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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, 5:30 to 8 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 used 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 a.m. to 3 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.

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 July and August, 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: June 12 and 13. To register call Joe Reason at (360) 589-3012;

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.

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.

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.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL READING TUTORS: Local elementary schools are in need of classroom tutors.Tasks may include reading one on one with students or helping in a group setting. You may pick your school and volunteer schedule. This is a rewarding volunteer opportunity you will enjoy. Please call RSVP (360) 532-4900

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/