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October 15, 2018
6:00 PM
Puyallup Library
324 S. Meridian
Puyallup, WA 98371
Free; No RSVP required
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Oh My Gosh - Now What? (Part 3)

Monday, October 15, 2018

Part 3 - “How do I start the conversation? How do I cope with the shock?”

Workshop Connects Caregivers with Alzheimer’s Resources

More and more families are confronting the reality of caring for a loved one living with Alzheimer’s.  Today 5.7 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s.  Over 200,000 individuals under age 65 have younger-onset Alzheimer’s.  By 2020 this number is projected to rise to nearly 14 million.  Alzheimer’s disease is the only top 10 cause of death in the United States that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed.

“Almost every family will be impacted by Alzheimer’s or other dementias,” said Aaron Van Valkenburg, manager of Aging and Disability Resources.  “Knowing the facts and understanding the disease early on is important.  The more people know ahead of time about Alzheimer’s and other dementias the better they will be equipped to recognize the symptoms and be supportive of families on the caregiving journey.

Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources hosts this new series of the popular “Oh My Gosh – Now What?” beginning October 1.  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.  Attendees will learn 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 Puyallup Library, 324 S. Meridian in Puyallup.  People can attend any or all of the discussions.  Sessions are free and open to all.  No RSVP is required.  

The schedule for remaining sessions is:
October 15 – “How do I start the conversation?  How do I cope with the shock?”
October 29 – “What are the typical moods and behaviors?  How do I manage them?”
November 5 – “How do I pay for care?  What are the legal things I should do?
November 19 – “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.  

“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.