Advanced Aging & Care Planning Series

Free Limited Series: Advanced Aging & Care Planning

East Pierce Fire & Rescue offers six sessions as part of a limited series to help family members navigate complex topics and overwhelming tasks many people face when caring for aging family members. We’ll help equip caregivers with helpful tools and strategies to make the care planning process more successful and less stressful.

All sessions are free and occur on the third Thursday from 10 a.m. – Noon beginning June through November 2023 in various locations throughout the fire district with the option to attend in-person or virtually.

View the series schedule in the session descriptions below.

SESSION 1: Do's & Don'ts for Elder and Aging Care Planning

Date: June 15, 2023
Time: 10 a.m. – Noon
Location: Station 116
10515 234th Ave E, Buckley, WA 98321
Session Description

Planning for the care of aging family members can feel overwhelming even to the most capable individuals. Come hear some practical strategies to make care planning more successful and less stressful.

Download slideshow presentation HERE.

For questions, contact Melissa Haney at 253-447-3526 or mhaney@eastpiercefire.org.

SESSION 2: Keep it Legal!

Date: July 20, 2023
Time: 10 a.m. – Noon
Location: Station 111/Headquarters

18421 Veterans Memorial Dr E, Bonney Lake, WA 98391

Session Description
Understanding and preparing legal documents for decision-making – come learn about the different types of legal documents for decision-making, including Financial and Health Care Powers-Of-Attorney, Advance Directives, and POLST forms.

View session recording HERE.

Download slideshow presentation HERE.

Resources referenced during class:

For questions, contact Melissa Haney at 253-447-3526 or mhaney@eastpiercefire.org.

SESSION 3: Preventing & Recovering from Scams, Fraud, and Identity Theft

Date: August 17, 2023
Time: 10 a.m. – Noon
Location: Sumner-Bonney Lake School District – Central Office Learning Center

1202 Wood Ave, Sumner, WA 98390

Session Description
Discover how to identify and avoid scams and fraud so that you do not fall prey to financial harm, including identity theft.

View session recording HERE.

Download slideshow presentation HERE.

For questions, contact Melissa Haney at 253-447-3526 or mhaney@eastpiercefire.org.

SESSION 4: Solving the Mysteries of Medicare and Medicaid

Date: September 21, 2023
Time: 10 a.m. – Noon
Location: Station 111/Headquarters Station

18421 Veterans Memorial Dr E, Bonney Lake, WA 98391

Session Description
Although often mistaken for one another, Medicare and Medicaid are important for all of us to understand as unique types of health insurance which provide benefits to millions of seniors and disabled persons.

View session recording HERE.

Download slideshow presentations MEDICARE HERE and MEDICAID HERE.

Download handouts referenced during the session introduction HERE.

For questions, contact Melissa Haney at 253-447-3526 or mhaney@eastpiercefire.org.

SESSION 5: Caring for the Caregiver

Date: October 19, 2023
Time: 10 a.m. – Noon
Location: Sumner-Bonney Lake School District – Central Office Learning Center

1202 Wood Ave, Sumner, WA 98390

Session Description
Millions of Americans work as unpaid caregivers to friends and family members in need daily. Come learn about the physical and mental stressors experienced by these caregivers and discover practical steps that they can take to help them improve their overall well-being.

Session recording not available. 

Download slideshow presentation HERE.

For questions, contact Melissa Haney at 253-447-3526 or mhaney@eastpiercefire.org.

SESSION 6: Understanding Palliative Care and Hospice

Date: November 16, 2023
Time: 10 a.m. – Noon
Location: Station 111/Headquarters Station

18421 Veterans Memorial Dr E, Bonney Lake, WA 98391

Session Description
An overview of palliative care and hospice services to help you better understand their function and be able to make informed decisions for you or your loved ones.

View session recording HERE.

Download slideshow presentation HERE.

Download handouts referenced during the session HERE.

For questions, contact Melissa Haney at 253-447-3526 or mhaney@eastpiercefire.org.