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Seattle Parks Rewrites the Story of Memory Loss

March 5, 2014

Dementia-2-1024x768Yet another reason our urban forests are such an important part of the City: they help improve the lives of people living with dementia. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, every 68 seconds someone in the United States is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. It’s hard to change the statistics regarding memory loss, but Seattle Parks and Recreation is trying to change the memory loss story. By offering programming specifically designed to comfort, engage, and inspire people suffering from memory loss, recreation specialist Mari Becker says, “We are part of the movement to transform what it means to be living with dementia.”

Programming includes going for walks in the parks, watercolor classes, and other activities to be added this spring. Participants really appreciate the social aspect: “Living with memory loss doesn’t have to mean staying at home, feeling isolated,” Becker said. Being outside and experiencing nature is also known to help Alzheimer’s patients, including improving sleep patterns and decreasing aggression.

By volunteering in a forested park, you can help make sure we have healthy, safe, natural public spaces for these kinds of programs, and for everyone in the City. Click here to volunteer with the Green Seattle Partnership.

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  1. May 5, 2014 4:14 am

    With the kind of frenzy we moved toward urbanization in the past neglecting futuristic environmental concerns, it was certain that we will end up in this state. I am quite satisfied with the kind of program you have listed. It reminds me of the phrase that “What goes round comes round”. We might have dejected nature but all our answer and confusion has an outlet with nature. Nature has the power to bring back our lost belongings. At least some kind people like you have that understanding :)

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