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University Place-based Washington Masonic Charities, the umbrella entity for the fraternal organization’s charity and community service efforts, is hosting a workshop to help families take on the difficult discussion about elder care, wills and estate planning.
“It’s about education and taking that step toward starting a plan,” said Masonic outreach volunteer Gary Emmons.
The nonprofit corporation will offer “Aging Your Way,” a two-hour workshop that will provide people with an understanding of the legal and financial resources around independent living, living in place and long-term care as a way to help retirees and their children form a holistic plan for the golden years. The event will run from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on Nov. 19 at the Washington Masonic Charities, at 4970 Bridgeport Way W. The event is free and open to the public, with no need to be, or request to become, a Mason.
“This is just another thing we do for the community,” said Outreach Services Director Byon Cregeur. “It doesn’t stop with just those in the fraternity. We help everyone. We just do it quietly.”
That is about to change a bit because the “Aging Your Way” is the first of what the charity hopes is the first of a series of workshops and efforts to give back to the community at large. Already, about half of the people helped by WMC are not members of a Masonic Order. The always-free charity works with elder care agencies and groups to match people with services they might not know they can receive. Adults caring for their aging or frail parents or family member, for example, can qualify for financial support. Or that social interaction can be just as important as health care for elderly people, particularly those living alone, so a family plan that outlines the care of elderly parents should address their emotional, spiritual and social needs.
Washington Masonic Charities’ Masons Helping Neighbors assists adults and people with disabilities to remain independent in their homes and apartments by providing the basics of home upkeep and repair, which can make the difference between someone staying at home or moving into potentially expensive care facilities.
On top of the community programs, the Washington Masonic Library and Museum at the facility provides historical documents, Masonic artifacts and research materials from around the world. The library is free and open to the public for anyone looking to learn about Freemasonry around the world and through the centuries.
Anyone interesting in the “Aging Your Way” workshop should call Byon Cregeur at (884) 228-3531, x110.

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