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Table of Contents Turn to the Experts … .....................................................6

Activities, Organizations & Services Activities .............................................................................8 Senior Centers....................................................................9 Education ..........................................................................10 Organizations ...................................................................10 Services..............................................................................10

Health

Financial Assistance Health Related .................................................................33 Home Related ..................................................................33 Services..............................................................................34

Native American Services Services..............................................................................35 Tribes ................................................................................35

Legal Services

Abuse & Recovery ...........................................................18 Dental................................................................................18 Hotlines & Support Groups ..........................................19 In-Home Services ............................................................23 Medicaid, Medicare & Insurance ..................................24 Medical .............................................................................25 Mental Health ..................................................................25 Nutrition & Meals...........................................................26 Services..............................................................................26

Senior Living & Care Facilities Adult Day Care & Overnight Care ...............................28 Adult Family Homes ......................................................28 Assisted Living .................................................................29 Report Facility Abuse .....................................................30 Senior Housing ................................................................30 Skilled Nursing Facilities................................................30 Services..............................................................................30

Veterans Local Organizations ........................................................33 National Organizations ..................................................33

Legal Assistance ...............................................................35 Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment ........35

Disability Services Hearing Impaired & Deaf ..............................................36 Services..............................................................................36 Visually Impaired & Blind .............................................37

Multiple Service Agencies Department of Health & Human Services ..................37 Healthy Families ..............................................................38 Olympic Community Action Program .........................38

Olympic Medical Center Olympic Medical Center ................................................38

The Boomer Primer Signing up for Social Security ........................................13 Where there’s a will, there’s a way .................................21 Where does all the money go? .......................................31 And, in the end ................................................................43

Feature Article Peninsula hospitals tap the power of Swedish ............44

Neighbors Senior Resource Guide  © 2012 by Sound Publishing LLC. • PO Box 1750, Sequim, WA 98382 • Phone: 360-683-3311• Fax: 360-683-6670

Neighbors Publisher: Mark St.J. Couhig, mcouhig@sequimgazette.com • Publisher: Sue Ellen Riesau Editorial Design: Mark St.J. Couhig • Page Design: Mandy Kay Harris Cover photo: Pat Jevne is living the good life at The Lodge at Sherwood Village. Sequim Gazette photo by Mark Couhig For information on advertising in Neighbors 2013, please contact the sales department at the Sequim Gazette at 360-683-3311.


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Turn to the experts

INTRODUCING THE ‘BOOMER PRIMER’ Mark St.J. Couhig Publisher of Neighbors  Partnering with the Olympic Area Agency on Aging (O3A) to produce Neighbors is one of the best ideas we’ve ever had at the Gazette. By working with O3A we tap into a mother lode of expertise. Their knowledge, combined with their years of on-the-ground experience, makes our lives a lot easier and this guide much, much better. Let me give you two examples: Mark Harvey, director of Senior Information and Assistance for O3A. I refer to Mark in the duplicate because he brings to the task two separate and absolutely vital skill sets. 1) He knows all about this stuff. In fact he knows enough about it that he has no problem stating matter-of-factly that it (‘it” being the issues that must be faced by older folks, from governmental to personal) is all wildly complicated. But then there’s: 2) Mark is a splendid writer, spritely and plain-spoken. And funny. Frankly, that’s the only way to make this stuff palatable, which is exactly what he has done with the “Boomer Primer” we feature in this edition of Neighbors. As Mark says, together with you, our readers, “We’ve embarked upon a journey of attempting to give Boomers (or whoever else might care to come along for the ride) a list of ‘Things to Think About’ regarding the whole ‘aging thing.’ We’re assuming that you (whoever ‘you’ are) are in your earlyto-mid 60s, or rapidly closing in on same, and have been shocked to discover that your immortality is in question; thus, a ‘Primer for Boomers’ might be helpful.” “It might not, but we’re doing it, anyway.” Certainly, it’s useful for me. Until Mark spoke up my end-of-days plan was to live blithely unaware right up to the day I die. Probably unwise, but certainly easy. Or I should say, easy on me. Not so easy on my family and friends, who would be

left wondering what the heck to do with my admittedly modest holdings. But as Mark says, either I decide or the state of Washington does.

EVER MORE COMPLICATED A will is just the tip of the iceberg. As Mark acknowledges, in the past 25 years growing older has gotten much more difficult. Still beats the alternative, I suppose, but consider: “Medicare is exponentially more complicated, it takes more money just to live, meanwhile the economy is tanking, families are spread out over multiple time zones and the largest demographic hiccup in the history of the planet (yes, the Boomers) have been working their collective tails off trying to raise kids and help Mom and Dad (and/or Grandma and Grandpa and/or inlaws and/or…).” If you’re looking for words of advice on exactly what the health care system, including Medicare and Medicaid, will look like in five years, or ten, look no further. Or at least, look no further in this guide. As I’m writing this, the U.S. Supreme Court has just heard arguments regarding the constitutionality of certain sections of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which is more colloquially known as Obamacare. I have no idea if the court will uphold its constitutionality, delete one or two sections, or declare the entiretyy of the vast plan invalid. But I can confidently idently say this: No matter er what the decision is, our health ding care system, including id, Medicare and Medicaid, g, is going to be changing, and changing radicallyy – and in all likelihood,, for better and forr worse. So, what should you do? If you’re 50 or older,, one task you should undertake soon is to

make an appointment with the experts at Olympic Area Agency on Aging. They have answers, or if no answers are possible, they can act as sounding boards to help you decide your best of all possible courses of action given the current uncertainty. Medicare, retirement planning, elder care, care giving, Medicaid – they are available to lend advice. Think you already know it all? Keep in mind one thing: In growing older, as in all aspects of life, it ain’t what you don’t know that’ll get ya. It’s what you don’t know you don’t know. Call O3A at 360-379-5064.

ABOUT NEIGHBORS Neighbors 2012 is a joint effort of the Olympic Area Agency on Aging and the Sequim Gazette. This annual directory of senior resources was put together with the help of dozens of talented, knowledgeable people, including the wonderfully helpful staff at O3A. Please note: Errors in the listings in this guide aren’t their fault. They’re mine. I also want to thank Mandy Kay Harris, Barbara Bullinger, and the other dedicated folks at the Sequim Gazette. If you find this guide useful, give them a big shout out. Iff yyou have anyy qquestions, concerns or updates for the 2013 edition, please drop me a line: mcouhig@sequimgazette.com.


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Directory ACTIVITIES, ORGANIZATIONS & SERVICES ACTIVITIES Chamber of Commerce Provides visitor information/resources and serves local business needs. 360-963-2339, Clallam Bay & Sekiu www.sekiu.com 360-374-2531 / 800-433-6757, Forks www.forkswa.com 360-452-2363 / 877-456-78372, Port Angeles www.portangeles.org 360-385-7869, Jefferson County Port Hadlock: www.porthadlock.org Port Ludlow: www.portludlowchamber.org Port Townsend: www.ptchamber.org 360-765-4999, Quilcene & Brinnon 360-683-6197 / 800-737-8462, Sequim www.sequimchamber.com

Clallam County Historical Society 933 West Ninth St., Port Angeles 360-452-2662

Driver Safety Program Call for class schedules. 360-374-3377, Forks 328 E. Seventh St., Port Angeles 360-457-7004 607 Water St., Port Townsend 360-385-2322 921 E. Hammond St., Sequim 360-683-6806 www.sequimseniorcenter.org www.aarp.org/drive

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Golden Crafts Shop Nonprofit storefront for seniors to sell their handicrafts; volunteers welcome. 112C S. Lincoln St., Port Angeles 360-457-0509

Jefferson County Historical Society & Museum Volunteers welcome. See website for more information. 540 Water St., Port Townsend 360-385-1003 www.jchsmuseum.org

Jefferson County Library 620 Cedar Ave., Port Hadlock 360-385-6544 www.jclibrary.info

North Olympic Library System NOLS Library services include free wireless and internet access, fax and printing for a small fee and outreach services for homebound library patrons. 2210 S. Peabody St., Port Angeles 360-417-8500 630 N. Sequim Ave., Sequim 360-683-1161 171 S. Forks Ave., Forks 360-374-6402 16990 Highway 112, Clallam Bay 360-963-2414 www.nols.org

Olympic National Park 360-565-3130 www.nps.gov/olym

Olympic Peninsula Website www.olympicpeninsula.org

Peninsula College Educational programs for seniors at reduced fees. 71 S. Forks Ave., Forks 360-374-3223 / 877-452-9277 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd., Port Angeles 360-452-9277 298 Battery Way, Port Townsend 360-385-4605 www.pc.ctc.edu

Port Townsend Guide Website Dining, lodging, maps, attractions, galleries, weather, history and events updated daily. www.ptguide.com

Port Townsend Library Books on Wheels program for seniors and homebound. 1220 Lawrence St., Port Townsend 360-385-3181 www.ptpubliclibrary.org


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SENIOR CENTERS Classes, activities, outings and events for seniors.

Brinnon Community Center 306144 Highway 101, Port Townsend 360-796-4350 www.brinnoncommunity.blogspot.com

Forks Recreation Center 91 Maple St., Forks 360-374-6193

Port Angeles Senior Center 328 E. Seventh St., Port Angeles 360-457-7004 www.portangelesseniorcenter.com

Port Townsend Community Center 620 Tyler St., Port Townsend 360-385-9007

Quilcene Community Center 294952 Highway 101, Quilcene 360-765-3321

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Sequim Senior Activity Center 921 E. Hammond St., Sequim 360-683-6806 www.sequimseniorcenter.org

Tri-Area Community Center 10 West Valley Road, Chimacum 360-732-4822 www.olycap.org

Sequim Aquatic Recreation Center Call or go online for hours and class information. 610 N. Fifth Ave., Sequim 360-683-6699 www.sarcfitness.com

Sequim Gym Fitness classes and personal training available for seniors. 45 E. Washington St., Sequim 360-681-2555 www.sequimgym.com

Sequim Senior Trips & Tours Call for upcoming trip information. 921 E. Hammond St., Sequim 360-683-5883 www.sequimseniorcenter.org

Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) SCORE is a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration. 800-634-0245 www.score.org

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10 • NEIGHBORS SENIOR RESOURCE GUIDE 2012 Washington State University Extension Offering extended degree programs, computer training including internet classes, teleconference facilities, Master Gardeners classes and learning exchange. 201 W. Patison St., Port Hadlock 360-379-5610 www.jefferson.wsu.edu

William Shore Memorial Pool Public swim, lessons, classes and private pool rental. Senior rates available. 225 E. Fifth St., Port Angeles 360-417-9767 info@williamshorepool.org

Arthur Feiro Marine Life Center Marine aquarium and educational facility with special programs and group visits. 315 N. Lincoln St., Port Angeles 360-417-6254 www.feiromarinelifecenter.org

EDUCATION Adult Learning Center – Basic Skills Please call for office locations and times of operation. Locations of classes are Port Angeles, Port Townsend, Port Hadlock, Neah Bay, Sequim, Forks and LaPush. 1502 W. Lauridsen Blvd., Port Angeles 360-417-6380 / 877-452-9277 www.pc.ctc.edu

ORGANIZATIONS American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization for people 50 and over. 888-687-2277 www.aarp.org

American Legion Post  Service organization for veterans and their families; assists with transportation to VAMC in Seattle. Messages left are picked up on a regular basis. 107 E. Prairie St., Sequim 360-683-5915

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Boeing Bluebills Olympic Peninsula Chapter Retired Boeing employee service organization. Serving Clallam, Jefferson and Kitsap counties. 120 Spinnaker Place, Port Ludlow 360-437-4055

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support for those grandparents raising their grandchildren. Funding available for eligible expenses. 1685 E. Division St., Forks 360-379-9496 / 888-571-6559 411 W. Washington St., Sequim 360-417-8554 / 866-450-3152 www.o3a.org

Lions Club Helps with purchase of hearing aids, sponsors mobile health, vision and hearing screening unit once a year, supports Jefferson County homeless shelter, needs-based free glasses and testing. 360-385-5473

National Active & Retired Federal Employees Call for meeting times and locations. PO Box 2065, Port Angeles 360-452-6374 www.narfe.org

Retired & Senior Volunteer Programs Provides volunteer opportunities working in agency settings. Volunteers welcome. 328 E. Seventh St., Port Angeles 360-457-1771

Retired Public Employees Council of Washington 800-562-6097, Olympia www.rpecwa.org

Washington Sate Elks Association 800-825-3557 www.waelks.net

SERVICES Adult Family Home Licensing Information on obtaining an adult family home license. 800-422-3263 www.adsa.dshs.wa.gov

American Red Cross Emergency assistance, disaster relief, armed forces family emergency help, CPR, first aid and swimming classes. Volunteers welcome. Olympic Peninsula Chapter 1D 151 Ruth’s Place, Sequim 360-457-7933 1925 Blaine St., Port Townsend 360-385-2737 www.peninsularedcross.org

Association for Retarded Children (ARC) 360-377-3473, Poulsbo


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Attorney General – Consumer Protection Seattle Deals with consumer complaints and protection issues. 206-464-6684 / 800-551-4636 / TTY 800-300-7525. www.atg.wa.gov

Better Business Bureau of Western Washington Avenue for consumer complaints on service or companies, also call to research the past history of a company. 206-431-2222, Seattle / 800-955-5100

Bridge Builders Private care management for all ages, information and referral; personal financial and household affairs, background checks, trains care providers. 212 Center Parkway, Sequim 360-683-8334 www.bridgebldrs.com

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Clallam Transit System Call or go online for bus routes and schedules. 830 W. Lauridsen Blvd., Port Angeles 360-452-4511 / 800-858-3747 www.clallamtransit.com

County Emergency Management Services County response to natural disasters and emergencies. Clallam County 223 E. Fourth St., Suite 12, Port Angeles 360-417-2483 www.clallam.net/emergencymanagement Jefferson County 81 Elkins Road, Port Hadlock 360-385-9368 www.co.jefferson.wa.us/JCDEM/

Balanced Budget Bookkeeping Service

BrokersGroup Real Estate

Bookkeeping support for seniors. 7903 Old Olympic Highway, Sequim 360-683-1951

219 W. Washington St., Sequim 360-681-8778 www.brokersgroup.com

Dial-A-Ride

By Design Group, Inc.

