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DIABETES SELF MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP: The Olympic Area Agency on Aging has scheduled a FREE Workshop open to the public: Living Well With Chronic Conditions — Diabetes Self-Management. This program is designed to help anyone who suffers from chronic conditions related to Diabetes, to manage their blood sugar, decrease stress and frustration, manage symptoms and improve their health. The goal of the program is to help you live a healthy life with Diabetes. Those caring for a loved one with Diabetes may benefit from this workshop also. Two specifically trained leaders will facilitate the workshop. All of the materials individuals will be using were developed by Stanford University’s Diabetes Self-Management Program. Each participant will have access to a ‘Living Well With Chronic Conditions’ book. The 6-part workshop will be held one day a week, 2 1/2 hours, for six consecutive weeks (Wednesdays) beginning Wednesday Jan. 22, and continuing Jan. 29, Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26, 2014, 9:30 a.m. to noon, at the Grays Harbor PUD Nichols Building, 220 Myrtle St., Aberdeen. Space for the workshop is limited so please register early. Chronic Pain Self-Management and Living Well With Chronic Conditions workshops will also be offered throughout the year. Please call the number below for schedules. The meeting site is accessible to persons with disabilities. Reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities can be arranged with advance 7 day notice by calling Paulette Dodgen at 1-866-582-1487 or (360) 538-2457 or emailing her at dodgepj@dshs.wa.gov. For more information and registration, please call 1-866-582-1487 or (360) 538-2457.

FAMILY CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP: The Family Caregiver Support Group is for any family caregiver of a disabled or elder adult, welcoming caregivers to share, obtain support and realize they are not alone in their caregiver journey. They meet the third Friday of the month at the Hoquiam Timberland Library, downstairs meeting room. The next meeting is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 17, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Questions? Please call Eric at (360) 538-2458. The meeting site is accessible to persons with disabilities. Reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities can be arranged with advance 7 day notice by calling Eric Nessa at (360) 538-2458.

MEDICARE HEALTH INSURANCE: The Olympic Area Agency on Aging and SHIBA (Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors) provide answers to Medicare Health Insurance Questions. Are you happy with your current health insurance coverage? Does your current Medicare plan meet your needs? We supply free information on Medicare, Medicare prescription drug plan options, and Medicare Advantage plans. Please call either (360) 538-2443 or (360) 538-2444 for additional information.

COMMUNITY EDUCATION OUTREACH: O3A Nursing Services provides Community Education Outreach to seniors and people with disabilities through Medication Solutions presentations. These presentations include subject matter on ways to manage prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs, and herbs safely and wisely, and how to communicate with your doctor and health care team. The next presentation will be held on Thursday, Jan 23, from 1 to 2 p.m. in Ocean Shores at the Ocean Shores Senior Center, 805 Ocean Shores Blvd. The subject of this class will be “Medication Safety.” If you belong to a group and would be interested in hosting a presentation, at no cost to you, or for more information on scheduled presentations, please call (360) 538-2457 or 1-866-582-1487.

ARE YOU CARING FOR SOMEONE WITH DEMENTIA? Dementia causes increased risk of falls and immobility. Prevent this by simple exercises you can do with your loved one at home. This new program, “Reducing Disability in Alzheimer’s Disease,” is evidenced based and developed by the University of Washington N.W. Research Group on Aging. Besides learning simple exercises that improve mobility and balance, you will learn how to manage difficult behaviors. This program is provided by the Olympic Area Agency on Aging/Family Caregiver Support Program and is free of charge, with instruction taking place in the comfort of your own home. It is being offered for a limited time only and is available in both Grays Harbor and N. Pacific County. Please contact Eric Nessa for more information at (360) 538-2458 or toll free 1-866-582-1485.

SENIOR INFORMATION &ASSISTANCE/O3A: We look forward to serving you from our offices located at 2700 Simpson Ave., Aberdeen. You supply the questions and we supply the information. We are an information resource for seniors 60 and older. You may stop by for assistance and/or a Senior Resource Directory for Grays Harbor or Pacific County, or call our office at (360) 532-0520 or 1-800-801-0060 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. You may access additional information by visiting our web site, http://www.o3a.org/. Thank you for your support.

ALZHEIMER’S VOLUNTEER SUPPORT GROUP FACILITATOR OPPORTUNITY: Interested in making a difference by providing support and comfort for those in the journey of caring for a loved one with memory loss? The Alzheimer’s Association Western and Central Washington State Chapter provides training, ongoing support and continuous resources for support group facilitators. For more information, please contact Linda Whiteside, Director of Community Support, at (800) 848-7097, linda.whiteside@alz.org.

ALZHEIMER’S FOUNDATION: Join Alzheimer’s Foundation of America for a free monthly teleconference, Care Connection, every second Thursday of each month at 10:00 p.m. PST. The telephone support network offers support, education, and information sharing with others, including professionals. Special guest speakers and professional experts provide interesting and practical topics. Caregivers and others from anywhere in the U.S. can join up to 150 people who are on the telephone line to learn, listen and participate. Participation is voluntary and one can partake to their individual comfort level. Each weekly session lasts approximately one hour. Healthcare professionals earn continuing education credit toward renewal in AFA’s Dementia Care Professionals of America. To access Care Connection, call toll-free: 877-232-2992; Guest identification number: 271004#. For more information, visit www.alzfdn.org or email: info@alzfdn.org

GRAYS HARBOR P.U.D. DISCOUNT PROGRAM: The P.U.D. has designed a discount program to assist Senior and Disabled Citizens with their energy costs. If you are 62 years of age or disabled and meet certain income guidelines, you may qualify for reduced electricity bills. Contact the P.U.D. Customer Service Department at (360) 532-4220 or 1-800-562-7726 for more information.

HOTLINE/ADULT PROTECTIVE SERVICES: If there is any questionable abuse or neglect, do not hesitate to call toll free at 1-877-734-6277.

Meetings hosted by Olympic Area Agency on Aging provides sites which are accessible to persons with disabilities. Reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities can be arranged with advance 7 day notice by contacting Paulette at 1-866-582-1487 or (360) 538-2457 or by email at dodgepj@dshs.wa.gov.

Source: Olympic Area Agency on Aging and Senior Information &Assistance. Please visit our website at http://www.o3a.org/

 

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