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CHRONIC PAIN SELF-MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP: Sea Mar Community Health Clinic, in collaboration with The Olympic Area Agency on Aging, has scheduled a FREE Workshop open to the public: Chronic Pain Self-Management, to be held one evening a week (Wednesdays, 2.5 hours, 5:30 to 8 p.m.) for six consecutive weeks beginning Wednesday Jan. 8, 2014 and continuing Jan. 15, 22, 29, Feb. 5 and 12, 2014, in Aberdeen at the Sea Mar Community Health Clinic conference room, 1813 Sumner Ave. Two specifically trained leaders will facilitate the workshop. This program was developed by Stanford University for people who have primary or secondary diagnoses of chronic pain and is designed to give participants the skills and confidence in their ability to manage their health and maintain active fulfilling lives. The goal of the program is to help one live a healthy life with their chronic pain by managing their symptoms. The workshop may benefit those who have conditions such as persistent headache, Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome, diabetic neuropathy, or those who experience severe muscular pain due to conditions such as multiple sclerosis. Those caring for a loved one with chronic pain may benefit from this workshop also. Space for the workshop is limited so please register early. The meeting site is accessible to persons with disabilities. Reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities can be arranged with advance seven-day notice. Please call 1-866-582-1487 or (360) 538-2457 or email Paulette at dodgepj@dshs.wa.gov for more Workshop information.

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.

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. Wed. and Fri. 10 to 11 a.m. Call Lonnie Wild 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., Mon/Wed 9 to 10 a.m.; Ocean Shores, at Galilean Lutheran Church, 824 Ocean Shores Blvd. NW, Tues/Thurs 9 to 10 a.m.; Montesano Presbyterian Church,401 E. McBryde Ave., Mon/Wed, 9 to 10 a.m.; Aberdeen Walking Class, South Shore Mall, Fri 9 to 1 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. Wed 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. and Tues/Thurs 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.

NORTH BEACH SENIOR RESOURCE CENTER: The North Beach Senior Resource Center is offering a clearing house of information for seniors, advising what services are available for their use and how to get access to them. They are available to family members and caregivers of those seniors who need help finding resources, including information on Veteran affairs. The center has arranged to provide information by personal visit or call (360) 289-3352 and leave a message for the volunteers. The center is open on Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Ocean Shores United Methodist Church, 557 Pt. Brown Ave. NW. Also, volunteers from SHIBA (Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors) will be available on the first, second and third Thursdays of the month from noon to 2:00 p.m. to assist you with your Medicare and other Health Insurance related questions.

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.

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.

YOUNG-ONSET MEMORY LOSS CAREGIVER TELEPHONE SUPPORT GROUP: Caring for someone with younger-onset memory loss (65 years or younger)? Looking for support and connecting with others dealing with similar issues? A toll-free telephone support group for unpaid care partners, family members and friends caring for loved ones with younger-onset memory loss (65 years or younger) is held the third Wednesday of each month from 7:00-8:30 p.m. For more information and call-in instructions, contact Linda Whiteside, Director of Community Support, at (206) 529-3875 or (800) 848-7097, linda.whiteside@alz.org.

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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