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September 23, 2019
10:00 AM
Time Details:
10 - 11 a.m.
Bonney Lake Senior Center
19304 Bonney Lake Blvd. E.
Bonney Lake, WA 98391
Free; No RSVP required
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Oh My Gosh - Now What? - Part 3

Monday, September 23, 2019

There’s no diagnosis like an Alzheimer’s or Dementia diagnosis. More and more families are facing the long road of caring for a loved one with dementia. There is a lot of uncertainty before the diagnosis and in the early stages after the diagnosis. Take a look at the questions and the answers in this 6-part series for families and individuals beginning the journey. Part 3 - How do I start the conversation? How do I cope with the shock?

Tips Offered for Caring for People with Alzheimer’s

Researches worldwide are scrambling to find a cure for Alzheimer’s and other dementias.  Almost 6 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s today.  In 30 years that number is expected to rise to 14 million.  

“We all value our memories,” said Aaron Van Valkenburg, manager of Aging and Disability Resources.  “In fact, 82% of seniors say it’s important to have their thinking or memory checked.  But only 16% say they receive regular cognitive assessments.  That puts an enormous burden on spouses, families and friends to watch for the tell-tail signs of confusion and/or memory loss.”

Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources hosts a new series of the popular “Oh My Gosh – Now What?” seminar beginning September 9, 2019.  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 mornings, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at the Bonney Lake Senior Center, 19304 Bonney Lake Blvd E.  People can attend any or all of the discussions.  Sessions are free and open to all.  People can attend all sessions or just a few.  No RSVP is required.  

The schedule for sessions is:
Sept 9– “What is Dementia?  What are the warning signs?”
Sept 16 – “How does the disease progress?  What should I expect?” 
Sept 23 – “How do I start the conversation?  How do I cope with the shock?”
Sept 30 – “What are the typical moods and behaviors?  How do I manage them?”
Oct 7 – “How do I pay for care?  What are the legal things I should do?”
Oct 14 – “Where can I turn for help?  What are the resources I can rely on?”
Sessions are 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.