Upcoming Events & Workshops

Caregiver Film Series
Grand Cinema - 606 S. Fawcett Ave., Tacoma
Doors Open 10:30 a.m.;  Films begin at 10:45 a.m.
Aug 4 - Theory of Everything  (Tickets now available)  (Film starts 10:45)
Caregiving can put enormous stress on relationships.  Young Stephen Hawking falls in love with Cambridge student Jane Wilde.  Soon after he is diagnosed with ALS.  As Hawking becomes consumed by work and the effects of ALS, Jane tries to care for him and their young children.  Learn what self-care means and how things can be better for all with proper attention.  RSVP required - free tickets.
Sept 8 - Happy Tears  (Tickets available Aug 5)  (Film starts 10:45)
Oct 13 - Miss You Already  (Tickets available Sept 9)  (Film starts 10:45)
Nov 10 - Glen Campbell:  I'll be Me   (Tickets available Oct 14)  (Film starts 10:45)
Dec 8 - the Descendants  (Tickets available Nov 11)  (Film starts 10:45)
Mar 9 - August: Osage County  (Tickets available Feb 1)  (Film starts 10:45)
Apr 13 - The Diving Bell & the Butterfly  (Tickets available Mar 10)  (Film starts 10:45)
May 11 - You're Not You  (Tickets available April 14)  (Film starts 10:45)
June 8 - Intelligent Lives  (Tickets available May 12)  (Film starts 10:45)

Powerful Tools for Caregivers
July 12 - August 16 - A 6-session class designed to help family caregivers take better care of themselves while caring for a family member or friend.  Caregivers develop a wealth of self-care tools to: reduce stress; change negative self-talk; communicate with family members and healthcare or service providers; communicate more effectively in challenging situations; recognize the messages in their emotions, deal with difficult feelings; and make tough caregiving decisions.  Participants also receive a copy of “The Caregiver Helpbook,” developed specifically for the class.  Held 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. at the Puyallup Library, 324 S. Meridian.  Free; reservation required.  Commitment to attend all six sessions is required.  Call 253-798-4423 or e-mail.

Pierce County Cancer Survivorship Conference
August 8 - Connect with survivors and caregivers to discuss and learn about the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of the caregiver journey.  This free event is presented by multiple community organizations and cancer care advocates.  Held 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the University of Puget Sound.  Learn more on the website or call 253-207-5145.  Register online.

Falls: The Avoidable Epidemic
September is Fall Prevention Month.  Learn about the serious consequences of falling and what you, a spouse or a loved one can do to avoid falls and those nasty consequences.
Sept 10 - 12:10 p.m. at Pierce County Annex, 2401 S. 35th St., Tacoma;
Sept 11 - 10:15 a.m. at Spana-Park Senior Center, 325 - 152nd St. E., Tacoma;
Sept 13 - 11 a.m. at Pt. Defiance~Ruston Senior Center, 4716 N. Baltimore, Tacoma;
Sept 18 - 1 p.m. at Mountain View Community Center, 3607 - 122nd Ave E., Edgewood.
Free; no RSVP required.  Call 253-798-4600 for more information.

Pierce County Alzheimer's Caregiver Conference
Sept 29 - An informational event for individuals and families caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's or another Dementia.  Keynote "Recognizing your Strengths while Making Hard Decisions" by Dr. Mimi Pattison, MD; numerous breakout sessions.  Free.  Doors open 8 a.m.; event begins 9:00 a.m.; concludes 1:00 p.m.  Held at Rainier View Christian Church, 12305 Spanaway Loop Rd., S. in Tacoma.  RSVP by calling 253-798-8787.  

Get the basics about Alzheimer's (and other dementias), disease progression, providing care, legal issues, community resources and more. 
• Oct 1 – “What is Dementia? What are the warning signs?”
• Oct 8 – “How does the disease progress? What should I expect?” 
• Oct 15 – “How do I start the conversation? How do I cope with the shock?”
• Oct 29 – “What are the typical moods and behaviors? How do I manage them?”
• Nov 5 – “How do I pay for care? What are the legal things I should do?
• Nov 19 – “Where can I turn for help? What are the resources I can rely on?”
Held Mondays from 6 pm to 7 pm at the Puyallup Library, 324 S. Meridian.  Attend any or all of the discussions. Sessions are free and open to all.  No RSVP required.  Call 253-798-4600.