1615 W. Sims Way, Port Townsend 360-385-4777 / 800-371-0497 www.jeffersontransit.com

Walk-in tubs, roll-in showers and more. 11 East Runnion Road, Sequim 360-582-1842 www.bydesigngroupinc.net

FEELING THE BITE OF HIGH DENTURE COSTS? Professional, Personal Denture & Dental Service at One Location

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Dungeness Cemetery

515 N. Knapman Ave., Sequim 360-460-7400 eldercare@mail.com

Employment Security Department WA State 360-457-2103, Port Angeles 360-379-5022, Forks 360-379-5036, Port Hadlock www.go2worksource.com 888-878-3256 www.pueblo.gsa.gov

Ecumenical Christian Helping Hands Organization (ECHHO) Volunteers assist needy residents with grocery shopping, transportation to medical appointments and more. Referral by agencies, clergy and/or health care professionals required; volunteers welcome. 1110 Jefferson St., Port Townsend 360-379-3246 www.echhojc.org

Elder Care Locator Dedicated to policy development, planning and the delivery of supportive home and community based services to older persons and their caregivers. 800-677-1116 www.eldercare.gov

There’s No Place Like Home Olympic Medical Home Health is the only Medicare-certified home health provider in Clallam and West Jefferson Counties. Our dedicated nurses and therapists provide care for people where they are most comfortable – in their own homes. Our locally owned and operated Lifeline program allows you to call for help with the press of a button 24 hours a day.

www.olympicmedical.org

Eldercare – Home Health Care

Federal Consumer Information Center

2153 Lotzgesell Road, Sequim 360-683-5242

(360) 452-6211

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BOOMER PRIMER

Let’s get it started…

SIGNING UP FOR SOCIAL SECURITY

Mark Harvey Director of Senior Information & Assistance for Olympic Area on Aging (OA) I’m going to charge straight ahead with our “Boomer Primer!” This “Boomer Primer” is an attempt at giving Baby Boomers, who are teetering precariously on the verge of retirement OR just trying to figure out this whole “aging thing” a place to start – A list of “Things to Think About,” if you will, then actually DO something about; otherwise, it’s just another thing to clutter up the space in your mind between thoughts. And I’ve realized that no self-respecting “Boomer Primer” can call itself that without, at least, a nod to Social Security; alas, it’s going to be a brief nod because it is not possible to explain Social Security in a little column. It is not possible to explain Social Security in 30 “little columns” because there are a million little nuances that turn on your particular situation. That’s what web sites are for, so pour yourself a friendly beverage and go to www. socialsecurity.gov where you will find a wealth (No kidding!) of info. Take your time. Hey: There’s even a page where you can “research popular baby names!” Well, OK, not a biggie for most of us but entertainment is where you find it. Let’s begin by clearly stating what is and is NOT true: Social Security payments come from the federal government – I’m sorry, but they do; Social Security is NOT “welfare.” You’ve been paying into it throughout your working life. Think of it more as “insurance” or an “annuity” – You’ve paid for it, so it’s yours; If you doubt #2, consider the fact that your Social Security payment (“benefit”) is based on how long you worked and how much you made, which is a way of calculating how much you paid into it (more or less) so, YES. It’s yours. If you were born after 1929, you have 40 “credits” to collect; in other words, 10 years of work. As noted above, the longer you worked and the more you earned, the larger your Social Security benefit will be. If you retire before your “full retirement age” (“early retirement”),

you’ll get less. If continue working and retire later than your “full retirement age,” you’ll get more. If your year of birth is from 1943 to 1954, your “full retirement age” is 66. If you were born in 1955, it’s 66 + 2 months. If you were born in 1956, it’s 66 + 4 months. You get it. Can you work AND collect your Social Security at the same time? Yes. Your earnings in or after the month you reach your full retirement age will NOT reduce your Social Security benefit. If you started collecting Social Security BEFORE you hit your full retirement age, they will, to the tune of $1 less for every $3 you earn. Social Security isn’t taxable, right? Wrong, because it is, but that depends upon how much you or both of you brought in from all sources, and how you file your taxes (joint vs. separate, etc.) What about Social Security “disability?” Well, what about it? It’s a way of attempting to sustain yourself if you’ve been disabled to the point where you can’t work. It’s complicated, and it can be harrowing, but it is not impossible, so if you find yourself in that circumstance, consider it. Another thing it is is well beyond the purview of anything we can tackle here, so just know that it exists. When should I start planning for retirement? Yesterday, if you do, in fact, plan on retiring, in the classic sense. A better question might be, “How much will my Social Security benefit

be?” Go to the web site I noted above, where you’ll find a tool for estimating your benefit that actually works remarkably well – AND it will let you “play” with “what-ifs:” “What if I retire early?” “What if I retire later?” Etc – You get it. If I’ve enrolled in Medicare, haven’t I already signed-up for Social Security? No. The two are hopelessly (and, probably, incestuously) entwined, but they are two VERY different critters. OK, then how do I sign-up for Social Security? Well, you can (a) go to the web site above and do it online (Really!); (b) call 1-800-772-1213 and do it on the phone, or (c) you can make an appointment at any Social Security office and do it eyeball-to-eyeball. Aren’t the Feds messing with Social Security? Well, the Feds are talking about messing with Social Security, but so far, it’s talk. Look: All any of us can realistically do is play by the rules as they currently exist and hope for the best, because hoping for the worst would be stupid. Do I think that folks who are currently collecting their Social Security benefits are going to lose them? No. Do I think that folks who are a short-step away from collecting will lose it? I sincerely doubt it. Is that my personal opinion, based on nothing in particular? Yes. Finally, remember this: Millions of people have figured this out, so you can, too. Go to the website, take your time, make notes and think. What you’ve heard from your neighbors, buddies, cronies or family may or may not have anything to do with what’s true for you.


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Fire Department/Districts If you have an emergency, call 9-1-1. 360-796-4450, Brinnon 360-732-4533, Chimacum 360-963-2371, Clallam Bay 360-374-5561, Forks 360-928-3132, Clallam County District 4 360-645-2777, Makah Nation 360-417-4656 / 360-417-4659, Port Angeles 360-437-2899, Port Ludlow 360-385-2322, Port Townsend 360-765-3333, Quilcene 360-683-4242, Sequim

First Federal Bank 800-800-1577, Sequim, Port Angeles, Forks & Port Townsend www.ourfirstfed.com

Good Samaritan Outreach Services 253-697-8400 / 253-445-8120 / 888-445-8120, Puyallup

Habitat for Humanity Clallam County 728 E. Front St., Port Angeles 360-681-6780 habitat@olympus.net

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Jefferson County 2001 W. Sims Way, Port Townsend 360-379-2827 / 360-385-9653

Harper-Ridgeview Funeral Chapel 105 W. Fourth St., Port Angeles 360-452-9701 108 W. Alder St., Sequim 360-683-5242 www.harper-ridgviewfuneralchapel.com

Hazardous Substance Information The HSIS has an Internet database that allows you to find information on hazardous substances. 800-633-7585 www.ecy.wa.gov

Hello My Friends Respite companion. 360-461-2665 jshowat@olypen.com

Human Rights Commission Deals with consumer complaints and protection issues. 360-753-6770, Tacoma / 800-233-3247 www.hum.wa.gov Internal Revenue Service – IRS General Information 800-829-1040 Order Tax Forms 800-829-3676 www.irs.gov

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Jefferson Better Living Center Clothing bank; donated clean clothing and household items; drop box available. Call for hours of operation. 1505 Franklin St., Port Townsend 360-385-4057

Kitsap Transit 60 Washington Ave., Suite 200, Bremerton 800-501-7433 www.kitsaptransit.org

Legislative Hotline For information on the legislative process. 360-786-7573 / 800-562-6000

Linde-Price Funeral Services 530 N. Fifth Ave., Sequim 360-683-1649 / 800-501-4506 360-385-9989, Port Townsend 360-373-3579, Bremerton www.lindefuneralservice.com

MANNA Interdenominational social service agency providing limited financial assistance and referral services. Call for hours of operation. 139 W. Eighth St., Port Angeles 360-457-3954

Mason Transit Authority General fixed public route within Mason County. Free Dial-A-Ride within Mason County and nominal fare to Bremerton, Brinnon and Olympia. 790 E. Johns Prairie Road, Shelton 360-427-5033 / 800-374-3747

Metro Transit Seattle/King County 206-553-3000 / 800-542-7876

Mobile Home Dispute Ombudsman Toll-free message line for people who have mobile home landlordtenant disputes. Calls are returned by the next business day. Attorney General’s Office: 866-924-6458, Olympia

National Association of Area Agencies on Aging 800-677-1116 7-1116 4a.org www.n4a.org

National nal Institute on Aging 301-496-1752 6-1752

Network rk Funding (Formerly ly Peninsula Mortgage Port Angeles)

711 E. Front St., Suite B, Port Angeles 2-1200 360-452-1200 www.nflflp.com p.com

North Star Concierge Services PO Box 2052, Sequim 7-1217 360-797-1217 rthstarcllc.com www.northstarcllc.com

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Olympic Ambulance Services ALS Advance Life Support, BLS Basic Life Support, urgent transport and no-urgent transport. 601 W. Hendrickson Road, Sequim 360-683-3347

Olympic Bus Lines, Inc. Port Angeles to SeaTac Airport, medical facility transportation by arrangement. Gateway Plaza, Port Angeles 360-417-0700 800-457-4492 www.olympicbuslines.com www.dungenessline.us

Olympic Cremation 45 S. Monroe St., Port Angeles 360-457-0964 www.olympiccremationassociation.net

Olympic Elder Care Private care management for all ages; personal, financial and household affairs; background checks, certified guardians. PO Box 186, Port Angeles 360-417-9053

Olympic Elder Services Professional geriatric case management, guardianship and POA services. RNs available for diabetic foot care. 360-379-3716, Port Hadlock

Olympic Job Training Center Worksource provides classroom retraining, on-the-job training and job search assistance. 228 W. First St., Port Angeles 360-452-6202 www.esd.wa.gov

Paratransit Transportation for Americans with Disabilities Act clients who need a way to get to medical appointments. Dial Ext. 721 for reservations. 2417 W. 19th St., Port Angeles 360-452-1397 / 800-858-3747 www.paratransit.net

Parentline Information on child care; parenting issues; support groups childcare provider support; DASA child care; help with homeless child care. Services also available in Port Townsend. 301 Lopez Ave., Port Angeles 360-452-5437 / 800-300-1247 www.lcsnw.org/parentline

Peninsula Dispute Resolution Center Nonprofit agency designed to assist people in resolving disputes through mediation in Clallam and Jefferson counties. 3430 E. Highway 101, Port Angeles 360-452-8024 / 800-452-8024 www.pdrc.org


16 • NEIGHBORS SENIOR RESOURCE GUIDE 2012 Peninsula Mortgage 720 E. Washington St., Suite 106, Sequim

360-683-2429 www.penmortgage.com

Police In an emergency call 9-1-1. 360-374-2223, Forks www.forkswashington.org/police-corrections 360-452-4545, Port Angeles www.cityofpa.us/pokicedept.htm 360-385-2322, Port Townsend www.cityofpt.us/police 360-683-7227, Sequim www.ci.sequim.wa.us/police/index.cfm

