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.
DEPARTMENT OF VETERAN AFFAIRS (VA): Is warning veterans NOT to give credit card numbers over the phone to callers claiming to update VA prescription information. Veteran Service organizations have brought to the VA’s attention that callers are misrepresenting the VA to gain personal information over the phone. They say VA recently changed procedures for dispensing prescriptions and then ask for the veteran’s credit card number. Veterans with questions about VA services should contact their nearest VA medical center or call, toll free, 1-877-222-8387.
MEDICARE ANNUAL ENROLLMENT: The annual Medicare enrollment period is Oct. 15 to Dec. 7, 2012. This is the chance for you to review any changes you would like to make to your Medicare Advantage Plan and/or Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan and select your plan for 2013. The SHIBA Helpline can help you understand changes and find the best plan for you. Mark your calendar today to call us during the new Annual Enrollment Period. Please call Kathy at (360) 538-2443 or Dave at (360) 538-2444 or toll free 1-800-801-0060. The SHIBA Helpline is a free, unbiased service of the Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner offering healthcare coverage counseling, advocacy, assistance and education. It is hosted locally by the Olympic Area Agency on Aging to assist community members to access affordable healthcare.
HARBORS HOME HEALTH AND HOSPICE: Memorial gathering. The 20th annual Harbors Home Health and Hospice (HHHH) Memorial gathering will take place on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, at the Rotary Log Pavilion beginning at 6 p.m. Everyone is invited and welcome to attend this free of charge memorial gathering to honor loved ones who have died during this past year. For those who are experiencing grief, the holidays are often a difficult time. HHHH offers this memorial gathering as a time for sharing feelings of loss and sadness and for remembering the gifts of those no longer with us. The “Livin’ Harmony” quartet will provide music and featured speakers will include the new CEO of HHHH, Joel Stephens and the Rev. David Monsen, Chaplain, who is also new to the agency. Following the Memorial, a reception with light refreshments will provide an opportunity to greet our staff and connect with neighbors and friends. HHHH welcomes Memorial gifts, especially during this holiday time and offers as a thank you for gifts of $50 or more a fine china tree ornament crafted and hand painted by Lenox. Memorial giving is one way that our professional staff can continue to provide dedicated and compassionate care to our patients. Our hospice services are available to persons who have been diagnosed with a life threatening terminal illness and their families. The hospice care team, made up of skilled nurses and aides, medical social workers and chaplains, is committed to assisting patients and families to live life to its fullest in a way that honors their values and free of pain. For information about home health or hospice services or to give a memorial gift, please call HHHH at (360) 532-5454.Toll Free 1-800-772-1319.
NORTH BEACH SENIOR RESOURCE CENTER: The North Beach Senior Resource Center is offering a clearing house of information for seniors, advising what services are available for their use and how to get access to them. They are available to family members and caregivers of those seniors who need help finding resources, including information on Veteran affairs. The center has arranged to provide information by personal visit or call (360) 289-3352 and leave a message for the volunteers. The center is open on Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Ocean Shores United Methodist Church, 557 Pt. Brown Ave. NW. Also, volunteers from SHIBA (Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors) will be available on the first, second and third Thursdays of the month from noon to 2 p.m. to assist you with your Medicare and other Health Insurance related questions.
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.
BLOOD PRESSURE CLINICS: Assured Home Health will be conducting free blood pressure clinics at the Aberdeen Senior Center, 117 E. 3rd. St., every third Tuesday of the month from 11:30 until approx. 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.
GRAYS HARBOR PUD DISCOUNT PROGRAM: The PUD has designed a discount program to assist Senior and Disabled Citizens with their energy costs. If you are 62 years of age or disabled and meet certain income guidelines, you may qualify for reduced electricity bills. Contact the PUD Customer Service Department at (360) 532-4220 or 1-800-562-7726 for more information.
SOCIAL SECURITY INFORMATION: Need to submit proof of Social Security income for renewal of energy assistance, subsidized housing, or exemption from property taxes? Social Security makes it easy for you to get the written verification you need at www.socialsecurity.gov. Just look in the left column under “What you can do online,” expand the “If you get benefits” section, and select the “Request a Proof of Income letter” link. In addition to offering proof of your income, the letter is an official document that verifies your Medicare coverage, retirement or disability status, and age. From the time that you complete the online request, it will take about 10 days for you to receive the proof of income letter in the mail.
RSVP - ELEMENTARY TUTORS NEEDED: The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program is looking for volunteers who would like to spend time reading with elementary students. This rewarding opportunity is based on your time availability and can take place at the school of choice. Volunteers must be 55 and older. Call RSVP at (360) 532-4900 for more information.
ADULT ABUSE HOTLINE/ADULT PROTECTIVE SERVICES: If there is any questionable abuse or neglect, do not hesitate to call toll free at 1-877-734-6277.
Source: Olympic Area Agency on Aging and Senior Information & Assistance. Please visit our website at http://www.o3a.org/