Senior events


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. 6. The class is free, but requires registration. Please call Jamie at (360) 500-4053 for more information or to register.

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 Jan. 24 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.

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 dodgepj@dshs.wa.gov. For more information and registration, please call 1-866-582-1487 or (360) 538-2457.

THE WASHINGTON STATE LIVING WELL WEBSITE is now available. This website is dedicated to healthy aging and self-management programs. Living Well in Washington State is a website for the public, providers and potential providers, leaders, trainers and participants to learn about healthy aging and self management programs. On this site you will find links to: Programs, Training, Workshops, Resources and Events both locally and throughout Washington State. To visit the Living Well website please go to: http://livingwell.doh.wa.gov

VOLUNTEER CHORE SERVICES: A program of Catholic Community Services serving low-income senior citizens and disabled adults. Drivers are needed to provide long distance medical transportation; mileage reimbursement is provided. Volunteers are also needed to provide moving support, shopping assistance, errands, light housework and yard work and chores to help people live independently. Please call (360) 637-8563 for more information.

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.

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.

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.

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, linda.whiteside@alz.org.

ALZHEIMER’S VOLUNTEER SUPPORT GROUP FACILITATOR OPPORTUNITY: Interested in making a difference by providing support and comfort for those in the journey of caring for a loved one with memory loss? The Alzheimer’s Association Western and Central Washington State Chapter provides training, ongoing support and continuous resources for support group facilitators. For more information, please contact Linda Whiteside, Director of Community Support, at (800) 848-7097, linda.whiteside@alz.org.

ALZHEIMER’S FOUNDATION: Join Alzheimer’s Foundation of America for a free monthly teleconference, Care Connection, every second Thursday of each month at 10:00 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: info@alzfdn.org

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/