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.
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 1/2-hour sessions held at the Pearsall Building, 2109 Sumner Ave., Aberdeen. The next session begins Feb. 6. The class is free, but requires registration. Please call Jamie at (360) 500-4053 for more information or to register.
HOQUIAM SENIOR CENTER EVENTS: Monday and Friday, Line Dancing, 10:30 a.m.; Pinochle 1 p.m; Monday Nite Bingo, Snack Bar open at 4:30, Bingo Starts at 6; Tuesday and Thursday Sit & be Fit Chair Exercises 10:30 a.m.; WII bowling, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 9:30 a.m.; Blood Pressure Clinic 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday; Indoor Walking program 9 a.m. Wednesday; Quilting and Handwork 9:30 a.m. Travel Club call (360) 538-0572 for more information. Volunteer opportunities available in Trinkets and Treasures and the Hoquiam Senior Center. Lunches are available Monday through Friday noon to 1; suggested donation is $3.50 for those 60 and older and $8 for those under the age of 60. Salad Bar on Thursday and Friday. All activities are free and open to the public. Trinkets and Treasures Gift Shoppe open Tues-Sat.11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Gently used and new items for sale. Donations are gladly accepted. (no clothes, books or large appliances, please). If you have any questions on volunteer opportunities, events, and lunches, please call Stephanie at (360) 532-5868.
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. 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.
NORTH BEACH SENIOR RESOURCE CENTER: The North Beach Senior Resource Center is offering a clearing house of information for seniors, advising what services are available for their use and how to get access to them. They are available to family members and caregivers of those seniors who need help finding resources, including information on Veteran affairs. The center has arranged to provide information by personal visit or call (360) 289-3352 and leave a message for the volunteers. The center is open on Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Ocean Shores United Methodist Church, 557 Pt. Brown Ave. NW. Also, volunteers from SHIBA (Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors) will be available on the first, second and third Thursdays of the month from noon to 2 p.m. to assist you with your Medicare and other Health Insurance related questions.
CITIZEN SAFETY CALL-IN PROGRAM: There are many people in Ocean Shores who are living alone. Of these people, many are in need of someone to check in with them on a regular basis to be sure that they are safe. Pastor Alice Hedges of the Ocean Shores United Methodist Church has put together a program with the assistance of the Ministerial Association and the Visitor Information Center to establish a “call program” where vulnerable adults can call in on a daily basis to let someone know they are doing as well as can be expected. People who live alone may not be able to get to the phone to call out if they fall or are ill. That could mean they are unable to get help when help is needed and could possibly be left for several days until someone from the outside might check on them. To qualify for this program an individual must be a resident of Ocean Shores; be able to provide at least two emergency/family contacts that are willing to be called if necessary; and be willing and able to call in between 10 a.m. and noon daily. If you would like to participate or have any questions please call (360) 289-0201.
LIVING WELL WITH CHRONIC CONDITIONS WORKSHOP: The Grays Harbor County Health Department, 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 day a week, 2 1/2 hours, for six consecutive weeks (Tuesdays) beginning Tuesday February 12, 2013 and continuing February 19, 26, March 5, 12, and 19, 1-3:30 p.m., at the GH County Health Dept. first floor conference room, 2109 Sumner, Aberdeen. 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. Space for the workshop is limited so please register early. The meeting site is accessible to persons with disabilities. Reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities can be arranged with advance seven-day notice by calling Paulette Dodgen at 1-866-582-1487 or (360) 538-2457 or emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information and registration, please call 1-866-582-1487 or (360) 538-2457.
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/