Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Seattle Parks And Recreation Offering Classes For Those Living With Memory Loss

This year, Seattle Parks and Recreation is piloting a variety of recreation programming geared towards people who live with memory loss, through the Lifelong Recreation program, for those over fifty years old. 

The information says:

Dementia-friendly recreation programs are being piloted in response to the growing number of people living with dementia in the community, and the recognition that persons with dementia can lead full and meaningful lives.
These “dementia–friendly” activities are intended to enhance the lives of those living with early stage memory loss. Care partners are also welcome to participate. Programs offer participants a chance to engage, create, learn, and be active, all in a stimulating and supportive environment.

Seattle Parks and Recreation will work with other innovative community partners such as Greenwood Senior Center, the Alzheimer’s Association, Aegis on Madison, Elderwise and Outdoors for All, to offer a variety of dementia-friendly recreation programs such as a vigorous fitness class at Miller Community Center, watercolor painting at the Seattle Japanese Garden and Volunteer Park, a snowshoe hike near Snoqualmie Pass, a memory loss walking group at Woodland Park Zoo, and a volunteer program at Cherry Street Food Bank.

Over 5 million Americans live with Alzheimer’s disease, and that number is expected to triple by the year 2050. Many who are diagnosed feel fearful, lost and alone. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Many living with memory loss are finding opportunities to stay connected and enjoy life.
Parks Recreation Specialist Mari Becker said “For too long, the dementia story has been all about fear, loss of purpose, and isolation. The new dementia story is about hope, meaning and connection. And the entire community can play a part in making that happen!”

For more information contact Mari Becker at 206-684-4664 or by email at Additional information can be found on the Facebook page and here.
This press release is available on Seattle Parks and Recreation’s blog, Parkways.

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