Nominate a caregiver
In honor of National Caregiver Month, the Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc., in collaboration with Sterling House, Heartland Rehabilitation Services and Senior Independence will be hosting the Golden Care Awards to recognize the caregiving heroes in our neighborhoods.
The recognition will be held Monday, Nov. 4 from 5-7 p.m. at W.W. Knight Nature Preserve, 29530 White Rd., Perrysburg. The ceremony will be held at 5:15 p.m.
The event will recognize compassionate caregivers working in a facility or home care setting, as well as community caregivers.
Nominated “Caregivers Heroes in our Communities” must have been active caregivers within the year 2013. Caregiving tasks must not be job related tasks (must take place after hours, on own time) and caregivers must be 50 years of age and over and reside in Wood County.
Nomination forms are available at all Wood County Senior Centers at www.wccoa.net. The nomination deadline is Friday, Oct. 25.
Return the completed nomination form with a photo to Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc., 305 N. Main St., Bowling Green, OH 43402. Reservations for the awards dinner are required.
Senior Awareness Seminar
A Senior Awareness Seminar will be held Tuesday, Oct. 22, from 4-6 p.m. at the Oregon Senior Center, 5760 Bayshore Rd., (corner of Bayshore and Stadium).
The seminar will include presentations by
- Tamie Liebnau, from Hoeflinger-Bolander Funeral Home, who will discuss, “Four Simple Steps to Pre-planning.”
- Rey Nevarez, from Orchard Villa, who will discuss short- and long-term care, senior housing, and health care.
- Attorney James Nowak, who will talk about estate planning, wills and probate, trusts, and elder law.
Catering will be provided by City BBQ. RSVP to 419-666-3121. Those who need transportation may call the center at 419-698-7078.
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 Oct. 17, Nov. 21 and Dec 19. 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.
Flu vaccines available
Flu Shots will be available the Oregon Senior Center, 5760 Bayshore Rd., (corner of Bayshore and Stadium)
Thursday, Oct. 24, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Vaccines will be provided by Maxim. Those attending should bring Medicare/insurance information with them.
Call 419-698-7078 for information or to request transportation.
The 6th Annual Caregiver Expo will be held Nov. 2 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at 2592 Parkway Plaza, Maumee.
The event, designed to thank, support, educate and empower caregivers, will feature informational booths and exhibits offering support and solutions for caregivers. The keynote speaker for the event will be Gary Barg, nationally acclaimed author, speaker, columnist and caregiving advocate. Barg is founder and editor-in-chief of Today’s Caregiver Magazine.
Visit www.areaofficeonaging.com for more information.
Otterbein Auxiliary Annual Dinner
The Bowling Green Graduate Student Brass Quintet will entertain guests at Otterbein North Shore auxiliary’s annual dinner Friday, Nov. 1. The facility is located at 9400 North Shore Blvd., Danbury Township.
The event, which will begin at 6 p.m., is open to the public. The dinner will be prepared by the Otterbein dietary staff, which recently received the 2013 Award of Merit for Full Menus Food Service Operations from the Ottawa County Health Department.
The cost is $12. Reservations may be made by calling 269-358-0111 or 419-798-8203.
The auxiliary raises money through their Gifts from the Heart gift shop on the Otterbein campus. Its members include Otterbein residents and community volunteers who work in the shop. The shop is open daily from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. and for special events.
This year the auxiliary will be selling fresh Christmas wreaths. Orders must be placed by Nov. 4. For more information about ordering wreaths or about the auxiliary, contact President Betty Schrock at 269-358-0111.
Otterbein North Shore is a Continuum Care Retirement Community offering independent and assisted living, long-term care and short-term rehabilitation in the Jane Baker House. For more information, contact Jo Ann Franks at 419-798-8254. Additional information regarding Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices is available online at www.otterbein.org
The Alzheimer’s Association, Northwest Ohio Chapter will host a Caregiver Support Group for men Nov. 7 at 6:30 p.m. at Alzheimer’s Association, 2500 North Reynolds Rd. Info: 419-537-1999.
The group is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. For more information on caregiver groups or other programs of the Alzheimer’s Association, Northwest Ohio Chapter, call 1-800-272-3900.
Open House & Resource Fair
Ottawa County Senior Resources will hold a Holiday Open House & Resource Fair Friday, Dec. 6 from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. at the Ottawa County Fairgrounds, Building 3.
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 helps 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.
Otterbein Senior Living Home Conversion Program
The Otterbein Home Conversion Program allows seniors to ease themselves out of mortgage-free homes they have owned into a senior lifestyle community.
In the program, individuals transfer ownership of their home to Otterbein so that they can move into an Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Community without the stress and hassle of selling their home.
Seniors who move into an Otterbein community get an annual annuity for life, based on their age, which is a percent of their former home’s appraised value. Once ownership transfer occurs, Otterbein picks up every expense from that point forward, according to Barbara Radebaugh, director of Charitable Gift Planning.
“The hassle of marketing and selling a home is often a barrier that keeps people from making a positive move to more dreaming, less worry; more ease, less chaos; more fun, less work; more time, more laughter, more love,” she said.
For more information about the Home Conversion Program, call 419-798-8261.