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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, March 12 and 13, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. both days. Contact Dan Burns at (360) 538-1440 for information and registration.
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 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.
BLOOD PRESSURE CLINICS: There will be free blood pressure clinics at the Aberdeen Senior Center, 117 E. 3rd. St., the first, third and fourth Tuesdays of the month from 11:30 until approximately noon. The Elma Senior Center offers free blood pressure checks from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. the second and fourth Thursdays of the month. Also, Emeritus at Harbour Pointe Shores in Ocean Shores will do free Blood Pressure Checks from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., 7 days a week, at 1020 Catala Ave SE. Call (360) 289-9663 for more information.
HARBORS HOME HEALTH &HOSPICE FOOT CLINIC: For Seniors or other persons unable to reach or care for their own feet, there are foot clinics throughout Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties at various times and locations. This is trimming and maintenance nail care for well feet (not covered by Medicare). The cost is $25. For location and appointments, call (360) 532-5454 or 1-800-772-1319. There are openings now for appointments in Elma, Montesano, Westport, Hoquiam, South Bend, Ocean Park, Klipsan Beach, Ilwaco and Naselle. Appointments available, call today to receive your foot care.
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.
SALT - SENIOR AND LAW ENFORCEMENT TOGETHER: Vulnerable adult identification bracelets are available to people who are at risk of becoming lost or disoriented if they were to leave their home unescorted. They are also available to people afflicted with Aphasia. This program is sponsored by The Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Office and SALT. The person receiving the bracelet will have their photo taken. The photo and an information sheet containing their address, emergency contact information, physical description, and brief medical history is then readily available to law enforcement and emergency medical responders throughout the county via Harbor Dispatch E-911. Anyone interested please call Kathy at Senior Information and Assistance, (360) 538-2443, (360) 532-0520 or 1-800-801-0060. For Aphasia registration information, or to learn more about Aphasia, visit the Web site at http://www.aphasia.org/
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/.
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.
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 email@example.com.
Source: Olympic Area Agency on Aging and Senior Information &Assistance. Please visit our website at http://www.o3a.org/