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November 13, 2018
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Time Details:
One hour conversation
Summit Pierce County Library
5107 112th Street E.
Tacoma, WA
Free; No RSVP required
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Conversations on Family Caregiving

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

An informal conversation about family caregiving with case managers from Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources. Share stories, collect resources, get support, receive help, increase perspective, improve skills.

Candid Caregiver Conversations Offer Help, Guidance and Resources

The vast majority of long term care is provided in the home by family members – spouses, adult children, relatives and friends.  Those informal caregivers are crucial for the safety and well-being of their loved one.  Few have more than on the job training.

“Conversations on Family Caregiving” is an informal opportunity to share experiences, ask questions, learn from others and connect with community resources.  The conversations mark November as National Family Caregiver Month.  They are the result of a collaboration with Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources and the Pierce County Library System.  

“Each caregiver is in a unique situation,” said Aaron Van Valkenburg, manager of Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources.  “The health, the needs, the resources and the abilities of loved ones are all distinctive.  Caregivers rarely have the opportunity to discuss what’s going on for them.  This series provides an opportunity for caregivers to share successes and frustrations and learn from the experiences of our Aging and Disability Resources staff and one another.”

The conversations will be held seven times in November:
Nov 3 – 1 p.m. – Key Center Branch Library, 8905 Key Peninsula Hwy, NW
Nov 5 – 11 a.m. – Eatonville Branch Library, 205 Center Street W
Nov 5 – 6:30 p.m. – Lakewood Branch Library, 6300 Wildaire Rd, SW
Nov 6 – 3 p.m. – University Place Branch Library, 3609 Market Place W
Nov 7 – 6:30 p.m. – South Hill Branch Library, 15420 Meridian E
Nov 13 – 4 p.m. – Summit Branch Library, 5107 112th St. E
Nov 15 – 3 p.m. – Sumner Branch Library, 1116 Fryar Avenue

The content of each event will largely be guided by the needs and wants of participants.  Topics generally discussed will include caregiver self-care, boundary setting, caregiving role reversals, support networks, financial planning, legal documents, elder abuse and community resources.  

Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources offers the Family Caregiver Support Program, helping unpaid caregivers with resources and support to continue providing quality care in the home.  

“Conversations on Family Caregiving” is an information only event.  Each session is free and open to the public.  Anyone of any age can attend.  No RSVP is required.  For more information about the presentations, call the Pierce County Aging and Disability Resource Center at 253-798-4600 or (800) 562-0332.