December 3, 2020
Workshop Explores Holiday Conversations with Aging Relatives
Conversations: When Families Get Together
Thursday, December 3, 2020
Many families will be gathering (in-person or online) during the holidays. It’s often when adult children start noticing something may be wrong with their aging relatives. Those family conversations can be extremely important. Learn what to watch for, what to talk about and how to address critical issues. Understand how to sensitively bring them up, how to address them, what resources are available and how to make the most of your time together.
Because of time and distance, the holidays often are the only time families get together. This year especially those gatherings may look dramatically different. But the importance of time together this year cannot be underestimated.
Holiday gatherings provide the perfect opportunity for adult children to take a close look at aging parents and relatives and evaluate their continued ability to live independently and safely. Even more important is bringing up issues in conversations that are open, honest and understood by all.
“Conversations: When Families Get Together” is about using those gatherings wisely by helping adult children be alert to major red flags. Among the most pressing topics will be home maintenance, personal hygiene, spoiled food in the cupboard or refrigerator, unpaid bills and more substantial concerns around legal and end-of-life issues. In addition, the webinar will also provide helpful ways to talk about these issues in ways that are sensitive and caring.
“Conversations: When Families Get Together” is an information-only presentation and will be offered twice in December.
- December 3 at 7:00 p.m. (Thursday)
Join Online: https://piercecountywa.zoom.us/j/95869157440
Join by Phone: 253-215-8782 or 888-788-0099; Webinar ID: 958 6915 7440
- December 5 at 10 a.m. (Saturday)
Join online: https://piercecountywa.zoom.us/j/94796969007
Join by Phone: 253-215-8782 or 888-788-0099; Webinar ID: 947 9696 9007
“These days, isolation can be a critical problem for older adults,” said Aaron Van Valkenburg, manager of Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources. “That makes family gatherings so important, whether they are in person or online. Those gatherings make the perfect opportunity for adult children to be vigilant to current or emerging issues that may limit an older adult’s ability to remain at home on their own.”
The presenters for “Conversations: When Families Get Together” will be Michelle Apodaca with 1st CHOICE Advisory, and Deb Morris, Certified Senior Advisor at Evergreen Elder Concierge. Both Apodaca and Morris have long histories of helping families evaluate the ability of older adults to live independently and more supportive living options in the community. These will be impartial, information-only presentations online. No RSVP is required. Sessions are open to all. For more information about the presentations, call the Pierce County Aging and Disability Resource Center at 253-798-4600 or (800) 562-0332.