Upcoming Events & Workshops

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.

Get the basics about Alzheimer's (and other dementias), disease progression, providing care, legal issues, community resources and more. 
• May 14 – “What is Dementia? What are the warning signs?”
May 21 – “How does the disease progress? What should I expect?” 
June 4 – “How do I start the conversation? How do I cope with the shock?”
June 11 – “What are the typical moods and behaviors? How do I manage them?”
June 18 – “How do I pay for care? What are the legal things I should do?
June 25 – “Where can I turn for help? What are the resources I can rely on?”
Held Mondays from 6 pm to 7 pm at the Lakewood Senior Activity Center, 9112 Lakewood Dr., SW in Lakewood. Attend any or all of the discussions. Sessions are free and open to all. No RSVP required.  Call 253-798-4600.

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.

The Many Mysteries of Medicaid
Medicaid provides a wide variety of health care.  Many seniors rely on Medicaid for long term care – both at home and in facilities.  Learn what Medicaid can do, who can benefit, the limitations and drawbacks and the consequences of drawing on its benefits.
June 4 - Noon at Pierce County Annex, 2401 S. 35th St., Tacoma;
June 4 - 6:30 pm at Sumner Library, 1116 Fryar Ave., Sumner
June 5 - 6:30 pm at Parkland/Spanaway Library, 13718 Pacific Ave., S., Tacoma
June 6 -  6:30 pm at the Lakewood Library, 6300 Wildair Rd., Lakewood.
Free; no RSVP required.  For more information call the ADRC at 253-798-4600.

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.