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IRCO Events: May 2014

The nonprofit IRCO (Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization) Senior Services offers the following support groups and other events at the East Portland Community Center, 740 S.E. 106th Ave. For more information or appointments, call Hazel or Rachel at IRCO Senior Services, 503-988-6073.

IRCO Diabetes Support Group — Mondays, May 5 and 19, 1-2:30 p.m. Join others age 60 and older with Type 2 diabetes for informal meetings. Led by a registered nurse. Free.

IRCO Foot Care Clinic — Mondays and Thursdays; call for appointment. Nurse-run clinic includes foot soak, toe nail trim and file, foot massage, callus and corn sanding/smoothing, and reduction of thick fungal nails. Cost is $35; must bring own tub and towels.

IRCO SHIBA Program — Tuesdays, May 13 and 27, 1-4 p.m., and every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon. Call for an appointment. The Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance (SHIBA) Program uses trained volunteers to help people with Medicare make health insurance decisions. SHIBA volunteers can help you: select a Medicare prescription drug plan, find out if you’re receiving all possible benefits, compare supplemental health insurance policies, evaluate your need for long-term care insurance, and file an appeal or insurance complaint.

IRCO Hearing Health Day — Monday, May 5. Seniors are invited to meet with a hearing-health professional to discuss the causes and impacts of hearing loss, and treatment options; free hearing tests, hearing-aid care and service; or discuss anything related to hearing. Call to make required appointment to meet for one hour between 9:15 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. on this day.

IRCO Low Vision Group — Thursday, May 15, 10-11:30 a.m. Talk with other seniors about eye disease and coping with your diagnosis. Discuss any new treatments that are available and any problems you may have. Free. Call for more information.

IRCO Senior Law Project — Thursday afternoons; call for an appointment. Program offers seniors the opportunity to get free legal advice from volunteer attorneys in 30-minute sessions. You must be age 60 or older or married to someone who is 60 or older; be a resident of Multnomah County or have a legal issue in Multnomah County; and be a U.S. citizen or legal resident. Certain exceptions for domestic violence victims apply.