Family caregivers have resources to ease their work

PIERCE COUNTY — Caregiving is the “new normal” in American families. People who need help – whether because of age, accident, debilitating disease, chronic health conditions or simple frailty – much prefer to remain in the familiar (and affordable) surroundings of home rather than move to formal care facilities. Fully one in four families will fall into this role.

We won’t always know when the need will arise, but there are things people can do to feel more prepared for caregiving. “Conversations on Caregiving” is an informal discussion about family caregiving and the resources, tools and skills that can help caregivers over the long term.  The discussion will explore ways families share responsibilities, how to handle caregiver duties, the challenges most caregivers face and the resources available in Pierce County. Participants will also learn how to recognize and avoid caregiver burnout.

“Conversations on Caregiving” will be offered four times:

  • April 11 – 11 a.m. to noon at the University Place Library, 3609 Market Place W. in University Place
  • April 13  –  12:10 to 12:50 p.m. at the Pierce County Annex, 2401 S. 35th St. in Tacoma
  • April 15 –  12:10 to 12:50 p.m. at the County City Building Rainier Conference Room 7th Floor, 930 Tacoma Ave. S. in Tacoma
  • April 15 – 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Puyallup Library, 324 S. Meridian in Puyallup

The discussion will provide an opportunity for individuals to explore the options, needs, resources and supports available to them.  According to former first lady Rosalyn Carter, “There are only four kinds of people in the world: those who have been caregivers, those who are currently caregivers, those who will be caregivers and those who will need caregivers.”

“Conversations on Caregiving” is sponsored by Pierce County Community Connections Aging and Disability Resources (ADR) in collaboration with local community partners. ADR coordinates the Family Caregiver Support Program that provides a range of services and supports to family caregivers to help keep them strong and effective in their role. The program currently serves over 2,000 families in Pierce County.

The information-only event is free and open to the public. No RSVP is required.

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