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Posted on: January 2, 2013

Workshop offers guidance for aging parents of children with disabilities

Parents of children with a life-long developmental disability, chronic illness or mental health condition often face a lifetime of challenges, successes, sorrows, and joys.

But what happens when aging parents develop their own medical and cognitive decline? Who will assume caregiving for both? What will happen to the disabled child when their parents pass away?

“The Ultimate Dilemma: Aging Parents of Children with Disabilities” will provide families with important information to help them with their long range planning. 76 percent of people with intellectual or developmental disabilities live at home and one quarter are cared for by family members.

“Parents age and their children age,” said Aaron Van Valkenburg, Manager of Pierce County Aging & Disability Resources. “Eventually parents and families will need to create long lasting supports that will endure long after they have died. It is a reality, hard as it is, that all families need to address.”

“The Ultimate Dilemma” is a 1-hour workshop for parents, families and friends who want to plan ahead. Elder Law Attorney Darol Tuttle and CayCare’s Lisa Doyle, RN, will examine legal and financial planning, family support, housing, long term care services and supports and community based resources. The free workshop will be held three times.

• Jan. 9 – Puyallup Library
7-8 p.m. 324 S. Meridian Street in Puyallup

• Jan. 14 – Pierce County Annex
12:10-12:50 p.m. 2401 S. 35th St, Main Conf. Room, Tacoma
• Jan. 16 – County City Building
12:10-12:50 p.m. 930 Tacoma Ave., S, Tacoma

“The Ultimate Dilemma” is sponsored by Pierce County Aging & Disability Resources. No RSVP is required. For details call (253) 798-4600 or (800) 562-0332.

Media Contacts: Scott Kinney, Community Connections
(253) 798-4509skinney@co.pierce.wa.us

Bob Riler, Community Connections
(253) 798-7384briler@co.pierce.wa.us

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