Senior events


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. 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. through April 11. For more information call (360) 289-3919. MCCLEARY TIMBERLAND LIBRARY: 121 So.4th St., April 4 and 6. 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.

AARP DRIVER SAFETY: This class, developed by AARP, is designed especially for senior motorists. Participants 55 and older who complete the course will qualify for a reduction in their insurance premiums. Discounts and duration of discounts vary by insurance companies. The course covers a wide range of driving situations. There are no tests. A nominal fee of $14 per person is required. AARP members (proof of membership required) can receive a $2 discount. Class size is limited and they are offered on a first come first serve basis, so pre-registration is required. Most classes are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Attendance on both days is required for course completion. To register, or for further information, call the phone number listed for the class you would like to attend. ABERDEEN ELKS, April 8 and 9. Call Pat McGuire for more information (360) 987-0026; MONTESANO LIBRARY, April 17 and 18. Call Danny Wills (360) 249-8249 for more information; HOQUIAM LIBRARY, May 28 and 29. Call Dan Burns (360) 538-1440 for more information.

SENIOR LEGAL ADVICE CLINICS PACIFIC COUNTY: Senior Legal Advice Clinics are now available in Raymond and Long Beach I & A offices. This is a free service to elders 60+ who want/need to meet with an attorney face-to-face for some guidance. The sessions are generally 30 minutes and can cover a variety of topics ranging from wills, Powers of Attorney, tenant rights, estate questions and so on. And it’s easy access; just contact our offices, Raymond (360) 942-2177/Long Beach (360) 642-3634 and request an appointment.

LIVING WELL WITH CHRONIC CONDITIONS WORKSHOP BEGINNING APRIL 23 — Grays Harbor Community Hospital, 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 evening a week (Tuesdays, 2.5 hours, 5:30 to 8 p.m.) for six consecutive weeks beginning Tuesday April 23 and continuing April 30, May 7, 14, 21, 28 in Aberdeen, at Grays Harbor Community Hospital, 915 Anderson Dr., Conference Room A (Main Campus, Ground Floor). 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. In addition, these Living Well Workshops will be offered from time to time throughout the year. Please call for dates and locations. 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 dodgepj@dshs.wa.gov.

SOCIAL SECURITY INFORMATION: Do you need to submit proof of Social Security income for renewal of energy assistance, subsidized housing, or exemption from property taxes? Social Security makes it easy for you to get the written verification you need at www.socialsecurity.gov. Just look in the left column under “What you can do online,” expand the “If you get benefits” section, and select the “Request a Proof of Income letter” link. In addition to offering proof of your income, the letter is an official document that verifies your Medicare coverage, retirement or disability status, and age. From the time that you complete the online request, it will take about 10 days for you to receive the proof of income letter in the mail.

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 May 8. The class is free, but requires registration. Please call Jamie at (360) 500-4053 for more information or to register.

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. PDT. 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

HARBORS HOME HEALTH & HOSPICE FOOT CLINIC: For Seniors or other persons unable to reach or care for their own feet, there are foot clinics throughout Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties at various times and locations. This is trimming and maintenance nail care for well feet (not covered by Medicare). The cost is $25. For location and appointments, call (360) 532-5454 or 1-800-772-1319. There are openings now for appointments in Elma, Montesano, Westport, Hoquiam, South Bend, Ocean Park, Klipsan Beach, Ilwaco and Naselle. Appointments available, call today to receive your foot care.

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.

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/