THE WASHINGTON STATE LIVING WELL WEBSITE is now available. This website is dedicated to healthy aging and self-management programs. On this site you will find links to: Resources, Programs, Healthy Living, Workshops, Training, and Events both locally and throughout Washington State. To visit the Living Well website please go to: http://livingwell.doh.wa.gov
TAX ASSISTANCE: AARP Tax-Aide. SOUTH SHORE MALL: Starting February 4, across from the GNC store. Mondays and Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. until Apr. 15. Saturday Special Openings Feb. 23 and Mar. 16. For more information call (360) 289-0200. Also, tax assistance at the following locations: OCEAN SHORES LIBRARY: 573 Point Brown Ave. NW, Tues/Thurs 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information call (360) 289-3919. MCCLEARY TIMBERLAND LIBRARY: 121 S 4th St., Thurs. 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. (Feb. 7 and 21. Mar. 8 and 22, Apr. 4) and Sat. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Feb. 9, 23 and Mar 9, 23). For more information call (360) 495-3368. Walk-ins welcome.
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.
SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION: Still collecting a paper Social Security check? You must switch to electronic payments by March 1, 2013. The Social Security Administration will not interrupt payments if a person does not comply, however, we strongly urge you to sign up to receive your payments electronically. If you have an account at a bank or credit union, you can go there to sign up for direct deposit or call the Social Security Administration at 1-800-772-1213. If you do not currently have a bank account, you may sign up for The Direct Express Debit card by calling 1-800-333-1795 or visit www.GoDirect.org.
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, Feb. 15 from 2:00 to 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 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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
ALZHEIMER’S FOUNDATION: Join Alzheimer’s Foundation of America for a free monthly teleconference, Care Connection, every second Thursday of each month at 10:00 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: email@example.com
YOUNG-ONSET MEMORY LOSS CAREGIVER TELEPHONE SUPPORT GROUP: Caring for someone with younger-onset memory loss (65 years or younger)? Looking for support and connecting with others dealing with similar issues? A toll-free telephone support group for unpaid care partners, family members and friends caring for loved ones with younger-onset memory loss (65 years or younger) is held the third Wednesday of each month from 7:00-8:30 p.m. For more information and call-in instructions, contact Linda Whiteside, Director of Community Support, at (206) 529-3875 or (800) 848-7097, firstname.lastname@example.org.
MEDICARE HEALTH INSURANCE: The Olympic Area Agency on Aging and SHIBA (Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors) 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.
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., 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. every Tuesday. If you have questions, please call 1-800-772-1319.
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.
ADULT ABUSE 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/