Alzheimer’s Walk kickoff
The Alzheimer’s Association, Northwest Ohio Chapter and the Walk to End Alzheimer’s Committee will host their Annual Walk Kickoff Celebration Event June 18 from 4:30-7 p.m. at Senior Star at West Park Place, 3501 Executive Parkway.
Those interested are invited to enjoy complimentary food, register their team, pick up their team captain packets and learn more about Alzheimer’s disease and how to become more involved. Door prizes will be offered.
The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is slated for Oct. 20 at the Lucas County Recreation Center in Maumee. Events and registration/check-in will begin at 12:30 p.m. with the Walk stepping off at 2:30 p.m. Register a team or find more information by visiting www.alz.org/nwohio/walk or contacting Toni Schindler at 1-800-272-3900.
The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is an annual event that raises awareness and funds to support local programs and services for people with Alzheimer’s disease, their families and caregivers.
Ottawa County Senior Resources offers expert information on the variety of resources and services available to help older adults stay independent as long as they are able.
The agency can help support older adults and concerned family members by arranging and coordinating needed care in the older adult’s home. Senior Resources provides free assessments, along with information and referrals.
The person needing the care must:
• Be age 60 or over;
• Live in Ottawa County;
• Live in a home setting;
• Need assistance to remain living safely at home.
For more information, call 1-877-898-6459 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. A licensed social worker can provide care coordination.
60-Plus Senior Assessment Clinics are offered each month for Ottawa County residents 60 and older.
The clinics include health assessments, blood pressure checks, cholesterol screenings, health education, blood tests for anemia, medication counseling, blood glucose testing, weigh monitoring, diet information and more. Health assessments are conducted by registered nurses from the Ottawa County Health Department.
Clinics are offered:
• In Elmore at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church on the first Tuesday of the month.
• In Oak Harbor at the Riverview Healthcare Campus on the second Wednesday of the month.
• In Genoa at Elderlife Apartments on the fourth Tuesday of the month.
To schedule an appointment, call the Ottawa County Health Department at 419-734-6800 or toll free in Ottawa County at 1-800-788-8803.
Providing 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, back rubs, transfer techniques, making an occupied bed, ambulation, feeding, incontinence care, hand hygiene, skin care, nail care 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.
Call Sandy Garrison at 419-661-4001 to find out when and where the next class is being offered, for more information or to register.
Caregiver Support Program
Do you pick up groceries or medications for an aging parent or loved one? Do you take him or her to doctor appointments?
If you provide assistance like this to someone who needs help with their daily living, then you are a caregiver. The Area Office on Aging's Caregiver Support Program provides information and support that can give family members a temporary break from the help they provide to their aging loved one.
This temporary break can come in the form of the various services offered at little or no cost – transporting a senior to medical appointments; finding adult day care services or having a trained senior volunteer visit with an aging loved one for a few hours each week.
No one is denied services for an inability to pay. For more information, call 419-382-0624 or visit www.areaofficeonaging.com.
Learning about PASSPORT
“PASSPORT, What is It” will be the topic of a program to be presented Thursday, June 20 at 11:45 a.m. at the Northeast Senior Center, 705 N. Main St., Walbridge.
Passport is a medical waiver program that stands for Pre-Admission Screening Providing Options and Resources Today. Participants will learn more about how the valuable program provides in-home care and resources for income- eligible older adults. For more information, call 419-260-3228
Lisa Myers, LISW-S, Wood County Committee on Aging, will also present the program June 26 at 12:30 p.m. at the Pemberville Senior Center, 220 Cedar St. Call 419-287-4109 for more information.
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.
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.
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.
Hancock Sr. Center programs
The James “Wes” Hancock Oregon Senior Center, located at 5760 Bayshore Rd., Oregon, offers a number of programs and services to assist local seniors.
• First Monday of every month, 9-11:45 a.m., blood pressure checks courtesy of Orchard Villa;
• Third Monday of every month, 10 a.m.-noon, blood pressure checks courtesy of Guardian Angel;
• Fourth Monday of every month, 9-11:45 a.m., blood pressure checks courtesy of the Lucas County Health Department;
• Second Tuesday of every month, 10:30-11:30 a.m., free blood sugar and blood pressure checks, $5 cholesterol screenings courtesy of Mercy St. Charles;
• Fourth Tuesday of every month, 10-11:30 a.m., blood sugar screenings courtesy of Grace Home Health Care;
• Second and fourth Tuesdays of every month, 10:45-11:15 a.m., overall body sculpting courtesy of Orchard Villa;
• Every Tuesday, 9:30-10:30 a.m., line dancing;
• Every Thursday, 9-10 a.m., Wii bowling;
• Third Friday of every month, 12:30-1:30 p.m., belly dancing.
The center’s van is available to transport seniors 60 and over for appointments, shopping, etc., with a suggested donation of $3 for trips to and from our center or $4 for other essential transports.
Call 419¬-698-7078 for more information.
Social Security mobile site
Carolyn W. Colvin, Acting Commissioner of Social Security, has announced the agency is offering a new mobile optimized website, specifically aimed at smartphone users across the country.
People visiting the agency’s website, www.socialsecurity.gov, via smartphone (Android, Blackberry, iPhone, and Windows devices) will be redirected to the agency’s new mobile-friendly site. Once there, visitors can access a mobile version of Social Security’s Frequently Asked Questions, an interactive Social Security number (SSN) decision tree to help people identify documents needed for a new/replacement SSN card, and mobile publications which they can listen to in both English and Spanish right on their phone.
In addition, visitors to the new mobile site can learn how to create a personal my Social Security account to get an online Social Security Statement, learn more about Social Security’s online services, and connect with Social Security on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Pinterest.
The agency also unveiled a new mobile field office locator, which has the capability to provide turn-by-turn directions to the nearest Social Security office based on information entered by the person.
East Toledo Sr. Center
The East Toledo Senior Activities Center, located at 1001 White St., offers free yoga classes Tuesdays at 4:30 p.m. The classes offer very low impact yoga movements.
In addition, Orchard Villa conducts a low-impact exercise class on the third Tuesday of the month from 10:30 -11:15 a.m.
Call 419-691-2254 for more information.