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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.

DIABETES SELF-MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP: The Grays Harbor County Health Department, in collaboration with the Olympic Area Agency on Aging, is offering a FREE Workshop open to the public: Diabetes Self-Management. The workshop includes six sessions, every Wednesday from 1 - 3:30 p.m. for six consecutive weeks. This workshop series begins Wednesday April 16 and continues on April 23, 30, May 7, 14, and 21. All sessions will be in the GH County Health Department first floor conference room, 2109 Sumner, Aberdeen. The program was developed by Stanford University’s Chronic Disease Self-Management Program and is designed to help people with diabetes manage their blood sugar, decrease stress and frustration, and improve their health. People caring for or living with someone with diabetes may also benefit from this workshop. Workbooks are included at no cost. 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. To register or ask questions please contact Karna McCarthy at 1-866-582-1487 or (360) 538-2457 or by email at mccarkj@dshs.wa.gov

WASHINGTON TELEPHONE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (WTAP): WTAP provides low-income individuals a local telephone landline for $8 per month and will also pay for some or all of the connection fee. WTAP assistance is available to people receiving assistance from DSHS and who have a DSHS client ID number. Call your local telephone company, tell them you are eligible for the WTAP program and give them your DSHS client ID number. If you are not eligible for WTAP assistance you may qualify for a free voice mailbox. For more information, you can call the UTC at 1-888-333-9882 or visit www.utc.wa.gov. Another option is Lifeline Assistance. Lifeline Assistance is only available for one wireless (cell) phone per household. To find out if you qualify or to have an application sent to you, please call Assurance Wireless at 1-888-898-4888 or Safelink Wireless at 1-800-723-3546.

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.

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. Mon/Wed, 1:00 to 5 p.m. For more information call (360) 289-0200. OCEAN SHORES LIBRARY: 573 Point Brown Ave. NW, Tues/Thurs 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). 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 dodgepj@dshs.wa.gov.

Source: Olympic Area Agency on Aging and Senior Information &Assistance. Please visit our website at http://www.o3a.org/

 

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