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Upcoming Events & Workshops



Starting Jan 3- Yoga Classes for Older LGBT Adults
Pierce County Aging & Disability Resources is launching a free, weekly yoga class for older LGBT adults (60+) beginning Thursday, January 3.  All are welcome.  Led by certified yoga instructor Maude Valentine, these one-hour classes will be held at the Pt. Defiance-Ruston Senior Center between 4:15 and 5:15 p.m. every Thursday.  Pre-registration is required.  Please contact Nellis Kim at (253) 798-3807 for more information or to register!  See flyer for details.

Feb 5 - SAGE Table
Pierce County Aging & Disability Resources, KWA and Tacoma Older LGBT will hold the second SAGE Table Tacoma.  SAGE Table Tacoma brings together a mix of generations from the LGBT and ally communities to create connections over meaningful conversation.  The theme for our winter Table will be “activism” – what does it mean to be an activist?  What role has activism played in your life?  What has led you to choose (or to avoid) direct engagement in activism?  SAGE Table fosters social connectedness, the development of meaningful relationships, and identification with a strong, supportive network within the LGBT community.  Food and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided.  Held at the Portland Avenue Community Center, 3513 E Portland Ave, Tacoma, between 4 and 7 p.m.  Please RSVP to Nellis.Kim@Piercecountywa.gov or info@TacomaolderLGBT.org or call 253-798-3807.

Keys to Caring @ Home
About 80% of us will need some form of long term care in our lifetimes.  And about 80% of that care will be provided at home by family.  The best care can produce the best outcomes.  Whether adult children are caring for their parents or older adults are caring for their children and grandchildren, it’s important to choose the right care that maximizes quality of life and minimizes wasted expenses.  Learn what services are available, how to ask for the kind of care you need, the costs involved, options for paying for care and the pitfalls that can easily be avoided with a little advance knowledge.  
- Feb 11 – 12:10 p.m. – Pierce County Annex, 2401 S. 35th Street, Tacoma
Feb 11 – 6:30 p.m. – Gig Harbor Library, 4424 Pt. Fosdick Rd., Gig Harbor
Feb 12 – 6:30 p.m. – University Place Library, 3609 Market Place W, University Place
Feb 13 – 6:30 p.m. – Parkland/Spanaway Library, 13718 Pacific Ave., Tacoma
Free.  No RSVP.  Call 253-798-4600 for details.  View event flyer.

Caregiver Film Series

Grand Cinema - 606 S. Fawcett Ave., Tacoma
Doors Open 10:30 a.m.;  Films begin at 10:45 a.m.
March 9 - August: Osage County  (Tickets available Feb 2)  (Film starts 10:45)
The death and funeral of their father brings three sisters to the home of their mother, Violet (Meryl Streep), an acid-tongued, pill-popping cancer patient. Daughters Barbara (Julia Roberts), Karen (Juliette Lewis) and Ivy (Julianne Nicholson) -- along with their significant others and various other kin -- take the full brunt of their dysfunctional matriarch's venom, for Violet tells every one of them exactly what she thinks of them.  Tickets available online starting Feb 2 or call the ADRC at 253-798-4600. 
Apr 13 - The Diving Bell & the Butterfly  (Tickets available Mar 11)  (Film starts 10:45)
May 11 - You're Not You  (Tickets available April 15)  (Film starts 10:45)
June 8 - Intelligent Lives  (Tickets available May 13)  (Film starts 10:45)

March 23 - Aging into the Future: Pierce County 2020-2030
Help Shape the Future for Older Adults and Individuals with Disabilities in Pierce County
A conference to educate, challenge and inspire.  How can Pierce County (government, businesses, non-profits, faith communities, etc.) prepare for a future when over 25% of our residents will be older adults and a significant percentage of people with disabilities living at home.  Intended for seniors, individuals with disabilities, caregivers, families, service providers, business owners, and others.  Topics include Housing & Aging in Place, Transportation, Long Term Health, Personal Wellness, Social Security & Medicare, Legislative, Threats to Independence, and the Financial Security.  Includes extensive audience feedback opportunities.  Held 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the McGavick Conference Center, Clover Park Technical College, 4500 Steilacoom Blvd., SW, Lakewood.  Free.  Refreshments provided.  RSVP requested online at Brown Paper Tickets or by calling 253-798-4600.

Get the basics about Alzheimer's (and other dementias), disease progression, providing care, legal issues, community resources and more. 
• April 4 – “What is Dementia? What are the warning signs?”
• April 11 – “How does the disease progress? What should I expect?” 
• April 18 – “How do I start the conversation? How do I cope with the shock?
• April 25 – “What are the typical moods and behaviors? How do I manage them?”
• May 2 – “How do I pay for care? What are the legal things I should do?"
• May 9 – “Where can I turn for help? What are the resources I can rely on?”
Held Thursdays from 12 noon to 1 pm at the Parkland Spanaway Branch Library, 13718 Pacific Avenue, S.  Attend any or all of the discussions. Sessions are free and open to all.  No RSVP required.  Call 253-798-4600 for additional details.