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 April 25 from 5:30 to 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. The next meeting is scheduled for April 30 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.
MS SUPPORT: The Multiple Sclerosis Helping Hands (MSHH), located in Edmonds, Washington 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
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, WA at Grays Harbor Community Hospital, 915 Anderson Drive, 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 email@example.com.
ALZHEIMER’S FOUNDATION: Join Alzheimer’s Foundation of America for a free monthly teleconference, Care Connection, every second Thursday of each month at 10 p.m. PST. The telephone support network offers support, education, and information sharing with others, including professionals. Special guest speakers and professional experts provide interesting and practical topics. Caregivers and others from anywhere in the U.S. can join up to 150 people who are on the telephone line to learn, listen and participate. Participation is voluntary and one can partake to their individual comfort level. Each weekly session lasts approximately one hour. Healthcare professionals earn continuing education credit toward renewal in AFA’s Dementia Care Professionals of America. To access Care Connection, call toll-free: 877-232-2992; Guest identification number: 271004#. For more information, visit www.alzfdn.org or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
EXERCISE PROGRAMS: Stay Active and Independent for Life (S.A.I.L.) exercise program is a series of low impact, fun, affordable exercise classes for seniors to assist in mobility, increase muscle strength and prevention of falls. Small weights and exercise equipment will be furnished. The classes, taught by qualified SAIL instructors and in collaboration with the Olympic Area Agency on Aging, are located at the following sites: ABERDEEN SENIOR CENTER exercise site at the Aberdeen Museum of History, 111 E. 3rd St., Aberdeen. Wed. and Fri. 10-11 a.m. Call Lonnie Wild at (360) 533-3311 or 533-5100 for more information. GRAYS HARBOR COMMUNITY HOSPITAL. Sponsored sites in Aberdeen at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 400 E. 1st St., Mon/Wed 9-10 a.m.; Ocean Shores, at Galilean Lutheran Church, 824 Ocean Shores Blvd. NW, Tues/Thurs 9-10 a.m. Montesano Presbyterian Church,401 E. McBryde Ave., Mon/Wed, 9-10 a.m.; Aberdeen Walking Class, South Shore Mall, Fri 9-10 a.m. (during inclement weather or various local parks in good weather), call Nicole at (360) 537-4146. YMCA OF GRAYS HARBOR, 2500 Simpson Avenue, Hoquiam. Wed 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. and Tues/Thurs 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. Call Lisa Kless at (360) 537-9622, Ext. 105. EMERITUS HARBOUR POINTE SHORES, OCEAN SHORES, 1020 Catala Ave. SE. Tuesdays 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and Thursday’s 1-2 p.m. Call (360) 289-9663 for more information. In many cities there have been waiting lists so please register as soon as possible.
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.
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.
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/