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Upcoming Events & Workshops



Feb 19 - SAGE Table
Pierce County Aging & Disability Resources, KWA and Tacoma Older LGBT will hold the second SAGE Table Tacoma.  SAGE Table Tacoma brings together a mix of generations from the LGBT and ally communities to create connections over meaningful conversation.  The theme for our winter Table will be “activism” – what does it mean to be an activist?  What role has activism played in your life?  What has led you to choose (or to avoid) direct engagement in activism?  SAGE Table fosters social connectedness, the development of meaningful relationships, and identification with a strong, supportive network within the LGBT community.  Food and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided.  Held at the Portland Avenue Community Center, 3513 E Portland Ave, Tacoma, between 4 and 7 p.m.  Please RSVP to Nellis.Kim@Piercecountywa.gov or info@TacomaolderLGBT.org or call 253-798-3807.

UPDATE: Keys to Caring @ Home is POSTPONED
Due to the expected snow and ice, this series for Feb 11-12-13 has been postponed.  It will be rescheduled at a later date in the spring.  Call 253-798-4600 for more information.

Caregiver Film Series

Grand Cinema - 606 S. Fawcett Ave., Tacoma
Doors Open 10:30 a.m.;  Films begin at 10:45 a.m.
March 9 - August: Osage County  (Click here for tickets.)  (Film starts 10:45)
The death and funeral of their father brings three sisters to the home of their mother, Violet (Meryl Streep), an acid-tongued, pill-popping cancer patient. Daughters Barbara (Julia Roberts), Karen (Juliette Lewis) and Ivy (Julianne Nicholson) -- along with their significant others and various other kin -- take the full brunt of their dysfunctional matriarch's venom, for Violet tells every one of them exactly what she thinks of them.  (Film is rated R - Strong language, drug use)  Tickets available online or call the ADRC at 253-798-4600. 
Apr 13 - The Diving Bell & the Butterfly  (Tickets available Mar 11)  (Film starts 10:45)
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)

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.

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.