FREE SELF MANAGEMENT WORKSHOPS: The Olympic Area Agency on Aging, in collaboration with other host agencies, has scheduled FREE individual Workshops open to the public: Chronic Pain Self-Management; Diabetes Self-Management and Living Well With Chronic Conditions. The goal of these programs is to help you manage your symptoms, decrease stress and frustration, and improve your health. Two specifically trained leaders will facilitate the workshops. All of the materials individuals will be using were developed by Stanford University’s Chronic Conditions program. Those caring for a loved one with any of these conditions may benefit from the workshops also. Each participant will have access to a “Living Well With Chronic Conditions” book. Each workshop will be held locally one day a week, 2-1/2 hours, for six consecutive weeks. Space for the workshops is limited so please register early. The meeting sites are 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.
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, Feb. 27, 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.
AARP SMART DRIVER PROGRAM: The AARP Driver Safety Program has announced that, in January 2014, AARP completely revamped the driving curriculum and has changed the name of the program to Smart Driver. Along with the new name and curriculum, the fee for attendance has increased to $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. You can learn of future courses by accessing the AARP website from your home or other computer at www.aarp.org/drive. New classes are posted on the web site. A class locator application allows you to search for classes around a specific address or by your county. MONTESANO LIBRARY: Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 24 and 25, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. both days. Contact Danny Wills at (360) 249-8249 for information and registration.
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 Feb. 25. 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 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.
TAX ASSISTANCE: Feb. 1 to April 15. AARP Tax Aide. Walk-ins welcome . ABERDEEN TIMBERLAND LIBRARY: 121 East Market St. Monday/Wednesday, 1 to 5 p.m. For more information call (360) 289-0200. OCEAN SHORES LIBRARY: 573 Point Brown Ave. NW, Tuesday/Thursday 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, March 8 and 22, April 4) and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Feb. 9, 23 and March 9, 23). For more information call (360) 495-3368. All sites are handicap accessible.
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.
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.
SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION: Don’t fall victim to a scam or identity theft. You may think you’re safe simply by not carrying your Social Security card with you and not providing your personal information over the Internet or by email. Nevertheless, scam artists have become shrewd. Never reply to an email claiming to be from Social Security and asking for your Social Security number or personal information. Some direct scammers suggest that Social Security is in dire financial shape and that people risk losing their Social Security or Medicare benefits unless they send a contribution or membership fee to the advertiser. If you receive or see what you believe is misleading advertising for Social Security services, send the complete mailing, including the envelope, to: Office of the Inspector General, Fraud Hotline, Social Security Administration, P.O. Box 17768, Baltimore, MD 21235. Also, advise your State’s attorney general or consumer affairs office and the Better Business Bureau. Learn more about identity theft at
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.