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IRCO Events: February 2013

The nonprofit IRCO (Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization) Senior Services offers the following support groups and other events during February at the East Portland Community Center, 740 S.E. 106th Ave.

For more information or appointments, call Leslie or Rachel at IRCO Senior Services, 503-988-6073.

  • IRCO blood pressure screening — First and third Mondays, Feb. 4 and 18, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free blood pressure checks. No appointment necessary.

  • IRCO Diabetes Support Group — First and third Mondays, Feb. 4 and 18, 1-2:30 p.m. Free, for seniors 60 and older, led by a registered nurse.

  • IRCO Senior Writing Group — Tuesdays, Feb. 12, 19 and 26, 10-11:30 a.m. Write your life story, journal writing, fiction or nonfiction. Led by a published writer.

  • IRCO Foot Care Clinic — Second and fourth Thursdays, Feb. 14 and 28. Clinic includes foot soak, toe nail trim and file, foot massage, sanding/smoothing of callous skin and corns, and reduction of thick fungal nails. Cost: $35. Call 503-988-6073 for appointments and more information.

  • IRCO Low Vision Group —Third Thursday of the month, Feb. 21, 10-11:30 a.m. Talk with other seniors also experiencing low vision. Free.

  • IRCO SHIBA Program — Every Wednesday, 9 a.m. to noon. 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, file an appeal or insurance complaint. Call 503-988-6073 to make an appointment.

  • IRCO Senior Law Project — Friday afternoons. The Senior Law Project offers seniors the opportunity to get free legal advice from volunteer attorneys in 30-minute sessions.

    To qualify, 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. Call 503-988-6073 to make an appointment.