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 Feb. 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 Feb. 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 seven-day notice by calling Eric Nessa at (360) 538-2458.
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 12:00 p.m.) for six consecutive weeks beginning Friday March 29, 2013 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 seven-day notice by calling Paulette Dodgen at 1-866-582-1487 or (360) 538-2457 or emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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. Saturday Special Opening Mar. 16. 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 S 4th St., Thurs. 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. (March 8 and 22, April 4) and Sat. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (March 9, 23). For more information call (360) 495-3368. Walk-ins welcome.
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 10:45-11:45 a.m. Call Lisa Kless at (360) 537-9622, Ext. 105. EMERITUS HARBOUR POINTE SHORES, OCEAN SHORES, 1020 Catala Ave. SE. Tuesdays 10:30-11:30 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.
DEPARTMENT OF VETERAN AFFAIRS (VA): Is warning veterans NOT to give credit card numbers over the phone to callers claiming to update VA prescription information. Veteran Service organizations have brought to the VA’s attention that callers are misrepresenting the VA to gain personal information over the phone. They say VA recently changed procedures for dispensing prescriptions and then ask for the veteran’s credit card number. Veterans with questions about VA services should contact their nearest VA medical center or call, toll free, 1-877-222-8387.
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 March 6. The class is free, but requires registration. Please call Jamie at (360) 500-4053 for more information or to register.
HOQUIAM SENIOR CENTER EVENTS: Monday and Friday, Line Dancing, 10:30 a.m.; Pinochle 1:00 p.m; Monday Nite Bingo, Snack Bar open at 4:30, Bingo Starts at 6:00; Tuesday and Thursday Sit & be Fit Chair Exercises 10:30 a.m.; WII bowling, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 9:30 a.m.; Blood Pressure Clinic 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday; Indoor Walking program 9 a.m. Wednesday; Quilting and Handwork 9:30 a.m. Travel Club call (360) 538-0572 for more information. Volunteer opportunities available in Trinkets and Treasures and the Hoquiam Senior Center. Lunches are available Monday through Friday 12-1; suggested donation is $3.50 for those 60 and older and $8 for those under the age of 60. Salad Bar on Thursday and Friday. All activities are free and open to the public. Trinkets and Treasures Gift Shoppe open Tues-Sat.11:00 a.m. - 4 p.m. Gently used and new items for sale. Donations are gladly accepted. (no clothes, books or large appliances, please). If you have any questions on volunteer opportunities, events, and lunches, please call Stephanie at (360) 532-5868.
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/