Senior events

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, 2012,

and continuing Oct. 17, 24, 31, Nov. 7 and 14 at the Aberdeen Senior Information and

Assistance office, 2700 Simpson Ave. Suite 205, from 1:00 to 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. (Sr. Event Column Sept. 16, 23, 30)


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 Street, 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.


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 to 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


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: http://

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.

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.

SENIOR COMPANION PROGRAM: The YMCA Senior Companion Program would

like to announce that the program has volunteers available to provide services for most

areas of Grays Harbor and northern Pacific Counties. Senior Companions provide one-

on-one support services for individuals who may be lonely and/or need assistance with

activities to enhance continued independent living in their homes or apartments. Services

are provided to individuals 18 years or older, with no income guidelines to qualify and

no service fees and length of time for participating in the program. Activities addressed

by volunteers can include reading/writing correspondence, recordkeeping activities, and

socialization activities for those homebound or who have difficulty getting out. Volunteers

also provide exercise activities, limited transportation for essential errands, such as

grocery shopping and local medical appointments, and advocacy in obtaining necessary

services to promote independence. One of the primary services provided is weekly

respite care for homebound individuals living with family caregivers who may need a

break. For more information on receiving services, please call (360) 532-9542 or 1-888-



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