Upcoming Events & Workshops

Get the basics about Alzheimer's (and other dementias), disease progression, providing care, legal issues, community resources and more. 
• Sept 12 – “What is Dementia? What are the warning signs?”
• Sept 26 – “How does the disease progress? What should I expect?” 
• Oct 10 – “How do I start the conversation? How do I cope with the shock?”
• Oct 24 – “What are the typical moods and behaviors? How do I manage them?”
• Nov 7  – “How do I pay for care? What are the legal things I should do?
• Nov 14 – “Where can I turn for help? What are the resources I can rely on?”
Held Tuesday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Sumner Branch Library, 1116 Fryar Avenue in Sumner. People can attend any or all of the discussions. Sessions are free and open to all. No RSVP required.  Call 253-798-4600.

Being There for Mom & Dad: Caring for Your Loved One in Long Term Care
When a loved one moves into a long term care facility, the work of family has changed, not ended.  Whether it’s a parent, a sibling, a child with a disability or another loved one, it’s important to stay connected and to communicate needs and wishes.  If you have someone close to you in a long term care facility … or if you can foresee the need in the near future … join in this engaging conversation about what staff expects of family and what family can expect of staff.  
•  Nov 1 – 6:30 p.m. at the South Hill Branch Library, 15420 Meridian E.;
•  Nov 6 – 12:10 p.m. at the Pierce County Annex Main Meeting Room, 2401 S. 35th Street; 
•  Nov 6 – 6:30 p.m. at the Bonney Lake Branch Library, 18501 90th St E; 
•  Nov 13 – 6:30 p.m. at the Lakewood Branch Library, 6300 Wildaire Rd, SW.
All presentations are free.  No RSVP required.

Social Security 2018
This is a fast-paced presentation for anyone anticipating their retirement benefits and those currently receiving benefits.  The workshop will update recent changes, discuss early retirement and present effective strategies that can maximize benefits.  Participants will also learn how to negotiate the rules about working, either full or part time, while receiving benefits.   Presenter is Kirk Larson, Public Affairs Specialist, from the Social Security Administration.  Free; No RSVP required.  Held 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Lakewood Senior Activity Center, 9112 Lakewood Dr., SW.  For more information call the ADRC at 253-798-4600.