LIVING WELL WITH CHRONIC CONDITIONS WORKSHOP: Sea Mar Community Health Centers, in collaboration with 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 (Tuesdays, 2.5 hours, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.) for six consecutive weeks beginning Tuesday April 1 and continuing April 8, 15, 22, 29 and May 6, 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.
CHRONIC PAIN SELF-MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP: Sea Mar Community Health Center, in collaboration with Olympic Area Agency on Aging, has scheduled a FREE Workshop open to the public: Living Well with Chronic Pain. This workshop will be held one day a week (Thursdays, 2.5 hours, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.) for six consecutive weeks beginning April 3 and continuing April 10, 17, 24, May 1, 8, at the Sea Mar Care Center, 1813 Sumner Ave. Aberdeen in the conference room. 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. Subjects covered include: (1) techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, isolation and poor sleep; (2) appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility and endurance; (3) appropriate use of medications; (4) communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals: (5) nutrition; (6) pacing activity and rest and (7) how to evaluate new treatments. The goal of the program is to help you live a healthy life with your chronic pain by managing your symptoms. Space for the workshop is limited so please register early. For more information and registration, please call 1-866-582-1487 or (360) 538-2457. 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.
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.
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 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.
TAX ASSISTANCE: Feb. 1 to April 15. AARP Tax Aide. Walk-ins are 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, April 4, 3 to 7 p.m. For more information call (360) 495-3368. All sites are handicap accessible.
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/