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June 18, 2018
6:00 PM
Lakewood Senior Activity Center
9112 Lakewood Dr., SW
Lakewood, WA 98499
Free; no RSVP required
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ADRC - Oh My Gosh, Now What? (Part 5 of 6)

Monday, June 18, 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 5 of 6 - How do I pay for care? What are the legal things I should do?

Workshop Connects Caregivers with Alzheimer’s Resources

From the moment when a family first suspects a loved one is experiencing the progression of memory loss, the concern always focuses on what’s next.  It’s usually a time of anxiety, fear and confusion.  The sky can seem to be falling in.  In addition to seeking a medical opinion and diagnosis, families can rely on an array of community resources and supports in Pierce County.

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 is designed for individuals with Alzheimer’s or another dementia, families, caregivers and others focusing on the initial journey of memory loss.

“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 Monday evenings from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Lakewood Senior Activity Center, 9112 Lakewood Dr., SW in Lakewood.  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:
• May 14 – “What is Dementia?  What are the warning signs?”
• May 21 – “How does the disease progress?  What should I expect?” 
• June 4 – “How do I start the conversation?  How do I cope with the shock?”
• June 11 – “What are the typical moods and behaviors?  How do I manage them?”
• June 18 – “How do I pay for care?  What are the legal things I should do?
• June 25 – “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.  

“Not all memory loss can be attributed to Alzheimer’s or other dementias,” said Aaron Van Valkenburg, manager of Aging and Disability Resources.  “But when it is families need to know about the helps that are available.  The best approach is to find out how to tap those resources, services and supports that can help caregivers in their new role.  The worst approach is to think that caregivers have to do it all by themselves.”

“Oh My Gosh – Now What?” is 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.