With National CPR Week coming to a close, the American Heart Association is urging people to learn a simple technique that can save lives.
Hands-Only CPR is CPR is performed without mouth-to-mouth rescue breaths. It involves two easy steps – call 911 and push hard and fast on the center of the chest. Don’t stop until help or an AED arrives.
“Most Americans simply don’t know how to help,” said Allyson France, senior director of the American Heart Association, Northwest Ohio Division. “But anyone can learn Hands-Only CPR and everyone should. In the time it takes to wash your hands, wait for a red light to change or update your Facebook status, anyone can learn to save someone’s life.”
The American Heart Association has endorsed Hands-Only CPR as a treatment for adult cardiac arrest victims since 2008, and studies have shown it is as effective as CPR with breaths.
In addition, people who watch a brief Hands-Only CPR training video are significantly more likely to attempt CPR, according to a recent study published in the association’s scientific journal circulation.
Sudden cardiac arrest claims hundreds of thousands of lives each year, often because help is not offered at the scene. Statistics show that fewer than one-third of sudden cardiac arrest victims receive bystander CPR. Getting help right away – within a few minutes – is the key to survival, the AHA says.
Find out more at HandsOnlyCPR.heart.org.
Benefit car show
Frisch’s Big Boy will present the Big-3 Car Show June 23 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Frisch’s at 2669 Woodville Rd., Northwood.
Free registration will be held from 11 a.m. to noon. Dash plaques will be presented to the first 75 entries and the top three entries will receive trophies. In addition, there will be a Big Boy sandwich-eating contest, raffles, oldies music by Cruisin’ Zeake and more. Kids are invited to enter their favorite miniature cars in the Kids Car Show.
There will also be a raffle, with proceeds benefiting Hospice of Northwest Ohio. For more information, call Frisch’s Big Boy at 419-693-4401.
What’s normal? What’s Not?
The Alzheimer’s Association, Northwest Ohio Chapter, will host, “Memory and Aging: What’s Normal, What’s Not?” June 20, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Association’s offices at 2500 N. Reynolds Rd., Toledo.
The free family and community education program is designed for persons who would like to learn more about memory changes or are concerned about someone else’s memory. The program includes discussions of factors that can affect memory, treatable causes of memory loss and techniques to maintain and improve memory.
For more information or to register, call 1-800-272-3900.
Covenant Harbor senior apartment community, located at 240 Finke Road in Oak Harbor, will host a health fair June 15 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The health fair, presented by Lutheran Homes Society and Heritage Health Care, is free and open to the public. This community event will include blood pressure checks, blood sugar screenings, hearing tests and other health information at no cost. Numerous local health care service providers will be represented, and tours of the senior community and light refreshments will be available.
For more information, contact Katie Perry, Covenant Harbor Service Coordinator, at 419-898-1469. Covenant Harbor is a ministry of Lutheran Homes Society that provides housing and services for seniors age 62 or older.
Tai Chi for health
Taoist Tai Chi Society of the USA will offer Beginner Tai Chi classes July 2 from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Walbridge Senior Center, 705 N. Main St., Walbridge and July 10 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the community room at the Lutheran Home, 131 N. Wheeling St., Toledo.
The classes will include slow movements that use gentle turns and graceful stretches to improve balance, flexibility, circulation and strength.
All adults are welcome. For more information, call 419-537-0131.
Thanks for the Mammories
The 2nd Annual “Thanks for the Mammories” Golf Outing to benefit the Northwest Ohio Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure will be held July 28 at Heather Downs Country Club, 3910 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo.
Registration will open at 8 a.m. The event will begin with a shotgun start at 9 a.m.
The cost is $69 per individual or $275 per team if registered and paid by June 15. After that date, the cost is $75 per individual and $300 per team. The cost includes 18 holes of golf with cart, driving range privileges, lunch and entry into the longest drive, longest putt and closest to the pin contests.