Post Office 360-327-3504, Beaver 360-796-4465, Brinnon 360-683-6616, Carlsborg 360-732-4611, Chimacum 360-963-2553, Clallam Bay 360-374-6303, Forks 360-928-3086, Joyce 360-374-5378, La Push 360-645-2325, Neah Bay 360-385-2825, Nordland 360-417-7528, Port Angeles 360-437-2939, Port Hadlock 360-765-3760, Quilcene 360-765-3760, Sekiu 360-681-7833, Sequim See www.usps.com for all offices. Post Offices – Zip codes and other postal assistance 800-275-8777 www.usps.com

Re/Max th Ave. Real Estate Main office: 360-683-1500 www.realtysequim.com

Rocket Transportation Shuttle transportation to SeaTac; also limited service to Kitsap County, Tacoma and downtown Seattle. 260643 Highway 101, Sequim 877-697-6258 www.GoRocketMan.com

Saint Vincent de Paul – Client Aid Provides emergency food, rent, utilities, clothing, household appliances and other items. For help, leave a message and a volunteer will return your call. There are no fees or eligibility requirements. 209 W. 11th St., Port Angeles 360-457-5804 360-683-2112, Sequim

Salvation Army Corps Community Center Provides limited financial assistance, referral services, food, diapers, toiletries and personal hygiene items. 206 S. Peabody St., Port Angeles 360-452-7679

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Senior Information & Assistance Advocacy and assistance for seniors; help with forms and applications, information and referral, in-home care options, inhome care services; free legal clinic. 481 Fifth Ave., Forks 360-374-9496 / 888-571-6559 915 Sheridan Ave., Suite 202, Port Townsend 360-385-2552 / 800-801-0050 411 W. Washington St., Sequim 360-452-3221 www.o3a.org

SeniorNet Provides information and services to help older people become computer literate. 571-203-7100, San Francisco, Calif. www.seniornet.org

Serenity House – Family Shelter Services Intakes are done through housing resource center. Must be at imminent risk of homelessness or homeless. Must meet eligibility requirements. Possible housing for up to 45 days. Shelter, food and showers for three months; intakes are done through housing resource center. Alcohol/ drug free setting. Family Shelter Services 2203 W. 18th St., Port Angeles 360-452-7224 Single Adult Shelter 2321 W. 18th St., Port Angeles 360-452-7221

Sheriffs’ Departments For NON-EMERGENCY CALLS. 360962-2512, Forks 360-374-5324, Neah Bay 360-374-5324, Clallam Bay 360-417-5324, Port Angeles 360-417-5324, Sequim 360-385-3831, Port Hadlock

Social Security Administration 138 W. First St., Room 113, Port Angeles 800-722-1213 www.socialsecurity.gov Fraud Hotline 800-269-0271

Washington Governor’s Office 360-753-6780, Olympia

The ARC of Kitsap & Jefferson Counties Providing information, programs, advocacy and referral for adults and children with developmental disabilities. 3243 N. Perry Ave., Bremerton 360-377-3477 / 800-613-0813 www.arckj.org

Thrivent Financial Services 261032 Highway 101, Sequim 360-681-8882 www.thrivent.com/financial


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SUNCREST VILLAGE AFFORDABLE HOUSING WITH ALL THE LUXURIES Enjoy our theater, library, laundry and fitness rooms, and services provided by our hair stylist, nail technician and masseuse.

COMPARE THESE FEATURES: • Bi-Weekly housekeeping • Kitchens in all apartments • Recreation and activity programs • Extra storage in each apartment • Scheduled transportation. • Delicious & nutritious daily meals Must be 62 years of age or older, or disabled. Rent is 30% of your adjusted income and includes utilities, except for phone & cable TV. Income limits apply.

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18 • NEIGHBORS SENIOR RESOURCE GUIDE 2012 Van/Bus Service – Airporter, Inc. Scheduled nearly hourly van service to and from Silverdale to SeaTac airport. 360-876-1737 / 800-562-7948 www.kitsapairporter.com

Vehicle & Vessel Licensing Disabled parking permits, permanent and temporary, also disabled parking license plates. Disabled tabs for personalized plates. Licensing for boats and trailers. 502 E. Division St., Forks 360-374-9220 223 E. Fourth St., Suite 1, Port Angeles 360-417-2218 1001 E. Washington St., Suite 5, Sequim 360-683-8375 Jefferson County Auditor Office/Courthouse 1820 Jefferson St., Port Townsend 360-385-9115

Volunteer Chore Service VCS – Catholic Community Services

Volunteer assistance with shopping, minor home repairs, transportation, yard work, etc., for income-eligible seniors and disabled individuals; volunteers welcome. Clallam County 630D E. Front St., Port Angeles 360-417-5640 www.ccsww.org Jefferson & Kitsap Counties 645 Fourth St., Suite 202A, Bremerton 360-405-0072 / 866-246-3642

Washington State Office of Support Enforcement (OSE) Washington State office on child support payment issues. 800-246-3642

Washington State Patrol 360-452-394, Port Angeles

Washington Talking Book & Braille lle Library Recorded talking books and equipment, large-print ge-print books are delivered to medically qualified seniors free of charge. 800-542-0866 www.wtbbl.org

HEALTH ABUSE/RECOVERY Al-Anon-Clallam & Jefferson Counties nties Support group for families and friends off alcoholics. PO Box 1066, Port Townsend 866-452-6973 www.wa-al-anon.org

Alcoholics Anonymous Please call for meeting times and locations. 360-385-0266, Port Townsend 360-452-4212, Clallam County

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Domestic Violence Advocacy, support and crisis intervention for families and individuals in abuse or sexual assault situations. 800-799-7233, National 800-562-6025, Statewide 360-385-5291, Jefferson County

Battered Women Safe Home & Rape Crisis 452-HELP (360-452-4357), Port Angeles

Healthy Families of Clallam County 360-452-3811 / 800-562-6025 www.healthyfam.org

Forks Abuse Program PO Box 1775, Forks 360-374-6411 Forks Abuse Program – -hour crisis line 360-374-2273

Narcotics Anonymous 360-477-9367, Port Angeles & Sequim

National Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependence 24-hour hotline. The NCADD is a nonprofit organization combating alcoholism, other drug addictions and related problems. 800-NCA-CALL (800-622-2255) www.ncadd.org

Washington State Alcohol/Drug Clearinghouse Information regarding alcohol and substance abuse. 800-662-9111

DENTAL DentureCare Inc. 124 W. Spruce St., Sequim 360-681-7089 www.denturecareinc.com

Jamestown Family Dental Clinic 1033 Old Blyn Highway, Sequim 360-681-3400 www.jamestowntribe.org/programs/hhs/ hhs_dental.htm

Oral Health Access Program Sliding fee scale for dental check up and bbasic services. Olympic Community Action P Programs. 22 228 W. First St., Suite J, Port Angeles 36 360-452-4726 / 800-360-0666

Sheeler’s Denture Clinic S 6 W. Washington St., Sequim 680 3360-681-7999

U University of Washington Dental School W Fo all new patient admissions to the dental school, For ap application can be made by mail. 20 206-616-6996, Seattle


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Washington State Dental Association Outreach Program Dental care at reduced cost for seniors with limited income. Call for application. Screening through Senior Information and Assistance. No dentist in Forks, care must be done in Port Angeles or larger town. Senior information and assistance. 481 Fifth Ave., Forks 360-374-9496 / 888-571-6559 411 W. Washington St., Sequim 360-452-3221 / 800-801-0070 915 Sheridan Ave., Suite 202, Port Townsend 360-385-2552 / 800-801-0050 / 360-379-4400

HOTLINES/SUPPORT GROUPS Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group 847 N. Sequim Ave., Sequim 360-582-9309 / 800-801-0070 834 Sheridan Ave., Port Townsend 360-385-2000 / 800-244-8917 www.jeffersonhealthcare.org 328 E. Seventh St., Port Angeles 360-477-5511 / 800-848-7097 www.alz.org

Alzheimer’s Association 24-hour toll-free link with local chapters and community resources.

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800-272-3900, National www.alz.org 206-363-5500 / 800-848-7097, Central Washington www.alz.org.alswa

Alzheimer’s Disease & Education Referral Center 800-438-4380

Alzheimer’s Disease & Related Dementias 360-385-2200 / 800-244-8917, Port Townsend 360-452-5319, Port Angeles 360-582-9309, Sequim

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons Information on orthopedic medicine including arthritis, osteoporosis, artificial joints and prevention of hip fractures. 800-346-2267 www.aaos.org

American Cancer Society 253-272-5767 / 800-729-1151, Tacoma

American Diabetes Association A nonprofit health organization providing diabetes research, information and advocacy. 800-342-2388 www.diabetes.org

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Support and information for individuals with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease 425-656-1650 / 866-786-7257


20 • NEIGHBORS SENIOR RESOURCE GUIDE 2012 Arthritis Foundation

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Cancer Support Groups

A national nonprofit organization that fights the more than 100 types of arthritis and related conditions with advocacy, programs, services and research. 800-283-7800, National www.arthritis.org Pacific Northwest Chapter 206-547-2707 / 800-542-0295 www.arthritis.org

Bereavement Grief Recovery Support Group Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County provides professional bereavement counseling and family counseling during patient hospice care. 540 E. Eighth St., Port Angeles 360-452-1511 834 Sheridan Ave., Port Townsend 360-385-2200 Ext. 2016 www.jeffersonhealthcare.org

Breast Cancer Support Group 360-382-2200, Port Townsend 360-582-2845, Sequim Cancer – Operation Uplift Woman’s support group meets at 6:30 p.m. third Wednesday. Phone for appointments. Free prosthesis and other needs. Visit website for more information. 118 N. Liberty St., Suite B, Port Angeles 360-457-5141 www.operationuplift.org

360-385-0610 / 800-227-2345, Port Townsend 360-582-2845, Sequim www.jeffersonhealthcare.org

Cardiac Support Group - Jefferson Healthcare 834 Sheridan Ave., Port Townsend 360-385-2200

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention Federal government agency for protecting the health and safety of people at home or abroad; provides public information, health statistics, funding opportunities and prevention guidelines. 800-232-4636 www.cdc.gov

Chronic Illness Support Group – Jefferson Healthcare 834 Sheridan Ave., Port Townsend d 360-385-2200 Ext. 4547 www.jeffersonhealthcare.org

CPAP Users Support Groupp - Jefferson Healthcare 834 Sheridan Ave., Port Townsend d 360-385-2200

Department of Health – -Hour Help

800-525-0127

Home Care Is Our Mission

Providing the highest quality home care to seniors and people with disabilities for more than 30 years • We are licensed by the state and accept insurance, private pay and DSHS. We serve all income levels. • Services range from housework to personal care including medication reminders, incontinent care, transportation, bathing, dressing, transfers and protective supervision.

• We provide care from one hour to twenty-four hour live in. We offer respite as well as overnight care and bathing services. • We pride ourselves on employing the highest caliber of staff assuring our clients the best quality in-home care services.

