County looks ahead for older-adults services

Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources has scheduled a series of forums for the public to help shape a plan for services to older adults and individuals with disabilities over the next four years.
For the plan that will cover the four years of 2016-19, forum participants can speak up on topics such as in-home care, transportation, nutrition, healthcare, housing, socialization, legal services, aging-in-place and employment/volunteerism.
“We want to hear what concerns people,” said Aaron Van Valkenburg, manager of Aging and Disability Resources. “In order for us to develop a strong plan for the next four years, we need to hear the experiences and suggestions of people with disabilities, older adults, caregivers, family members, friends and professionals in the community.”
Forums were held March 4 in Lakewood and March 9 in Tacoma, and four more are scheduled for:
• March 19 (12:30-2:30 p.m.) at Milgard Family HOPE Center in Gig Harbor, 8502 Skansie Ave.
• March 21 (9-11 a.m.) at Buckley Senior Center, located at 811 Main St. in Buckley
• March 30 (10 a.m.-noon) at Mountain View Community Center in Edgewood, 3607 122nd Ave. E.
• April 16 (1 -3 p.m.) at Lakewood Senior Activity Center, located at 9112 Lakewood Dr. SW.
The public can also participate in an on-line survey at or send their input by mail to Pierce County ADR, 1305 Tacoma Ave. S., Suite 104, Tacoma, WA 98402, or by e-mail to
Additional information about the forums and input opportunities is available at 253-798-7376.
Aging and Disability Resources (ADR) is a designated Area Agency on Aging. Its role is to plan and oversee long-term services and support in Pierce County.