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Posted on: October 29, 2012

Workshop prepares families for difficult conversations

Monday Oct 29 2012 11:42 AM

The holidays bring families together. It's a chance to catch up and share news. But it's also a chance to check up on older relatives and other loved ones who may be at risk.

"Breaking the Ice" is an informational workshop about caring for family members. It will help families avoid a dreaded, unexpected call caused by an emergency. Participants will be better prepared to have a family conversation about family independence, home safety and housing options.

"There are some important indicators that a family member might be at risk," said Aaron Van Valkenburg, manager of Pierce County Aging & Disability Resources. "Knowing what to look for and what questions to ask is essential. A little preparation can help families avoid unexpected emergencies and do what's in the best interest of everyone."

This informational workshop will be presented at three different locations and times:

Thursday, Nov. 8 – County-City Building; 12:10-12:50 p.m.
7th Floor Rainier Conference Room930 Tacoma Ave. S., Tacoma

Thursday, Nov. 8 – Jim & Carolyn Milgard Family HOPE Center, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
8502 Skansie Ave., Gig Harbor

Saturday, Nov. 10 – TACID; 10:00-11:00 a.m.6315 South 19th St., Tacoma

"Breaking the Ice" is jointly sponsored by the Pierce County Aging & Disability Resource Center, Sound Options and Elder Assessment and Referral Services. The presentation is free and there is no RSVP. For more information, contact the Aging & Disability Resource Center at (253) 798-4600 or (800) 562-0332.

MEDIA CONTACTS: Scott Kinney, Community Connectionsskinney@co.pierce.wa.us(253) 798-4509

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

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