website for showcasing dementia-friendly community events and programs. Managed by Charlie Reidy and Melinda Franklin.
Momentia Seattle Stewardship Team has its first meeting.
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.
Momentia New Year's party celebrates "the new dementia story" spreading throughout Seattle.
Launch of Momentia Seattle Facebook page.
ChangingAging publishes Marigrace Becker's blog post describing Momentia.
First public performance of the "Momentia Rap" at Seattle Parks and Recreation Staff Talent Show.
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.
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.
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.
First public recognition of "Momentia" as a movement with the Elder Friendly Futures presentation by Marigrace Becker.
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.