24-hour Licensed Nursing Care in a Secured Home Environment < Activities for Residents & Families < Physical Fitness Program with daily exercising < Fully Furnished Private & Shared Suites < Nutritional Planned Meals < (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Beautifully Landscaped Fenced-In Backyard < (with a resident garden & fruit orchard)

Adult ”Day Stay” program < (Offered 7 days a week up to 10 hrs. per day)

Please call for a free, in-home evaluation: (360) 417-5420 or 1-855-582-2700 www.ccsww.org

Overnight Respite Stay Program < (Offered 1 to 30 days)

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BOOMER PRIMER

l, l i w a s ’ e r e h t e r e h W y a w a s ’ e r e h t

Mark Harvey

Remember b the h llast time you saw Paul last being the lucky devil who gets to deal with McCartney on TV, or the Internet or divvying up your stuff, money and property. YouTube or wherever it is you might see Paul You do not need to be “rich,” or even “well McCartney? off,” to need one of these. If you have any money I can virtually guarantee that one of the things or any property or any stuff that you want to that went through your mind somewhere in have go “here,” as opposed to “there,” you need the course of it was, “Gee, he looks … older.” one of these. Do you know what happens if Funny: Paul said the same thing about you, you cash-in without one of these? Right! We and that’s what got us to the whole Boomer have laws that call the shots, so here’s what Primer, a collection of things to think about will happen: If there is a surviving spouse (or and then, hopefully, DO something about. state registered domestic partner), they’ll get So, here’s something to think about, whether all of the “community property” (what you you want to or not: The odds are pretty good had together) plus some of the “separate” that at some point you’re going to die. It property” (what you kept to yourself), with doesn’t matter who you know, how much the rest divided up among children and/or money you have or how good your resume’ parents. looks, immortality remains almost universally No surviving spouse or registered elusive. And since we domestic partner? “If you have any money or any Then, everything are where we are in the time that we’re in, goes to 1) living kids, property or any stuff that you we have to consider divided equally; 2) the reality of the want to have go ‘here,’ as opposed surviving parents; 3) paperwork, so let’s then equally among to ‘there, you need a will.” start with wills. surviving brothers A surprising number of people don’t make and sisters and maybe their kids and all wills, because a) they don’t think they need kinds of other relatives ... and it all gets very one because they aren’t “rich;” b) they just complicated! didn’t know they needed one at all; c) they No “family” at all? It goes to the State of didn’t know what to do to get one; d) they Washington. thought it would be too expensive to get one Now, if all of that is just swell with you, or done, or e) they couldn’t or wouldn’t face the you don’t particularly like your kids or whoever inevitability of their own mortality, so they else, then I guess you should proceed with just sort of ignored it, figuring (I guess) that if doing nothing. If it isn’t, or if you do, then they didn’t call attention to themselves, Death MAKE A WILL! wouldn’t notice them, and move on. I can absolutely assure you that e) almost MAKE IT LEGAL never works, so let me deviate from my usual Should you consult an attorney? Yes! position of “it’s-all-up-to-you” and be as clear These things can get more complicated as possible: MAKE A WILL! than you might think, and attorneys know the right questions to ask you so that what GET STARTED NOW actually happens will be what you actually From the beginning: a “will” is a legal wanted; besides, you can, often, get a deal document that says who gets what, and how on a “package” of a will, a durable power of much, of your stuff, money and property when attorney, a Community Property Agreement you move on to better things, but not until and an “advance directive,” and it’s not usually then. It can also do other things like name a as pricey as you might think. guardian for minor children, create a “trust” Time out: “Community Property and a “trustee” and name an “executor,” the Agreement?”

Yes. For the vast majority of us — those of “moderate means” — a Community Property Agreement has the effect of transferring all of the assets to the surviving spouse. Boom: no hassle, no probate, no nothing. Do you have to consult an attorney? No. For a will to be legal in Washington, it has to written, dated and signed. You (the one making the will) have to be at least 18 and legally competent. It has to be witnessed by at least two legally competent adults (one of whom could be a notary public, but it isn’t mandatory), and neither of them should be beneficiaries, nor do they need to know what the will says. No witnesses, no valid will — period. That’s it. Not the best approach, perhaps, but it beats the heck out of nothing. A will made in another state, according to that state’s requirements, is valid, even if it isn’t exactly in the State of Washington’s style; again, not the best, but it’s something.

ONCE AND YOU’RE DONE — NOT So, once you’ve done a will, how long will it “last?” Basically, as long as you do, or until you change it. Can you change it? Sure, any time — and since our lives have an annoying habit of changing, it’d be smart to yank it out and look it over every now and again to make sure that it still sounds like your current life. Yes, you can get will “kits” and “forms.” Are they legal here? If you do what I said above, yes. Are they the “best?” No, because very few of us have lives that conform nicely to “kits” but, again, it’s way out in front of nothing. “OK, I’ll be sure and do that when I get ‘old’.” …Uh … and when, exactly, will that be? If you’ve already scheduled your demise, so be it — but for most of us, unpredictability has been a hallmark of life from Day 1, so do yourself and the people you purport to love a favor and take care of this, OK? There is no such thing as “after the fact.” You either cared enough or you didn’t. And Death doesn’t care, one way or the other.


22 • NEIGHBORS SENIOR RESOURCE GUIDE 2012 Diabetes Support Group 834 Sheridan Ave., Port Townsend 360-385-2200 Ext. 1240 www.jeffersonhealthcare.org

Drug HELPline Provides in-depth information about court orders, family interventions, detoxification, treatment, rehab programs, insurance and anything that is related to alcohol and drug abuse. 800-784-6776

Fibromyalgia Support Group Combined with Chronic Illness 834 Sheridan Ave., Port Townsend 360-385-2200 / 800-244-8917

Forks Hospital West End Outreach & Crisis Line Provides information and assistance with mental, psychiatric and medical consultations and evaluation; outreach services; sliding scale fees. Open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. 530 Bogachiel Way, Forks 360-374-5011 www.outreach@olypen.com

Health Professionals’ Quality Assurance Division License bureau for state-issued health care credentials; inquire regarding validity of a license. 360-236-4700, Olympia

Harper-Ridgeview Funeral Chapel

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Hepatitis C Support 206-732-0311, HIV/AIDS, Washington State 800-272-2437, Washington State hotline

HIV/AIDS Treatment Information Services Provides current treatment information on HIV and AIDS as well as answering related questions. All information is free and confidential. 800-448-0440 www.hivatis.org

Lung Association 800-732-9339 www.alaw.org

Multiple Sclerosis Society 360-374-6271, Forks Community Center, 620 Tyler St., Port Townsend 360-765-4443

National Cancer Institute Health information. Answers questions on treatment and experimental programs. 800-422-6237

Sequim Valley Funeral Chapel & Cremation Center

Ask About Discounts Advanced Funeral & Cemetery Planning A Variety of Options for Burials & Cremation Memorialization Local Crematory • International Shipping Services Honor All Pre-arranged Funeral Plans & Valid Insurances Endorsed by VFW and American Legion as Preferred Providers

Serving Clallam County with Compassion and Care (360) 542-9701

(360) 683-5242

105 W. 4th Street • Port Angeles, WA 98362 www.harper-ridgeviewfuneralchapel.com

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National Centers For Disease Control National center for health statistics. 800-232-4636

National Kidney Foundation Seeks to prevent kidney and urinary tract diseases, improve the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by these diseases and increase the availability of all organs for transplant. 800-622-9010

National Osteoporosis Foundation Helpline 800-223-9994

National Parkinson Foundation National Parkinson Foundation has developed international, national and regional networks. 800-327-4545, Miami, Fla.

National Stroke Association NSA provides expertise and leadership for those at risk, suffering or recovering from a stroke. 800-787-6537, Englewood, Colo.

National Stuttering Project All adults and children who stutter; speech eech therapists and interested persons aree welcome. 425-703-3391 www.nsastutter.org

Oncolink Has personal stories, disease information and hard to find help on handling cancer’s financial burdens and side effects. www.oncolink.com

Ostomy Support 360-452-1730

Overeaters Anonymous Call for meeting times and locations. 360-379-1513, Port Townsend 360-417-1570, Port Angeles 360-683-4862, Sequim

Parenting Support Group For parents and guardians experiencing frustrations raising at-risk youth. Call for schedule. 360-385-9190, Port Townsend

Parkinson’s Support Groups Information support for individuals with Parkinson’s disease, their families and caregivers. 328 E. 7th Ave., Port Angeles 360-582-9076 / 800-223-2732 834 Sheridan Ave., Port Townsend 360-385-2200 Ext. 2017 www.jeffersonhealthcare.org

Poison Control Center State of Washington Emergency response 24-hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Report poison emergencies, medication identification 24-hours a day. Learn what to do if you suspect someone has been poisoned. 800-222-1222

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Project Inform HIV Treatment Hotline 800-822-7422

SNAP – Special Needs Advocacy Parents Weekly activities for developmentally disabled individuals 14+ years. 220 W. Alder St., Sequim 360-681-8642

Stroke Support 360-681-0457

Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) 253-845-8693, Clallam and Jefferson Counties

Welfare Fraud Hotline 800-562-6906

INHOME SERVICES & HOSPICE Assured Hospice of Clallam & Jefferson Counties Our program provides care to those patients and their families who are facing a life-limiting illness. We provide professional medic care, pain and symptom management, medical emo emotional and spiritual support as needed. Hospice se services are covered by medicare and Medicaid benefits. 1201 Hancock St., Port Townsend 481 Fifth Ave., Forks 24 Lee Chatfield Way, Sequim 360-582-3796 www.assurednw.com

Caregivers Home Health, Inc. Home care services to help with errands and sshopping, transportation to medical services, per personal care, medication reminders, meal prep, house cleaning and assistance with paying bills. Private i services. V.A./Medicaid/Private insurance. nursing Lawrence St., Port Townsend 360-379-6659 3228 E. Highway 101, Port Angeles 360-457-1644 136 S. Second Ave., Sequim 360-683-7377 www.caregiversonline.com

Catholic Community Services of Western Washington Home care services provided through paid professionals. 701 E. Front St., Port Angeles 360-417-5420 www.ccsww.org

Home Care Referral Registry A registry of individual providers contracted to provide in-home care to COPES/MPC/DDD state clients. This service matches clients with providers. 411 W. Washington St., Sequim 360-417-8553 / 800-970-5456


24 • NEIGHBORS SENIOR RESOURCE GUIDE 2012 Home Delivered Meals & Nutrition Site 360-452-4726 / 360-385-2571 Ext. 6314 / 800-360-0666 Home-delivered meals for homebound seniors and congregate meals at local sites for those who can attend; nominal donation; hours of operation vary.

Home Health & Hospice - Jefferson Healthcare Medicare-certified home health agency with services including nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, social work, support group referral, speech therapy and bath aides. 834 Sheridan Ave., Port Townsend 360-385-0610 / 800-244-8917 www.jeffersonhealthcare.org

Home Health Services- Olympic Medical Center Home health services including nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, social work and support group referral. 927 Georgiana St., Port Angeles 360-452-6211 / 800-452-6211 www.olympicmedical.org

Home Instead Senior Care Help with a variety of tasks including personal care, medication reminders, shopping, meal prep and transportation. 9483 Oak Bay Road, Port Ludlow 360-437-9884 675 N. Fifth Ave., Suite 1B, Sequim 360-681-2511 94 Kala Square Place, Port Townsend 360-385-6357 www.homeinstead.com/650

K.W.A. Home Health Care Help with a variety of tasks including personal care, medication reminders, shopping, housekeeping, meal prep and transportation. COPES/Medicaid accepted, also private pay. 441 W. Washington St., Sequim 360-582-1647 302 E. Eight St., Port Angeles 360-452-2129 / 888-452-2129 280D Quincy St., Port Townsend 360-344-3497 www.kwacares.org

Rainshadow Home Health Services, Inc. Private home or assisted living facilities. Personal care assistance; nursing services; chores, shopping, meal preparation and transportation services. Private pay and limited Medicaid services. Physical therapist on staff. COPES/Medicaid accepted, also private pay. 1001 E. Washington St., Suite 7, Sequim 360-681-6206 / 877-452-6273 www.rainshadowhomeservices.com

Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County Provides emotional and nursing support for terminally ill patients and their families; promotes comfort and support in order to maintain the highest quality of life for the patient. Access to medical equipment for low-income seniors and disabled persons. Bereavement counseling. 540 E. Eighth St., Port Angeles 360-452-1511

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Wright’s Home Care Agency, Inc. Personal care, nursing services, chores, shopping, meal preparation and transportation services; private pay. 242 Finn Hall Road, Port Angeles 360-457-9236 www.wrightshomecare.com

MEDICAID, MEDICARE, INSURANCE Castell Insurance 425 E. Washington St., Sequim 360-683-9284 www.castellinsurance.com

Health & Recovery Services Administration Assistance and information for individuals and families on a Medicaid medical assistance program. 800-562-3022 Medicaid Hotline 800-562-3022 Medicare Fraud Hotline Call to report fraud or suspected fraud in Medicare related cases. 800-447-8477 www.medicare.gov/FraudAbuse/HowToReport.asp Medicare Hotline Direct questions answered about any Medicare programs and issues. 800-633-4227 www.medicare.gov

Mike Rosencrants Insurance The Lodge at Sherwood Village 660 Evergreen Farm Way., Sequim 360-670-6727 SHIBA - Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors Trained volunteers provide free assistance for people of all ages to understand health insurance options including private insurance, supplemental plans, Medicare and Medicaid. 481 Fifth Ave., Forks 360-374-9496 / 800-397-4422 411 W. Washington St., Sequim 360-417-5646 360-452-3221, Port Angeles 915 Sheridan Ave., Suite 202, Port Townsend 360-385-2552

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administers health insurance through Medicare and Medicaid. 410-786-3000 / 877-267-2323, Baltimore, MD TTY Toll Free 866-226-1819 www.medicare.gov

Washington State Basic Health Insurance State-sponsored program that offers health care to individuals who meet the income guidelines. Monthly premiums are based on income and family size. 800-826-2444 www.basichealth.hca.wa.gov


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MEDICAL

MENTAL HEALTH

Forks Community Hospital

Clallam County Crisis Line

530 Bogachiel Way, Forks 360-374-6271 www.forkshospital.org

Harrison Medical Center Jefferson County and nearby communities. 2520 Cherry St., Bremerton 360-744-3911 / 866-844-9355 www.harrisonmedical.org

