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Upcoming events for Whatcom County seniors and caregivers

Whether it’s for a family member or for a client, caregiving is a demanding job, physically, mentally, and emotionally. We as caregivers should seek out and take advantage of community support and educational opportunities whenever possible.

That’s why it’s great when events like An Affair to Remember gala and the Passport to Care conference take place in Whatcom County. Each event provides a chance to have fun, connect with others with similar interests and concerns…and learn more about caregiving.

Alzheimer Society of Washington An Affair to RememberFirst up is the Affair to Remember gala, put on by Alzheimer Society of Washington (ASW) and partially sponsored by Home Attendant Care. It will be held on Saturday, March 1, 6:00 pm at the Lakeway Inn & Conference Center.

There will be a silent auction, hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, seated dinner, and music by The Atlantics. The cost to attend is $75 and proceeds support the mission of ASW, which helps local people who are impacted by memory loss illnesses. Affair to Remember is the perfect way to have a fun night out while supporting a great local nonprofit.

Elder Service Providers Passport to CareNext up is the 2014 Passport to Care conference is organized by Elder Service Providers and partially sponsored by Home Attendant Care. The event takes place on Friday, March 21 at Christ the King Church in Bellingham. This year, the keynote speaker is Anna Liotta, CEO of Resultance. She’ll be speaking about effectively communicating and developing relationships with people of all ages. The cost to attend is $25 and registration is required.

Lastly, remember to sign up for the workshop Debbie Gann will be teaching on February 19, 5:30pm at Skagit Valley Hospital. She will talk about a variety of services available to help seniors, whether they choose to live in their own home or move into a care facility. You can register for the class here.

Events Mark National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month

November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month – several events are planned in Whatcom, Skagit and Island Counties to educate, honor and remember.

First up is a commemorative candle lighting event organized by Alzheimer Society of Washington (based in Bellingham).  Details and RSVP info are in the flyer below.

Alzheimer Society of Washington National Candle Lighting

Later in November there will be a series of free memory screenings taking place in Whatcom, Skagit and Island Counties – again sponsored by Alzheimer Society of Washington.  Details for those events are shown below.

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Concerned about memory problems for yourself or a loved one?  Take action by taking advantage of these free, confidential memory screenings.

Tuesday, November 19th

10:30 am – noon at Regency at Whidbey, 1040 SW Kimball Drive, Oak Harbor, WA 98277.

10:30 am – noon at Church of the Assumption:  2116 Cornwall Avenue, Bellingham, WA 98225.

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm at Best Western Lakeway Inn:  Lakeway Avenue, Bellingham, WA 98229.

2:00 pm -3:30 pm at Skagit Valley Senior Village:  400 Gilkey Road, Burlington, WA 98233.

Contact ASW with any questions about free dementia memory screenings, 360-671-3316.