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Date:
January 12, 2018
Time:
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location:
Pierce County Annex Main Meeting Room
Address:
2401 S. 35th Street
Tacoma, WA 98409
Contact:
253-798-4600
Cost:
Free; no RSVP required
ADA:
Yes
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ADRC - Oh My Gosh, Now What? (Part 1 of 6)

Friday, January 12, 2018

Take a look at the questions and the answers in this 6-part series for families and individuals beginning the journey with Alzheimer's or another dementia. Part 1 of 6 - What is Dementia? What are the warning signs?

Series offers Help, Supports for Beginning Stage Alzheimer’s

Individuals and families dealing with memory loss or facing a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s are typically filled with anxiety, fear and confusion.  It’s a time when the sky can seem to be falling in.  But there is hope, there are resources and there is help.

Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources is hosting a new series of the popular “Oh My Gosh – Now What?”  The 6-part series of discussions for families and individuals focuses on the initial journey of memory loss through Alzheimer’s and other Dementias will be held at a lunchtime event starting on Friday, January 12.

“Oh My Gosh – Now What?” covers the warning signs and symptoms, managing behaviors, the disease progress, legal concerns, financial issues and local resources.  All sessions will be held Fridays from noon to 1:00 p.m. at the Pierce County Annex Main Meeting Room, 2401 S. 35th Street in Tacoma.  People can attend any or all of the discussions.  Sessions are free and open to all.  No RSVP is required.  

The schedule for sessions is:
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?”
Sessions be led by Kris Sawyers-Dowling and Jessica Girard, two case managers with Aging and Disability Resources who specialize in providing practical help to individuals and families coping with memory loss.  

“We all hope that someday researchers will discover the magic cure for Alzheimer’s and other dementias,” said Aaron Van Valkenburg, manager of Aging and Disability Resources.  “While that hasn’t happened yet, there is significant progress in understanding the disease and developing successful therapies that delay its progression and manage its symptoms.  This series provides accurate, helpful information from reliable sources about caring for family members with Alzheimer’s.” 

“Oh My Gosh – Now What?” is jointly sponsored by the Pierce County Aging and Disability Resource Center.  For additional information about the series call the Aging and Disability Resource Center at (253) 798-4600.