LIVING WELL WITH CHRONIC CONDITIONS WORKSHOP: The Grays Harbor County Health Department, 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, 2-1/2 hours, for six consecutive weeks (Tuesdays) beginning Tuesday February 12, 2013 and continuing Feb. 19, 26, March 5, 12, and 19, 1-3:30 p.m., at the GH County Health Dept. first floor conference room, 2109 Sumner, Aberdeen. 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. Space for the workshop is limited so please register early. 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. For more information and registration, please call 1-866-582-1487 or (360) 538-2457.
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 Feb. 9. The class is free, but requires registration. Please call Jamie at (360) 500-4053 for more information or to register.
SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION: The new tool “My Social Security account” on the SS website can be used by Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients to access a benefit verification letter, payment history, and earnings record instantly using their online account. Social Security beneficiaries also can change their address or change direct deposit information online. An important feature of the “My Social Security 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. For more information, please go to www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount/
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 p.m. at the Galilean Church, 824 Ocean Shores Blvd. Call (360) 289-4884.
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.
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. 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
FAMILY CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP: The Family Caregiver Support Group is for any family caregiver of a disabled or elder adult, welcoming caregivers to share, obtain support and realize they are not alone in their caregiver journey. They meet the third Friday of the month at the Hoquiam Timberland Library, downstairs meeting room. The next meeting is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 18 from 2-3:30 p.m. Questions? Please call Eric at (360) 538-2458. 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 538-2458.
COMMUNITY EDUCATION OUTREACH: O3A Nursing Services provides Community Education Outreach to seniors; currently we are offering presentations on Medication Solutions. The Medication Solutions presentation includes ways to manage prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs, and herbs safely, wisely and cost effectively, and how to communicate with your doctor and pharmacist. A free gift will be distributed to attendees. If you belong to a group and would be interested in hosting a presentation, at no cost to you, or for more information on scheduled presentations, please call (360) 538-2457 or 1-866-582-1487.
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.
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/