Give a gift, get a gift
Thanks to the generous donations of many local Toledo businesses, all donors who come to donate blood at the Toledo Donor Center, 3510 Executive Parkway, through the end of the year will receive a special gift.
Every day, regardless of the season, hospital patients need blood or platelets for the treatment of serious diseases like cancer, for lifesaving surgeries, or for emergency care related to accidents or trauma.
“Your donation this holiday season is the perfect gift. It’s the gift that saves the day,” says Bonnie Meridieth, Donor Recruitment Director for the Western Lake Erie Region of the American Red Cross. “Donate blood or platelets and give the gift of life. Your heart and countless hospital patients across the country thank you.”
To schedule an appointment to donate, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), meet weight and height requirements (110 pounds or more, depending on their height) and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. Donors must their Red Cross blood donor card or other form of valid ID when donating.
Caring for the Caregiver
“Caring for the Caregiver,” a free, four-week series designed to help those who are caring for the needs of a friend or family member find personal meaning in the experience, is being held at several times and locations in early 2012 by Hospice of Northwest Ohio.
In partnership with the Area Office on Aging and Way Public Library, sessions are being held at the library, 101 E Indiana Avenue, Perrysburg, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 2, 9, 16 and 23. RSVP to Janel Haas at 419-874-3135 ext. 119.
Participants in the workshop will learn how to cope with changes, losses and life transitions; say what is important to friends and family; explore the spiritual aspects of caregiving; create positive caregiving experiences; talk about end-of-life care and make important decisions; know what to expect as caregiving becomes more complex and plan for the future.
“While the classes provide practical information about the physical needs of care-receivers, their primary focus is on the emotional needs of the caregivers. We help them find ways to take better care of themselves so they, in turn, can take better care of their friend or relative,” says the Caregiver Team at Hospice of Northwest Ohio. “Throughout the course, they learn ways to turn day-to-day activities into meaningful, memorable experiences.”
For more information or to request caregiving classes for your group, call Hospice of Northwest Ohio at 419-661-4001.
Free flu shots
Toledo/Lucas County CareNet, with the assistance of its partner organizations, will host a second free flu shot clinic for CareNet members and local residents who are uninsured on Monday, Dec. 12 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Pharmacy Counter, located at 2655 W. Central Ave., Toledo.
More than 200 vaccines are available and will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.
“The first flu vaccine clinic on Dec. 5 was very successful despite the weather, and we want to be sure we can provide this preventive service to as many uninsured people as possible,” said Jan Ruma, executive director of Toledo/Lucas County CareNet.
The following organizations are donating flu shots and supplies for this event: ProMedica, Mercy, The Toledo-Lucas County Health Department, The Pharmacy Counter, Kroger Pharmacy and The University of Toledo Medical Center.
The Center for Disease Control states “as long as flu viruses are spreading and causing illness, vaccination should continue and can provide protection against the flu. Even unvaccinated people who have already gotten the flu can still benefit from vaccination since the flu vaccine protects against three different flu viruses and more than one flu virus circulates each season.”
Call 419-842-0800 for more information about Toledo/Lucas County CareNet.
Gentle massage for a person living with cancer provides relief from some of the side effects of treatment including anxiety, pain, sleeplessness, depression, fatigue and shortness of breath.
Partners and caregivers can sometimes be anxious and fearful about touching their friend or loved one who has cancer. They may worry about causing additional pain or discomfort.
The Mercy Cancer Centers’ free Partner/Caregiver Massage Class offers the opportunity for both participants to learn how to provide massage safely in a relaxed, fun atmosphere. The class is taught by state-licensed massage therapists who are specifically trained in the oncology setting.
Partner/Caregiver Massage offers instruction in pressure, site and positioning and also touches upon reflexology and lymphedema precautions. Each class builds on a different area of focus, so participants may attend as often as they wish.
The benefits of the class include reduction of treatment-related side effects, relaxation, enhanced relationships, greater communication, positive self-image and an opportunity for the cancer survivor to nurture their loved one in return.
Partner/Caregiver Massage is offered every other month at The Victory Center, 5532 W. Central Ave. Suite B, Toledo. The class is free and offered to cancer survivors and a guest.
For more information, call Tina Ferner, coordinator of Integrative Medicine, Mercy Cancer Centers, at 419-407-1168.
Senior eye exams
In order to promote healthy vision and cataract awareness, OptiVue is offering free eye exams for seniors age 55 and older throughout the month of December.
Appointments are required and may be made by calling 419-693-4444. Walk-in appointments are not available.