Senior events


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.

ALZHEIMER CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP: The North Beach Senior Resource Center is sponsoring a support group for care partners, family members and friends of individuals with Alzheimer’s, with facilitators trained by the Alzheimer’s Assoc. Meetings will be held the third Wednesday of every month from 1-3:30 p.m. at the Ocean Shores Methodist Church, 557 Point Brown Ave. NW. The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday Nov. 21.

MEDICARE WORKSHOPS: Olympic Area Agency on Aging will sponsor the following Medicare workshops: Tuesday Nov. 20, 2 p.m., Aberdeen Library; Wednesday Nov. 28, 2 p.m., Hoquiam Library.

MEDICARE ANNUAL ENROLLMENT: The annual Medicare enrollment period is Oct. 15 to Dec. 7, 2012. This is the chance for you to review any changes you would like to make to your Medicare Advantage Plan and/or Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan and select your plan for 2013. The SHIBA Helpline can help you understand changes and find the best plan for you. Mark your calendar today to call us during the new Annual Enrollment Period. Please call Kathy at (360) 538-2443 or Dave at (360) 538-2444 or toll free 1-800-801-0060. The SHIBA Helpline is a free, unbiased service of the Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner offering healthcare coverage counseling, advocacy, assistance and education. It is hosted locally by the Olympic Area Agency on Aging to assist community members to access affordable healthcare.

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, 6:00 p.m. at the Galilean Church, 824 Ocean Shores Blvd. Call (360) 289-4884.

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. 10:00 to 11:00 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.

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.

HARBORS HOME HEALTH AND HOSPICE: Memorial gathering. The 20th annual Harbors Home Health and Hospice (HHHH) Memorial gathering will take place on Thursday, Dec. 6, at the Rotary Log Pavilion beginning at 6 p.m. Everyone is invited and welcome to attend this free of charge memorial gathering to honor loved ones who have died during this past year. For those who are experiencing grief, the holidays are often a difficult time. HHHH offers this memorial gathering as a time for sharing feelings of loss and sadness and for remembering the gifts of those no longer with us. The “Livin’ Harmony” quartet will provide music and featured speakers will include the new CEO of HHHH, Joel Stephens and the Rev. David Monsen, Chaplain, who is also new to the agency. Following the Memorial, a reception with light refreshments will provide an opportunity to greet our staff and connect with neighbors and friends. HHHH welcomes Memorial gifts, especially during this holiday time and offers as a thank you for gifts of $50 or more a fine china tree ornament crafted and hand painted by Lenox. Memorial giving is one way that our professional staff can continue to provide dedicated and compassionate care to our patients. Our hospice services are available to persons who have been diagnosed with a life threatening terminal illness and their families. The hospice care team, made up of skilled nurses and aides, medical social workers and chaplains, is committed to assisting patients and families to live life to its fullest in a way that honors their values and free of pain. For information about home health or hospice services or to give a memorial gift, please call HHHH at (360) 532-5454.Toll Free 1-800-772-1319.

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.

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/