PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP: There will not be a December group meeting. Meets the last Tuesday of the month, 6 to 7 p.m., at the Hoquiam Library downstairs meeting room, 420 7th St. The next meeting is scheduled for Jan. 28, 2014. 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.
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, Dec. 20th from 2:00 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.
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.
LIVING WELL WITH CHRONIC CONDITIONS FACILITATOR (Lay Leader) TRAINING: VOLUNTEERS: As per the population Reference Bureau, Today’s Research on Aging, No. 21, Aug. 2011: Among the health benefits potentially attributable to volunteering are: 1) Improved Self-Reported Health; 2) Increased Physical Functioning; 3) Better Cognitive Functioning; 4) Reduced Depressive Symptoms; and 5) Longer Lives. Do you suffer from a chronic condition, or live with someone who does? Are you motivated to live your healthiest life and help others do the same? Do you have good writing, listening and communication skills? If so, please consider becoming a volunteer facilitator of the “Living Well with Chronic Conditions” curriculum; receive training to help facilitate a 6-week workshop, one day a week, 2-1/2 hours that is proven to help people with a chronic illness live a healthier life. This training was developed through Stanford University’s Chronic Disease program. The Olympic Area Agency on Aging and other partner agencies invite your participation in a free 4-day training to become a facilitator of this life-changing curriculum Jan. 9/10 and 16/17, 2013, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Coastal Community Action Training Room, 117 East 3rd St., Aberdeen, WA. A minimum requirement is that you must attend all four days of training to become accredited, and that you agree to help facilitate a minimum of two 6-week workshops a year. Facilitators work as a team of two, so you may want to bring a friend. For more information or an application, please call Paulette at 1-866-582-1487 or (360) 538-2457. 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 1-866-582-1487 or (360) 538-2457 or emailing email@example.com.
WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF VETERAN’S AFFAIRS: The Department has a new VA Representative, Dan Henderson, who comes to Grays Harbor once a week. His office is located at Work Source on Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. For further information call (360) 538-2364.
SOCIAL SECURITY INFORMATION: On Thursday, Dec. 19 from noon to 3 p.m., a representative from the Hoquiam Social Security office will be available at the Aberdeen Library to help visitors create their personal mySocial Security online account. This account is a valuable source of information beginning in your working years and continuing throughout the time you receive Social Security benefits. It allows beneficiaries to access and print Benefit Verification Letters, which can be used for the Housing Authority, Assessor’s Office, etc.; check your benefit and payment information and your earnings record; start or change direct deposit of your benefit payment. Non-beneficiaries can create an account to obtain their Social Security Statement in order to review their earnings record and obtain retirement and disability benefit estimates. Valid email address, SSN required, and U.S. mailing address required.
FAMILIES TOGETHER: A support group for parents and guardians whose children are survivors of sexual abuse sponsored by Beyond Survival. Call 360-533-9751 for more information.
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.
BE A READING BUDDY! Public schools across the country have faced system-wide budget cuts. Increased classroom sizes and reductions in aide staff challenge our teachers. The Grays Harbor Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) wants to help! We are recruiting citizens age 55 plus to be Reading Buddies. Many studies show that if a child is not reading at grade level by 3rd grade, it greatly impacts their ability to graduate high school on time. By helping students learn to read you will promote reading appreciation and success. For about one hour per week, YOU can make a difference. Call Jenny today to learn more about the program. (360) 500-4505
GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP: Are you grieving, and having feelings of sorrow, remorse, depression or just do not know what you are feeling after the death of a loved one? You are invited to please join the group discussion sponsored by Harbors Home Health and Hospice. The group meets at the Hoquiam Library, 420 7th St., 3 to 4:30 p.m. every Tuesday. If you have questions, please call 1-800-772-1319.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Source: Olympic Area Agency on Aging and Senior Information &Assistance. Please visit our website at http://www.o3a.org/