You Are Not Alone – An Alzheimer’s Function

Alzheimer’s Disease is a scary subject. Today, November 4, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm at the University Place Library, you can learn about how dementia and Alzheimer’s disease from the person experiences of  Lon Cole, a poet that currently lives with Alzheimer’s. He will be reading from his recent poems, and sharing how Alzheimer’s has affected him. He is 65 years old and one of 150,000 Washingtonians who have Alzheimer’s disease.  When asked how he is doing, his typical response is, “I’m alive and thankful.” He started using that expression after he returned from Vietnam, where he served as a combat medic.  Lon and his family live in Puyallup and they’re very active with the local Alzheimer’s groups, including the one in Seattle.  They can be reached at:, and they have a 24/7 Helpline at 1.800.272.3900.

The event is free and no per-registration is required. Bonnie Valens, senior executive assistant for the Pierce County Library, recommends, “Caregivers, family, and anyone affected by or with dementia.  1 out of 10 people will be somehow affected by Alzheimer’s, either through their family or themselves getting it. This is a unique opportunity to become more educated and aware of Alzheimer’s and dementia with local information.”

“Alzheimer’s can affect the young, it is hereditary,” Bonnie stated. “You can have it but it doesn’t have to have you.”  Refreshments provided.

This event is held at the University Place Library
3609 Market Place W.
University Place, WA 98466
Phone: 253-548-3307

Flyer available for download.

For more information about the event, please visit the event description on the library website.

By: Carly Calabrese, staff for