Senior events

PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP: NOTE: Because of the Holidays, The Parkinson’s Support Group will not meet in Dec. They look forward to seeing everyone at the Tuesday Jan. 29, 2013 meeting, 6-7 p.m., at the Hoquiam Library downstairs meeting room, 420 7th St. 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.

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

SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION: Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for nearly 62 million Americans will increase 1.7 percent in 2013, the Social Security Administration recently announced. The 1.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits that more than 56 million Social Security beneficiaries receive in January 2013. Increased payments to more than 8 million SSI beneficiaries will begin on Dec. 31, 2012. In addition, the Medicare Part B premium will go up $5 per month to $104.90 for most Medicare recipients. To find out more about Social Security changes, please visit -

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.

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 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Call (360) 289-9663 for more information. In many cities there have been waiting lists so please register as soon as possible.

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, 5:30-8 p.m.) for six consecutive weeks beginning Thursday Jan. 3, 2013 and continuing Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31 and Feb. 7 in Aberdeen, WA 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

SENIOR NUTRITION: Meals, sponsored by Coastal Community Action, are served Monday through Friday at noon at the Aberdeen (360) 533-3311, Hoquiam (Emerson Manor) (360) 532-5868 and Elma (360) 482-2377 senior centers for all senior citizens 60 years of age and older. Hot/frozen Meals-on-Wheels services are available throughout Grays Harbor (excluding McCleary) and South Pacific County Monday through Friday. Frozen meals are available on weekends. These meals are for home bound seniors 60 years of age and older who are unable to fix their own meals. A donation of $3.50 per meal is suggested, although no one will be denied a meal. Willapa Senior Center: Meals are served Monday through Friday at 11:30 a.m. in Raymond at 242 N. First St. Hot/Frozen meals-on-wheels are available Monday-Friday and weekends upon request for home bound seniors 60 years of age and older who are unable to fix their own meals at home. For more information please call the Senior Center at (360) 942-5739 or the CCAP office at (360) 533-5100, Ext. 119 for details. Senior meals are also served at the following locations: WESTPORT SENIOR CENTER: Meals are served daily at noon. (cost $1). Open to everyone (360) 268-0156. OCEAN SHORES GOOD NEIGHBOR CENTER (SENIOR CENTER): (360) 289-2801, 805 Ocean Shores Blvd. Lunch Mon. thru Sat., 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Sunday breakfast 8:30-11 a.m. Open to everyone. A $4 donation is suggested; however no one will be turned away. Please visit the Thrift Store while you’re there. Please call the Sr. Centers for more information or if you would like to become a Senior Center volunteer.

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