LIVING WELL WITH CHRONIC CONDITIONS WORKSHOP: Grays Harbor Community Hospital, 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 (Thursdays, 2.5 hours, 5:30 to 8 p.m.) for six consecutive weeks beginning Thursday Jan. 3, 2013, and continuing Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31 and Feb. 7 in Aberdeen, at Grays Harbor Community Hospital, 915 Anderson Drive, Conference Room A (Main Campus, Ground Floor). Two specifically trained leaders will facilitate the workshop. 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 anyone who suffers 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: http://livingwell.doh.wa.gov
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.
FAMILY CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP: The Family Caregiver Support Group is for any family caregiver of a disabled or elder adult, welcoming caregivers to share, obtain support and realize they are not alone in their caregiver journey. Note: Because of the Holidays, they will meet on Friday, Dec. 14 (instead of their usual third Friday of the month) at the Hoquiam Timberland Library, downstairs meeting room, from 2-3:30 p.m. Questions? Please call Eric at (360) 538-2458. 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 Eric Nessa at (360) 538-2458.
ELMA SENIOR CENTER: Dec. 31 there will be a New Years Eve special bingo, which will include a potluck. This celebration will be a lot of fun, so come join them for a safe and sane new years eve. Also, Bingo every Thursday starting at 5:30 p.m. Snack bar available. The Elma Sr. Center sponsors a free charter bus for seniors to the Red Wind Casino in Yelm on the second Monday of the month. The bus will pick up seniors at the Elma Senior Center. For scheduled times and locations or more information please call the Elma Senior Center at (360) 482-2377 or 1-800-255-9769
SALT - SENIOR AND LAW ENFORCEMENT TOGETHER: Vulnerable adult identification bracelets are available to people who are at risk of becoming lost or disoriented if they were to leave their home unescorted. They are also available to people afflicted with Aphasia. This program is sponsored by The Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Office and SALT. The person receiving the bracelet will have their photo taken. The photo and an information sheet containing their address, emergency contact information, physical description, and brief medical history is then readily available to law enforcement and emergency medical responders throughout the county via Harbor Dispatch E-911. Anyone interested please call Kathy at Senior Information and Assistance, (360) 538-2443, (360) 532-0520 or 1-800-801-0060. For Aphasia registration information, or to learn more about Aphasia, visit the web site at http://www.aphasia.org/
EXERCISE PROGRAMS: Stay Active and Independent for Life (S.A.I.L.) exercise program is a series of low impact, fun, affordable exercise classes for seniors to assist in mobility, increase muscle strength and prevention of falls. Small weights and exercise equipment will be furnished. The classes, taught by qualified SAIL instructors and in collaboration with the Olympic Area Agency on Aging, are located at the following sites: ABERDEEN SENIOR CENTER exercise site at the Aberdeen Museum of History, 111 E. 3rd St., Aberdeen. Wed. and Fri. 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Call Lonnie Wild at (360) 533-3311 or 533-5100 for more information. GRAYS HARBOR COMMUNITY HOSPITAL. Sponsored sites in Aberdeen at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 400 E. 1st St., Mon/Wed 9-10 a.m.; Ocean Shores, at Galilean Lutheran Church, 824 Ocean Shores Blvd. NW, Tues/Thurs 9-10 a.m. Montesano Presbyterian Church,401 E. McBryde Ave., Mon/Wed, 9-10: a.m.; Aberdeen Walking Class, South Shore Mall, Fri 9-10 a.m. (during inclement weather or various local parks in good weather), call Nicole at (360) 537-4146. YMCA OF GRAYS HARBOR, 2500 Simpson Avenue, Hoquiam. Wed 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. and Tues/Thurs 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. Call Lisa Kless at (360) 537-9622, Ext. 105. EMERITUS HARBOUR POINTE SHORES, OCEAN SHORES, 1020 Catala Ave. SE. Tuesdays 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and Thursday’s 1-2 p.m. Call (360) 289-9663 for more information. In many cities there have been waiting lists so please register as soon as possible.
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.
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.
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/