NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS (NAMI): Do you have a senior or any family member or loved one with mental illness? NAMI, the largest affiliate of mental illness in the U.S., has formed a local affiliate, NAMI Washington Coast. They are a beacon of hope and their mission is to support the lives of those affected by mental illness, and their families. Educational classes are as follows: OCEAN SHORES: third Monday of the month, 6 p.m. at the Galilean Church, 824 Ocean Shores Blvd. Call (360) 289-4884.
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 Feb. 26. 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.
TAX ASSISTANCE: AARP Tax-Aide. SOUTH SHORE MALL: Across from the GNC store. Mondays and Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. until Apr. 15. Saturday Special Openings Feb. 23 and Mar. 16. For more information call (360) 289-0200. Also, tax assistance at the following locations: OCEAN SHORES LIBRARY: 573 Point Brown Ave. NW, Tues/Thurs 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information call (360) 289-3919. MCCLEARY TIMBERLAND LIBRARY: 121 S 4th St., Thurs. 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. (Feb. 21. Mar. 8 and 22, Apr. 4) and Sat. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Feb. 23 and Mar 9, 23). For more information call (360) 495-3368. Walk-ins welcome.
NEW WORKSHOP STARTING MARCH 29 - LIVING WELL WITH CHRONIC CONDITIONS : Coastal Community Action Program (CCAP), 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 (Fridays, 2.5 hours, 9:30 a.m. to noon) for six consecutive weeks beginning Friday March 29, and continuing April 5, 12, 19, 26 and May 3 at the CCAP Downstairs Training Room, 117 E. 3rd St., Aberdeen. The workshop will be facilitated by two specifically 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 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. 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 email@example.com.
THE WASHINGTON STATE LIVING WELL WEBSITE is now available. This website is dedicated to healthy aging and self-management programs. Living Well in Washington State is a website for the public, 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
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 Mar. 6. The class is free, but requires registration. Please call Jamie at (360) 500-4053 for more information or to register.
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.
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.
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 10:00 a.m. and noon daily. If you would like to participate or have any questions please call (360) 289-0201.
SENIOR LEGAL ADVICE CLINICS PACIFIC COUNTY: Senior Legal Advice Clinics are now available in Raymond and Long Beach I & A offices. This is a free service to elders 60+ who want/need to meet with an attorney face-to-face for some guidance. The sessions are generally 30 minutes and can cover a variety of topics ranging from wills, Powers of Attorney, tenant rights, estate questions and so on. And it’s easy access; just contact our offices, Raymond (360) 942-2177/Long Beach (360) 642-3634 and request an appointment.
RSVP - ELEMENTARY TUTORS NEEDED: The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program is looking for volunteers who would like to spend time reading with elementary students. This rewarding opportunity is based on your time availability and can take place at the school of choice. Volunteers must be 55 and older. Call RSVP at (360) 532-4900 for more information.
SALT - SENIOR AND LAW ENFORCEMENT TOGETHER: Vulnerable adult identification bracelets are available 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/