Upcoming Events & Workshops

March 23 - Aging into the Future: Pierce County 2020-2030
Help Shape the Future for Older Adults and Individuals with Disabilities in Pierce County
A conference to inform, challenge and inspire.  How can Pierce County (government, businesses, non-profits, faith communities, etc.) prepare for a future when over 25% of our residents will be older adults and a significant percentage of people with disabilities living at home.  Intended for seniors, individuals with disabilities, caregivers, families, service providers, business owners, and others.  Topics include Aging in Place, Housing, Transportation, Long Term Health, Personal Wellness, Legislative, Threats to Independence, and the Financial Security.  Includes extensive audience feedback opportunities.  Held 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the McGavick Conference Center, Clover Park Technical College, 4500 Steilacoom Blvd., SW, Lakewood.  Free.  Refreshments provided.  RSVP requested online at Brown Paper Tickets or by calling 253-798-4600.

Get the basics about Alzheimer's (and other dementias), disease progression, providing care, legal issues, community resources and more. 
• April 4 – “What is Dementia? What are the warning signs?”
• April 11 – “How does the disease progress? What should I expect?” 
• April 18 – “How do I start the conversation? How do I cope with the shock?
• April 25 – “What are the typical moods and behaviors? How do I manage them?”
• May 2 – “How do I pay for care? What are the legal things I should do?"
• May 9 – “Where can I turn for help? What are the resources I can rely on?”
Held Thursdays from 12 noon to 1 pm at the Parkland Spanaway Branch Library, 13718 Pacific Avenue, S.  Attend any or all of the discussions. Sessions are free and open to all.  No RSVP required.  Call 253-798-4600 for additional details.

Caregiver Film Series
Grand Cinema - 606 S. Fawcett Ave., Tacoma
Doors Open 10:30 a.m.;  Films begin at 10:45 a.m.
April 13 - What They Had  (Click here for free tickets.)  (Film starts 10:45)
The 2018 drama film stars Hilary Swank as the daughter who returns home, Blythe Danner as her mother who is now dealing with memory loss and Robert Forster as her dedicated husband.  Promises are sometimes made that become impossible to keep.  The family is in crisis as progression of the disease and the need for care has now reached a tipping point for everyone.  (The film is rated R for language including a brief sexual reference.)  Free tickets available online or call the ADRC at 253-798-4600. 
May 11 - You're Not You  (Tickets available April 15)  (Film starts 10:45)
June 8 - Intelligent Lives  (Tickets available May 13)  (Film starts 10:45)

June 6-July 18 - Powerful Tools for Caregivers
"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.