Olympic Medical Center/ Olympic Memorial Hospital Olympic Medical Center-Clallam County Public Hospital sive ive, aawa iv ward wa rd-rd District No. 2 is a comprehensive, awardwinning health care provider forr more lam than 70,000 residents of Clallam County. 939 Caroline St., Port Angeles 360-417-7000 (main number will transfer to department needed) Sequim Campus, Sequim 360-582-2850

SequimPhysicalTherapy y Center 500A W. Fir St., Sequim 360-683-0632

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24-hour confidential crisis response and referral. 360-452-4500 www.crisisclinicofthepeninsula.org

Jefferson Mental Health 24-hour confidential crisis response and referral. Adult day treatment; psychiatric services; individual counseling and group therapy; community education; case management; sliding fee scale. 884 W. Park Ave., Port Townsend 360-385-0321 / 800-659-0321 www.jeffersonmhs.org

Peninsula Community Mental Health 24-hour 24 h confidential crisis response and referral. Adult day treatment; psyc c psychiatric services; individual counseling and group therapy; com m community education; case management; sliding fee scale. 118 E. Eighth St., Port Angeles 3600 360-457-0431 49 9 N. Fifth Ave., Sequim 490 36 6 360-681-0585 w www.pcmhc.org

Washington Advocates for the Mentally Ill Addressing the unmet needs of individuals with mental illness and their families through advocacy, public education, i information and referrals and self-help groups. 800 800-782-9264


26 • NEIGHBORS SENIOR RESOURCE GUIDE 2012 West End Outreach Services 24-hour confidential crisis response and referral. Adult day treatment; psychiatric services; individual counseling and group therapy; community education; case management; sliding fee scale. Emergency and transitional housing service. 530 Bogachiel Way, Forks 360-374-6177

NUTRITION/MEALS Food Banks Provides food for persons in need or those in emergency situations. Call for hours of operation. 151 Corey Lane, Brinnon 360-796-4444 181 Bogachiel Way, Forks 360-374-4197 / 360-640-8211 402 S. Valley St., Port Angeles 360-452-8568 1919 Blaine St., Port Townsend 360-531-0275 294952 Highway 101, Quilcene (Community Center) 360-765-0904 144 W. Alder St., Sequim 360-683-1205

OMC Nutrition Services & Diabetes Education Clinic staff includes registered dietitians and certified diabetes educators, each of whom are nutrition advocates who work closely with medical staff to provide the best possible nutrition and diabetes education to patients. 939 Caroline St., Port Angeles 360-417-7125 www.olympicmedical.org

The Family Food Line Family Food Line staff can connect you to WIC services, basic food programs, free summer meals for children, local food banks and meal sites, WIC and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Programs. 888-436-6392

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Better Breathers – Jefferson Healthcare For people with lung and breathing problems and their families. 834 Sheridan Ave., Port Townsend 360-385-2200 Ext. 1220 / 800-244-8917 www.jeffersonhealthcare.org

Certified Hearing 51 Spartan Ave., Forks 800-723-4106 819 Georgiana Ave., Port Angeles 360-452-2228

Concerned Citizens Assistance with a variety of tasks including personal care, medication reminders, shopping, meal prep and transportation. Medicaid accepted. 945 S. Forks Ave., Forks 360-374-9340 805 E. Eighth St., Port Angeles 360-452-2396 51A Chimacum Road, Port Hadlock 360-379-1315 www.concernedcitizenspnw.org

Dungeness Valley Health & Wellness Clinic General adult medical services, without charge, on a walk-in basis. Call for hours of operation. 777 N. Fifth Ave., Suite 109, Sequim 360-582-0218 www.sequimfreeclinic.org

Health & Human Services Immunizations; information on dietary and medical needs; STD clinic; international travel clinic. Clallam County 223 E. Fourth St., Suite 14, Port Angeles 360-417-2274 www.clallam.net Jefferson County 615 Sheridan St., Port Townsend 360-385-9400 www.jeffersoncountypublichealth.org

Hearing Loss Asso Association of America

SERVICES American Medical Response Emergency and non-emergency ambulance nce n; transport throughout western Washington; also offers standby services for speciall events. 206-444-4444 / 808-542-7701

American Optometric Association Sponsors VISION USA, a free eye-caree me program for uninsured or low-income des older people and their families. Provides publications and fact sheets. 800-365-2219 www.aoanet.org

Nonprofit organization providing advocacy, education and support for those w with a hearing disability. Contact for meeting info. 360 360-379-4978, Port Townsend w www.hearingloss.org

Ja Jamestown Family Health Clinic F S Serves all area residents, including nonN Native Americans. All insurances accepted. M Medicaid, DSHS medical coupons are we welcome. Insurance accepted on individual basis oonly. Medicaid/DSHS coupon on individual basis only. 808 N. Fifth Ave., Sequim 360-683-5900 www.jamestowntribe.org


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National Eye Care Project – Eye Care America

Jefferson County MASH

The senior eye care program ensures that every senior has access to medical eye care. 800-222-3937 www.eyecareamerica.org

Free medical assessment and referral. 209 Monroe St., Port Townsend 360-385-4268 www.jcmash.com

Olympic Hearing Center

Jefferson Healthcare Hospital and doctor clinics serving Jefferson County and nearby communities. 834 Sheridan Ave., Port Townsend 360-385-2200 / 800-244-8917 www.jgh.org

538 N. Fifth Ave., Sequim 360-681-7500 www.olympichearing.com

Olympic Medical Center Hospital for inpatient and outpatient care. Support groups should contact Education Department. 939 Caroline St., Port Angeles 360-417-7000 (main number will transfer to department needed) www.olympicmedical.org

Lower Elwha Health Clinic Serves all area residents, including nonNative Americans. All insurances accepted. Medicaid, DSHS Medical Coupons are welcome. Dental services for Native Americans only. 243511 Highway 101 West, Port Angeles 360-452-6252

Olympic Medical Community Lecture Offerings Lectures available on wellness and prevention to groups. Port Angeles and Sequim. www.olympicmedical.org/default. sapxID=22

Master’s Orthotics & Prosthetics 530 W. Fir St., Sequim 360-683-8195

Medic Alert Foundation Nonprofit, membership organization providing identification and medical information in emergencies. 888-633-4298 www.medicalert.org

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Parkinson’s Disease Foundation PDF is a national nonprofit organization devoted to funding research, providing education and advocacy. 800-457-6676

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28 • NEIGHBORS SENIOR RESOURCE GUIDE 2012 Personal Emergency Response Systems 24-hour emergency response at the push of a button. Lifeline (Home Health) 939 Caroline St., Port Angeles 360-452-6211 / 800-452-6211 / 360-452-3531 Life Alarm 800-780-5433 Link to Life 888-337-5433

Seagull Low Vision Free service for people over 55 who are visually impaired or blind. 360-493-1372 / 800-552-7103

Soroptimist International Medical Loan Closet Medical Equipment Supply; access to good, used medical equipment for loan within Sequim School District only. Leave a message with your contact information. 600 N. Sequim Ave., Sequim 360-504-0231

Volunteers in Medicine of the Olympics Clinic (VIMO) General adult medical services, without charge, on a walk-in basis. Call for hours of operation. 909 E. Georgiana St., Port Angeles 360-457-4431 www.vimoclinic.org

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Washington State Department of Health The Department of Health works with its federal, state and local partners to help people in Washington stay healthier and safer. 800-525-0127 www.doh.wa.gov

Washington State Medical Association Physician locator service. 206-441-9762 / 800-552-0612, Seattle www.wsma.org

Van Romer Chiropractic 415 N. Sequim Ave., Sequim 360-683-8844 / 888-375-3754 www.vanromerchiropractic.com

SENIOR LIVING & CARE FACILITIES FACILI FACILIT ADULT DAY CARE & OVERNIG OVERNIGHT CARE Encore! A Adult Day Care Social day care for vulnerable isolated and disabled disabl seniors; regular activities including recreation, education, exercise and speci special events. 301 E. L Lopez Ave., Port Angeles 3360-457-6801

ADULT FAMILY HOMES ADUL st Street Adult Family Home 24-hour personal assistance in a home with six or fewer residents. Dementia specialists. 1550 31st St., Port Townsend 360-385-6445

Bogachiel Adult Family Home 24-hour personal assistance in a home with six or fewer residents. Early stage dementia patients accepted. Licensed for dementia. Hospice care. 480 Smith Road, Forks 360-374-9298

Good Shepherds haven Adult Family Home 24-hour personal assistance in a home for five residents. Females only. Private pay. Dementia specialists. End of life care. Activities directed to individual abilities. Home-style cooking. 2314 S. Lincoln St., Port Angeles 360-452-6043

Gracelaine Adult Family Home 24-hour personal assistance in home for six or fewer residents. RN owned. No awake night staff. Specialize in dementia, mental illness, and DDD. Private and state pay. Individualized activities and exercise plans. 143 Mariner Drive, Sequim 360-681-0894


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Heartland Adult Family Home 24-hour personal assistance in a home with six or fewer residents. 466 Alder St., Sequim 360-582-0010

Heron Crest Commons Adult Family Home 24-hour personal assistance in a home with six or fewer residents. Private pay. Dementia specialists and hospice care. 121 Kirk Road, Sequim 360-683-8605

McCallums Manor Adult Family Home 24-hour personal assistance in a home with six or fewer residents 4351 S. Discovery Road, Port Townsend 360-385-2614

Middleton Adult Family Home 24-hour personal assistance in a home with six or fewer residents. 73 Sportmans Club Road, Forks 360-374-2044

Senior Enterprises Adult Family Home 24-hour personal assistance in a home with six or fewer residents. Residents with mental illness, brain injury or dementia. 141 Cliff Robertson Lane, Sequim 360-681-3703

Twin Oaks Adult Family Home 24-hour personal assistance in a home with six or fewer residents. Private or state insurance accepted. Care through hospice. 651 Nelson Road, Forks 360-374-9792

Wild Rose Residence Adult Family Home 24-hour personal assistance in a home with six or fewer residents. 302 N. Ryser St., Sequim 360-683-9194

ASSISTED LIVING Discovery Memory Care Medication, daily living and 24-hour professional staff assistance. Pet, housekeeping and laundry services. Enhanced dementia monitoring. Transportation with companion to appointments. Wide variety of activities in secure indoor and outdoor areas. 408 W. Washington St., Sequim 360-683-7047

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Dungeness Courte Alzheimer’s Community Dungeness Courte Alzheimer’s Community recognizes the challenges associated with Alzheimer’s disease and provides a safe and secure home-like environment with experienced dementia-trained caregivers and licensed nursing 24-hours a day. Activities, socialization and exercise are provided throughout the day to promote a sense of belonging and an emotional “happy, safe place.” 651 Garry Oak Drive, Sequim 360-582-9309

Golden Years Personal Care Private 16-room facility. Staff supervised medication, 24-hour personal assistance, daily activities, meals, housekeeping and laundry assistance. 202 Birdsong Lane, Port Angeles 360-452-1566

Laurel Park 24-hour personal assistance, meals, housekeeping and laundry assistance. 1133 E. Park Ave., Port Angeles 360-452-7201 www.alcco.com

Park View Villas 24-hour personal assistance, meals, housekeeping, and laundry assistance. Private pay. Bus service for shopping and medical appointments. Apartments offer nursing assistance. Cottages offer independent living. 1430 Park View Lane, Port Angeles 360-452-7222

Peninsula Manor 24-hour personal assistance, meals, housekeeping and laundry. 1017 W. 17th St., Port Angeles 360-452-5831

Saint Andrew’s Place 24-hour assistance with medications, meals, housekeeping and laundry. Studio and one-bedroom apartments. First-stage dementia accepted. Aging-inplace. Public and private transportation available. 520 W. Park Ave., Port Angeles 360-417-3418 www.standrewsretirement.org


30 • NEIGHBORS SENIOR RESOURCE GUIDE 2012 San Juan Villa Dementia Care Facility 24-hour personal assistance, meals/24-hour snacks, housekeeping and laundry. Secure, non-challenging environment, individualized programs and service plans. Indoor / outdoor activity stations. Licensed nurses and dementia-trained caregivers. 112 Castellano Way, Port Townsend 360-344-3114

Seaport Landing Private one- and two-bedroom apartments. Scheduled private paratransit. 24-hour personal assistance, meals, housekeeping, maintenance and personal laundry assistance. 1201 Hancock St., Port Townsend 360-379-9376

Sherwood Assisted Living 24-hour personal assistance from trained caregivers. Meals, housekeeping and laundry services provided. Respite, day care and permanent residency available. Also includes secure memory unit. Nurses on staff 24/7. 550 W. Hendrickson Road, Sequim 360-683-3348 www.sherwoodassistedliving.com

Victoria House 24-hour personal assistance with medication, meals, housekeeping and laundry. Studio and one-bedroom apartments. Will accept mild dementia residents. 491 Discovery Road, Port Townsend 360-379-8223

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REPORT FACILITY ABUSE Complaint Resolution Unit Hotline Call to report abandonment, abuse, financial exploitation or neglect in a nursing home, adult family home or boarding home. 808-562-6078

Long-term Care Ombudsman Statewide Statewide referral service for anyone with concerns, inquiries or complaints about nursing homes, boarding homes, congregate care facilities and adult family homes. 411 W. Washington St., Sequim 800-562-6028 Clallam/Jefferson Counties Advocacy and assistance with concerns or questions regarding patients in nursing homes, boarding homes and adult family homes. Free training for volunteers. 411 W. Washington St., Sequim 360-417-8556 / 800-801-0070

SENIOR HOUSING The Fifth Avenue 500 Hendrickson Road, Sequim 360-683-3345 www.thefifthavenue.com

The Lodge at Sherwood Village 660 W. Evergreen Farm Way, Sequim 360-681-3100 www.thelodgeatsherwood.com

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SERVICES CHOICE Advisory Services Free referral service to help find retirement and assisted living homes, in-home care and skilled care in Washington. 800-361-0138 www.choiceadvisory.com

SKILLED NURSING FACILITIES Avamere Olympic Rehabilitation of Sequim 24-hour nursing care, inpatient rehabilitation therapy, recreational programs and social services. 1000 S. Fifth Ave., Sequim 360-582-3900 www.avamere.com


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BOOMER PRIMER

Where does all the money go?

