Expo planned to celebrate, support caregivers
The Area Office on Aging’s 5th Annual Caregiver Expo will be held Nov. 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the SeaGate Convention Centre, Toledo.
The Expo is designed to thank, support, educate and empower the area’s many men and women who are serving in the roles of family caregivers.
Special keynote speaker for the event is author, speaker and award-winning singer and songwriter Karen Taylor-Good, known as “The Song Guru.”
The Expo will feature more than 70 booths offering support and solutions for caregivers. There will also be chances to win a caregiver makeover.
Respite for adults is available by calling Lisa Hughley-Thompson at 419-725-6957. Free parking is available.
Co-sponsors for the event are The Blade and TARTA TARPS Paratransit Service.
Memory Screening Day
Senior Helpers, a non-medical homecare company, will offer its monthly Memory Screening Day Oct. 31 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Luther Hills, 2472 Luther Hills Circle, Oregon.
Screenings are free and confidential. Refreshments will be provided.
The event is co-sponsored by the Luther Hills-Luther Homes Society. For more information, call 419-261-1693.
Lunch & Learn
Otterbein-Portage Valley Lifestyle Community will present a complementary program, “Three Warriors, A Spy and an Indian Chief” Nov. 8 at noon.
The complimentary program, presented by Clinton Mauk, will include a discussion about the War of 1812, in particular events in Northwest Ohio, including the battles of Fallen Timbers and Fort Meigs and the Battle of the Lake.
RSVP by Nov. 6 to 419-833-7000. Otterbein Portage Valley is located at 20311 Pemberville Rd., Pemberville. For more information about the Otterbein-Portage Valley community and to take a virtual tour, visit www.otterbein.org.
Genoa Retirement Village honored
Genoa Retirement Village received the Platinum Award for excellence at The Trilogy Health Services 2012 Fall Meeting, which was held Oct. 10-12 in Louisville, Ky.
The award was based on customer satisfaction results from a semi-annual survey that is sent to residents’ family members. Companywide, nearly 6,000 surveys were mailed to family members and other responsible parties, with almost half returning their survey forms. Results compared to the campus’ past performance as well as to the performance of other Trilogy campuses.
Genoa Retirement Village was recognized for customer satisfaction scores in Staff Attitude, Quality of Nursing Care, Food Quality, Activity Programming and Appearance/Cleanliness.
“We are excited and pleased to receive such great recognition,” said John Brehm, executive director. “We value the fact that our customers have given us their stamp of approval. Our goal is to exceed the expectations of our residents and their families every day by delivering the best care possible. I feel very fortunate to lead such a wonderful team of healthcare professionals.”
Genoa Retirement Village offers a full range of personalized senior living services including physical, occupational, speech and outpatient therapy. For more information, contact Brehm or Linda Smith-Bronowski, community services representative at 419-855-7755.
Care with Confidence
More and more people are caring for their sick, frail or debilitated loved ones at home.
Because many feel ill-prepared to meet the challenges of providing hands-on care, Hospice of Northwest Ohio is offering a two-hour workshop to teach family caregivers the basics. The program is being offered several times a month and is free to anyone in the community.
Through discussion and interactive demonstrations conducted in the Hospice of Northwest Ohio skills lab, family caregivers will learn tips to enhance the way they provide care, including bathing, oral care, positioning and back rubs.
Other topics covered in the program include transfer techniques, feeding, incontinence care and skin, nail and foot care.
Workshops are open to anyone in the community and will be held several times a month, based on need. To allow active participation, class size is limited to six and pre-registration is required.
Those interested should call Sandy Garrison at 419-661-4001.
Mercy Cancer Centers and The Victory Center will present “Your Cancer and Lymphedema,” Saturday, Nov. 3, from 9 a.m. to noon on the third floor of the Mercy Cancer Center at St. Anne’s Hospital, 3404 W. Sylvania Ave. in Toledo.
Cancer patients and their caregivers interested in learning more about lymphedema – swelling due to a collection of excess fluid in the arms or legs – are invited to get information, hear experts in the field, learn strategies to cope and discover ways to prevent lymphedema from occurring after cancer treatment surgery.
All types of cancer patients can experience lymphedema, including those being treated for breast, ovarian, and head and neck cancers.
This educational event is free and open to the public; reservations are required. Speakers, fitness demonstrations, product exhibits, service providers and garment vendors will be featured. A light continental breakfast will be served.
For more information or to make a reservation, call The Victory Center at 419-531-7600 or Nancy Keller at St. Anne’s Hospital at 419-407-1186.
The Taboo Topic
On Oct. 24, the Wood County Committee on Aging and the Bridge Home Health and Hospice are hosting a seminar on a taboo topic that will interest community members and their families.
“Consider the Conversation” is a documentary that discusses ways to enjoy your later life, but also plan for the afterlife. The documentary will be shown at the seminar and followed by a panel of professionals, trained in giving advice in end of life issues, to answer any questions you may have.
