CHRONIC PAIN SELF-MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP: Grays Harbor Community Hospital, 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 Thursday Feb. 20, 2014 and continuing Feb. 27, March 6, 13, 20 and 27, 2014 in Aberdeen at the Grays Harbor Community Hospital East Campus Conference Rm. D, 1006 North H St. 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. Each participant will have access to a ‘Living Well With Chronic Conditions’ book and a Chronic Pain workbook. Two specifically trained leaders will facilitate the workshop. 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 7-day notice. Please call 1-866-582-1487 or (360) 538-2457 or email Paulette at firstname.lastname@example.org for more Workshop information.
LIVING WELL WITH CHRONIC CONDITIONS WORKSHOP: Sea Mar Community Health Centers, 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 1/2 hours, 5:30 to 8 p.m.) for six consecutive weeks beginning Tuesday Feb. 4 at the Sea Mar Health Care Center Conference Room, 1813 Sumner Ave. and continuing Feb. 11, 18, 25, March 4 and 11. 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 Paulette at 1-866-582-1487 or (360) 538-2457 or emailing her at email@example.com.
FREE HEALTH INSURANCE ENROLLMENT: Summit Pacific Medical Center and Local Banks are Partnering to Provide a Free Health Insurance Enrollment Event “Banking on Your Health.” The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day Feb. 10 -14 at SPMC, 600 East Main Street, Elma. In partnership with Anchor Bank, Our Community Credit Union, Sterling Bank and Timberland Bank, the event will provide citizens an opportunity to meet with enrollment experts who can answer questions and enroll people for insurance coverage. For community members who are not able to attend the event, and still need to enroll, there are a number of resources available. They can visit the health insurance exchange’s website www.wahealthplanfinder.org, call their toll free number 1-855-WAFINDER, or contact Grays Harbor County Public Health (360) 532-8631, Olympic Area Agency on Aging (360) 532-0520, or Sea Mar Community Health Centers (855) 289-4503. For more information on the event, please call (360) 346-2252.
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 LEGAL ADVICE CLINIC IN GRAYS HARBOR AND PACIFIC COUNTY: Senior Legal Advice Clinics are now available in the Olympic Area Agency on Aging Information &Assistance offices in Aberdeen, Raymond and Long Beach. 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.
HOME CARE REFERRAL REGISTRY: The Home Care Referral Registry serves consumers/clients receiving in-home care services through the Department of Social and Health Services or those on the COPES (Community Options Program Entry System) program. They are also helping clients receiving services through the Division of Developmental Disabilities find the right Individual Provider. The Referral Registry matches pre-qualified, pre-screened, individual providers with Medicaid eligible clients who need in-home care services. Please stop by their Aberdeen office located at 2700 Simpson Ave., Suite 207. If you have questions or need an application please contact Katrine at (360) 538-8875 or Chris at (360) 538-2440. The Referral Registry also serves Pacific County at the O3A Raymond office, located at 430 3rd St., Raymond, WA. Please call Linda at (360) 942-2177.
MEDICAL EQUIPMENT: The Coalition of Services Medical Equipment Closet, sponsored by the North Beach Senior Resource Center, is now operating. If you are in need of medical equipment, such as commodes, walkers, raised toilet seats, wheelchairs, etc. please call (369)289-3352 or (360) 289-0201. The Coalition will also accept donations of equipment. Also, the Thurston County Council on Aging is sponsoring a medical supply/equipment bank, offering, free of charge, the loan of supplies such as wheelchairs, walkers, hospital beds, bedside commodes, canes, crutches, etc. to help in your recuperation. Also, they accept donations of medical equipment to be provided in the loan process. All donations are kept within the program and greatly appreciated. For more information please call and leave a message at (360) 456-8810.
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/