Mark Harvey

Now we turn to money, which begins with planning for and balancing “income” vs. “debt.” If retirement is a piece of our “aging thing,” remember that most of us will live noticeably longer than our parents and grandparents. Here’s a question that comes up for almost everybody: How do I leave it to the kids? (If you like, feel free to delete “kids” (I know, I thought of that, too) and substitute “grandchildren,” “dog,” “favorite charity,” “national debt,” etc. But for most of us, most of the time, it’s about leaving it to the kids, though there are myriad view on the topic.) For some, leaving a tangible inheritance of money/assets/house/Beatles’ “White Album,” etc. is extremely important. It’s an inheritance, yes, but it’s also a legacy — a way of declaring, “I was here.” A way of saying, “I lived, I struggled, I worked and I did the best I could with what I had, and this is what I leave behind.” A way of saying, “I love you.”

GIVE IT UP FOR ... Certainly, given the current economy and the employment-related realities and prospects of many an offspring, “legacy” and “necessity” may blur. is The other end of this particular spectrum, of course, is financial exploitation, a la Mickey Rooney. But for now, we’ll assume honorable intentions on the parts of all parties.. at, The kicker here is that, for many of us, if we’re itance, going to leave an inheritance, we’re going to have to plan, ihood DO save and, in all likelihood, WITHOUT. “Without” what? Well, it could be without that next cruise or it could be

without that next prescription — I’ve seen both. It could be stubbornly staying in a too-big, too-expensive, too-much-work house — and paying a significant physical price for doing it! — because I’m going to By-God-leave-the-house-to-the-kids! That can be lovely and loving and generous — it can also be a shoot-yourself-in-the-foot kind of strategy because we don’t do what we need to do to take care of ourselves, so the “kids” end up having to take care of us and everything goes down the drain and everybody ends up being WORSE off than they were before! Think “moderation.”

‘BEING OF SOUND MIND, I SPENT IT’ For others, the view can be expressed as “…leaving you an ‘inheritance’ suggests bad planning on my part!” In other words, I’m going to do what I want, when I want, the way I want! I earned it, and I’m going to do what I need to do. I came in with nothing and I’m going out with nothing. And you can do the same. I know that sounds a little hostile, but I’m going to the extreme to make the point. y, it rarely is “hostile,” Actually, ju a different view of it’s just life and the world, and is of often seen as a way of e empowering kids who are genuinely loved to make it on their own, learn the good lessons and earn the sen of confidence and sense achie achievement that comes do that. Amen. with doing sh The shoot-yourself-in-thefoot piece can be that we’re so busy spending it — usin using it up cuz I ain’t gonna leave it! — that we don’t have “it” when we need “it.” Oops. Think “moderation.” Again.

DO IT NOW? Just one more, for now: “I don’t want the kids to have to wait ‘til I’m dead to share the bounty (or maybe “they need it now,” or whatever), so I’m going to start giving it to them a bit at a time while I’m still alive to enjoy watching them enjoy it. Is there a shoot-yourself-in-the-foot piece to this? Maybe. Medicare does not now, nor has it ever, paid for “long-term care” — Medicaid does. Medicaid eligibility is based, in part, on your income and assets. So what’s the “worst case?” Well, Dad descends into Alzheimer’s (or something that looks like it) and things get to the point where he requires 24-7, institutional care, and all his money gets spent paying for same. Kids help Dad apply for Medicaid. It’s then discovered that Dad gave away money to the kids, and a complicated mathematical formula is employed to calculate the number of months/years that Dad is ineligible for Medicaid. So guess who pays for the care? Is it “legal” to give money to your kids? Of course, it’s only a “problem” when Medicaid is expected to help pay for care. So, what’s the best way to go in all this? I don’t know. I know what my biases and beliefs are, but that has nothing to do with what you might conclude, and that’s the conclusion of every piece of this “Boomer Primer”: Put it on your list of “things to think about,” then actually THINK ABOUT IT! Hey: If aging were easy, everybody would do it.


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Family Health Clinic Our physicians and nurse practitioners specialize in care of the whole family. • Family Practice, Obstetrics, Gynecology and Osteopathic Care • Geriatric care: including care in nursing home or assisted living setting • Comprehensive management and support for chronic medical conditions • Same-Day Appointments Available

Jamestown Family Dental Clinic Open to the Community Monday - Friday NEW PATIENTS WELCOME

Discounts for Seniors 65+

Experienced, friendly professionals • David Woodcock, DDS Restorative Dentistry, Root Canals and Implants

Accepting New Patients!

• James Emerson, DDS Board Certified Prosthodontist, Specialist in Crown, Bridge, Implant , Restorations and Dentures

• Ryan Crowley, DDS General Dentistry

• Laraine Gau, Hygienist • Rachel Stewart, Hygienist Olympic Medical Center Campus 808 N. 5th Avenue, Sequim PHONE:

360-683-5900 HOURS: Monday - Friday, 7am-6pm

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Crestwood Convalescent Center, Inc. 24-hour nursing care, inpatient rehabilitation therapy, recreational programs and social services. 1116 E. Lauridsen Blvd., Port Angeles 360-452-9206

Forks Community Hospital 24-hour nursing care, inpatient rehabilitation therapy, recreational programs and social services. Long-term care unit. 530 Bogachiel Way, Forks 360-374-6271

Life Care Center of Port Townsend 24-hour nursing care, inpatient rehabilitation therapy, recreational programs and social services. 751 Kearney St., Port Townsend 360-385-3555 www.lcca.com

Sequim Health & Rehabilitation Center 24-hour nursing care, inpatient rehabilitation therapy, recreational programs and social services. 650 Hemlock St., Sequim 360-582-2400 www.extendicare.com

VETERANS LOCAL DAV Transportation Round trip to Seattle VA Hospital leaves 6 a.m. weekdays. Leave your name, contact phone, appointment date. No appointments scheduled after 1 p.m. Reservation is for round trip. Coast Guard Station Seattle 253-583-1343 / 800-827-1000 www.va.gov

U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Medical Clinic 360-417-5895, Sequim

VA Puget Sound Health Care System 800-329-8387

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 1024 - Port Angeles 360-417-0294 www.vfwpost1024.com Post No. 10706 - Brinnon 360-796-9908 Post No. 11481 - Neah Bay 360-645-2522 Post No. 3213 - Quilcene 360-765-3740 Post No. 4760 - Sequim 360-683-9546 Post No. 6787 - Carlsborg 360-457-4683 ck Post No. 7498 - Port Hadlock 360-379-8040 Post No. 9106 - Forks 360-374-5489

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Veterans’ Center Assists veterans and their families with any related paperwork. Van transportation serving Clallam/Jefferson counties to VA Medical Center. Meeting site of variety of veteran groups such as Pan Am Vets, Pearl Harbor Survivors, World Was II Vets, American Legion, VFW and others, in Port Angeles. 216 S. Francis St., Port Angeles 360-417-9444 / 360-457-5251

NATIONAL Washington State Department of Veterans’ Affairs Information and assistance in accessing veterans programs and benefits. 800-562-2308

National Department of Veterans’ Affairs 800-827-1000 www.va.gov

Veterans Benefits Administration Statewide toll-free information regarding programs and assistance available to eligible veterans and their dependents. 800-827-1000

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE HEALTH RELATED American Health Assistance Foundation Sponsors Alzheimer’s Family Relief Program offering emergency grants up to $500 to AD patients in need and their caregivers. 800-437-2423 www.ahaf.org

HOME RELATED Energy Assistance Assists low-income households who are out of fuel or have shut-off notices with emergency provisions and energy related repairs. 360-452-2023, Port Angeles 360-385-2571, Port Townsend 360-374-6193, Forks

Housing Authority Rent subsidies for low-income individuals, seniors, disabled and families. Section 8 vouchers, deposit assistance TBRA-dependent on funds availability. Self-help home construction program. 2603 S. Francis St., Port Angeles 360-452-7631 www.hacc-housing.org 5210 Kuhn St., Port Townsend 360-379-2565 www.jeffersonhousingwordpress.com


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Housing Resource Center

We bring compassion home.

Help for individuals and families who are about to lose their home or who are currently homeless. Services include housing assessment, rental referrals and assistance, coordination of appropriate services, advocacy and case management. 51 N. Forks Ave., Forks 360-374-2558 535 E. First St., Port Angeles 360-504-1946 203 N. Sequim Ave., Suite11, Sequim 360-477-4918

SERVICES Consumer Credit Counseling Nonprofit debt consolidation services includes all unsecured debts. 888-845-5669 www.cccsintl.org

County Tax Assessors Offices

At Assured Hospice, we’ll help you live with dignity when a cure is no longer possible. Our hospice professionals deliver expert medical care, pain management and emotional and spiritual support tailored to your needs, as well as those of your loved ones. Every person has the right to die pain-free and with dignity. To learn more about our hospice services, please call 360.582.3796. PROUD MEMBER

Special property tax exemptions for income-eligible seniors age 61 and over. 223 E. Fourth St., Suite 2, Port Angeles 360-417-2400 www.clallam.net/assessor 1820 Jefferson St., Port Townsend 360-385-9105 www.co.jefferson.wa.us/assessors/index.html

Telephone Assistance Program The state, the federal government and your local telephone company manage a program that helps start-up and maintain phone service for financially-stressed households that are in Medicaid. 888-700-8880

USDA Rural Development Formerly Farm Home Administration. Serving Clallam, Kitsap and Jefferson counties with home ownership and repair loans available specifically for very low and low-income families and individuals. 1601 E. Front St., Suite B, Port Angeles 360-452-8994 www.rurdev.usda.gov/wa

Utility Department Discounts We are proud to be a Medicare-certified agency.

This facility is a Joint Commission accredited agency.

IT’S ALL ABOUT HELPING PEOPLE® Assured Hospice of Clallam & Jefferson Counties 24 Lee Chatfield Way • Sequim, WA 98382 Phone: 360.582.3796 • Fax: 360.582.0592 LHCgroup.com © 2011, LHC Group Inc. All rights reserved.

Discounts on utility fees for income eligible seniors and disabled customers.

Clallam County PUD 2431 E. Highway 101, Port Angeles 360-452-9771 / 800-542-7859 502 S. Still Road, Sequim 360-452-9771 / 800-452-7859 www.clallampud.net

Port Angeles City Light 360-417-4625 www.cityofpa.us

City of Port Townsend 250 Madison St., Port Townsend 360-385-2700 www.cityofpt.us


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Information and customer service for DSHS electronic transfer system for food stamps and cash benefits. 888-328-9271

NATIVE AMERICAN SERVICES SERVICES Jamestown Family Health Clinic Serves all area residents, including non-Native Americans. 808 N. Fifth Ave., Sequim 360-683-5900 www.jamestowntribe.org

Lower Elwha Health Clinic Serves all area residents, including non-Native Americans. All insurances accepted. Medicaid, DSHS medical coupons are welcome. Dental services for Native Americans only. 243511 Highway 101 West, Port Angeles 360-452-6252

Makah Tribe Chemical Dependency Program Drug and alcohol treatment for enrolled lled Makah living on reservation. Providingg assessment, outpatient treatment and transportation to the inpatient treatment facility.

