SENIOR COMPANION PROGRAM: The YMCA Senior Companion Program would like to announce that the program has volunteers available to provide services for most areas of Grays Harbor and northern Pacific Counties. Senior Companions provide one-on-one support services for individuals who may be lonely, and/or need assistance with activities to enhance continued independent living in their homes or apartments. Services are provided to individuals 18 years or older, with no income guidelines to qualify, no service fees and length of time for participating in the program. Activities addressed by volunteers can be reading/writing correspondence, recordkeeping activities, and socialization activities for those who are homebound or have difficulty getting out. Volunteers also provide exercise activities, limited transportation for essential errands, such as grocery shopping and local medical appointments and advocacy in obtaining necessary services to promote independence. One of the primary services provided is weekly respite care for homebound individuals living with family caregivers who may need a break for themselves. For more information on receiving services, please call (360) 532-9542 or 1-888-532-9542.
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 Aug. 27th. This is a support group for those with Parkinson’s 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.
RELATIVES AS PARENTS PROGRAM: Are you raising other relatives’ children? The public is invited to the monthly support group for Relatives as 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. Join us this month on Thursday, Aug. 22 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. for our Annual Summer Barbeque at Stewart Park, 2331 N. B St., Aberdeen. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be provided. 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.
EXERCISE PROGRAMS: Stay Active and Independent for Life (S.A.I.L.) exercise program is a series of low impact, fun, affordable exercise classes for seniors to assist in mobility, increase muscle strength and prevention of falls. Small weights and exercise equipment will be furnished. The classes, taught by qualified SAIL instructors and in collaboration with the Olympic Area Agency on Aging, are located at the following sites: Aberdeen Senior Center exercise site at the Aberdeen Museum of History, 111 E. 3rd St., Aberdeen. Wed. and Fri. 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Call Lonnie Wild at (360) 533-3311 or 533-5100 for more information. GRAYS HARBOR COMMUNITY HOSPITAL sponsored site in Aberdeen is at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 400 E. 1st St., Mon/Wed 9:00 to 10:00 a.m.; Ocean Shores, at Galilean Lutheran Church, 824 Ocean Shores Blvd. NW, Tues/Thurs 9:00 to 10:00 a.m.; Montesano Presbyterian Church,401 E. McBryde Ave., Mon/Wed, 9:00 to 10:00 a.m.; Aberdeen Walking Class, South Shore Mall, Fri 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. (during inclement weather or various local parks in good weather), call Nicole at (360) 537-4146. YMCA of Grays Harbor, 2500 Simpson Avenue, Hoquiam. Wed 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. and Tues/Thurs 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. Call Lisa Kless at (360) 537-9622, Ext. 105. EMERITUS HARBOUR POINTE SHORES, OCEAN SHORES, 1020 Catala Ave. SE. Tues/Thurs 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Call (360) 289-9663 for more information. In many cities there have been waiting lists so please register as soon as possible.
SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION: Over the years, Social Security’s online services have been rated the best in government and the best in all industries. Here are some of the most popular services provided on our website: The Extra Help with Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Cost application, the Social Security Earnings Statement, and Application for Retirement and/or Disability benefits. Please visit the online services at www.socialsecurity.gov
SHIBA: A Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisor is 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 Medicare Prescription Drug Plans or other 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. In addition, SHIBA volunteers will be available at the North Beach Senior Resource Center (Ocean Shores United Methodist Church), 557 Point Brown Ave. NW, on the first, second and third Thursdays of the month, from noon to 2:00 p.m. to assist you and answer any questions you may have.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Source: Olympic Area Agency on Aging and Senior Information & Assistance. Please visit our website at www.o3a.org/