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, March 15 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 (360) 538-2458.
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 March 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. 3-7 p.m. (March 22, April 4) and Sat. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (March 23). For more information call (360) 495-3368. Walk-ins welcome.
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, http://www.o3a.org/. Thank you for your support.
SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION: Still collecting a paper Social Security check? You were required to switch to electronic payments by March 1. The Social Security Administration will not interrupt payments if a person does not comply, however, we strongly urge you to sign up to receive your payments electronically. If you have an account at a bank or credit union, you can go there to sign up for direct deposit or call the Social Security Administration at 1-800-772-1213. If you do not currently have a bank account, you may sign up for The Direct Express Debit card by calling 1-800-333-1795 or visit www.GoDirect.org.
CITIZEN SAFETY CALL-IN PROGRAM: There are many people in Ocean Shores who are living alone. Of these people, many are in need of someone to check in with them on a regular basis to be sure that they are safe. Pastor Alice Hedges of the Ocean Shores United Methodist Church has put together a program with the assistance of the Ministerial Association and the Visitor Information Center to establish a “call program” where vulnerable adults can call in on a daily basis to let someone know they are doing as well as can be expected. People who live alone may not be able to get to the phone to call out if they fall or are ill. That could mean they are unable to get help when help is needed and could possibly be left for several days until someone from the outside might check on them. To qualify for this program an individual must be a resident of Ocean Shores; be able to provide at least two emergency/family contacts that are willing to be called if necessary; and be willing and able to call in between 10 a.m. and noon daily. If you would like to participate or have any questions please call (360) 289-0201.
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 noon) for six consecutive weeks beginning Friday March 29, 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 7-day notice by calling Paulette Dodgen at 1-866-582-1487 or (360) 538-2457 or emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org. There will also be new workshop beginning April 23.
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
GRAYS HARBOR PUD DISCOUNT PROGRAM: The PUD has designed a discount program to assist Senior and Disabled Citizens with their energy costs. If you are 62 years of age or disabled and meet certain income guidelines, you may qualify for reduced electricity bills. Contact the PUD Customer Service Department at (360) 532-4220 or 1-800-562-7726 for more information.
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 April 3. The class is free, but requires registration. Please call Jamie at (360) 500-4053 for more information or to register.
SENIOR NUTRITION: Meals, sponsored by Coastal Community Action Program, are served Monday through Friday at noon at the Aberdeen (360) 533-3311, Hoquiam (Emerson Manor) (360) 532-5868 and Elma (360) 482-2377 senior centers, in Grays Harbor, and Raymond (360) 942-5739 and Ilwaco (360) 642-3990 in Pacific County, for all senior citizens 60 years of age and older. Hot/frozen Meals-on-Wheels services are available throughout Grays Harbor and Pacific County. These meals are for seniors, 60 years of age and older, who are homebound and/or unable to fix their own meals. A donation of $3.50 per meal is suggested, although no one will be denied a meal. Senior meals are also served at the following locations: WESTPORT SENIOR CENTER: Meals are served daily at noon (cost $1). Open to everyone (360) 268-0156. OCEAN SHORES GOOD NEIGHBOR CENTER (SENIOR CENTER): (360) 289-2801, 805 Ocean Shores Blvd. Lunch Mon. thru Sat., 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sunday breakfast 8:30 to 11 a.m. Open to everyone. A $4 donation is suggested; however no one will be turned away. Please call the Sr. Centers for more information or if you would like to become a Senior Center volunteer.
For more information please call the CCAP office at (360) 533-5100, Ext. 119 for details.
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/