Alzheimer's Conference 2021

2021 alzheimers conference

Aging and Disability Resources and the Health Care Providers Council of Pierce County present the 2021 Alzheimer’s Conference

Due to last year's success, and the continued safety of participants, the 16th annual Alzheimer's Conference will be held virtually this year. Join us four times in November from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. for presentations that offer information and practical skills for individuals and families dealing with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. 

Please save the dates - November 1st, 3rd, 8th, & 10th to attend an online conference, in observance of Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. This year's conference is called "Following the Purple Brick Road," and will navigate the audience through the cyclones that are encountered when caring for a loved one suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and/or other types of dementia. Each day a 90-minute session, from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM, features expert panelists that will address the different stages in the family caregiver experience, as well as, educate on legal, financial, and Veteran services available. Participants are able to login at 10:30 AM to access information and resources on a presentation loop. Easily register online or by phone and call the Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) at 253-798-4600.

It is intended that this conference will offer Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) to eligible caregivers, 

if approved by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services. More information coming soon.

Easily Register Online

Call the ADRC

You can also register by calling the Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) Monday through Friday during the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at 253-798-4600.

Presentations with Q&A

  • Monday, Nov. 1: We're Not in Kansas Anymore! (View the recorded presentation)
    • Presenters address first step concerns, from the initial diagnosis, to symptoms of dementia, what to expect, early stage behaviors, and how not to forget about yourself, during this shared journey on the purple path. In addition, panelists will review legal issues, financial planning, and Veteran services, addressing long-term care questions that everyone needs answered as early as possible!
  • Wednesday, Nov. 3: There's No Place Like Home (View the recorded presentation)
    • Experts share guidance on maintaining health and safety at home, with a little help, and when you need it. Panelists will also review support services that can be provided at home, with home care, home health, actual medical care with physicians, caregiver burnout, and local support groups. This day will also include further discussions of legal and financial considerations, specific to providing care at home. 
  • Monday, Nov. 8: Welcome to the Land of Oz! (View the recorded presentation)
    • Gain insight on later steps, such as: When is it time to move? What’s the right thing for my family? Where would my loved one go? Who can help? Expert panelists will answer these questions, while explaining the process of choosing and moving a loved one into a community of care, including different levels of care, funding options, and the required legal documents. 
  • Wednesday, Nov. 10: Somewhere Over the Rainbow (View the recorded presentation)
    • Discussions will explore final decision-making, coping with grief, regret, and self-care, along with healing and finding peace after the long journey of caring for a loved one suffering from dementia. In addition, Hospice and Palliative care share their expertise, knowledge, and the “good good-bye”.
  1. 2021 Presenters
  2. What is Alzheimers?
  3. What is the HCPC?
  4. Resources
  5. 2020 Conference

We're Not in Kansas Anymore!

Monday, November 1 - 11AM

About the Presentation

This first day will address the initial diagnosis, identifying and treating symptoms, managing early-stage behaviors, preserving self-care, legal issues, financial planning, and Veteran services.



There's No Place Like Home

Wednesday, November 3 - 11AM

About the Presentation

This second day will feature guidance on care funding and maintaining health and safety at home including home care, home health, physician care, and local support groups.  



Welcome to the Land of Oz!

Monday, November 8 - 11AM

About the Presentation

This third day will focus on later steps, such as deciding when a care facility is needed, finding quality care, determining the right level of care, and the required legal documents.



Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Wednesday, November 10 - 11AM

About the Presentation

This fourth day will explore final decision-making including coping with grief and loss while maintaining self-care.  Hospice care will also share their expertise in finding inspiration and joy during the sadness when saying the “good good-bye”.