Free workshops show ways to adapt homes for older living

Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources, in partnership with Rebuilding Together South Sound, will offer free workshops in April in Tacoma, University Place and Sumner to help homeowners plan for making their homes livable as they grow older. “Universal Design: Aging in Place…Thoughtfully” will show how homes can be comfortable and barrier-free regardless of their occupants’ physical condition.
The workshop is scheduled for:
• April 8, 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. at the Pierce County Annex main meeting room, 2401 S 35th St. in Tacoma.
• April 8, 7 to 8 p.m. at the Pierce County Library System branch in University Place, 3609 Market Pl. W.
• April 10, 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. at the County-City Building’s Rainier Conference Room, 930 Tacoma Ave. S. (seventh floor) in Tacoma.
• April 10, 7 to 8 p.m. at the Sumner branch of Pierce County Library System, 1116 Fryar Ave.
“The smartest thing anyone can do is prepare,” said Aaron Van Valkenburg, manager of Aging and Disability Resources. “Good preparation takes time. The worse thing anyone can do is rush because of a catastrophe.”
Workshop presenters will show practical ideas and alternatives for a home’s exterior and interior that can be used to make a home livable for many years. Additional community resources will also be provided More information is available from the Aging and Disability Resource Center at (253) 798-4600.
Rebuilding Together South Sound is a volunteer, charitable group that repairs or rebuilds homes at no cost to low-income homeowners, particularly those the elderly, disabled or families with children.