Many older adults have a dream that they will be able to live worry-free lives after their working years. In theory, Social Security, retirement benefits and savings are their means to continue living healthy, active lives. But often times that income shrinks and financial pressures grow.
“Every Last Cent”, a free presentation, aims to connect older adults, their families and friends with a huge array of available benefits and programs so they may continue to live safely in their own homes. The presentation is a collaborative effort of Pierce County’s Aging and Disability Resource Center, Sound Outreach and Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA).
“Every Last Cent” will be presented six times in June:
- June 16 – 12:30 p.m. at the Puyallup Senior Activity Center, 210 W. Pioneer in Puyallup
- June 19 – 12:10 p.m. at the Pierce County Annex Main Meeting Room, 2401 S. 35th St. in Tacoma
- June 19 – 6:30 p.m. at the Graham Branch Library, 9202 - 224th St. E. in Graham
- June 20 – 6:30 p.m. at the Gig Harbor Branch Library, 4424 Pt. Fosdick Dr. NW in Gig Harbor
- June 21 – 12:10 p.m. at the County-City Building, 930 Tacoma Ave. S., 7th Floor Rainier Conference Room in Tacoma
- June 22 – 6:30 p.m. at the Parkland-Spanaway Branch Library, 13718 Pacific Ave S. in Tacoma
Resources covered will include property tax reduction, Medicare assistance, family caregiver support, Medicaid, prescription drug help, Veterans benefits, energy assistance, weatherization, Orca cards, park admissions, retail discounts and more.
“With inflation and the increasing costs of medical care, many seniors do feel a pinch,” said Aaron Van Valkenburg, Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources manager. “But the resources that can help fill the void are absolutely amazing. We hope to reveal the hidden secrets that are available to support seniors and their families and connect them with the best benefits that can help them remain healthy, safe and independent.”
All presentations are free and open to the public. Anyone of any age can attend. No RSVP is required. For more information about “Every Last Cent,” call Pierce County’s Aging and Disability Resource Center at (253) 798-4600 or (800) 562-0332.
Bob Riler, Community Connections