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LIVING WELL WITH CHRONIC CONDITIONS WORKSHOP: Sea Mar Community Health Centers, in collaboration with The Olympic Area Agency on Aging, has scheduled a FREE Workshop open to the public: Living Well With Chronic Conditions, to be held one evening a week (Tuesdays, 2.5 hours, 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.) for six consecutive weeks beginning Tuesday May 15 at the Sea Mar Community Health Center in Aberdeen, 1817 Sumner Ave. The workshop will be taught by two trained leaders. All of the materials individuals will be using were developed by Stanford University’s Chronic Disease-Self Management Program. This program is designed to help individuals who suffer from a chronic condition, including diabetes, asthma, heart disease, chronic pain, arthritis, and hypertension just to name a few; to lessen their stress and frustration, manage symptoms, and deal with fatigue. Those caring for a loved one with a chronic condition may benefit from this workshop also. Each participant will have access to a ‘Living Well With Chronic Conditions’ book. The goal of the program is to help you live a healthy life with your chronic conditions by managing your symptoms. Space for the workshop is limited so please register early. For more information and registration, please call 1-866-582-1487 or (360) 538-2457. 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 Paulette Dodgen at 1-866-582-1487 or (360) 538-2457 or emailing her at dodgepj@dshs.wa.gov.

THE LIVING WELL WITH CHRONIC CONDITIONS IN WASHINGTON STATE WEBSITE is now available. This website is dedicated to healthy aging and self-management programs. Living Well with Chronic Conditions in Washington State is a website for providers and potential providers, leaders, trainers and participants to learn about healthy aging and self management programs. On this site you will find links to: Programs, Training, Workshops, Resources and Events both locally and throughout Washington State. To visit the Living Well website please go to: http://livingwell.doh.wa.gov

INFORMATION & ASSISTANCE STAYING INDEPENDENT FAIR — RAYMOND: Falls are neither a sign of aging nor a consequence of aging. Olympic Area Agency on Aging Nurse Services and Information and Assistance, in collaboration with Willapa Harbor Hospital and other community agencies, are hosting an Information & Assistance Staying Independent Fair on Friday, May 18, 2012, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at the Grays Harbor College Riverview Education Center, 600 Washington Ave., in Raymond. There will be professional guest speakers, including a representative from the Raymond Fire Dept. with “Safety Tips”; David Boley II, ARNP “How Exercise Can Help Prevent and Can Help Decrease Falls”; Pam Drake, nutrition “Health Benefits of Nutrient Dense Bone Broth”; Roberta Bryan, Valley View Health Centers “Oral Health and Valley View Health Centers”; Lin Li, Willapa Behavioral Health, “Depression”; Sarah Glorian, NW Justice Project, “Powers of Attorney and More.” Clinics and assessments: oral health clinic; blood pressure clinic; blood glucose testing; fall risk assessment; depression screening. Exhibits, which will include information on services and medical equipment for older adults and persons with disabilities, with a focus on fall prevention. Several free door prize gifts have been donated by businesses in the community. Lunch will be provided, as long as supplies last. So, stop by for a visit or come and enjoy a fun-filled, educational day and gain some valuable tools. If you have any questions please call 1-866-582-1487 or (360) 538-2457. 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 Paulette Dodgen at 1-866-582-1487 or (360) 538-2457 or emailing her at dodgepj@dshs.wa.gov.

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.

SENIOR COMPANION PROGRAM, GRAYS HARBOR/PACIFIC COUNTY: The YMCA Senior Companion Program is looking for interested individuals to become Senior Companion volunteers for the Elma, McCleary, Aberdeen/Hoquiam and Northern Pacific County areas. Volunteers receive compensation for their travel, an hourly non-taxable stipend and many other benefits. Volunteers need to be 55 years of age and older. Volunteers serve 15 to 20 hours per week and usually visit 3 to 4 individuals living in their community, providing socialization, reading/writing correspondence, recordkeeping activities, exercising, limited transportation for essential local errands such as grocery shopping, local medical appointments and advocacy in obtaining necessary services to promote independence. The program also provides weekly respite care for homebound individuals living with family caregivers. There are no income guidelines to qualify for services, no service fees, or length of time for participating in the program. For more information on receiving services or becoming a Senior Companion volunteer, please call (360) 532-9542 or 1-888-532-9542.

VOLUNTEER NEEDED: Interested in improving local senior services? The Olympic Area Agency on Aging (O3A) seeks a Regional Disabilities Representative for O3A’s Advisory Council. O3A coordinates services for seniors and adults with disabilities in Clallam, Grays Harbor, Jefferson and Pacific Counties.This regional volunteer represents the interests of adults with disabilities of all ages, on an advisory board which focuses on aging and long term care services in all four counties. Familiarity with groups supporting adults with disabilities preferred. Contact Carol Ann Laase at 866-720-4863; or laaseca@dshs.wa.gov for more information or an application. Meetings are once per month in Shelton; mileage reimbursement and lunch included.

COMMUNITY EDUCATION OUTREACH: O3A Nursing Services provides Community Education Outreach to seniors. Currently we are offering the following presentations on Medication Solutions, open to the public: Daughters of the American Revolution, May 3, Polson Museum; Christian Women’s Connection, 624 6th St. Hoquiam, May 10. The Medication Solutions presentation includes ways to manage prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs, and herbs safely, wisely and cost effectively, and how to communicate with your doctor and pharmacist. A free gift will be distributed to attendees. Also, you may contact our office for a free copy of the DVD and information regarding Fall Prevention. 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. The meeting sites are accessible to persons with disabilities. Reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities can be arranged with advance 7 day notice by calling Paulette Dodgen at 1-866-582-1487 or (360) 538-2457 or emailing her at dodgepj@dshs.wa.gov.

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. Visit their website at http://www.o3a.org/