Senior events

STRONGWOMEN — HEALTHY HEARTS PROGRAM: Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States. Heart disease and stroke can also limit a woman’s ability to do the everyday things that she is used to doing. The StrongWomen – Healthy Hearts Program is a fun, hands-on way to make positive changes to help you eat better, move more, and improve your general health and wellbeing. This program is for women ages 40 and over. Classes meet for one hour, twice per week for 12 weeks. Classes run Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting April 16, from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. at the Emerson Court Family Center, 301 W. Karr, Hoquiam. The cost is $25 for the series but scholarships are available by request. To register or for more information call Chris Koehler at (360) 533-7813 or email

DIABETES PREVENTION PROGRAM: Do you have pre-diabetes or at risk for diabetes? People with pre-diabetes often do not experience any symptoms. The Diabetes Prevention Program is a 16-week lifestyle change program that supports people in reducing their risk for type 2 diabetes by losing modest amounts of weight, decreasing fat and calorie intake and participating in regular physical activity. Programs are offered at two locations: Tuesdays, starting April 16, from 10-11 a.m. at the Emerson Manor meeting room, 707 Simpson Ave, Hoquiam. Wednesdays, staring April 17, from 5:45-6:45 p.m., at the WSU Extension Office at 32 Elma-McCleary Rd., Elma. Contact Chris Koehler at (360) 533-7813 for more information or to pre-register. Cost is $25 for the series and scholarships available by request. To register or for more information call Chris Koehler at (360) 533-7813 or email: Requests for reasonable accommodation need to be made prior to class. Please make all requests to WSU Extension Food $ense at (360) 533-7813.

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, April 19 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.

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, Thank you for your support.

ABERDEEN SENIOR CENTER EVENTS: Monday – Friday 9-11:30, Pool Playing; Mondays 1 p.m., Crafts; Tuesdays 1 p.m., Pinochle; Wednesdays 10 a.m., SAIL Exercise Class; 1 p.m., Watercolor Class; Thursdays 1 p.m. Pinochle; Friday 10 a.m., SAIL Exercise Class; 1st and 3rd Fridays 1 p.m., BINGO; 2nd Friday 1 p.m., “FUN” Auction (free); 4th Friday 1 p.m., “LEFT-CENTER-RIGHT” Game; 2nd Wednesday 11:20 a.m., “SING-A-LONG; 1st & 3rd Tuesdays 11:30, Free Blood Pressure check.

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 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 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. 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.

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, 5:30-8 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

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.

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