1001 Bay View Ave., Neah Bay 360-645-2461

Makah Tribe Activities and services from hot meals to day trips and many moree forms of outreach activities for seniors. 341 Bayview Ave., Neah Bay 360-645-2796

TRIBES Hoh Tribe A variety of services for tribal members. Some services available to members of any Native American tribe may include outreach, visiting nurses, elders’ program, chemical dependency and more. Check with specific tribe for program availability. 2464 Lower Hoh Road, Forks 360-374-6582

Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe 1033 Old Blyn Highway, Sequim 360-683-1109 www.jamestowntribe.org

Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe 2851 Lower Elwha Road, Port Angeles 360-452-8471 www.elwha.org

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Makah Tribe Highway 112, Neah Bay 360-645-2201 www.makah.com

LEGAL SERVICES American Bar Association Makes referrals and maintains a listing of legal aid offices where older people can get free or low-cost legal assistance. 202-662-8690, Washington D.C. www.abanet.org

Clallam County Pro Bono Lawyers Program Provides free civil law services to low-income Clallam County residents. 816 E. Eight St., Port Angeles 360-417-0818

Northwest Justice Project CLEAR Legal Assistance Over  years Old 888-387-7111 Under  years Old 888-201-1014 888-2 www www.washingtonlawhelp.org

Public Defenders’ Office Pu L Legal Services for low-income clients, appointed by the courts. Clallam County 516 E. Front St., Port Angeles 360-452-3307 Jefferson County 333 Benedict St., Port Townsend 360-385-5613

P Physicians Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST) Su The D Department of Health Office of Emergency Medical Services and Trauma T System, in conjunction with the Washington State Medical Association, has implemented a form that will allow individuals to summarize their wishes regarding end-of-life treatment. The Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment, or POLST form, is a “portable” physician order form that describes the patient’s code directions. It is intended to go with the patient from one health care setting to another. POLST represents a way of summarizing the wishes of an individual regarding life-sustaining treatment identified in an advanced directive such as a health care directive or durable power of attorney for health care and includes the following: patient wishes for resuscitation, medical interventions, antibiotics, artificial feedings. Previously completed and signed EMS-No CPR forms will continue to be honored by pre-hospital EMS personnel. More information on the POLST program and educational materials, including how to order the form, can be found at the WSMA website at www.wsma.org/patient_resources/polst. cfm.


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DISABILITY SERVICES

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SERVICES Disabled Persons Parking Identified Placard

HEARING IMPAIRED/DEAF

41 Bogachiel Way, Forks 360 360-374-9220 2223 E. Fourth St., Suite 1, Port Angeles 360-417-2218 1820 Jefferson St., Port Townsend 360-385-9115 1001 E. Washington St., Suite 5, Sequim 360-683-8375 www.wa.gov/dol

International Hearing ng Society Hearing aid helpline. 800-521-5247

Lighthouse International ional Vision impairment assistance. 800-334-5497 www.lighthouse.org

Maxi Aids

National Institute on Deafness

C Catalog of assistive devices for those with limited vision, h hearing or ambulation abilities. 8800-522-6294 w www.maxiaids.com/Scripts

Answers to questions regarding arding cation deafness and other communication disorders. 800-241-1044

Northwest Disability & N Business Technical Center B

Office of the Deaf & Hard of Hearing

Provides information and materials on the Americans with Pro Disa Disabilities Act to anyone who has rights or responsibilities under the act. 800-94 800-949-4232 / 425-248-2480

Phone line is voice and TTY. Y. 360-902-8000, Olympia Relay Services Puts callers in touch with specialty cialty relay operators d of hearing. who assist the deaf and hard -6388 Dial 711 or TTY: 800-833-6388 or voice: 800-833-6384

Port T Townsend Community Options Program In-home ccare and supportive living for developmentally disabled persons. 280 Quin Quincy St., Suite B, Port Townsend 360 379 360-379-8585

With over 30 years of experience in the field, Master’s Orthotics and Prosthetics provides specialized care and consultation for clients in need of artificial limbs and orthopedic bracing. • Cutting Edge Prosthetic Technology

• Athletic Bracing

• Upper & Lower Limb Bracing

• Diabetic Shoes & Inserts

• Cervical & Spinal Bracing & Halos

• Bioness Advanced Neuroprosthetics

Samuel S amuel F Feehan, eehan Certified Prosthetist and Orthotist

• Orthopedic Shoes & Inserts

530 W. Fir Ave, Suite A 9975 Mickelberry Rd. Sequim, WA 98382 NW Silverdale, WA 98383-8531 360-683-8195 360-307-7005 Fax: 360-698-1984


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VISUALLY IMPAIRED/BLIND American Foundation for the Blind Supports talking books program and provides information and mentoring on technology assistance for people who are blind. 800-232-5463 www.afb.org

Delta Society – National Service Dog Center 425-679-5500, Bellevue www.deltasociety.org

Guide Dogs for the Blind Provides guide dogs to qualified persons in the U.S. and Canada. Applicants must be at least 16 years old. If legally blind and physically and emotionally able, they will undergo four-week in residence free training. 415-492-4190 / 800-295-4050, San Rafael, Calif. www.guidedogs.com

Seeing Eye, Inc. Trains seeing eye dogs to guide, teaches blind or visually impaired people in the use and care of the dogs and educates the public in the role of the dogs. 973-539-4425, Morristown, N.J. www.seeingeye.org

Vision Community Services Self-help organization for people coping with vision loss. Information center, support groups, buddy telephone system, visually impaired elders program, AIDS project, cassettes and large print publications. 617-738-5110, Brookline, Mass. www.mabcommunity.org

Washington State Council for the Blind Membership organization that helps those with visual impairments. Programs range from crisis intervention to scholarships. 800-255-1147

Washington State Department of Services for the Blind Help for people with low vision or blindness. Vocational rehabilitation services. Help with independent living for under 55 years. Child and family assistance. 3411 S. Alaska St., Seattle 206-906-5500 / 800-552-7103 www.dsb.wa.gov

SERVICES Clallam County Hostelries Assisted living facility for adults with developmental disabilities. State referrals only. 1132 Hazel St., Port Angeles 360-452-9663

Gathering Place Privately funded nonprofit organization that provides activities and skill-building for developmentally disabled persons over 18. 430 Hudson St., Port Townsend 360-385-4172 www.gppt.org

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Peninsula Rehabilitation Services Independent living programs for adults 55 and older. Vocational relocation, family programs, in-home consultation for persons with severe vision loss. Offers eye exams. Serving Clallam and Jefferson counties. 2510 Snow Creek Road, Quilcene 360-765-4239 / 800-552-7103 www.dsb.w.gov

Washington State Coalition for the Disabled Advocacy for disabled citizens. 206-545-7055

MULTIPLE SERVICE AGENCIES DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL & HEALTH SERVICES Adult Protective Services Investigates abuse, neglect or exploitation of elderly or vulnerable adults. 877-734-6277 www.aasa.dshs.wa.gov/APS/reportabuse.htm

Children’s Administration To report child abuse and neglect. 800-562-5264 www.dshs.wa.gov/ca/general/index.asp


38 • NEIGHBORS SENIOR RESOURCE GUIDE 2012 Community Service Office Financial and medical assistance, food stamps, drug and alcohol treatment assistance, SSI referrals. Workfirst program. 421 Fifth Ave., Forks 360-374-3510 / 877-280-6220 1001 Bayview Ave., Neah Bay 360-645-2569 201 W. First St., Port Angeles 360-565-2180 / 877-280-6222 915 Sheridan Ave., Suite 201, Port Townsend 360-379-4300 / 888-801-6227 www.dshs.wa.gov/ca/general/index.asp

Department of Children & Family Services (DCFS) Family resolution services; investigation of reported child abuse, neglect or exploitation. After hours reporting 800-562-5624. 201 W. Fir St., Port Angeles 360-565-2240 / 888-437-6167 www.dshs.wa.gov/ca/general/index.asp

Division of Developmental Disabilities Case management for developmentally disabled children and adults. Provides vocational training, community access programs; trains care providers. 201 W. First St., Port Angeles 360-565-2700 / 877-601-2760 921 Sheridan Ave., Port Townsend 360-379-4324 www.dshs.wa.gov/ddd

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Assists individuals with disabilities in finding employment. 228 W. First St., Suite W, Port Angeles 360-457-2146 / 800-830-3169 915 Sheridan Ave., Suite 201, Port Townsend 360-344-3009 / 800-830-3169 www.dshs.wa.gov/dvr

Home & Community Service – Financial Unit Case management of individuals 18 years of age and older who are receiving nursing home level services in a residential facility, skilled nursing facility, assisted living or adult family home. g ms such as MPC Determines eligibility for in-home care programs and COPES. 235 W. First St., Port Angeles 360-565-2160 / 800-280-9891 nd 915 Sheridan St., Suite 201, Port Townsend 360-379-4326 / 800-280-9991 www.dshs.wa.gov

Healthy Families of ce Clallam County Domestic Violence Provides support and counseling for victims off domestic violence and sexual assault and their families; some legal advocacy. 24-hour crisis line 360-452-HELP (360-452-4357). 1210 E. Front St., Suite C, Port Angeles 360-452-3811 / 800-565-6025

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Healthy Families of Clallam County Housing Limited, emergency safe housing for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Available 24-hours. 1210 E. Front St., Suite C, Port Angeles 360-452-4357 www.healthyfam.org

Olympic Community Action Programs Helps with a variety of in-home care tasks including personal care, medications reminders, shopping, meal prep and transportation. Medicaid accepted. Nurse delegation tasks, developmentally disabled contracts now available. 228 W. First St., Suite J, Port Angeles 360-452-4726 / 800-360-0666 803 W. Park Ave., Port Townsend 360-385-2571 / 800-360-0666 91 Maple Ave., Forks 360-374-6193 www.olycap.org

OLYMPIC MEDICAL CENTER DEPARTMENTS Olympic Medical Center (OMC) – Olympic Memorial Hospital Olympic Medical Center (Clallam County Public Hospital District No. 2) is a comprehensive, award-winning health care provider for more than 70,000 residents of Clallam County. 939 Caroline St., Port Angeles 360-417-7000 www.olympicmedical.org

OMC Cardiac Services From our board-certified cardiologists to our excellent cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation and risk reduction programs, our Cardiac Services department offers comprehensive care for your heart. 939 Caroline St., Port Angeles 360-417-7486 www.olympicmedical.org

OMC Card Cardiac Services From our boar board-certified cardiologists to our excellent cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation and risk r reduction programs, our Cardiac Services department offers comprehensive care fo your heart. for Med Medical Services Buildi Olympic Building, P Medical Park, 840 N. 5th Ave., S Suite 2400, Sequim 360 360-417-7486 www.olympicmedical.org


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YIELD TO THE URGE TO HAVE FUN

TOO MANY PROGRAMS TO LIST!

Port Angeles Senior Center 360-457-7004 • 328 E. 7th, Port Angeles, WA • (SW corner of 7th & Peabody)

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Olympic Medical Imaging Center

OMC Surgical Services Olympic Medical Center has built an outstanding team of surgical professionals and developed state-of-the-art technical facilities to bring the best in surgical services to our community. 939 Caroline St., Port Angeles 360-417-7450 www.olympicmedical.org

Olympic Medical Imaging Center Our imaging technologies, including x-ray, digital mammography, CT, MRI, ultrasound and Nuclear Medicine are on par with any found in the big cities, and your test results can be evaluated 24-hours a day, seven days a week by expert radiologists. 939 Caroline St., Port Angeles 360-565-9003 www.olympicmedical.org

Our imaging technologies, including x-ray, digital mammography, CT, MRI, ultrasound and Nuclear Medicine are on par with any found in the big cities, and your test results can be evaluated 24-hours a day, seven days a week by expert radiologists. 1102 E. Front St., Port Angeles 360-565-9003 www.olympicmedical.org

Olympic Medical Imaging Center Our imaging technologies, including x-ray, digital mammography, CT, MRI, ultrasound and Nuclear Medicine are on par with any found in the big cities, and your test results can be evaluated 24-hours a day, seven days a week by expert radiologists. Medical Services Building, Olympic Medical Park, 840 N. 5th Ave., Suite 1100, Sequim 360-565-9003 www.olympicmedical.org

Olympic Medical Cancer Center Olympic Medical Cancer Center is the only cancer center in the region to offer radiation oncology and medical oncology under one roof, and our affiliation with the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance provides local patients access to leading edge therapies. We offer the Varian TrueBeam™, the latest in cancer treatment technology and the only system of its kind in the Pacific Northwest. 844 N. 5th Ave., Sequim 360-683-9895 www.olympicmedical.org

Helping People Live Better ... C two Crestwood Crestw ood Convale Convalescent escent Center is a leading provider of sho short-term h rt-term rrehabilitation ehab billitation sol lutions and long-term skilled nursing care e have th he solutions care. W We the area’s highest Medicare rating and use the Recovery Track Program to tailor nursing and therapy services to each individual’s needs. At Crestwood Convalescent Center, we strive to provide innovative and progressive healthcare programs and services. Our team of dedicated healthcare professionals offers care centered around each and every individual. You are what matters most.

