The Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc. is currently scheduling cholesterol screening clinics for July.
Clinics are open to Wood County residents age 25 and older. The cost is $20 for those 60 and over, $25 for those 25-59.
The screening panel includes total Cholesterol, HDL (good cholesterol), LDL (bad cholesterol), triglycerides, total cholesterol/HDL ratio and a blood glucose level. Results will be immediately available and discussed with clients by a registered nurse.
Appointments and pretest instructions are required.
• Bowling Green Senior Center: 9-11 a.m. – July 2, 17 and 22.
• Perrysburg Senior Center: 9:30-11:30 a.m. – July 9.
To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-367-4935 or 419-353-5661 and ask for the Social Services Department.
Meet Me at Oak Openings
The Alzheimer’s Association, Northwest Ohio Chapter, is hosting a free information event for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers July 18 from 1-2:30 p.m. at Oak Openings Preserve. Participants should use the entrance at 5240 Wilkins Road, Whitehouse, to enter the Buehner Center at Mallard Lake.
The event, entitled “Meet Me at Oak Openings,” will include a history of the park and surrounding area. Visitors will be able to view Windows on Wildlife and learn why the unique area attracts so many naturalists and birdwatchers from around the country. Snacks will follow.
Reservations are required by July 11 and may be made by calling 1-800-272-3900.
The Life Scholars program at Terra State Community College is offering the second in a series of sessions called, “Body Talks.”
On June 20, Sue Kajfasz, MSN, RN, will present, “Coping with Aging.” She will talk about coping with the aging process, focusing on maintaining a positive outlook.
Kajfasz, a Terra State Assistant Professor of Nursing, has worked throughout her career in the community mental health and leadership fields.
The cost of this session is $5 for Life Scholars members and $15 for non-members.
To register, and for time and location, call 419-559-2255.
“Downtown Diva” benefit
Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc. (WCCOA) will hold the annual Downtown Diva Nite Event Thursday, June 26 from 5:30-8 p.m. at First Christian Church, located at 875 Haskins Rd. in Bowling Green.
Ladies are invited to enjoy a night out of fun, food and friends, starting with decadent desserts, appetizers and mocktails, sponsored by Otterbein Portage Valley Retirement Communities, St. Clare Commons and SouthernCare.
Participants will have the chance to purchase and bid via live auction on new and gently used designer jewelry and purses. Ladies can also bid on dinner for two with local celebrities.
Vendors with wares and information on health care, accessories, fashion, pampering tips and much more will be present.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the “Senior Center on Call” program – a weekly telephone program designed to promote lifelong learning for older adults.
Donations of slightly used purses and jewelry are appreciated and may be dropped off at the Wood County Senior Center, located at 305 N. Main St. in Bowling Green.
Otterbein program set
Otterbein Portage Valley Lifestyle Community will host a free Miniature Gardening Lunch & Learn Field Trip Wednesday, June 25 at noon.
Participants will enjoy lunch at Otterbein Portage Valley and then a field trip to Wolf’s Greenhouse on SR 105 where owner Sue Wolf will give a demonstration on the popular new trend of miniature gardening. Transportation will be provided. A lucky participant will win the supplies to create a container garden.
Space is limited. Register with Jaime at 419-833-8917 by Monday, June 23. For more information call Robin Small, Regional Director of Marketing at 419-833-8917.
Otterbein Portage Valley Senior Lifestyle Community is part of Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices, a non-profit health and human service ministry, serving more than 3,000 people annually.
Otterbein Homes has five full-service retirement communities, five skilled nursing and rehabilitation neighborhoods and a home health agency.
Family Caregiver assistance
The Area Office on Aging Northwestern Ohio’s Family Caregiver Support Program, which is funded by the Older American Act Amendments of 2000, recognizes the monumental role caregivers play in caring for older family members. The program offers a variety of services including
• Information to caregivers about available services;
• Assistance in gaining access to services;
• Counseling, support groups and caregiver training;
• Information about respite care.
• Supplemental services to complement the care provided by family caregivers.
Some services, such as in-home care, an overnight stay in a facility, transportation or equipment may have a co-pay based on the income of the person that you are caring for. No one is denied services for an inability to pay.
For more information, call 1-800-472-7277 or visit www.areaofficeonaging.com.
Get connected, get answers
Need help but don’t know where to turn?
Residents of Lucas, Wood, Ottawa, Hancock and Erie counties may obtain free, 24-hour-a-day access to confidential referrals to health and social services and information about volunteer opportunities by calling United Way 2-1-1.
The easy-to-remember, three-digit number helps callers get connected to trained and knowledgeable information and referral specialists with access to accurate and up-to-date information on health and social service programs, donation clearinghouses, government offices, educational systems, and neighborhood groups.
United Way Volunteer Center is also part of United Way 2-1-1. People interested in community service can match their volunteer interests with nearly 300 community partners.
People using cell or pay phones can access United Way 2-1-1 by calling 1-800-650-HELP. Information and referral and volunteer matching resources may also be accessed online at www.unitedwaytoledo.org.
The East Toledo Senior Activities Center offers lawn care, snow removal, chore and housekeeping services to seniors in the East Toledo/Oregon area.
For more information about services, costs, etc., call 419-691-2254, ext. 205.
Ottawa County Senior Resources offers a number of services for area seniors, including home-delivered meals, home care programs, transportation, health and wellbeing, respite and caregiver support and more.
Senior centers, including those in Elmore, Genoa and Oak Harbor, offer hot, nutritional meals along with social, recreational and educational events.
For more information, call Senior Resources at 877-898-6459.
Take a DayBreak
Ottawa County Riverview Healthcare Campus, in conjunction with Ottawa County Senior Resources, offers DayBreak, Ottawa County's only Adult Day Services Program that is Passport Certified and contracted with the Veteran's Administration.
DayBreak offers a flexible, caring atmosphere where a team of qualified professionals help participants with recreational and social activities. Nutritional snacks and meals are provided.
An individual program plan is designed to meet the needs of the participants current functioning so abilities are maintained.
Hours of operation are 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.