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. 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 So.4th St., Thurs. Apr. 4th, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. For more information call (360) 495-3368. Walk-ins welcome.
LIVING WELL WITH CHRONIC CONDITIONS WORKSHOP BEGINNING APRIL 23 — 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 (Tuesdays, 2.5 hours, 5:30 to 8 p.m.) for six consecutive weeks beginning Tuesday April 23 and continuing April 30, May 7, 14, 21, 28 in Aberdeen, at Grays Harbor Community Hospital, 915 Anderson Dr., 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.
RELATIVES AS PARENTS PROGRAM: Are you raising other relatives’ children? The public is invited to the monthly support group for Relatives as Parents, where you can come and meet other families and learn about important resources that may be available to you. The Relatives as Parents Support Group meetings are held the fourth Thursday of every month at Washington Elementary School, 3003 Cherry St. in Hoquiam. Next month’s Support Group meeting will be on Thursday April 25 from 5:30-7 p.m. They will provide the main-dish and welcome your participation. If able, please bring a side-dish. For answers to questions or more information, please call Eric at (360) 538-2458 or 1-866-582-1485. 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.
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. 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.
HOQUIAM SENIOR CENTER EVENTS: Monday and Friday, Line Dancing, 10:30 a.m.; Pinochle 1:00 p.m; Monday Nite Bingo, Snack Bar open at 4:30, Bingo Starts at 6:00; 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 12-1; 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.
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.
AARP DRIVER SAFETY: This class, developed by AARP, is designed especially for senior motorists. Participants 55 and older who complete the course will qualify for a reduction in their insurance premiums. Discounts and duration of discounts vary by insurance companies. The course covers a wide range of driving situations. There are no tests. A nominal fee of $14 per person is required. AARP members (proof of membership required) can receive a $2 discount. Class size is limited and they are offered on a first come first serve basis, so pre-registration is required. Most classes are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Attendance on both days is required for course completion. To register, or for further information, call the phone number listed for the class you would like to attend. ABERDEEN ELKS, Apr. 8 and 9. Call Pat McGuire for more information (360) 987-0026; MONTESANO LIBRARY, April 17 and 18. Call Danny Wills (360) 249-8249 for more information; HOQUIAM LIBRARY, May 28 and 29. Call Dan Burns (360) 538-1440 for more information.
MEDICARE HEALTH INSURANCE: The Olympic Area Agency on Aging and SHIBA (Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors) provide answers to Medicare Health Insurance Questions. Are you happy with your current health insurance coverage? Does your current Medicare plan meet your needs? We supply free information on Medicare, Medicare prescription drug plan options, and Medicare Advantage plans. Please call either (360) 538-2443 or (360) 538-2444 for additional information.
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 April 3. The class is free, but requires registration. Please call Jamie at (360) 500-4053 for more information or to register.
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/