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DIABETES PREVENTION PROGRAM: One in three Americans are at risk. Are you? Pre-diabetes affects more than 79 million American adults. Most don’t even know they’re at risk, or experience any symptoms. Do you have pre-diabetes or are you at risk for diabetes? The Diabetes Prevention Program is a 16-week lifestyle change program designed to help you lose weight and reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes. WSU Extension is offering this 16-week program starting Tuesday, Aug. 19, from 10:30 -11:30 a.m. at Emerson Manor in the Community Room. This is a $380 value, but you may be able to enroll at no cost to you if you have pre-diabetes. Get ready for the holidays and enroll today. To determine your risk/eligibility, to enroll in the program, or for more information call Chris Koehler at 360-482-2934 or email: . Preregistration is required. Requests for reasonable accommodation need to be made two weeks prior to class. Please make all requests to WSU Extension at 360-482-2934.

ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION: Caring for someone with memory loss? Alzheimer’s Association caregiver support groups provide a consistent and caring place for people to learn, share, and gain emotional support from others who are also on a unique journey of providing care to a person with memory loss. Starting in July 2014, a free information and support group for unpaid care partners, family members, and friends is held the 3rd Tues. of each month from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Aberdeen, 420 N. Broadway St., Aberdeen, WA 98520. For more information, contact group facilitator(s) Helen Morning Star, (360) 533-2277 or Rosie Dixon, (206) 459-8599.

VOLUNTEER NEEDED: Interested in improving local senior services? Olympic Area Agency on Aging (O3A) seeks a Grays Harbor County Representative for O3A’s Advisory Council. Volunteer will serve on an advisory board which focuses on aging and long term care services. Contact Carol Ann Laase at 866-720-4863; for more information or application. Meetings are once per month in Shelton; mileage reimbursement and lunch included.

SENIOR FARMERS MARKET NUTRITION PROGRAM: The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program provides fresh fruit and vegetables to lower-income seniors and supports local farming by increasing the use of farmers markets, roadside stands, and community supported agriculture. Produce is also purchased directly from farmers for delivery to seniors. The SFMNP is implemented in partnership with local Area Agencies on Aging and Senior Nutrition Program providers and is funded by State of Washington funds, some USDA funds and local area funds. This program operates from June through October on the third Wednesday of the month. Contact Coastal Community Action Program (CCAP) at (360) 533-5100 for more information and eligibility form.

GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP: Are you grieving, and having feelings of sorrow, remorse, depression or just do not know what you are feeling after the death of a loved one? You are invited to please join the group discussion sponsored by Harbors Home Health and Hospice. The group meets at the Hoquiam Library, 420 7th St., 3 to 4:30 p.m. every Tuesday. If you have questions, please call 1-800-772-1319.

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 Aug. 26. 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.

MS HELPING HANDS AND DONOR CLOSET: MS Helping Hands and Donor Closet offer the following services to the community: (1) Donor Closet — Durable Medical and Mobility Equipment for a minimum suggested donation for anyone in need. (2) Support &Education, Financial Assistance, and Resources for those with Multiple Sclerosis. The Donor Closet is a 501(c)3 volunteer non-profit corporation licensed in the state of Washington that accepts donations of medical and mobility equipment as well as monetary donations and grants. 409 Howell Way Edmonds, WA 98020 — — (425) 712-1807.

VOLUNTEER CHORE SERVICES: A program of Catholic Community Services serving low-income senior citizens and disabled adults. Drivers are needed to provide long distance medical transportation; mileage reimbursement is provided. Volunteers are also needed to provide moving support, shopping assistance, errands, light housework and yard work and chores to help people live independently. Please call (360) 637-8563 for more information.

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.

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,

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 provide 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

Source: Olympic Area Agency on Aging and Information &Assistance. Please visit our website at


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