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Dementia-Friendly Programming

LIBRARY CORNER

Wendy Pender, KCLS Older Adults Project Specialist | Mar 26, 2017, noon

Are you or a loved one living with memory loss? At the King County Library System (KCLS) we recognize that Alzheimer’s and related dementias are a reality for more and more families. With that in mind, KCLS now offers dementia-friendly programming! This year we are partnering with the Frye Museum to bring its successful “Meet Me at the Movies” program to the Burien and Bothell libraries.

“Meet Me at the Movies” is a unique film experience. Short clips from classic and contemporary films are shown, followed by audience discussion and reminiscence guided by a moderator. The dates for these relaxing, enjoyable afternoons are May 6 at the Bothell Library (18215 98th Ave NE) at 3pm, and August 5 and November 4 at the Burien Library (400 SW 152nd St.), also at 3pm. The themes change with each event in the series, and the May 6 session focuses on pets and animals. Come join us at Bothell Library – perhaps we’ll glimpse Lassie, Rin-Tin-Tin, Mr. Ed - or even Flipper, Moby Dick or Nemo!

In addition to “Meet Me at the Movies,” we are also partnering with Silver Kite Community Arts to bring dementia-friendly art classes to our community. Held on Friday mornings, these classes provide people experiencing memory loss and their care partners opportunities to engage with dance, poetry, music and art in fun, creative “sampler” sessions over the course of several weeks. Classes will be held at the Bothell Library at 10:30am on Friday, April 28, May 5, 12 and 19, and the Burien Library next fall. Space is limited; please call Wendy Pender at 425-369- 3285 to register or for more information.

Thanks to the KCLS Foundation for its generous support of these programs! As always, check out www.kcls.org/browse/50 for more!

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