1116 East Lauridsen Blvd, Port Angeles For a private tour of our center, call

360.452.9206 www.crestwoodskillednursing.com


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Olympic Medical Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Olympic Medical Laboratory Our dedicated staff of licensed professionals will design a customized program to help you regain strength, movement and flexibility, using our state-of-the-art equipment and facilities. 321 N. Chambers St., Port Angeles 360-417-7728 www.olympicmedical.org

Olympic Medical Laboratory provides a wide range of pathology, general lab and blood bank services for Clallam County. Medical Services Building, Olympic Medical Park, 840 N. 5th Ave., Suite 1200, Sequim 360-582-5550 www.olympicmedical.org

Olympic Medical Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation OMC Nutrition Services & Diabetes Education Our dedicated staff of licensed professionals will design a customized program to help you regain strength, movement and flexibility, using our state-of-the-art equipment and facilities. 800 N. 5th Ave., Suite 102, Sequim 360-582-2601 www.olympicmedical.org

Olympic Medical Laboratory Olympic Medical Laboratory provides a wide range of pathology, general lab and blood bank services for Clallam County. 939 Caroline St., Port Angeles 360-417-7729 www.olympicmedical.org

Olympic Medical Laboratory Olympic Medical Laboratory provides a wide range of pathology, general lab and blood bank services for Clallam County. 433 E. 8th St., Port Angeles 360-452-3373 www.olympicmedical.org

Our clinic staff includes registered dietitians and certified diabetes educators, each of whom are nutrition advocates who work closely with medical staff to provide the best possible nutrition and diabetes education to patients. 939 Caroline St., Port Angeles 360-417-7125 www.olympicmedical.org

OMC Sleep Center Eliminating and reducing sleep problems is important to your health, and at Olympic Medical Center we offer a comprehensive Sleep Medicine program to help you do so. 939 Caroline St., Port Angeles 360-417-8652 www.olympicmedical.org

Olympic Medical Home Health Olympic Medical Home Health is the only Medicare-certified home health provider in the region, dedicated to providing quality home health care throughout Clallam and West Jefferson counties. 927 Georgiana St., Port Angeles 360-417-7315 www.olympicmedical.org

OMC Birth Center (Obstetrics) Our skilled labor and delivery nurses work closely with your delivering physician or midwife to provide individualized, hightech care in deluxe, family friendly birthing suites. 939 Caroline St., Port Angeles 360-417-7400 www.olympicmedical.org


42 • NEIGHBORS SENIOR RESOURCE GUIDE 2012 OMC Birth Center (New Family Services) From childbirth to parenting classes and focus groups, in-home and clinic consultations, we offer families the opportunity to create and maintain the healthiest environment possible for their new babies. 939 Caroline St., Port Angeles 360-417-7652 www.olympicmedical.org

OMP Orthopaedic Clinic – Port Angeles Specialties - Orthopaedic Surgery; Olympic Medical Physicians (OMP), a division of Olympic Medical Center, operates various clinics throughout Port Angeles and Sequim. 1004 Caroline St., Port Angeles 360-457-1500 www.olympicmedical.org

OMP Orthopaedic Clinic – Sequim Specialties - Orthopaedic Surgery; Olympic Medical Physicians (OMP), a division of Olympic Medical Center, operates various clinics throughout Port Angeles and Sequim. 777 N. 5th Ave., Suite 300, Sequim 360-457-1500 www.olympicmedical.org

OMP Primary Care Clinic – th & Vine Specialties - Family Medicine, Pediatrics, Gastroenterology; Olympic Medical Physicians (OMP), a division of Olympic Medical Center, operates various clinics throughout Port Angeles and Sequim. 433 E. 8th St., Port Angeles 360-452-3373 www.olympicmedical.org

OMP Primary Care Clinic – th & Cherry Specialties - Family Medicine, Pediatrics; Olympic Medical Physicians (OMP), a division of Olympic Medical Center, operates various clinics throughout Port Angeles and Sequim. 303 W. 8th St., Port Angeles 360-452-3373 www.olympicmedical.org

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OMP Specialty Clinic – Port Angeles Specialties - Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine; Olympic Medical Physicians (OMP), a division of Olympic Medical Center, operates various clinics throughout Port Angeles and Sequim. 923 Georgiana St., Port Angeles 360-565-9250 www.olympicmedical.org

OMP Specialty Clinic – Sequim Specialties - Cardiology, Critical Care, Gastroenterology, Pulmonary Medicine, Sleep Medicine, Urology; Olympic Medical Physicians (OMP), a division of Olympic Medical Center, operates various clinics throughout Port Angeles and Sequim. Medical Services Building, Olympic Medical Park, 840 N. 5th Ave., Suite 1500, Sequim 360-582-2840 www.olympicmedical.org

OMP Surgery Clinic Specialties – General Surgery; Olympic Medical Physicians (OMP), a division of Olympic Medical Center, operates various clinics throughout Port Angeles and Sequim. 1021 Caroline St., Port Angeles 360-452-6808 www.olympicmedical.org

OMP Urology Clinic Specialties – Urology; Olympic Medical Physicians (OMP), a division of Olympic Medical Center, operates various clinics throughout Port Angeles and Sequim. 1035 Caroline St., Port Angeles 360-565-9120 www.olympicmedical.org

OMP Women’s Clinic Specialties – Obstetrics and Gynecology; Olympic Medical Physicians (OMP), a division of Olympic Medical Center, operates various clinics throughout Port Angeles and Sequim. 930 Caroline St., Port Angeles 360-417-7365 www.olympicmedical.org


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BOOMER PRIMER

Mark Harvey I changed my mind, but this is Earth, so I can do that. When I started this whole “Boomer Primer” thing, about the whole “aging thing,” I had a kinda-sorta “plan,” and the last chapter of the Boomer Primer was going to be about, “What to Do When a Death Occurs?” Makes sense, right? “Last chapter,” and all that? But I changed my mind, because there will be plenty of opportunities to brighten up your day with that happy prospect, and I don’t want to conclude this whole thing on aging with death. I want to conclude it with life. We hear so much about the downsides of aging and all its complications and pratfalls and pitfalls and complexities and losses and the help that can be brought to bear. And look who’s talking! I go on about “help” incessantly! But that’s not all there is to it; in fact, the help isn’t the biggest part and it CERTAINLY isn’t the best part!

THE VERY GOOD NEWS The “best part,” at least according to the hundreds of people who have taken the time to teach me, is growing up. And, with any luck at all, becoming a bit more child-like in the process. Leaving behind petty worries, petty jealousies and ego problems. Cashing-in territoriality for inclusion. Understanding that competition can be fun, as long as it doesn’t matter who wins or loses. The people who have taught me have taught me that it doesn’t matter what you are — it matters who you are, and people can feel that: The age or the color or the accent or the clothing or the little ways n’t matter — we find to decorate ourselves don’t eness and what matters is sincerity and gentleness honesty and caring.

Civility matters. Courtesy matters. Understanding that I can like you (or, at least, accept you) without agreeing with you, matters. Humor matters, and the funniest things walking around are ourselves. Know when to hold ‘em and know when to fold ‘em. Know when to speak up and know when to shut up. And know that people who talk about being “wise” usually aren’t. Accepting that you didn’t get it all “right” — that there were things you did that you are ashamed of — but also learning to live without shame, or shaming. Learning patience. I know that seems odd, especially if you think of “aging” as having less and less time all the time (I need to HURRY! You need to HURRY! I don’t have time!) Patience isn’t sloth and patience isn’t “old.” Patience is the acceptance of our place in the Universe, and an abiding faith in it. And learning faith, whatever that means to you. Faith is an acknowledgement of patterns and cycles and change and inevitability. Trust. Experience. The ability to see what has always been in front of you. Faith. The ability to be amazed! Wonder-struck! Fascinated by the mundane! To ask “why,” and taking the time to listen to the answer — when there is one. The gift of being excited about a gift! Curious, anticipating the concealed surprise! Joy! Laughter! And the ability to take a nap when you’re sleepy. And eat when you’re hungry. To find special people when you’re lonely, and to be alone when you’re not. Learning to learn and learn and learn,, but beingg selective about it because we quit caring about the “in” croowd crowd

a long time ago. And that power is a tool, not an end.

CELEBRATE, HONOR AND UNDERSTAND Many of the Elders that I know and have known spend a considerable amount of time looking back. They do that as a way of celebrating, of honoring and of understanding where “here” is; when “now” is. As a way of seeing that the road to “here” is still the road to “there,” because there is no “there,” and therefore embracing the road. The path. We’re only here, I’ve heard it said, to leave the way we came. You either bend or you break. Freedom isn’t just another word — it’s unloading monkey after monkey from that tired old back and being glad for the lighter load. Baggage is for airports. The ability to laugh and celebrate and lighten-up and not take everything SO seriously! And the ability to still be offended by offensive things, like cruelty and selfishness and greed and dishonesty. The ability to teach what’s important and what isn’t, while still remembering how you looked at that age. And maybe it’s the time when you can cease to be embarrassed by those scars and start being proud of them. So, I think the question at the end of an “aging thing” isn’t what do you do when a death occurs, it’s “What do you want to be en you grow up?” when

“Patience isn’t sloth and patience isn’t ‘old.’ Patience is the acceptance of our place in the Universe, and an abiding faith in it.”


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Three plus one equals much, much more PENINSULA HOSPITALS WILL TAP THE POWER OF SWEDISH Mark St.J. Couhig Publisher of Neighbors  It may sound as if America’s health care system is in chaos, but the news isn’t all bad. That’s especially true here on the peninsula. In 2012 the three local hospitals broke new ground in providing improved rural medical care by creating an innovative new affiliation arrangement with Swedish Medical Center, the Seattle health care giant. Under the agreement, Swedish will serve as a “tertiary affiliate” to Olympic Medical Center (OMC), Jefferson Healthcare and Forks Community Hospital. That means local patients will be able to turn to Swedish for the advanced procedures that are simply beyond the scope of our smaller community hospitals, including neurosurgery, open-heart surgery and care for severe burns. p most important, p Perhaps the affiliation will bring additional clinical services to Clallam and Jefferson Jefferso counties. OMC now utilizes Swedish’s ““telestroke” system under an existing con contract with Swedish, but un under the new agreement Swedi Swedish will bring two neurologists to Sequim. Expanded cardiology services, sleep medicine, endocrinology aand other telemedicine servic services may also be in the cards. OMC CEO Eric Lewis also touted the adv advantages of sharing in EPIC EPIC, which he

described as “the best” electronic medical record-keeping product available. Lewis said 75 percent of Seattle-area hospitals will soon have EPIC in place. Because OMC, Jefferson and Forks are relatively small, they were previously ineligible to purchase the system. The three may also seek to take advantage of the new affiliation by tapping into the power of VHA, the buying group now utilized by Swedish. “It’s the biggest in the country,” Lewis said. As the nation moves toward an accountable care model — leaving behind the old fee-for-service model — Swedish will be invaluable, Lewis said.

REMAINING INDEPENDENT Under their separate agreements with Swedish, each of the three peninsula hospitals will remain independent and under local control. Rather than requiring local patients to utilize the services of Swedish, peninsula doctors may choose to recommend Swedish. The choice of health care will always remain the patient’s own. There will be advantages to using Swedish, including a smooth transition for patients transferring from one hospital to another. Forks Community Hospital Administrator Camille Scott described it as a “seamless” referral system. “Its focus is to unite the health care on the peninsula with a tertiary so we have a better system and hopefully can keep care at home because we have the support of their specialists to help us at times,” Scott said. With all three peninsula hospitals affiliated with Swedish, Scott said she anticipates Forks Community Hospital will work more closely with OMC and Jefferson Healthcare. “We’ve already started to look at some of the commonalities,” she said. Jefferson Healthcare Chief Executive Officer Mike Glenn echoed Scott’s comments, saying, “I think it’s great that through the affiliation evaluation process we worked closely with both Forks and Olympic and look forward to continuing to collaborate with both organizations going forward.” OMC board member John Nutter said the agreement with Swedish was vital: “Status quo isn’t going to work,” he said. “We have to find efficiencies to keep (OMC) open — and this is a step.” His fellow board member, Jean Hordyk, said, “It’s exciting — and it’s scary. But this is where health care is going.” The Peninsula Daily News contributed to this article.


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