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Date:
November 5, 2019
Time:
6:30 PM
Time Details:
Film shows at 6:30 PM followed by discussion.
Location:
Pierce County Sound View Building
Address:
3602 Pacific Avenue, Suite 200
Tacoma, WA 98418
Contact:
253-798-4600
Cost:
Free; No RSVP required.
ADA:
Yes
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Too Soon to Forget

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Living with Alzheimer’s disease is a challenge, changing life for both the person with dementia and their family. But what if someone is diagnosed their early 60s, 50s, or even as young as in their 30s? This video presentation and discussion features nine families sharing their stories to encourage awareness, understanding and acceptance of younger onset dementia – and ways communities can support can make life better for individuals living with dementia.

Film Focuses on Early Onset Dementia  
 
When someone thinks of Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia they often think of an older adult.  But that’s not the whole story.  Younger-onset (also known as early-onset) Alzheimer's affects people younger than age 65.  They have families, careers or are even caregivers themselves when Alzheimer's disease strikes.  Up to 5 percent of the more than 5 million Americans with Alzheimer’s have younger onset. 
 
Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources and the Pierce County Library System are partnering to offer “Too Soon To Forget,” a powerful documentary and follow-up discussion in November.  The film will be shown six times at area locations.
• Nov 4 - 12:30 p.m., Lakewood Branch Library, 6300 Wildaire Rd., Lakewood 
• Nov 5 - 6:30 p.m., Pierce County Sound View Building, 3602 Pacific Ave, Tacoma 
• Nov 6 - 5:30 p.m., Key Center Branch Library, 8905 Key Peninsula Hwy N.W., Lakebay
• Nov 8 – 1:00 p.m., South Hill Branch Library, 15420 Meridian E., South Hill
• Nov 9 - 11 a.m., Parkland/Spanaway Branch Library, 13718 Pacific Ave. S., Tacoma
• Nov 13 - 6:30 p.m., University Place Branch Library, 3609 Market Place W., UP
Showings are free.  No RSVP is required. 
 
“November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month,” said Aaron Van Valkenburg, Manager of Pierce County Aging & Disability Resources.  “It is an opportune time for us to learn more about Alzheimer’s and other dementias and how the symptoms manifest themselves.  For the sake of the individual as well as the family, he importance of recognizing the symptoms and pursuing appropriate medical advice cannot be stressed enough.” 
 
Health care providers generally don't look for Alzheimer's disease in younger people.  Getting an accurate diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer's can be a long and frustrating process. Symptoms may be incorrectly attributed to stress or there may be conflicting diagnoses from different health care professionals.  Although there are many resources for those coping with Alzheimer's, very little information is available specifically for those facing younger onset. This lack of information and support leaves many families feeling misunderstood and often disregarded.  
 
Pierce County Aging & Disability Resources helps families caring for loved ones with case management, education and connection to supportive services, resources and programs.  To learn more about these services contact the Pierce County Aging & Disability Resource Center at (253) 798-4600.