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 21 – “Where can I turn for help? What are the resources I can rely on?”
Held Tuesday evenings from 6 p.m. to 7 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.

Fall Prevention Day
Sept 22 - Falls don't "just happen," and people don't fall because they get older.  Often, more than one underlying cause or risk factor is involved in a fall.  As the number of risk factors rises – physical condition, medical issues, home safety hazards – so does the risk of falling.  Learn about how to decrease your risk factors and increase your safety.  Held 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Patriots Landing Retirement Community, 1600 Marshall Circle in Dupont.  Event is free and a light lunch will be provided.  For more info call 253-798-4600 or e-mail the Pierce County Fall Prevention Coalition.

Getting Real About Earthquakes
Oct 11 - Imagine the 6.8 magnitude Nisqually earthquake – for 5 minutes.  Or the 6.2 magnitude Amatrice, Italy earthquake that destroyed roads, water service, electrical power and more for weeks.  While the news highlights “the big one,” what will happen when a much more probable “normal” earthquake hits?  Will the Nisqually or the less spoken of Tacoma fault rupture?  With a region so dependent on highways, utilities and health care, what will likely happen?  How can families with children, seniors and individuals with disabilities prudently prepare?  Find out what you can/should do today and in the coming months. Held 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. at Evergreen State College, 1210 6th Avenue, Tacoma.  Free; No RSVP.  Call 253-798-4600 for more information.

Making the Link
Oct 18 - Annual information, resources, services and supports Expo.  For health care and social service professionals and others serving the needs of older adults and individuals with disabilities.  The public is also welcome.  Held 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the MetroParks Star Center, 3873 S. 66 Street, Tacoma.  Free.  No RSVP required.

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.