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Class helps parents guide through "Incredible Years"
Written by Tammy Walro   
Tuesday, 21 September 2010 13:17

To help moms and dads navigate through the challenges and joys of parenthood, The Children’s Resource Center in Bowling Green is offering its popular "Incredible Years" parent education program.

A new group begins Monday, Sept. 27 at Tender Age Day Care Center, 1249 Ridgewood Drive, Bowling Green from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Those interested can call the CRC at 1-888-466-KIDS to register for the 12-week class designed for parents of children ages 3 to 8 years old. Childcare and a light meal are provided during each weekly session.

The cost for the course is between $8 and $50, depending on the family’s ability to pay.

Another "Incredible Years" course will begin at a location in the Perrysburg area in early October. Call for more information on location and time.

Developed by experts at the University of Washington, the "Incredible Years" program teaches parents how to increase children’s self-esteem and build their self-confidence, as well as how to discipline effectively while strengthening the parent-child relationship. Armed with these skills, mothers and fathers can better promote their children’s social and emotional competence, and enhance their ability to learn.

The CRC will schedule four more "Incredible Years" courses in various Wood County locations throughout the year. For more information, call Angie Patchen at The Children’s Resource Center at 1-888-466-KIDS.

Report: Alzheimer's costs high
Written by Tammy Walro   
Tuesday, 21 September 2010 10:31

The total estimated worldwide costs of dementia are $604 billion in 2010, according to the newly released World Alzheimer Report 2010: The Global Economic Impact of Dementia from Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI), a London-based, nonprofit, international federation of 73 national Alzheimer organizations, including the Alzheimer’s Association (U.S.).

Released on World Alzheimer’s Day, Sept. 21, the report found that:
 •  Dementia care costs around 1 percent of the world’s gross domestic product (GDP).
 • If dementia care were a country, it would be the world’s 18th largest economy (ranking between Turkey and Indonesia).
 • If dementia care was a company, it would be the world’s largest by annual revenue, exceeding Wal-Mart ($414 billion) and Exxon Mobil ($311 billion).
 • By 2030, worldwide societal costs will increase by 85% (a very conservative estimate considering only increases in the number of people with dementia).
 • Worldwide, the costs of dementia are set to soar.
 • Costs in low- and middle-income countries are likely to rise much faster than in high income countries, because, with economic development, costs will increase towards levels seen in high income countries, and because increases in numbers of people with dementia will be much sharper in those regions.

Deadline nearing to help Pemberville Opera House
Written by Tammy Walro   
Monday, 13 September 2010 15:05

The Sept. 15 deadline is nearing and every vote counts in an effort to help the Pemberville Opera House win $25,000 in the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s “This Place Matters” Contest.

The goal of the challenge is to rally as many people around the grassroots issues of preservation in America’s communities as possible. Participants are encouraged to align themselves with one organization and recruit as many people as possible to do the same.

“The Pemberville Opera House is currently the oldest operating opera house in the state of Ohio. It has been restored to its original beauty and use and is operated by the volunteers of the historical society,” said Carol Bailey, programming director.

“However she is a ‘second floor’ theater and is in great need of an elevator to allow those who cannot handle steps to enjoy and use this wonderful place,” she said. “$25,000.00 would be a great start.”

Bailey is encouraging everyone to vote and to get the word out as well.

Voting literally requires a minute of one’s time, Bailey said.

To cast a vote, visit, click on the link, fill in the blanks and hit “vote.” Each email address can only vote once. Bailey is encouraging everyone to post the link on Facebook, Twitter and other social networks to get the word out.

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