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February 4, 2020
6:00 PM
Pierce County Sound View Building
3602 Pacific Avenue, Suite 200
Tacoma, WA 98418
Free; No RSVP required
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Oh My Gosh - Now What? - Part 1

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

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 1 - "What is dementia? What are the warning signs?"

Tips Offered for Caring for People with Alzheimer’s

Researches worldwide are scrambling to find a cure for Alzheimer’s and other dementias.  Almost 6 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s today.  In 30 years that number is expected to rise to 14 million.  

“We all value our memories,” said Aaron Van Valkenburg, manager of Aging and Disability Resources.  “In fact, 82% of seniors say it’s important to have their thinking or memory checked.  But only 16% say they receive regular cognitive assessments.  That puts an enormous burden on spouses, families and friends to watch for the tell-tail signs of confusion and/or memory loss.”

Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources hosts a new series of the popular “Oh My Gosh – Now What?” seminar beginning September 9, 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 Monday mornings, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Pierce County Sound View Building, 3602 Pacific Avenue, Suite 200 in Tacoma.  People can attend any or all of the discussions.  Sessions are free and open to all.  People can attend all sessions or just a few.  No RSVP is required.  

The schedule for sessions is:
Feb 4 – “What is Dementia?  What are the warning signs?”
Feb 11 – “How does the disease progress?  What should I expect?” 
(Note: No session on Feb. 18)
Feb 25 – “How do I start the conversation?  How do I cope with the shock?”
Mar 3 – “What are the typical moods and behaviors?  How do I manage them?”
Mar 10 – “How do I pay for care?  What are the legal things I should do?”
Mar 17 – “Where can I turn for help?  What are the resources I can rely on?”
Sessions are 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.