Discussions of Alzheimer’s begin

A six-part series of discussions for families and individuals on Alzheimer’s and other dementias will begin Jan. 13 and continue the next two months at Active Retirement and Senior Club in Gig Harbor.
The series, hosted by Pierce County Community Connections’ Aging and Disability Resources, covers the warning signs and symptoms, managing behaviors, the disease’s progress, legal concerns, financial issues and local resources.
The discussions will be led by Jessica Girard and Kris Sawyers-Dowling, who are case managers with Aging and Disability Resources. Each one will begin at 1 p.m. on the following dates and topics:
• Jan. 13, “What is Dementia? What are the warning signs?”
• Jan. 27, “How does the disease progress? What should I expect?”
• Feb. 10, “How do I start the conversation? How do I cope with the shock?”
• Feb. 24, “What are the typical moods and behaviors? How do I manage them?”
• March 9, “How do I pay for care? What are the legal things I should do?
• March 23, “Where can I turn for help? What are the resources I can rely on?”
Active Retirement and Senior Club is located at 8502 Skansie Ave. in Gig Harbor.
The sessions are free, and any or all can be attended.