Prime Times Briefs: Elmore and Genoa senior centers combining effective Feb. 2

Press Staff Writer

        The Elmore Senior Center, formally known as Elmore Golden Oldies, will be leaving Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church effective Thursday, Feb. 2, and will join the Genoa Senior Center at their location on Main Street in Genoa.
        “The Elmore Senior Center found their home at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in 2005. Ottawa County Senior Resources was in its early years and appreciates the home they made for the Elmore Senior Center,” said Dianne Martin Mortensen, Senior Resources director. “However, with the continued changes we have experienced over the last three years – staffing being a large factor in our decision, along with reduced attendance at all senior centers – Senior Resources believes it is fiscally responsible to combine centers. especially due to their close proximity to one another.
        “We are excited to be able to join the two senior center together as one,” she said. “We are happy to give the Elmore Seniors the home base they have always wanted, making way for the Genoa Senior Center to be open five days a week to better serve our west end seniors.
        “We welcome all seniors in our area to join us as we work to make the new Senior Center more efficient in providing more opportunities for senior services in the west end of Ottawa County,” Mortensen said.
Life Line Screenings
        Area residents can learn about their risk for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes and other chronic serious conditions at two upcoming Life Line Screening events.
        Screenings will be offered Thursday, Feb. 16 at St. Johns Evangelical Lutheran Church, 122 W. Ottawa St., Oak Harbor.
        An additional screening event will be offered Thursday, March 2 at The Red Willow Event Center, 5805 Woodville Rd., Northwood.
        Screenings can check for:
        • The level of plaque buildup in arteries, related to risk for cardiovascular disease, stroke and overall vascular health.
        • HDL and LDL cholesterol levels.
        • Diabetes risk.
        • Kidney and thyroid function, and more.
        Special package pricing starts at $159. Call 1-877-237-1287 or visit Preregistration is required. Free parking is also available.
Diabetes management
program enrolling

        The Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc. (WCCOA) will hold a Diabetes Self-Management (CDSM) Workshop Tuesdays, Feb. 21-March 28 from 1-3:30 p.m. at the Wood County Senior Center, 140 S. Grove St., Bowling Green.
        The six-week, evidence-based course costs $20 and includes a course manual and relaxation CD. Facilitators include WCCOA staff Danielle Brogley, Kinsey Kale and Denise Niese.
        Workshop participants will learn how find practical ways to deal with symptoms and challenges, set weekly goals, make a step-by-step plan to improve their health, make better eating and exercise choices, understand new treatment options, and discover better ways to talk to their doctor and family.
        CDSM is developed by Stanford University and is licensed by the Self-Management Resource Center.
        To register, contact the WCCOA Programs Department by calling 419-353-5661 or 800-367-4935 or email
Informational meeting
set for aquatic classe
        Great Lakes Community Action Partnership (GLCAP) will host an informational meeting Jan. 24 at 1 p.m. about Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Classes set to begin in February.
        The meeting will be held at 1 p.m. at the Fremont Senior Campus, 1101 Castalia St., Fremont. The pool is located at the Sandusky County Board of DD Administrative wing.
        The Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program (AFAP) uses a variety of water-based exercises to increase physical activity among adults with arthritis. The program is meant to increase range of motion, muscle strength, moderate intensity endurance, and day-to-day function. It is also meant to reduce fatigue, pain, and stiffness.
        Sign up to attend the meeting by calling Lilly at 419-334-8383, option 1.
Valentine’s Day
Tea Party & Dance

        Ottawa County Senior Resources will present a Senior Citizens’ Valentine’s Day Tea Party & Dance Tuesday, Feb. 14 in Damschroder Hall at the Ottawa County Fairgrounds, 7870 SR 163, Oak Harbor.
        The event will feature entertainment by Keyboard Cleats, tea sandwiches and snacks, tea, a mock mimosa bar, a 50/50 raffles and more. Magruder Hospital will also be offering blood pressure screenings.
        There is a $5 suggested donation at the door. To RSVP, call Senior Resources at 419-898-6459 or contact any Ottawa County Senior Center.
East Toledo Senior
Center planning trips

