Caregiver Services – Zoo Walk, Memory Cafe and Support U™

Providing resources and support to seniors and their caregivers

Caregiver and Senior Support programs at LCSNW provide education, social engagement opportunities and support for family caregivers providing care for older and disabled adults and persons with dementia.  Programs are offered free of charge to participants, sometimes in partnership with the faith community.  Programs offered include:


  • Early Stage Memory Loss (ESML) Zoo Walk
  • Memory Cafés
  • Support U™:  Fostering Caregiver Wellness

Early Stage Memory Loss (ESML) Zoo Walk

Get some exercise and socialize with others in the early stages of dementia and their care partners. Our weekly Zoo Walk provides a safe and fun public space for our participants.

The Zoo Walk is a partnership of LCS Northwest and the Alzheimer’s Association, Washington State Chapter.  Most weeks we hold our walks at Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Tacoma. There is no admission fee for participants. Occasionally, we visit another local venue for a little variety. We end with a social hour, where participants buy their own coffee and snacks.

Pre-registration with the Alzheimer’s Association Early Stage Memory Loss (ESML) Director is required. To pre-register, please call the ESML Program Director at the Alzheimer’s Association at 206-529-3868. For information about the Zoo Walk please call at 253-722-5691 or email

Memory Cafés

A Memory Café is a monthly gathering for those at any stage of dementia and their friends, family and caregivers. We meet at local restaurants for conversation, coffee and entertainment. For those who are hungry, you may purchase food at the restaurant.

Memory Cafés provide a valuable social outlet for those with dementia. They are a positive safe space where you can meet others in similar situations. We laugh, tell the same stories and share tips for caring for our loved ones. We work hard to make sure everyone feels welcome and part of our group. Many friendships have formed from our Memory Cafés and Zoo Walks.

For more information about Memory Cafés call 253-722-5691 call or email



Memory Cafés  are currently held at:

Elmer’s Restaurant, 7427 S. Hosmer St.
Fourth Wednesday of the month from 3 – 4:30 pm


Gig Harbor
Harvester Restaurant, 5601 Soundview Dr.
Third Saturday of the month from 3 – 4:30 pm


Mrs. Turner’s Restaurant, 701 E. Main St.
Third Wednesday of the month from 2:30 – 4 pm
(in partnership with HomeWell Senior Care)


For more information about Memory Cafés call 253-722-5691

Support U™: Fostering Caregiver Wellness

Educating and supporting caregivers

Support U™ is a faith-based series of classes for anyone caring for an adult with a chronic condition such as aging, illness, or a disability.  Our curriculums help prepare people for the role of caregiver. We raise community awareness about caregiving and serve as a valuable tool to prevent caregiver isolation and burnout.  We focus on the physical, emotional, and spiritual health and well-being of caregivers.

These 45-minute long classes are intended to be presented to family caregivers free of charge or with a nominal fee or donation for materials. We offer Support U™ classes in:

  • Planning Ahead
  • Finding, Creating and Using Resources
  • Self-Care for the Caregiver
  • Family Dynamics and Communication
  • Dementia, Chronic Illness and the Family
  • Financial Well-Being

For more information about bringing Support U™ classes to your organization or to locate Support U™ classes near you, call 253-722-5691 or email

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