Senior Events 10/19

GOT DRUGS? Turn in your unused or expired medications for safe disposal at the Hoquiam Police Department on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. You do not need to be a city resident to drop off your unwanted medications. For further information contact: Officer James Gaddis at

GRAYS HARBOR PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT: Is sponsoring a “Diabetes Road Map” class starting on Oct. 30. It will run for four weeks on Wednesdays from 1 - 3:30 pm. People can register by calling Julie at 360-500-4051 or Jamie at 360-500-4053.

SMILES FOR LIFE: New Affordable Preventive Oral Health Program is here in Aberdeen known as the Senior Center Dental Access Program. This new program gives you tips on how to keep your teeth for a lifetime. Future Clinics will usually be the first & third Thurs. of the month. The services provided are Dental Assessment (including oral cancer screening), Dental Cleanings (routine and periodontal), Fluoride Applications, Oral Health Education and Referrals to Dental and Medical Providers. These are provided at no or low cost. Find out if you are eligible for Grant Funding. Also Medicaid Insurance, Private Dental Insurance and Fee for Service accepted. Contact Yolanda at (360) 532-0520 or 1-800-801-0060.

RELATIVES AS PARENTS PROGRAM: Are you raising other relatives’ children? Funds are available for once-a-year assistance for a wide range of needs to help relatives who are raising other relatives’ children. Please call to inquire on how to apply. The public is also invited to our monthly support group for Relative Parents, where you can come and meet other families and learn about important resources that may be available to you. The Relatives as Parents Support Group meetings are held the fourth Thursday of every month at Washington Elementary School, 3003 Cherry St. in Hoquiam. This month’s Support Group meeting will be on Thursday, Oct. 24, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. They will provide the main-dish and welcome your participation. If able, please bring a side-dish. For answers to questions or more information, please call Eric at (360) 538-2458 or 1-866-582-1485. 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.

COMMUNITY EDUCATION OUTREACH: O3A Nursing Services provides Community Education Outreach to seniors and people with disabilities through Medication Solutions presentations. These presentations include subject matter on ways to manage prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs, and herbs safely and wisely, and how to communicate with your doctor and health care team. The next presentation will be held on Tues., Oct. 29, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Elma Senior Center, 100 West Main Street in Elma. The subject of this class will be “Talking With Your Health Care Providers”. If you belong to a group and would be interested in hosting a presentation, at no cost to you, or for more information on scheduled presentations, please call (360) 538-2457 or 1-866-582-1487.

PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP: Meets the last Tuesday of the month, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., at the Hoquiam Library downstairs meeting room, 420 7th St. The next meeting is scheduled for Oct. 29th. This is a support group for those with Parkinsons 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.

SHIBA: Open enrollment for Medicare prescription drug plans begin October 15th. Now is the time to ensure your prescription drug coverage for 2014 is the best available option. During the first phase of this Medicare Part D enrollment period, a Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisor will be available at the North Beach Senior Resource Center (Ocean Shores United Methodist Church), 557 Point Brown Ave. NW, on Thursday, Oct. 17th, 24th and 31st from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to assist you and answer any questions you may have. Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors are available to answer your health care coverage needs. If you have questions about insurance paperwork — billing, coverage, costs, and benefits — we can help. We can provide you with options for your Medicare health insurance options, whether they be supplemental insurances, Medicare advantage plans, or DSHS programs that help defer these costs. Are you concerned you may have been the victim of fraud, pressured or tricked into making a harmful decision? Would you like information confirming or disputing the marketing claims of insurance agents? A free service, SHIBA (Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors) can help in all these areas and more. For assistance, or additional information, please call (360) 538-2443 or 1-800-801-0060, ext. 143. One of our volunteers will be happy to contact you.

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, Thank you for your support.

HOTLINE/ADULT PROTECTIVE SERVICES: If there is any questionable abuse or neglect, do not hesitate to call toll free at 1-877-734-6277.

Meetings hosted by Olympic Area Agency on Aging provides sites which are accessible to persons with disabilities. Reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities can be arranged with advance 7 day notice by contacting Paulette at 1-866-582-1487 or (360) 538-2457 or by email at

Source: Olympic Area Agency on Aging and Senior Information & Assistance. Please visit our website at