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Pierce County Workshop Prepares Families for Difficult Conversations

There will be an informational workshop in Gig Harbor at the Jim & Carolyn Milgard Family HOPE Center on Nov. 8.

The holidays bring families together. It's a chance to catch up and share news. But it's also a chance to check up on older relatives and other loved ones who may be at risk.

"Breaking the Ice" is an informational workshop about caring for family members. It will help families avoid a dreaded, unexpected call caused by an emergency. Participants will be better prepared to have a family conversation about family independence, home safety and housing options.

"There are some important indicators that a family member might be at risk," said Aaron Van Valkenburg, manager of Pierce County Aging & Disability Resources. "Knowing what to look for and what questions to ask is essential. A little preparation can help families avoid unexpected emergencies and do what's in the best interest of everyone."

There will be an informational workshop in Gig Harbor at the Jim & Carolyn Milgard Family HOPE Center on Thursday, Nov. 8. The event takes place from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

"Breaking the Ice" is jointly sponsored by the Pierce County Aging & Disability Resource Center, Sound Options and Elder Assessment and Referral Services. The presentation is free and there is no RSVP. For more information, contact the Aging & Disability Resource Center at 253-798-4600.

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