Pierce County Draft Aging plan ready for review

Pierce County’s draft Aging plan for the years 2008 through 2011 is ready for public review and comment. The county’s Aging and Long Term Care Division invites interested persons to attend on a public plan-review meeting at 10 a.m. Sept. 7 in the Soundview Building, 3611 S. D St., Tacoma. The plan discusses challenges experienced by older adults and individuals with disabilities living in Pierce County and includes proposed strategies to address these issues.

The plan allocates 2008 program funding for the following community based services: Adult day services, Aging & Disability Resource Center, case management, counseling services, ethnic health promotion, falls prevention classes, family caregiver support & relief, foot care, home delivered meals, household helper services, in-home personal care, kinship caregiver services, legal aid, long term care ombudsman, senior centers, senior mealsites, senior media services and specialized transportation.

Pierce County ALTC is one of 13 Area Agencies on Aging in Washington State charged with planning, coordinating and offering services that help older adults and individuals with disabilities of all ages remain in their home if that is their preference.

ALTC invites public feedback on whether the plan address the most critical issues impacting Pierce County, what other collaborative partnerships should be considered, and whether ALTC has made the right decisions regarding funding of programs / services. The draft plan is available online at PierceADRC.org. A printed copy may be requested by calling (253) 798-7376.