RELATIVES AS PARENTS PROGRAM: Are you raising other relatives’ children? Funds are available for once-a-year assistance for a wide range of needs to help relatives who are raising other relatives’ children. Please call to inquire on how to apply. The public is also invited to our monthly support group for Relative Parents, where you can come and meet other families and learn about important resources that may be available to you. The Relatives as Parents Support Group meetings are held the fourth Thursday of every month at Washington Elementary School, 3003 Cherry St. in Hoquiam. This month’s Support Group meeting will be on Thursday Jan. 23rd from 5:30 to 7 p.m. They will provide the main-dish and welcome your participation. If able, please bring a side-dish. For answers to questions or more information, please call Eric at (360) 538-2458 or 1-866-582-1485. 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.
SENIOR LEGAL ADVICE CLINIC IN GRAYS HARBOR AND PACIFIC COUNTY: Senior Legal Advice Clinics are now available in the Aberdeen, Raymond and Long Beach I &A offices. This is a free service to elders 60-plus who want/need to meet with an attorney face-to-face for some guidance. The sessions are generally 30 minutes and can cover a variety of topics ranging from wills, Powers of Attorney, tenant rights, estate questions and so on. And it’s easy access; just contact our offices, Aberdeen (360) 532-0520/Raymond (360) 942-2177/Long Beach (360) 642-3634 and request an appointment.
TAX ASSISTANCE: Feb. 1 to April 15. AARP Tax Aide. Walk-ins welcome . ABERDEEN TIMBERLAND LIBRARY: 121 East Market St. Mon/Wed, 1:00 to 5 p.m. For more information call (360) 289-0200. OCEAN SHORES LIBRARY: 573 Point Brown Ave. NW, Tuesday Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information call (360) 289-3919. MCCLEARY TIMBERLAND LIBRARY: 121 South 4th St., Thursday 3 to 7 p.m. (Feb. 7 and 21, Mar. 8 and 22, Apr. 4) and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Feb. 9, 23 and Mar 9, 23). For more information call (360) 495-3368. All sites are handicap accessible.
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 lessen their stress and frustration, manage symptoms, etc. 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, from 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. 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 email@example.com. For more information and registration, please call 1-866-582-1487 or (360) 538-2457.
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.
PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP: Meets the last Tuesday of the month from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Hoquiam Library downstairs meeting room, 420 7th St. The next meeting is scheduled for Jan. 28. This is a support group for those with Parkinson’s Disease and their caregivers to share common experiences, suggestions for exercise and diet, resource ideas, and enjoy companionship. For more information, call Betsy Seidel at 360-533-5968.
SENIOR COMPANION PROGRAM: The YMCA Senior Companion Program would like to announce that the program has volunteers available to provide services for most areas of Grays Harbor and northern Pacific Counties. Senior Companions provide one-on-one support services for individuals who may be lonely, and/or need assistance with activities to enhance continued independent living in their homes or apartments. Services are provided to individuals 18 years or older, with no income guidelines to qualify, no service fees and length of time for participating in the program. Activities addressed by volunteers can be reading/writing correspondence, recordkeeping activities, and socialization activities for those who are homebound or have difficulty getting out. Volunteers also provide exercise activities, limited transportation for essential errands, such as grocery shopping and local medical appointments and advocacy in obtaining necessary services to promote independence. One of the primary services provided is weekly respite care for homebound individuals living with family caregivers who may need a break for themselves. For more information on receiving services, please call (360) 532-9542 or 1-888-532-9542.
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.
HOTLINE/ADULT PROTECTIVE SERVICES: If there is any questionable abuse or neglect, do not hesitate to call toll free at 1-877-734-6277.
Source: Olympic Area Agency on Aging and Senior Information &Assistance. Please visit our website at http://www.o3a.org/
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.