Caregiver briefs

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Oregon Senior Center presenting a virtual All-Nighter Lock-In
        Oregon Senior Center will present an “All-Nighter Lock-In,” from 5 p.m., Friday, July 17 through 8 a.m. Saturday, July 18.
        The community is invited to join in the social-distancing fundraiser, during which the OSC staff will be locked in for an all-nighter.
        Watch the event live at by following these steps:
        • Search Oregon Senior Center
        • Click on “subscribe”
        • Come back on July 17 at 5 p.m. and watch live.
        The event will feature special guests, entertainment, craft demonstrations, member giveaways and more. Join in the fun by having your child or grandchild teach you a Tik Tok dance and send in a video, submitting a funny family video, or send in questions for Senior Center staff members. Email submissions by Thursday, July 13.
        Learn more at
        The center is looking for sponsors, gift/raffle items, food donation, and/or special guests/entertainment. Call 419-698-7078 for more details.
Mask-makers sought
        Looking for a project to keep you busy? How about a project that allows you to give back to your community?
        The Wood County Committee on Aging (WCCOA) is seeking individuals to make cloth face masks. The project, sponsored by Aetna and CVS, aims to distribute 500 face masks to local HUD housing complexes, shelters and behavioral health and recovery centers in Wood County.
        Those volunteering to make masks will be given a kit containing instructions, pre-cut fabric and elastic and thread. Kits should be reserved ahead of time.
        To volunteer, call the WCCOA Programs Department at 419-353-5661 or 800-367-4935 or email
        Virtual programming
        WCCOA is offering a variety of virtual programming through Facebook and Zoom.
        Among other programs, WCCOA will be holding a “Medications and Diabetes” Zoom on Thursday, June 25 at 10:30 a.m. Virtual programming topics, dates and times are updated weekly on the WCCOA website at and on the WCCOA Facebook page.
Hospice NWO offering online resources during COVID-19 pandemic
        Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Hospice of Northwest Ohio is offering the following virtual and online resources free and open to anyone in the community.
        Caregiver Video Support Series: An educational, easy-to-access series for caregivers who aren’t able to follow a
schedule or leave home. Each video is less than 10 minutes. The series is appropriate for professional and family caregivers. Topics include Stress Management, Advance Care Planning, Busting the Myths of Hospice and Opioids for Shortness of Breath. Request additional topics by emailing
        Access videos at:
        Advance care planning: A Certified Facilitator (Certification from Respecting Choices©) will offer assistance with completing Advance Directives by guiding participants through a series of questions that consider cultural, spiritual, and religious beliefs. (Completed over the phone or by video chat, by appointment only.) Call 419-931-5423 or email to make an appointment.
        Bereavement services: Virtual bereavement group and private counseling sessions are available to anyone in the community who is grieving the loss of a loved one. Contact the Hospice bereavement team at 419-661-4001 to schedule a time for a virtual assessment, which will help determine which group would be most beneficial to you. This will be a time for you to share stories and hear about the bereavement services available.
        To learn more about Hospice of Northwest Ohio, visit
Alzheimer’s Assn. to hold virtual programs
        The Alzheimer’s Association Northwest Ohio Chapter is offering several virtual educational programs to help the community and families impacted by the disease.
        The presentations cover a variety of topics and occur at different times during the day via videoconferencing to allow individuals to participate in the convenience of their homes. Topics include safety issues in the home, communication, COVID-19 challenges, long-distance caregiving and information on the disease itself. The programs run about an hour and are designed to be helpful for anyone experiencing signs of memory loss or their family members who may be concerned.
        All programs are free and open to the public. Registration is required. To register for the program, call 800-272-3900.
        The schedule includes:
        • June 22: Activities at Home, 2:30 p.m.
        • June 22: 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s, 6:30 p.m.
        • June 23: Dementia Conversations, 1 p.m.
        • June 23: Safety at Home, 5:30 p.m.
        • June 24: Living with Alzheimer’s for Caregivers-Middle Stage, 3:30 p.m.
        • June 25: Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior, 10 a.m.
        • June 25: Caregiving from Afar, 5 p.m.
        • June 26: Healthy Living for your Brain and Body, 6:30 p.m.
        • June 29: Simple Communication Tips for Caregivers, 1 p.m.
        • June 29: 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s, 3 p.m.
        • June 30: Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia, 2 p.m.
        • June 30: Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia, 3:30 p.m.
        • July 2: Healthy Living for your Brain and Body, 3:30 p.m.
        In Ohio, more than 600,000 Alzheimer’s caregivers provide care for more than 220,000 loved ones impacted by Alzheimer’s disease. Visit or call 800-272-3900 for more information on Alzheimer’s Association programs and services.


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