Upcoming Events & Workshops

"Powerful Tools” is a 6-week program that provides unpaid family caregivers with the skills and confidence needed to better care for themselves while caring for others. Participants receive a copy of The Caregiver Helpbook, developed specifically for the class.  Free; RSVP required. Call 253-798-4423.  Space limited to 15 participants.  Must commit to attend all six sessions.  Held 10 - 11:30 a.m. at the South Hill Library, 15420 Meridian E., Puyallup.

Images of Aging Film Series
Grand Cinema - 606 S. Fawcett Ave., Tacoma
Doors Open 10:30 a.m.;  Films begin at 10:45 a.m.

August 10The Age of Adaline  (Free tickets available online now or call 253-798-4600)
After miraculously remaining 29 years old for almost eight decades, Adaline Bowman has lived a solitary existence, never allowing herself to get close to anyone who might reveal her secret. But a chance encounter with charismatic philanthropist Ellis Jones reignites her passion for life and romance. When a weekend with his parents threatens to uncover the truth, Adaline makes a decision that will change her life forever.   (Rated PG-13 for a suggestive comment)
September 14 I’ll See You in My Dreams  (Free tickets will be available online starting August 11 or call 253-798-4600)
In this vibrant, funny, and heartfelt film, a widow and former songstress discover that life can begin anew at any age. With the support of three loyal girlfriends, Carol decides to embrace the world, embarking on an unlikely friendship with her pool maintenance man, pursuing a new love interest, and reconnecting with her daughter.  (Rated PG - 13 for sexual material, drug use and brief strong language)
- October 12 - 5 Flights Up
- November 9 - Driving Miss Daisy
- December 14 - The Upside
- March 14 - Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
- April 11 - Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
- May 9 - On Golden Pond
- June 13 - Harold & Maud

Sept 9 - Oct 14 - Oh My Gosh - Now What?
There’s no diagnosis like an Alzheimer’s or Dementia diagnosis.  More and more families are facing the long road of caring for a loved one with dementia.  There is a lot of uncertainty before the diagnosis and in the early stages after the diagnosis.  Take a look at the questions and the answers in this 6-part series for families and individuals beginning the journey.
The schedule for sessions is:
- Sept 9– “What is Dementia?  What are the warning signs?”
- Sept 16 – “How does the disease progress?  What should I expect?”
- Sept 23 – “How do I start the conversation?  How do I cope with the shock?
- Sept 30 – “What are the typical moods and behaviors?  How do I manage them?”
- Oct 7 – “How do I pay for care?  What are the legal things I should do?”
- Oct 14 – “Where can I turn for help?  What are the resources I can rely on?”
Held 10 - 11 a.m at the Bonney Lake Senior Center, 19304 Bonney Lake Blvd E.  for more information call the ADRC at 253-798-4600.

Sept 24 - Aging Out Loud
Save the date.  Pierce County Human Services, in collaboration with Tacoma Older LGBT, is holding a free, full-day conference at the McGavick Conference Center on the grounds of Clover Park Technical College in Lakewood, WA.  Ideas for successful aging will be explored through panels discussing topics such as housing, caregiving, and aging in place, geared for older LGTBQIA+ residents of Pierce County, their family members, friends, and allies.  Registration information will be posted online soon.

Sept 28 - Pierce County Alzheimer's Caregiver Conference
The conference theme is “Food for Thought” and will include a program of nutritional health, brain health, and natural or holistic methods related to Alzheimer’s care.  Local exhibitors will include memory care facilities, legal providers, care management companies, medical sources and information providers.  Free.  Doors open at 8 a.m.; program begins at 9 a.m. sharp; concludes at 1 p.m.  Refreshments provided.  Held at Bellarmine Prep, 2300 S. Washington St. in Tacoma.  Registration coming soon.  

Oct 17 - Making the Link
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.  All are welcome.  Admission is free for Making the Link.  Drop-in event held 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the MetroParks Star Center in Tacoma.

Oct 21 – Social Security Retirement 2020
If you are soon to celebrate your 62 birthday . . . if you are planning on claiming your Social Security benefits soon . . . if you are debating about delaying your benefits . . . if you want to see  your benefits cut by 25% . . . if you want to make your Social Security benefits increase by 32% . . . you want to know more about Social Security . . . if you are receiving your Social Security benefits but have questions . . . if you want to understand the ins and outs of Medicare . . . if you have questions about the future of SSA and Medicare . . . then join us for Social Security Retirement 2020.  Held 4:00-5:30 p.m.  Location TBA.  Sponsored by Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources and the Social Security Administration.