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 March 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.
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. This month’s Support Group meeting will be on Thursday March 28 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.
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. OCEAN SHORES LIBRARY, Mar. 26 and 27. Call Joe Reason for more information (360) 589-3012; ABERDEEN ELKS, April 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. There will also be new workshop beginning April 23.
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.
TAX ASSISTANCE: AARP Tax-Aide. SOUTH SHORE MALL: Across from the GNC store. Mondays and Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. until April 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. April 4, 3-7 p.m. For more information call (360) 495-3368. Walk-ins welcome.
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.
LEGAL SERVICES: The Northwest Justice Project (NJP) is a not-for-profit statewide organization providing free civil legal services to eligible low-income people and seniors. For information on services, check out www.nwjustice.org. NJP operates a toll-free intake and referral system called CLEAR (Coordinated Legal Education Advice and Referral) at 1-888-201-1014 (or 1-888-387-7111 for seniors 60 and over). NJP provides free legal help, including advice, brief legal service, and, where available, a referral for further representation. Intake hours are weekdays, 9:10 a.m. to 12:25 p.m. You can also apply for services online any time at nwjustice.org/clear-online. NJP maintains an extensive library of legal resources and self-help materials at www.washingtonlawhelp.org and videos at www.youtube.com/user/NWJusticeProject/videos. If you have a collection, eviction or education case, please call our local Aberdeen office at 360-533-2282 to see if a local intake is appropriate. All other cases will be referred to CLEAR.
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.
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/