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Momentia is coming to Arlington

 


Those living with dementia or taking care of someone with dementia may have more to do in the future as local grassroots movement Momentia is starting in Arlington.

The movement, which began in Seattle, will hold their first “Snomentia-North” meeting on Aug. 3 at the Stillaguamish Senior Center.

In south Snohomish County and in King County local groups have worked together to provide more activities for those with dementia and their caregivers.

“Most of these people are so isolated and shunned by society,” said Debra Cook, family caregiver specialist at the Stillaguamish Senior Center.

Cook said that it can be difficult to integrate those with dementia into regular society, especially if they get nervous or stressed easily.

Momentia was started in Seattle to provide those opportunities. “They need to have these friendly sort of outings,” said Cook.

The Seattle group began a couple of years ago, and was started at the University of Washington based off of similar groups in the United Kingdom.

They worked with businesses and organizations to find those that would be willing to host events for those with dementia and receive dementia-friendly training.

That group has helped host activities like going to an art museum or walking through the Woodland Park Zoo, said Cook.

“It allows people to do neat activities as care givers with their care receivers (those who might have dementia),” she said.

This helps those who are isolated get out. She added that it can be hard on the 24/7 caregiver as well, and these programs give them interaction too.

Now the program is coming to the north Snohomish County and meetings will begin to be hosted at the Stillaguamish Senior Center at 18218 Smokey Point Blvd., Arlington.

“We’re really excited to be a part of trying to find dementia-friendly activities in north Snohomish County,” said Cook.

She said that some groups like the local master gardeners have already reached out.

The Lakewood IHOP already hosts a regular “Alzheimer’s Cafe” where simplified menus are available, which is the kind of group activity Cook hopes there can be more of in the area.

Numerous local organizations have been invited to take part in the first meeting of Snomentia-North, said Cook.

“Their input could help us brainstorm what they can contribute to a dementia-friendly community,” she said.

She hopes to find those organizations that want to participate.

“Usually it takes connecting with someone who has had dementia in the family. They have to be eager to help,” she said.

Cook said that about one in 10 people will live with dementia at some point.

Cook encourages any organization, caregiver or care receiver that is interested to contact her at dcook@stillycenter.org or at 425-248-5276.

 

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