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 April 30 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.
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.
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.
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, “SING-A-LONG; 1st & 3rd Tuesdays 11:30, free Blood Pressure check. For more information please call (360) 533-3311.
SENIOR COMPANION PROGRAM: The YMCA Senior Companion Program would like to announce that the program has volunteers available to provide services for most areas of Grays Harbor and northern Pacific Counties. Senior Companions provide one-on-one support services for individuals who may be lonely, and/or need assistance with activities to enhance continued independent living in their homes or apartments. Services are provided to individuals 18 years or older, with no income guidelines to qualify, no service fees and length of time for participating in the program. Activities addressed by volunteers can be reading/writing correspondence, recordkeeping activities, and socialization activities for those who are homebound or have difficulty getting out. Volunteers also provide exercise activities, limited transportation for essential errands, such as grocery shopping and local medical appointments and advocacy in obtaining necessary services to promote independence. One of the primary services provided is weekly respite care for homebound individuals living with family caregivers who may need a break for themselves. For more information on receiving services, please call (360) 532-9542 or 1-888-532-9542.
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.
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. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
MS SUPPORT: The Multiple Sclerosis Helping Hands (MSHH), located in Edmonds, provides a variety of assistance to those who have been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and live in Washington state. This assistance includes financial grants for overdue rent or mortgage payments, utility and telephone bills, certain overdue medical bills, food gift cards. Certain conditions apply so please contact them for specific information. MSHH also provides a “Donor Closet” of durable medical and mobility equipment . MSHH is an all volunteer non-profit 501c(3) grant funded organization and will also accept donations. Please contact them at (425) 712-1804 or check out their web site at www.mshelp.org
MEALS ON WHEELS PROGRAM: Coastal Community Action Program is launching a new fundraiser to benefit the Meals on Wheels program. They are collecting and recycling old cell phones, inkjet cartridges, and laser cartridges. The program can receive up to $8 for just one cartridge, or $50 for a cell phone, so any contributions will truly help. If people have items they would like to donate, they can deposit them directly to drop boxes at each of the Senior Centers: including, Aberdeen, Hoquiam, Elma, Raymond, and Ilwaco, or the Aberdeen CCAP office. Drop boxes and fliers are available for any business or organization that would like to participate. For more information or to participate, please contact Lonnie Wild at email@example.com or call (360) 533-5100, ext 130.
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.
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.
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/