Senior events

INFORMATION AND ASSISTANCE – “STAYING INDEPENDENT” FAIR: Senior Information and Assistance and Olympic Area Agency on Aging Nursing Services are hosting their yearly free “Staying Independent” Fair on Thursday Nov. 1, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at River of Life Fellowship, 308 W. King St., Aberdeen. The fair will include professional guest speakers, clinics and exhibits, including information on services for older adults and persons with disabilities, with a focus on staying independent and preventing falls. A SHIBA (Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisor) will also be available to answer questions. This year the Fair will also include an emphasis on dental care. Several free drawing gifts have been donated by businesses in the community. Lunch will be provided (while supplies last); so come and enjoy a fun-filled, educational day. Come for a short visit or stay all day. If you have any questions please call 1-866-582-1487 or (360) 538-2457.

POWERFUL TOOLS FOR CAREGIVERS is an educational series designed to provide you with the tools you need to take care of yourself. This program helps family caregivers reduce stress, improve self-confidence, communicate feelings better, balance their lives, increase their ability to make tough decisions and locate helpful resources. Classes consist of six weekly sessions held once a week beginning Wednesday Oct. 10, and continuing Oct. 17, 24, 31, Nov. 7 and 14 at the Aberdeen Senior Information and Assistance office, 2700 Simpson Ave. Suite 205, from 1-3:30 p.m. Two experienced Class Leaders will conduct the series. Interactive lessons, discussions and brainstorming will help you take the “tools” you choose and put them into action for your life. You will receive a book, The Caregiver Helpbook, developed specifically for the class. A donation of $25 to help defray the cost of the book is suggested, but not required to attend the class. For more information or to register, contact Eric Nessa, (360) 538-2458, or 1-866-582-1485; email: Class size is limited and pre-registration is required.

LIVING WELL WITH CHRONIC CONDITIONS WORKSHOP: SeaMar 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 evening a week (Tuesdays, 2.5 hours, 5:30-8 p.m.) for six consecutive weeks beginning Monday Oct. 16 and continuing Oct. 23, 30, Nov. 6, 13, 20 at the SeaMar Health Care Center, 1813 Sumner Ave., Aberdeen. 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. In addition, these Living Well Workshops will be offered from time to time throughout the year. Please call for dates and locations. 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 Paulette Dodgen at 1-866-582-1487 or (360) 538-2457 or emailing her at

THE LIVING WELL WITH CHRONIC CONDITIONS IN WASHINGTON STATE WEBSITE is now available. This website is dedicated to healthy aging and self-management programs. Living Well with Chronic Conditions in Washington State is a website for providers and potential providers, leaders, trainers and participants to learn about healthy aging and self management programs. On this site you will find links to: Programs, Training, Workshops, Resources and Events both locally and throughout Washington State. To visit the Living Well website please go to:

AARP DRIVER SAFETY: This class, developed by AARP, is designed especially for motorists 50 and older. Drivers under age 55 may also qualify; check with your insurance company. It covers a wide range of driving situations. There are no tests. A nominal fee of $14 per person is required. AARP members (proof of membership required) can receive a $2 discount. During the months of Jul. and Aug., anyone currently employed by, or retired from the field of Education, in any capacity, can take the class for a fee of $5. Class size is limited and they are offered on a first come first serve basis, so pre-registration is required. Most classes are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. unless otherwise noted. To register, or for further information, call the phone number listed for the class you would like to attend. OCEAN SHORES CONVENTION CENTER: Nov. 6 and 7. To register call Joe Reason at (360) 589-3012.

DIABETES CLASSES: The Grays Harbor County Health Department is offering classes on Diabetes; “The Road to Better Diabetes Management.” This is a nationally-approved course that helps people with diabetes, and their caregivers, take control of the condition. Each course consists of four 2-hour classes. Starting dates are: Oct. 3 and Nov. 6. The class is free, but requires registration. Please call Jamie at (360) 500-4053 to register.

MEDICARE ANNUAL ENROLLMENT: The annual Medicare enrollment period is Oct. 15 to Dec. 7. 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.

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, Thank you for your support.

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 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.

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