Dementia Services

Becoming dementia friendly
Dealing with dementia can be lonely for many families, but we’re working to change that. It is estimated that there will be nearly 20,000 people living with dementia in Pierce County by 2030.  By increasing awareness and offering supportive services, LCS Northwest is a leader in creating a dementia friendly Pierce County.

We are offering several dementia friendly services, in addition to our existing programming:

  • Dementia Friends
  • Opening Minds through Art (OMA)
  • Music & Memories
Dementia Friends, Opening Minds through Art (OMA), and Music & Memories sessions are held in person or virtually.  To learn more about other programming opportunities please call 253-272-8433 or email us at

Dementia Friends

Focusing on community education, our goal is to increase awareness for dementia and reduce the stigma associated with it.




“The Dementia Friends information session was helpful to us because it has allowed us to view people with dementia as some of the most precious, sensitive, and valuable human beings.  We have a new and profound appreciation for them! Thank you LCSNW for helping us become Dementia Friends.”


 ~ Janet Brown
Beacon Senior Center Activity Coordinator

Build community, get involved

We need your help in building a dementia-friendly community. Three ways to get involved are:

  • Listen and Advocate – Invite us to present a FREE one-hour information session to your organization, business or community group.  Education is key to reducing stigma.
  • Volunteer – Our information sessions will help you work with people who are living with dementia.  We will find the right role for you to help create a Dementia Friendly Pierce County.
  • Recommend – Share information about our Dementia Services with others.

To learn more about becoming a dementia friend, please call 253-272-8433 or email us at


Opening Minds Through Art (OMA)

We pair people with dementia and other cognitive challenges with trained volunteers to create works of art in this six week program. An art show with all participants is held on the last day of each session. OMA gives people living with dementia the opportunity to freely express themselves artistically and:

  • Helps people with dementia live more fully
  • Builds relationships between people with dementia and volunteers
  • Shows that people with dementia remain creative and can express themselves uniquely, even with memory issues



Watch this video from Q13 Fox “Driver on the Street: Opening Minds through Art”
To learn more about OMA, please call 253-272-8433 or email us at



Here are some samples of artwork created by OMA participants:

12 Views by S.C.

Fourth of July by L.L.

Glitter Design by B.S.

Happiness by B.S.

Pretty Everything by L.L.

The Runway by B.H.

Unnamed by G.H.

Yikes by D.H.

To learn more about OMA, please call 253-272-8433 or email us at
Music & Memories

Music and Memories supports people living with dementia and their care partners to engage creatively and joyfully in musical activities. Participants will sing, play instruments and move to the music with a goal of improving quality of life and increasing social interaction. It will also give them a sense of empowerment, increasing their self-worth, confidence and identity.

  • Pre-registration for the FREE in-person or virtual sessions is required.
  • Sessions will last 6 weeks for one-hour per week.


Meet our Music Instructor, Amy, in this short video! To learn more about Music and Memories, please call 253-272-8433 or email us at



Volunteer Opportunities

Opening Minds through Art (OMA)

Volunteers (age 18 and over) will receive training in the Opening Minds through Art (OMA) method and philosophy and will be paired with an artist (person living with dementia), assisting them to create beautiful works of abstract art. These intergenerational relationships will increase your confidence and comfort level towards people with dementia. Classes are in person or virtual.

A one-hour training is required, and the commitment is for one hour per week.
Contact or 253-272-8433 if you are interested.

“Volunteering with OMA has improved my perspective and interaction with patients with dementia.
Instead of avoiding them, I became more self-confident in communicating with dementia patients.
In addition, with this one-hour-a-week class, I can help alleviate stress from their caregivers and
provide more autonomy to the artists.
My favorite part of these OMA sessions is watching the artists
be utterly amazed with their artwork, which showcases their own creativity, individuality, and volition.”

~ From Allyson Garcia, OMA volunteer from PLU


Music and Memories

Research shows that music can evoke memories that have been lost to dementia and other cognitive challenges. This activity, which includes singing and instruments, allows people living with dementia to make music with others who have similar challenges without the fear of stigma.
Volunteers (age 18 and over) are needed to:

          • Help set up and put back the room
          • Hand out instruments
          • Encourage participation by being willing to join along and have fun with music

            No musical experience required.
            Contact or 253-272-8433 if you are interested.
Frequently asked questions

What is Dementia Friendly Pierce County?
Dementia Friendly Pierce County is an initiative to create a community who understands the needs of people living with dementia and their care partners and who commits to providing a safe, supportive and inclusive place for them.  The initiative is funded by a federal grant from the Administration for Community Living, in support of the nationwide Alzheimer’s Disease Program initiative.

How many people in Pierce County have dementia?
12,497 and this number is expected to grow to 19,757 in the next 10 years.

What is the difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s?
Dementia is the umbrella term used for a spectrum of diagnosis regarding cognitive diseases including Alzheimer’s disease, Vascular Dementia, Lewy Body Dementia and others.  So while Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia, the term dementia encompasses much more.

How many family members are care partners to someone with Alzheimer’s?
In Washington State there are over 353,000 family caregivers providing over 402 million hours of care annually.

Is dementia fatal?
The diseases under the umbrella of dementia are fatal at some point, the length of time between diagnosis and death vary by individual.  There currently is no cure for Alzheimer’s, though much research is being done on this front.

 What can I do to lower my risk of getting dementia?
Studies have shown that healthy eating, moderate exercise and engaging in activities that stimulate the brain are helpful.

How can I help someone with dementia?
Learning to be compassionate and patient with people with cognitive issues is a great first step.  You can learn more by becoming a Dementia Friend.  Sessions are currently virtual, last one hour, suitable for all ages, and free.  Email for more information or attend a session.

Where can I find out more about dementia?
You can contact the LCS Northwest Dementia Services department at

Other resources include:
Washington State Alzheimer’s Association:
Pierce County ADRC:

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