LIVING WELL WITH CHRONIC CONDITIONS WORKSHOP: Sea Mar Community Health Clinic, in collaboration with The Olympic Area Agency on Aging, has scheduled a FREE Workshop open to the public: Living Well With Chronic Conditions, to be held one evening a week (Tuesdays, 2.5 hours, 5:30 to 8 p.m.) for six consecutive weeks beginning Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, and continuing Feb. 11, 18, 25, March 4 and 11 in Aberdeen at Sea Mar Community Health Clinic conference room, 1813 Sumner Ave., Aberdeen. The workshop will be taught by two trained leaders. All of the materials individuals will be using were developed by Stanford University’s Chronic Disease-Self Management Program. This program is designed to help individuals who suffer from a chronic condition, including diabetes, asthma, heart disease, chronic pain, arthritis, and hypertension just to name a few; to lessen their stress and frustration, manage symptoms, and deal with fatigue. Those caring for a loved one with a chronic condition may benefit from this workshop also. Each participant will have access to a ‘Living Well With Chronic Conditions’ book. The goal of the program is to help you live a healthy life with your chronic conditions by managing your symptoms. Space for the workshop is limited so please register early. For more information and registration, please call (360) 538-2457 or 1-866-582-1487. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP: 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. 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 LEGAL ADVICE CLINIC IN GRAYS HARBOR AND PACIFIC COUNTY: Senior Legal Advice Clinics are now available in the Aberdeen, Raymond and Long Beach Olympic Area Agency on Aging Information &Assistance offices. This is a free service to elders 60+ who want/need to meet with an attorney face-to-face for some guidance. Seniors may also send a representative for themselves if they are unable to meet with the attorney. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 a.m. to 3 p.m. For further information call (360) 538-2364.
EXERCISE PROGRAMS: Stay Active and Independent for Life (S.A.I.L.) exercise program is a series of low impact, fun, affordable exercise classes for seniors to assist in mobility, increase muscle strength and prevention of falls. Small weights and exercise equipment will be furnished. The classes, taught by qualified SAIL instructors and in collaboration with the Olympic Area Agency on Aging, are located at the following sites: Aberdeen Senior Center exercise site at the Aberdeen Museum of History, 111 E. 3rd St., Aberdeen. Wednesday and Friday 10 to 11 a.m. Call Cheryl Kitchel at (360) 533-3311 or 533-5100 for more information. GRAYS HARBOR COMMUNITY HOSPITAL sponsored site in Aberdeen is at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 400 E. 1st St., Monday and Wednesday 9 to 10 a.m.; Ocean Shores, at Galilean Lutheran Church, 824 Ocean Shores Blvd. NW, Tuesday and Thursday 9 to 10 a.m.; Montesano Presbyterian Church, 401 E. McBryde Ave., Monday and Wednesday, 9 to 10 a.m.; Aberdeen Walking Class, South Shore Mall, Friday 9 to 10 a.m. (during inclement weather or various local parks in good weather), call Nicole at (360) 537-4146. YMCA of Grays Harbor, 2500 Simpson Avenue, Hoquiam. Wednesday 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. and Tuesday and Thursday 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. Call Lisa Kless at (360) 537-9622, Ext. 105. In many cities, there have been waiting lists so please register as soon as possible.
LONG-TERM CARE OMBUDSMAN PROGRAM: Be an Advocate. The Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program of Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties is currently in need of eight volunteers. An ombudsman advocates for residents of long-term care facilities in a variety of ways, such as promoting resident rights, helping to resolve complaints and empowering residents to become self-advocates. There is an upcoming training scheduled, so if you’re interested in this life-changing opportunity, don’t delay! Contact Regional Long-Term Care Ombudsman Judy Dawe at (360) 500-4520 or email@example.com
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/