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 website, 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 May 8. The class is free, but requires registration. Please call Jamie at (360) 500-4053 for more information or to register.
SOCIAL SECURITY INFORMATION: Social Security recently announced the new online service available with “My Social Security Account.” People age 18 and older can sign up for an account and, after completing the secure verification process, create a “My Social Security Account” with a unique user name and password to access their information. An important feature of the the account is access to an official benefit verification letter instantly. The benefit verification letter serves as proof of income to secure loans, mortgages and other housing, and state or local benefits. Additionally, people use the letter to prove current Medicare health insurance coverage, retirement or disability status, and age. People can print or save a customized letter. Also, non-beneficiaries can receive a personalized online Social Security Statement. The online Statement provides eligible workers with secure and convenient access to their Social Security earnings and benefit information, and estimates of future benefits they can use to plan for their retirement. You can see year by year how much money you made. For more information, please go to www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount/
MS SUPPORT: The Multiple Sclerosis Helping Hands (MSHH), located in Edmonds, provides a variety of assistance to those who have been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and live in Washington state. This assistance includes financial grants for overdue rent or mortgage payments, utility and telephone bills, certain overdue medical bills, food gift cards. Certain conditions apply so please contact them for specific information. MSHH also provides a “Donor Closet” of durable medical and mobility equipment . MSHH is an all volunteer non-profit 501c(3) grant funded organization and will also accept donations. Please contact them at (425) 712-1804 or check out their website at www.mshelp.org
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.
YOUNG-ONSET MEMORY LOSS CAREGIVER TELEPHONE SUPPORT GROUP: Caring for someone with younger-onset memory loss (65 years or younger)? Looking for support and connecting with others dealing with similar issues? A toll-free telephone support group for unpaid care partners, family members and friends caring for loved ones with younger-onset memory loss (65 years or younger) is held the third Wednesday of each month from 7-8:30 p.m. For more information and call-in instructions, contact Linda Whiteside, Director of Community Support, at (206) 529-3875 or (800) 848-7097, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP: Are you grieving, and having feelings of sorrow, remorse, depression or just do not know what you are feeling after the death of a loved one? You are invited to please join the group discussion sponsored by Harbors Home Health and Hospice. The group meets at the Hoquiam Library, 420 7th St., 3-4 p.m. every Tuesday. If you have questions, please call 1-800-772-1319.
MEDICAL EQUIPMENT: The Coalition of Services Medical Equipment Closet, sponsored by the North Beach Senior Resource Center, is now operating. If you are in need of medical equipment, such as commodes, walkers, raised toilet seats, wheelchairs, etc. please call (369)289-3352 or (360) 289-0201. The Coalition will also accept donations of equipment. Also, the Thurston County Council on Aging is sponsoring a medical supply/equipment bank, offering, free of charge, the loan of supplies such as wheelchairs, walkers, hospital beds, bedside commodes, canes, crutches, etc. to help in your recuperation. Also, they accept donations of medical equipment to be provided in the loan process. All donations are kept within the program and greatly appreciated. For more information please call and leave a message at (360) 456-8810.
SALT - SENIOR AND LAW ENFORCEMENT TOGETHER: Vulnerable adult identification bracelets are available to people who are at risk of becoming lost or disoriented if they were to leave their home unescorted. They are also available to people afflicted with Aphasia. This program is sponsored by The Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Office and SALT. The person receiving the bracelet will have their photo taken. The photo and an information sheet containing their address, emergency contact information, physical description, and brief medical history is then readily available to law enforcement and emergency medical responders throughout the county via Harbor Dispatch E-911. Anyone interested please call Kathy at Senior Information and Assistance, (360) 538-2443, (360) 532-0520 or 1-800-801-0060. For Aphasia registration information, or to learn more about Aphasia, visit the website at www.aphasia.org
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 www.utc.wa.gov. 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.
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/