With 108,000 people in Washington among the 5.7 million Americans who are living with Alzheimerâ€™s, Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources is offering opportunities to talk about the disease among those who are most affected by it.
In October, the county government agency will host a free, six-part series of discussions for individuals with Alzheimerâ€™s or another dementia, families, caregivers and others. The discussions will focus on the warning signs and symptoms, behaviors, legal concerns, financial issues and local resources.
All sessions will be held Monday evenings from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Puyallup Public Library, 324 S. Meridian in downtown Puyallup. People can attend any or all of them.
The schedule, including topics, is:
- Oct. 1, â€œWhat is dementia? What are the warning signs?â€
- Oct. 8, â€œHow does the disease progress? What should I expect?â€
- Oct. 15, â€œHow do I start the conversation? How do I cope with the shock?â€
- Oct. 29, â€œWhat are the typical moods and behaviors? How do I manage them?â€
- Nov. 5, â€œHow do I pay for care? What are the legal things I should do?â€
- Nov. 19, â€œWhere can I turn for help? What are the resources I can rely on?â€
The sessions will be led by county case managers who specialize in coping with memory loss.
Additional information is available from the countyâ€™s Aging and Disability Resource Center at 253-798-4600.
â€œAlmost every family will be impacted by Alzheimerâ€™s or other dementias,â€ said Aaron Van Valkenburg, manager of Aging and Disability Resources. â€œThe more people know ahead of time about Alzheimerâ€™s and other dementias, the better they will be equipped to recognize the symptoms and be supportive of families on the caregiving journey.â€