        The East Toledo Senior Center, with the help of Diamond Tours, is planning a pair of trips in 2023.
        A trip to Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Plymouth, Massachusetts, will depart Sunday, June 11 and return Saturday, June 17.
        The cost is $849 per person, based on double occupancy, and includes transportation via luxury motorcoach, six nights of lodging, 10 meals, a visit to Martha’s Vineyard and exploration of the historic seaside towns of Hyannis and Sandwich. Other highlights include a tour of the “Outer Cape,” including Provincetown and Chatham, visits to the JFK Museum and Sandwich Glass Museum, a visit to Plymouth Rock and more.
        The trip is open to adults of all ages. A $75 deposit is required by Feb. 3.
        Mackinac Island
        A trip to Mackinac Island will depart Monday, Oct. 9 and return Friday, Oct. 13. The cost is $639 per person, based on double occupancy, and includes transportation via luxury motorcoach, four nights of lodging, four breakfasts and four dinners, guided tours of Mackinaw City, a carriage ride, Soo Locks boat ride, Kewadin Sault Casino and more.
        A deposit of $75 is due by June 2, with the balance due by Aug. 2.
        For more information, call 419-691-2254.
Bread available
        Bread is available for seniors 60 and older at the JWH Oregon Senior Center, 4350 Navarre Ave., Oregon, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. while supplies last. Bread is delivered to the center Mondays and Wednesdays. There is a limit of two items.
Library offering new
digital skills resource

        The Wood County District Public Library now has a new resource, Northstar Digital Literacy, for anyone looking to improve their skills with computers, software or technology.
        Northstar Digital Literacy is a self-directed assessment and learning tool that covers a variety of technology scenarios. It comes complete with short lessons and practice exercises to improve skills on a number of common computer topics. The Northstar resource is available 24/7 on the library webpage. Library staff are also available to help with the resource during regular hours.
        Interactive digital literacy test topics include:
        • Basic computer skills
        • Internet basics
        • Using email
        • Windows and Mac operating systems
        • Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
        • Google Docs
        • Career search skills
        • Supporting K-12 Distance Learning
        • Social Media and Your Digital Footprint
        To start using Northstar, visit For more information, call 419-352-5050 or email
Hospice of NW Ohio
offering grief support

        Hospice of Northwest Ohio offers in-person bereavement groups and private counseling sessions at no charge to anyone in the community who is grieving. Masks are required inside the Hospice facilities.
        Current group offerings include:
        • Coping with Loss – A twice monthly interactive support group for adults. Participants will learn about grief and have the opportunity to express and receive support, develop an understanding of one’s loss, learn realistic expectations for one’s self and discover healthy coping skills.
        The group meets the first and third Tuesday of the month from 4-5:30 p.m. at the Perrysburg Center, 30000 East River Rd., and the second and fourth Tuesday of the month from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Toledo Center, 800 S. Detroit Ave.
        • Spousal or Partner Loss – A twice-monthly support group for those who have experienced the death of a spouse or partner. Participants will learn ways to adapt to this life-changing event, set realistic expectations for one’s self, learn to take care of one’s self, gain support in understanding of grief and live with/manage the loneliness after loss.
        The group meets the first and third Wednesday of the month from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Toledo Center and the second and fourth Tuesday of the month from 3-4:30 p.m. at the Perrysburg Center.
        To assure the best possible group experience, anyone interested in attending must first speak to a member of the Hospice Bereavement Team by phone to learn about the options and determine which group would be the most beneficial.
        All bereavement services are available to anyone in the community, whether or not they have had previous involvement with Hospice of Northwest Ohio. All sessions are conducted by licensed hospice counselors.
        Contact the Hospice of Northwest Ohio Bereavement Department at 419-661-4001. To learn more about grief and loss, visit
commends lawmakers

        AARP applauded Gov. Mike DeWine and Ohio lawmakers for passing House Bill 23, which will develop education and provide optional dementia training to first responders addressing difficult situations for individuals with dementia.
        “We are very thankful to Gov. DeWine and the Ohio General Assembly for their decision to pass this vital legislation. Dementia impacts hundreds of thousands of Ohioans and their caregivers, and this new law offers much-needed safety and support,” said Holly Holtzen, state director for AARP Ohio. “The law is a first step forward in assisting vulnerable Ohioans 50+ and offering their loved ones peace of mind. It is essential all officers and emergency medical service personnel receive this training, and we will continue to work with the Ohio General Assembly and Gov. Mike DeWine to meet our shared goals of protecting Ohioans as they age in place.”
        The law will develop optional training for peace officers and emergency medical service personnel that will help them recognize the key signs of Alzheimer’s and related dementia, teach them to appropriately interact with persons living with dementia and educate them on how to best intervene in situations where these individuals may be at risk of abuse and neglect.
        There are an estimated 220,000 individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia in Ohio, with a projection to see nearly a 20% increase in those living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias by 2030. More than 421,000 Ohio family caregivers provide 614 million hours of unpaid care for loved ones living with dementia.


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