May 2, 2019
Parkland Spanaway Branch Library
13718 Pacific Avenue, s.
Tacoma, WA 98444
Tools for Caregiving on the Alzheimer’s Journey
Oh My Gosh - Now What? (Part 5)
Thursday, May 2, 2019
There’s no diagnosis like an Alzheimer’s or Dementia diagnosis. More and more families are facing the long road of caring for a loved one with dementia. There is a lot of uncertainty before the diagnosis and in the early stages after the diagnosis. Take a look at the questions and the answers in this 6-part series for families and individuals beginning the journey. Part 5 - “How do I pay for care? What are the legal things I should do?”
More and more families are confronting the reality of caring for a loved one living with Alzheimer’s. Today 5.7 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s. Estimates are that there are 108,000 people living with Alzheimer’s in Washington state. Alzheimer’s disease is the only top 10 cause of death in the United States that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed.
“Almost every family will be impacted by Alzheimer’s or other dementias,” said Aaron Van Valkenburg, manager of Aging and Disability Resources. “Knowing the facts and understanding the disease early on is important. The more people know ahead of time about Alzheimer’s and other dementias the better they will be equipped to recognize the symptoms and be supportive of families on the caregiving journey.”
Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources hosts this new series of the popular “Oh My Gosh – Now What?” beginning April 4, 2019. The 6-part series of discussions is designed for individuals with Alzheimer’s or another dementia, families, caregivers and others focusing on the initial journey of memory loss. Attendees will learn the warning signs and symptoms, managing behaviors, the disease progress, legal concerns, financial issues and local resources. All sessions will be held Thursday afternoons from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m. at the Parkland / Spanaway Branch Library, 13718 Pacific Ave S. in Parkland. People can attend any or all of the discussions. Sessions are free and open to all. No RSVP is required.
The schedule for sessions is:
• 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?”
Sessions be led by Kris Sawyers-Dowling and Jessica Girard, two case managers with Aging and Disability Resources who specialize in providing practical help to individuals and families coping with memory loss.
“Oh My Gosh – Now What?” is sponsored by the Pierce County Aging and Disability Resource Center. For additional information about the series call the Aging and Disability Resource Center at (253) 798-4600.