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, May 17 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.
WASHINGTON STATE SENIOR CITIZENS: May is Older Americans Month. In celebration, at noon on May 16, members of the Washington State Senior Citizens’ Lobby, and anyone else who wishes to, will walk with Gov. Jay Inslee from the Legislative Building in Olympia to the Tivoli Fountain and back. Gov. Inslee will read a Proclamation for Older Americans’ Month 2013 and then lead the walk. All of those who participate in the walk with Gov. Inslee will receive a Commemoration Pin that reads “I walked with Gov. Jay Inslee.” To RSVP or for more information please call (360) 754-0207 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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, www.o3a.org/. Thank you for your support.
ABERDEEN SENIOR CENTER EVENTS: Monday – Friday 9-11:30 a.m., 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 a.m., free Blood Pressure check. For more information please call (360) 533-3311.
ALZHEIMER’S VOLUNTEER SUPPORT GROUP FACILITATOR OPPORTUNITY: Interested in making a difference by providing support and comfort for those in the journey of caring for a loved one with memory loss? The Alzheimer’s Association Western and Central Washington State Chapter provides training, ongoing support and continuous resources for support group facilitators. For more information, please contact Linda Whiteside, Director of Community Support, at (800) 848-7097, email@example.com.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
VOLUNTEER CHORE SERVICES: A program of Catholic Community Services serving low-income senior citizens and disabled adults. Drivers are needed to provide long distance medical transportation; mileage reimbursement is provided. Volunteers are also needed to provide moving support, shopping assistance, errands, light housework and yard work and chores to help people live independently. Please call (360) 637-8563 for more information.
MEDICARE HEALTH INSURANCE: The Olympic Area Agency on Aging and SHIBA (Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors) will help provide answers to Medicare Health Insurance Questions. Are you happy with your current health insurance coverage? Does your current Medicare plan meet your needs? We supply free information on Medicare, Medicare prescription drug plan options, and Medicare Advantage plans. Please call either (360) 538-2443 or (360) 538-2444 for additional information.
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.
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.
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.
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.
DIABETES INFORMATION: SeaMar Comm. Health Center is offering a Diabetes Support Group meeting every Monday at 5:30 p.m. at the clinic,1813 Sumner Ave, Aberdeen. For more information please call (360) 537-4213.
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/