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 May 27th 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.
LIVING WELL WITH CHRONIC CONDITIONS WORKSHOPS: 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 Conditions”. This workshop begins Tuesday, May 20th at Sea Mar in the first floor conference room from 6 to 8:30 p.m. It runs 2.5 hours every Tuesday, for 6 consecutive weeks, ending on June 24. Any individual suffering from a chronic condition such as asthma, heart disease, chronic pain, and arthritis just to name a few, will benefit from attending the classes. 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 workshop is designed to help lessen stress and frustration and help manage symptoms relating to one’s chronic condition. Those caring for a loved one with a Chronic Condition may benefit from the workshops also. For more information and to register for either workshop, call 538-2457 or toll free at 1-866-582-1487. The meeting sites are accessible to persons with disabilities and reasonable accommodations can be arranged when registering with advance 7 day notice.
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.
SHIBA: A Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisor is available to answer your health care coverage needs. If you have questions about insurance paperwork — billing, coverage, costs, and benefits — we can help. We can provide you with options for Medicare Prescription Drug Plans or other Medicare health insurance options, whether they be supplemental insurances, Medicare advantage plans, or DSHS programs that help defer these costs. Are you concerned you may have been the victim of fraud, pressured or tricked into making a harmful decision? Would you like information confirming or disputing the marketing claims of insurance agents? A free service, SHIBA (Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors) can help in all these areas and more. For assistance, or additional information, please call (360) 538-2443 or 1-800-801-0060, ext. 143. One of our volunteers will be happy to contact you. In addition, SHIBA volunteers will be available at the North Beach Senior Resource Center (Ocean Shores United Methodist Church), 557 Point Brown Ave. NW, on the first, second and third Thursdays of the month, from noon to 2 p.m. to assist you and answer any questions you may have.
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.
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.
LEGAL SERVICES: The Northwest Justice Project (NJP) is a not-for-profit statewide organization providing free civil legal services to eligible low-income people and seniors. For information on services, check out www.nwjustice.org. NJP operates a toll-free intake and referral system called CLEAR (Coordinated Legal Education Advice and Referral) at 1-888-201-1014 (or 1-888-387-7111 for seniors 60 and over). NJP provides free legal help, including advice, brief legal service, and, where available, a referral for further representation. Intake hours are weekdays, 9:10 a.m. to 12:25 p.m. You can also apply for services online any time at nwjustice.org/clear-online. NJP maintains an extensive library of legal resources and self-help materials at www.washingtonlawhelp.org and videos at www.youtube.com/user/NWJusticeProject/videos. If you have a collection, eviction or education case, please call our local Aberdeen office at 360-533-2282 to see if a local intake is appropriate. All other cases will be referred to CLEAR.
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.
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 Information &Assistance. Please visit our website at http://www.o3a.org/