Senior events

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, 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

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

PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP: There will not be a Dec. meeting of the Parkinson’s Support Group. Meets the last Tuesday of the month, 6-7 p.m., at the Hoquiam Library downstairs meeting room, 420 7th St. The next meeting is scheduled for Jan. 29. If you have any questions, please call Betsy Siedel at (360) 533-5968.

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 received in Jan. 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 —

GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP: Harbors Home Health and Hospice invites you to join them in one of their free grief support groups in Grays Harbor County. If you are grieving, and having feelings of sorrow, remorse, depression or just do not know what you are feeling after a loss, then please join the group discussion at one of the following locations: Hoquiam Library, 420 7th St., 3-4 p.m., Tuesdays; Peninsula Church Center, 5000 N Place, Seaview, 11 a.m. to noon., Wednesdays. If you have questions, please call 1-800-772-1319.

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.

GRAYS HARBOR REGIONAL SUPPORT NETWORK (GHRSN) OMBUDS: GHRSN has a mental health ombuds (consumer advocate). Theresa C. Mahar works to ensure that older adults have access to quality, publicly-funded mental health services. She advocates for people who have been denied services, or who have had their services reduced, suspended or terminated; or who have complaints about the mental health services they receive. Ombuds services are free. She is available to advocate for individuals, or to speak about mental health ombuds services throughout Grays Harbor or Pacific Counties. Call Theresa toll-free at 1-866-439-3064.

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