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Posted on: October 12, 2016

Event provides link for anyone serving older adults or individuals with disabilities

Most older adults and people with disabilities hope to remain safe, independent, and active, whether at home or in a care facility. Knowing about available resources in the community and how to access them is one of the best things that people can do for their loved ones.

Making the Link 2016 is the premier opportunity for professionals, volunteers and families to learn about a wide range of local services, providers and programs in Pierce County. Services include in-home care, assisted and skilled nursing facilities, elder law, equipment providers, health care insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, caregiving, emergency assistance, social service agencies, funeral services and much more.

The information and resource fair will be held at the MetroParks STAR Center, 3873 S. 66th St. in Tacoma on Wednesday, Oct. 19 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is a free, drop-in event. Come when you can and leave when you want.

Making the Link 2016 is designed for health care providers and office staff, social service professionals, faith community staff and volunteers serving the needs of older adults and people of all ages with disabilities. Professionals may earn one free CEU by attending. In addition, the public is welcome to attend and benefit from this opportunity to visit a variety of providers in a casual, information-only environment.

Over 70 service providers will share their information and be available to answer questions about ways people can maintain their safety and independence. Participants will receive an annual compendium of independent, assisted living and skilled nursing facilities in the area, copies of the 2016-20157edition of Senior Media Service’s popular “Where To Turn” resource guide and other valuable resource information.

No registration is required to attend. Participants can enter to win gift baskets offered by the many of the exhibitors at the event.

“Pierce County is exceptionally fortunate to have an excellent variety of health care services of all sorts,” said Aaron Van Valkenburg, manager of Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources. “The key is knowing about those resources and being able to access them whenever a need arises – whether for a short time or for a longer period.”

Making the Link 2016 is sponsored by the Pierce County Aging and Disability Resource Center in collaboration with the Health Care Providers Council of Pierce County. For more information about Making the Link 2016, call the Pierce County Aging and Disability Resource Center at (253) 798-4600.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Bob Riler, Community Connections
253-798-7384
briler@co.pierce.wa.us

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