Are You Eating Right?
Senior citizens are invited to Birchard Library, 423 Croghan St., Fremont June 23 to speak with a representative from the OSU Extension office about proper nutrition.
“Are You Eating Right? Ask an Expert” will be held in the air-conditioned library meeting room from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Participants may drop in at any time during this period to receive information and ask questions about maintaining a healthy diet.
For more information, please call 419-334-7101.
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
Families, not social service agencies, nursing homes or government programs, are the main providers of long-term care for older persons in northwestern Ohio, according to the Area Office on Aging Northwestern Ohio, which provides services to a 10-county region including Lucas, Ottawa, Sandusky and Wood counties.
The AOoA’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 about the AOoA’s Family Caregiver Support Program, call 419-382-0624 or 1-800-472-7277 or visit www.areaofficeonaging.com. The website offers links to free online education (OCE) at the University of Toledo, Center for Successful Aging on such topics as Staying at Home: Safety vs. Independence, Normal Aging: A Review of the Systems, Community Resources and Substance Abuse in Older Adults. There is also a link to Caregiving Smarts ™, The Resource Guide for Families & Persons Caring for Older Adults.
Easy as 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.
Within the region, there are literally thousands of phone numbers for health and social service programs, donation clearinghouses, government offices, educational systems, and neighborhood groups. United Way 2-1-1 enables people to dial an easy-to-remember, three-digit number to get connected to the help they need when they need it. By simply dialing 2-1-1, people are connected to trained and knowledgeable information & referral specialists with access to accurate and up-to-date information.
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.
In July 2000, the Federal Communications Commission ruled that the telephone number 2-1-1 be designated nationwide as the number to call for access to non-emergency information on health and human services. As of April of this year, more than 240 million Americans – more than 80 percent of the American population - have access to United Way 2-1-1.
Hands-on education for caregivers
Hospice of Northwest Ohio offers a free workshop to address the needs of people caring for sick, frail or debilitated loved ones at home.
The workshops include discussions and interactive demonstrations to help family caregivers deal with various care needs including bathing, making an occupied bed, skin care, feeding, incontinence care and more.
Call 419-931-3408 or visit www.hospicenwo.org for more information, to register or to find out when workshops are scheduled.
Caring for an elderly loved one can be one of the most rewarding and challenging times for a family caregiver.
For five years, Home Instead Senior Care has been helping seniors and their families in Ottawa County deal with the stresses of aging with in-home care services.
Home Instead Senior Care can assist seniors with non-medical companionship care, including personal care needs, overnight stays, 24/7 care, medication reminders, meal preparation, incidental transportation and light housekeeping.
Care is available to assist with Alzheimer’s, dementia and respite care. CAREGivers are bonded and insured.
For more information, visit homeinstead.com.
Twilight Wish program helps senior keep on truckin’
Perrysburg Care and Rehabilitation Center welcomed a special visitor June 7.
Eighty-two-year-old Margarette, who is
realizing her wish to ride with a female
truck driver across country as part of
the Twilight Wish program, made a
recent stop at Perrysburg Care and
That afternoon, 82-year-young Margarette made a stop at the center on her cross-country journey, experiencing life on the road alongside a female truck driver.
Margarette’s wish is being made possible through the Twilight Wish Foundation, which has been granting wishes to the nation’s elderly since 2004. To date, they have granted more than 1,000 wishes.
“Our care center has held a special partnership with the Twilight Wish Foundation that began in 2008,” said Angelia Schlegel, Director of Marketing and Admissions. “As part of our partnership, our own residents here at Perrysburg Care & Rehabilitation Center have the opportunity to have their wishes granted if selected by the Foundation or employees.”
Twilight Wish Foundation has been granting Twilight Wishes to our nation's elderly since 2004 and to date they have granted over 1,000 very special wishes.