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 May 28. 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.
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 1:00, “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.
ELMA SENIOR CENTER EVENTS: Bingo every Thursday starting at 5:30 p.m. Snack bar available. Also, the Elma Sr. Center sponsors a free charter bus for seniors to the Red Wind Casino in Yelm on the second Monday of the month. The bus will pick up seniors at the Elma Senior Center. For scheduled times and locations or more information please call the Elma Senior Center at (360) 482-2377 or 1-800-255-9769
HOQUIAM SENIOR CENTER EVENTS: Monday and Friday, Line Dancing, 10:30 a.m.; Pinochle 1 p.m; Monday Nite Bingo, Snack Bar open at 4:30, Bingo Starts at 6 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday Sit & be Fit Chair Exercises 10:30 a.m.; WII bowling, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 9:30 a.m.; Blood Pressure Clinic 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday; Indoor Walking program 9 a.m. Wednesday; Quilting and Handwork 9:30 a.m. Travel Club call (360) 538-0572 for more information. Volunteer opportunities available in Trinkets and Treasures and the Hoquiam Senior Center. Lunches are available Monday through Friday noon-1; suggested donation is $3.50 for those 60 and older and $8 for those under the age of 60. Salad Bar on Thursday and Friday. All activities are free and open to the public. Trinkets and Treasures Gift Shoppe open Tues-Sat.11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Gently used and new items for sale. Donations are gladly accepted. (no clothes, books or large appliances, please). If you have any questions on volunteer opportunities, events, and lunches, please call Stephanie at (360) 532-5868.
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 website at www.mshelp.org
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. 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.
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.
WASHINGTON TELEPHONE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (WTAP): WTAP provides low-income individuals a local telephone landline for $8 per month and will also pay for some or all of the connection fee. WTAP assistance is available to people receiving assistance from DSHS and who have a DSHS client ID number. Call your local telephone company, tell them you are eligible for the WTAP program and give them your DSHS client ID number. If you are not eligible for WTAP assistance you may qualify for a free voice mailbox. For more information, you can call the UTC at 1-888-333-9882 or visit www.utc.wa.gov. Another option is Lifeline Assistance. Lifeline Assistance is only available for one wireless (cell) phone per household. To find out if you qualify or to have an application sent to you, please call Assurance Wireless at 1-888-898-4888 or Safelink Wireless at 1-800-723-3546.
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.
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/