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 Nov. 27. If you have any questions, please call Betsy Siedel at (360) 533-5968.
MEDICARE WORKSHOPS: Olympic Area Agency on Aging will sponsor a Medicare Workshop at the Hoquiam Library; Wednesday Nov. 28 at 2 p.m.
AARP DRIVER SAFETY: This course, 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. All military veterans and their family members can attend for free. 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 LIBRARY: Nov. 28 and 29. To register, call Danny Wills at (360) 249-8249.
CITIZEN SAFETY CALL-IN PROGRAM: There are many people in Ocean Shores who are living alone. Of these people, many are in need of someone to check in with them on a regular basis to be sure that they are safe. Pastor Alice Hedges of the Ocean Shores United Methodist Church has put together a program with the assistance of the Ministerial Association and the Visitor Information Center to establish a “call program” where vulnerable adults can call in on a daily basis to let someone know they are doing as well as can be expected. People who live alone may not be able to get to the phone to call out if they fall or are ill. That could mean they are unable to get help when help is needed and could possibly be left for several days until someone from the outside might check on the them. To qualify for this program an individual must be a resident of Ocean Shores; be able to provide at least two emergency/family contacts that are willing to be called if necessary; and be willing and able to call in between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. daily. If you would like to participate or have any questions please call (360) 289-0201.
HOQUIAM SENIOR CENTER: Will be hosting a Vendor/Craft Fair on Sat. Dec. 1, 2012 at the Senior Center, 707 Simpson Ave., Hoquiam. Lunch will be available from noon to 1:30 p.m. For more information or to be a vendor please call Stephanie Glover at (360) 532-5868.
VOLUNTEER CHORE SERVICES: A program of Catholic Community Services serving low-income senior citizens and disabled adults. Drivers are needed to provide long distance medical transportation; mileage reimbursement is provided. Volunteers are also needed to provide moving support, shopping assistance, errands, light housework and yard work and chores to help people live independently. Please call (360) 637-8563 for more information.
HARBORS HOME HEALTH AND HOSPICE: Memorial gathering. The 20th annual Harbors Home Health and Hospice (HHHH) Memorial gathering will take place on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, at the Rotary Log Pavilion beginning at 6:00 p.m. Everyone is invited and welcome to attend this free of charge memorial gathering to honor loved ones who have died during this past year. For those who are experiencing grief, the holidays are often a difficult time. HHHH offers this memorial gathering as a time for sharing feelings of loss and sadness and for remembering the gifts of those no longer with us. The “Livin’ Harmony” quartet will provide music and featured speakers will include the new CEO of HHHH, Joel Stephens and the Rev. David Monsen, Chaplain, who is also new to the agency. Following the Memorial, a reception with light refreshments will provide an opportunity to greet our staff and connect with neighbors and friends. HHHH welcomes Memorial gifts, especially during this holiday time and offers as a thank you for gifts of $50 or more a fine china tree ornament crafted and hand painted by Lenox. Memorial giving is one way that our professional staff can continue to provide dedicated and compassionate care to our patients. Our hospice services are available to persons who have been diagnosed with a life threatening terminal illness and their families. The hospice care team, made up of skilled nurses and aides, medical social workers and chaplains, is committed to assisting patients and families to live life to its fullest in a way that honors their values and free of pain. For information about home health or hospice services or to give a memorial gift, please call HHHH at (360) 532-5454.Toll Free 1-800-772-1319.
MEALS ON WHEELS PROGRAM: Coastal Community Action Program is launching a new fundraiser to benefit the Meals on Wheels program. They are collecting and recycling old cell phones, inkjet cartridges, and laser cartridges. The program can receive up to $8 for just one cartridge, or $50 for a cell phone, so any contributions will truly help. If people have items they would like to donate, they can deposit them directly to drop boxes at each of the Senior Centers: including, Aberdeen, Hoquiam, Elma, Raymond, and Ilwaco, or the Aberdeen CCAP office. Drop boxes and flyers are available for any business or organization that would like to participate. For more information or to participate, please contact Lonnie Wild at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (360) 533-5100, ext 130.
MEDICARE ANNUAL ENROLLMENT: The annual Medicare enrollment period is Oct. 15 to Dec. 7, 2012. This is the chance for you to review any changes you would like to make to your Medicare Advantage Plan and/or Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan and select your plan for 2013. The SHIBA Helpline can help you understand changes and find the best plan for you. Mark your calendar today to call us during the new Annual Enrollment Period. Please call Kathy at (360) 538-2443 or Dave at (360) 538-2444 or toll free 1-800-801-0060. The SHIBA Helpline is a free, unbiased service of the Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner offering healthcare coverage counseling, advocacy, assistance and education. It is hosted locally by the Olympic Area Agency on Aging to assist community members to access affordable healthcare.
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.
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/