Upcoming Events & Workshops

Get the basics about Alzheimer's (and other dementias), disease progression, providing care, legal issues, community resources and more. 
• Jan 12 – “What is Dementia? What are the warning signs?”
• Jan 26 – “How does the disease progress? What should I expect?” 
• Feb 9 – “How do I start the conversation? How do I cope with the shock?”
Feb 23 – “What are the typical moods and behaviors? How do I manage them?”
Mar 9 – “How do I pay for care? What are the legal things I should do?
Mar 23 – “Where can I turn for help? What are the resources I can rely on?”
Held Fridays from noon to 1 p.m. at the Pierce County Annex, 2401 S. 35th Street in Tacoma. People can attend any or all of the discussions. Sessions are free and open to all. No RSVP required.  Call 253-798-4600.

Five Wishes . . . and More
Many people use “Five Wishes” to address vital questions about their personal hopes and desires in case they are no longer able to make decisions for themselves.  Contemplating the five wishes has enabled people to better understand their own values and the relationships that are most important to them when it comes to their care.  But the “Five Wishes” has proven to be more.  This will be an opportunity for you to preserve your dignity and legacy, receiving a Living Will document called “Five Wishes” and so much more.  Don’t miss this presentation to put your mind at ease.
March 5 - Noon at Pierce County Annex, 2401 S. 35th St., Tacoma
March 6 - 6:30 p.m. at Graham Library, 9202  224th St. E., Graham
March 7 - 6:30 p.m. at South Hill Library, 15420 Meridian E., Puyallup
March 10 - 10 a.m. at Pierce County Sound View Building, 3602 Pacific Ave., Tacoma
Free; No RSVP required.  For more information call the ADRC at 253-798-4600.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers
March 15 - April 19 - Pierce County Aging & Disability Resources offers Powerful Tools for Caregivers, 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 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Pierce County Sound View Building, Ste 200, 3602 Pacific Ave in Tacoma.  Free; reservation required.  Call 253-798-4423 or e-mail.

LGBTQ Aging in Pierce County Town Hall
March 17 - Join us to shape a more inclusive and age friendly Pierce County.  Attend discussion sessions to help design and enhance multi-generational relationships and resources for optimal aging.  It's a time dedicated to aging well!  Held 1 to 4 p.m. at KWA, 123 E. 96th Street in Tacoma.  Please RSVP at 253-798-8787 or  Walk-ins also welcome.  Call 253-798-3807 for more information.

End of Life & Advance Directives
Most Advance Directives are made in a law office and are crafted as legal documents.  But what would they look like from a medical perspective?  When the time comes to implement those directives, options may not be as clear cut as people would anticipate.  Hear from the health care provider perspective about experiences with patients with Advance Directives – and those without – who are facing crucial end-of-life choices.  
Apr 7 - 10:30 a.m. at the Puyallup Library, 324 S. Meridian, Puyallup
Apr 21 -
10:00 a.m. at the Pierce County Sound View Bldg., 3602 Pacific Ave., Tacoma
Free; No RSVP required.  For more information call the ADRC at 253-798-4600.

Disasters & Insurance
Pierce County sits squarely in the path of wind storms, flooding, mudslides, earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes and fires.  After a disaster is no time to find out what’s covered, what’s not covered, exceptions, home contents, temporary housing and more.  Understand how well your insurance covers you – or not – before the disaster.  
May 7 - Noon at Pierce County Annex, 2401 S. 35th St., Tacoma;
May 8 - Noon at County City Building 7th Floor Rainier Conf Room, 930 Tacoma Ave;
May 8 - 6:30 pm at Gig Harbor Library, 4424 Pt. Fosdick Dr., NW;
May 14 - 6:30 pm at Sumner Library, 1116 Fryar Ave;
May 16 - 6:30 pm at Lakewood Senior Activity Center, 9112 Lakewood Drive;
May 19 - 10:30 a.m. at Parkland/Spanaway Library, 13718 Pacific Ave., S.

Giving Care, Taking Care - Caregiver Conference
June 4 - This all-day training conference offers 16 workshops on topics of vital interest to caregivers.  Outstanding speakers present practical, down to earth information, and resources for additional help will be on display. The event will be held at the Tukwila Community Center.  Pre-registration required; space is limited.  Call to receive a full brochure and registration form, 1-800-422-3263 or 360-725-2544.