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 day a week (Mondays, 2.5 hours, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) for six consecutive weeks beginning Monday, March 3 and continuing March 10, 17, 24, 31 and April 7 at the Sea Mar Health Care Center, 1813 Sumner Ave., Aberdeen in their Conference Room. 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 Karna McCarthy at 1-866-582-1487 or (360) 538-2457 or emailing her at email@example.com.
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 $15.00 for AARP members and $20.00 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. HOQUIAM LIBRARY: Monday and Tuesday, Mar. 12 and 13, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. both days. Contact Dan Burns at (360) 538-1440 for information and registration.
ABERDEEN SENIOR CENTER EVENTS: Monday – Friday 9 -11:30, Pool Playing; Mondays 1, Crafts; Tuesdays 1, Pinochle; Wednesdays 10, SAIL Exercise Class; 1, Watercolor Class; Thursdays 1 Pinochle; Friday 10, SAIL Exercise Class; 1st and 3rd Fridays 1, BINGO; 2nd Friday 1, “FUN” Auction (free); 4th Friday 1, “LEFT-CENTER-RIGHT” Game; 2nd Wednesday 11:20, “SING-A-LONG; 1st &3rd Tuesdays 11:30, free Blood Pressure check. For more information please call (360) 533-3311.
COMMUNITY EDUCATION OUTREACH: O3A Nursing Services provides Community Education Outreach to seniors and people with disabilities through Medication Solutions presentations. These presentations include subject matter on ways to manage prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs, and herbs safely and wisely, and how to communicate with your doctor and health care team. If you belong to a group and would be interested in hosting a presentation, at no cost to you, or for more information on scheduled presentations, please call (360) 538-2457 or 1-866-582-1487.
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 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.
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.
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
DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP: Sea Mar Comm. Health Clinic is offering a Diabetes Support Group meeting every Monday 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the clinic, 1813 Sumner Ave, Aberdeen. For more information please call (360) 537-4213
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 Kerry at (360) 942-2177.
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 Karna 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/