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 29. If you have any questions, please call Betsy Siedel 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.
AARP DRIVER SAFETY: This class, developed by AARP, is designed especially for motorists 50 and older. Drivers under age 55 may also qualify; check with your insurance company. It 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. During the months of Jul. and Aug., anyone currently employed or retired from the field of Education can take the class for a fee of $5. 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. To register, or for further information, call the phone number listed for the class you would like to attend. MONTESANO TIMBERLAND LIBRARY: May 23 and 24. To register call Danny Wills at (360) 249-8249; OCEAN SHORES CONVENTION CENTER: Jun. 12 and 13. To register call Joe Reason at (360) 589-3012.
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) 538-2440 or Nancy at (360) 538-8875. 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.
ALZHEIMER’S/DEMENTIA SUPPORT GROUP: (WESTPORT) meets the second and fourth Fridays of the month, 1 p.m., at the Westport Senior House, 114 E. Pacific Ave. You will also receive information on the Senior Companion Program and Respite Care. All are welcome. You are also welcome to bring the loved one you care for. For information call Verna at (360) 268-0156.
ALZHEIMER’S TELEPHONE SUPPORT GROUP: Are you caring for someone with memory loss? An Alzheimer’s Association sponsored toll-free teleconference group will be held the third Tuesday of each month from 7:30 to 9 p.m. facilitated by Barbara Bridges, RN, MSN. Join Barbara in a peer environment where participants share experiences, challenges, grief, anger, and humor in an emotionally safe setting. Learn about dementia, self-care, and local resources available to caregivers throughout the progression of the disease. If you are interested in participating, to call in: dial 1-866-453-5550, enter the PIN 5323846, and then press #. For additional information, please contact Linda Whiteside, Director of Community Support at 1-800-848-7097 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You may access the Western and Central Wash. State chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association at www.alzwa.org. Also the Alzheimer’s Association provides a 24/7 Helpline for all of those who need assistance. This Helpline provides reliable information and support from highly trained, knowledgeable staff. It serves people with memory loss, caregivers, health care professionals and the public. Call toll free day or night 1-800-272-3900.
GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP: Harbors Home Health and Hospice invites you to join them in one of their free grief support groups in Grays Harbor and Pacific counties. If you are grieving, and having feelings of sorrow, remorse, depression or just do not know what you are feeling after a loss, then please join the group discussion at one of the following locations: Raymond Library, 507 Duryea Street, 3-4 p.m. Wednesdays; Hoquiam Library, 420 7th St., 3-4 p.m., Tuesdays; Peninsula Church Center, 5000 N Place, Seaview, 11 a.m. to noon, Wednesdays. If you have questions, please call 1-800-772-1319.
MEDICAL EQUIPMENT: The Coalition of Services Medical Equipment Closet, sponsored by the North Beach Senior Resource Center, is now operating. If you are in need of medical equipment, such as commodes, walkers, raised toilet seats, wheelchairs, etc. please call (369)289-3352 or (360) 289-0201. The Coalition will also accept donations of equipment. Also, the Thurston County Council on Aging is sponsoring a medical supply/equipment bank, offering, free of charge, the loan of supplies such as wheelchairs, walkers, hospital beds, bedside commodes, canes, crutches, etc. to help in your recuperation. Also, they accept donations of medical equipment to be provided in the loan process. All donations are kept within the program and greatly appreciated. For more information please call and leave a message at (360) 456-8810.
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. Tuesday and Thursday Sit & be Fit Chair Exercises 10:30 a.m.; WII bowling at 10 a.m. 2nd and 4th Tuesday, 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 12-1; 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 Tuesday-Saturday 10:30 - 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
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.
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/