The program will be held from 10 a.m. to noon in the Georgia Room at the Heritage Corner Health Care Campus, 1069 Klotz Rd., Bowling Green. The panel will consist of a physician, social worker, chaplain, and registered nurse.
The Wood County Committee on Aging plans and develops programs and services that will allow adults over 60 to remain as independent as possible for as long as possible. Services include medical assistance, money related assistance, exercise classes and other fun senior related activities.
For more information, visit www.wccoa.net.
Sweet Success Gala
The 2012 Sweet Success Gala to support Diabetes Youth Services (DYS) will be held Nov. 16 at the Hilton Garden Inn at Levis Commons, Perrysburg, Ohio.
Funds raised at the event fund educational programs and services for more than 3,000 children living with Type 1 diabetes in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan.
DYS teaches children and their families to manage their diabetes on a daily basis through summer camps and year-round programming, including Little Shots Day Camp for 6 to 9 year olds and Big Shots Residence Camp for 10 to 15-year-olds.
The gala event will feature dinner, a cash bar and silent and live auctions for such items as sports memorabilia, vacation rentals, and food, wine and jewelry packages. Registration for the evening is $100 per person; register online and learn more about the Sweet Success Gala by visiting www.dys4kids.org/events/sweetsuccess.asp.
Diabetes Youth Services is a local, independent, non-profit organization that provides educational and supportive services for youth with diabetes. Services are sustained through individual, foundation, and corporate charitable contributions. For more information, visit www.dys4kids.org or call 419-887-8739.
Respite care available
The Adult Day Center at the Alzheimer's Association, Northwest Ohio Chapter, provides respite care for those affected by Alzheimer's disease or a related memory loss disorder.
The center offers a variety of group and individual activities designed to stimulate the mind and spirit, conducted in a social atmosphere while providing respite and peace of mind for caregivers.
Two locations are available – at 131 N. Wheeling St., Suite 2, Toledo and at the Alzheimer’s Association chapter office at 2500 N. Reynolds Rd., Toledo.
Adult Day Center services provided by the Alzheimer’s Association are offered on a sliding fee scale. Operating costs are subsidized by the Lucas County Senior Services Levy through a grant from the Area Office on Aging of Northwestern Ohio, Inc. Additional financial assistance may be available for those who are eligible for Ohio’s PASSPORT program and other programs through the Area Office on Aging, and/or for those who qualify for benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Transportation service is available at an additional cost.
For hours and more information, call the Wheeling Street center at 419-720-4940 or the Reynolds Road location at 419-537-1999.
Family Caregiver Support
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 419-382-0624 or 1-800-472-7277 or visit www.areaofficeonaging.com.
What’s the 2-1-1?
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 Brenda at 419-691-2254.
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.
Wood Co. Caregiver Support
The Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc., offers individual support through its Social Services Department. Call Jan Schneider, R.N., for individual consultation at 419-353-5661 or 800-367-4935.
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.
Better Breathers Club
Heartland of Oregon has teamed with the American Lung Association to provide The Better Breathers Club, designed to provide answers about COPD, asthma, medications and pulmonary rehabilitation.
Upcoming meeting dates include Nov. 15 and Dec 20. Meeting time is noon to 1 p.m. A complimentary lunch is provided.
Heartland of Oregon is located at 3953 Navarre Ave., Oregon. For more information, call 419-698-4521.
SS benefit increased announced Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for nearly 62 million Americans will increase 1.7 percent in 2013, the Social Security Administration recently announced.
The 1.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits that more than 56 million Social Security beneficiaries receive in January 2013. Increased payments to more than 8 million SSI beneficiaries will begin Dec. 31, 2012.
Some other changes that take effect in January of each year are based on the increase in average wages. Based on that increase, the maximum amount of earnings subject to the Social Security tax (taxable maximum) will increase to $113,700 from $110,100.
Of the estimated 163 million workers who will pay Social Security taxes in 2013, nearly 10 million will pay higher taxes as a result of the increase in the taxable maximum.
Information about Medicare changes for 2013, when announced, will be available at www.Medicare.gov. For some beneficiaries, their Social Security increase may be partially or completely offset by increases in Medicare premiums.
The Social Security Act provides for how the COLA is calculated. To read more, visit www.socialsecurity.gov/cola.
The Area Office on Aging of Northwestern Ohio offers a helpful Older Adults Resource Guide containing a comprehensive listing and explanation of providers and services that cater to the needs of mature adults.
The suggested donation is $5. All proceeds directly beneﬁt the Area Ofﬁce on Aging of Northwestern Ohio. To obtain a copy, call 1-800-472-7277 or send $5 plus $3.20 for postage and handling to The Area Ofﬁce on Aging of NW Ohio, 2155 Arlington Ave., Toledo, OH 43609-1997.