“Oh My Gosh – Now What?” has answers to questions about dementia

Adults typically keep an eye out for changes in behavior or memory loss in their parents. Older adults worry about remembering names, appointments, directions – even what they had for breakfast. Even though such concerns may not mean someone has Alzheimer’s or dementia, it’s wise to be aware, according to Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources, which will host a new virtual series of the “Oh My Gosh – Now What?” seminar beginning Sept. 22.

The free, six-part series of discussions is for individuals with Alzheimer’s or another dementia, families, caregivers, and others focusing on the initial journey of memory loss. The seminars will cover warning signs and symptoms, managing behavior, ways the disease progresses, legal concerns, financial issues, and local resources. All sessions will be online from 12 to 1 p.m. Participants are asked to register in advance at https://bit.ly/3A2Lo8p or 253-798-4600.

Participants can attend one or all of the sessions, led by case managers of Aging and Disability Resources. The schedule includes:

  • Sept. 22, “What is Dementia? What Are the Warning Signs?”
  • Sept. 29, “How Does the Disease Progress? What Should I Expect?”
  • Oct. 6, “How Do I Start the Conversation? How Do I Cope With the Shock?”
  • Oct. 13, “What Are the Typical Moods and Behaviors? How Do I Manage Them?”
  • Oct. 20, “How Do I Pay for Care? What Are the Legal Things I Should Do?”
  • Oct. 27, “Where Can I Turn for Help? What Are the Resources I Can Rely On?”

“About 500,000 more Americans are diagnosed with dementia every year,” said Aaron Van Valkenburg, manager of Aging and Disability Resources. “Most family caregivers are unprepared to manage the daily challenges in supporting someone suffering with dementia. Learning how to provide proper care for your family member, while maintaining care for yourself, are necessary components to managing such a difficult situation.”

More information is available from Aging and Disability Resources at 253-798-4600.