Upcoming Events & Workshops

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

Oct 13 - Miss You Already  (Tickets now available)  (Film starts 10:45)
An honest and powerful story following two best friends, Milly and Jess, as they navigate life's highs and lows. Inseparable since they were young girls, they can't remember a time they didn't share everything -secrets, clothes, even boyfriends -- but nothing prepares them for the time when friendship transforms into caregiving and challenges the boundaries that draw them together.  Seating is limited.  Click here for tickets or call the ADRC at 253-798-4600.  (Rated PG-13 for thematic content, sexual material and some language)
Nov 10 - Glen Campbell:  I'll be Me   (Tickets available Oct 15)  (Film starts 10:45)
Dec 8 - The Descendants  (Tickets available Nov 12)  (Film starts 10:45)
Mar 9 - August: Osage County  (Tickets available Feb 2)  (Film starts 10:45)
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)

Falls: The Avoidable Epidemic
September is Fall Prevention Month.  Learn about the serious consequences of falling and what you, a spouse or a loved one can do to avoid falls and those nasty consequences.
Sept 10 - 12:10 p.m. at Pierce County Annex, 2401 S. 35th St., Tacoma;
Sept 11 - 10:15 a.m. at Spana-Park Senior Center, 325 - 152nd St. E., Tacoma;
Sept 13 - 11 a.m. at Pt. Defiance~Ruston Senior Center, 4716 N. Baltimore, Tacoma;
Sept 18 - 1 p.m. at Mountain View Community Center, 3607 - 122nd Ave E., Edgewood.
Free; no RSVP required.  Call 253-798-4600 for more information.

Pierce County Fall Prevention Day
Sept 24 - Are falls a natural part of aging?  No!  Unexpected falls can result in a serious and costly injury.  The good news is that most falls can be prevented.  You have the power to reduce your risk of falling.  Learn how.  Free; No RSVP required.  Sponsored by the Pierce County Falls Prevention Coalition.  Read Governor Inslee's Proclamation.  Held 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lakewood Family YMCA, 9715 Lakewood Dr., SW.  Call 253-798-4600 for details.

Pierce County Alzheimer's Caregiver Conference
Sept 29 - An informational event for individuals and families caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's or another Dementia.  Keynote "Recognizing your Strengths while Making Hard Decisions" by Dr. Mimi Pattison, MD; numerous breakout sessions.  Free.  Doors open 8 a.m.; event begins 9:00 a.m.; concludes 1:00 p.m.  Held at Rainier View Christian Church, 12305 Spanaway Loop Rd., S. in Tacoma.  RSVP online or by calling 253-798-8787.

If I Only Knew Then - Avoid Mistakes Choosing a Long-Term Care Facility
People often judge care facilities by their outside facades and interior decor.  While ambiance is nice, other considerations are much more important.   Choosing a facility needs to be done with deliberation and attention to detail.  Making sure of a good fit before the move is essential.  Learn what potential residents and families need to do to make sure the first move is the right move.  
Oct 8 – 12:30 p.m. – Pierce County Annex, 2401 S. 35th St., Tacoma;
Oct 8 – 6:30 p.m. – Lakewood Branch Library, 6300 Wildaire Rd. SW, Lakewood;
Oct 9 – 6:30 p.m. – Sumner Branch Library, 1116 Fryar Avenue, Sumner.
Free; no RSVP required.  Call 253-798-4600 for more information.

Get the basics about Alzheimer's (and other dementias), disease progression, providing care, legal issues, community resources and more. 
• Oct 1 – “What is Dementia? What are the warning signs?”
• Oct 8 – “How does the disease progress? What should I expect?” 
• Oct 15 – “How do I start the conversation? How do I cope with the shock?”
• Oct 29 – “What are the typical moods and behaviors? How do I manage them?”
• Nov 5 – “How do I pay for care? What are the legal things I should do?"
• Nov 19 – “Where can I turn for help? What are the resources I can rely on?”
Held Mondays from 6 pm to 7 pm at the Puyallup Library, 324 S. Meridian.  Attend any or all of the discussions. Sessions are free and open to all.  No RSVP required.  Call 253-798-4600 for additional details.

SHIFT Happens
Oct 16 - A major earthquake for the Puget Sound area is inevitable.  How are you prepared?  John KING-TV reporter Glenn Farley and hear what his reporting and experience has taught him about preparedness.  Free event.  No RSVP required.  Doors open at 6:00 p.m.  Community resources, information and services will also be offered.  Event is 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Rotunda (Bldg 3) at Clover Park Technical College, 4400 Steilacoom Blvd., Lakewood.  (Best to enter off Lakeview Avenue.)  Sponsored by Pierce County Department of Emergency Management and the ADRC.  View the event flyer.  For more information call the Pierce County Aging and Disability Resource Center at (253) 798-4600 or (800) 562-0332.

Making the Link
Oct 17 - A free community resource fair for health care providers, personal health partners, care managers, discharge planners, office staff, social workers, volunteers, churches and ministries that serve the needs of seniors and disabled adults. All are welcome.  Complimentary lunch courtesy of Merrill Gardens Tacoma.  Opportunity to earn 1 CEU for certified case managers, RN's and social workers.  Admission is free but the first 50 people who register online will receive a $5 Starbucks Gift Card.  Held 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the MetroParks Star Center, 3873 S. 66th Street in Tacoma.  Call 253-798-4600 for additional details.