Written by Tammy Walro
Friday, 17 October 2008 14:01
In order to promote healthy eye care awareness of cataracts in senior citizens, Optivue is offering free eye exams for seniors age 60 and older during the week of Oct. 27-31.
Cataracts are the thickening of the lens in the eye, which can result from heredity, aging, diabetes, infections or the use of certain medications like steroids. The major symptom is a progressive, painless loss of vision. Depending on the location of the cataract, certain types of vision may be more affected than others. The first symptom can be glare, especially when looking into lights at night. This can be associated with haze, which prevents a clear view of the road and highway markings.
For more information, call Optivue at 800-642.2261.
“Big Wheels Deliver Meals”
Wood County Committee on Aging will host a special program Oct. 29 at 11:30 a.m. entitled, “Big Wheels Deliver Meals.” The program will be held at all seven senior food sites in Wood County, including Walbridge and Rossford.
The one-day event will highlight the Home-Delivered Meal Program, which is staffed by volunteers. All business and community leaders are invited to attend.
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.
The National Family Caregiver Support Program, implemented as a part of the Older Americans Act of 2000 recognizes the monumental role caregivers play in caring for older family members. Under this program five basic services are available - information to caregivers about available services; assistance to caregivers in gaining access to services; counseling, support groups, and caregiver training; respite care to enable caregivers to be temporarily relieved from their caregiving responsibilities; and supplemental services, to complement the care provided by family caregivers.
For more information about the AOoA’s Caregiver Support Program, visit www.areaofficeonaging.com/caregiver.html or call 419-382-0624, ext. 185.
2-1-1 service offers health info, referrals
Residents of Lucas, Wood, Ottawa 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 Lucas, Wood, Ottawa and Erie counties, 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 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 over 200 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 November 2006 more than 192 million Americans - approximately 62 percent of the American population - have access to United Way 2-1-1.
Walk With Us
Walk With Us, a free confidential adult support group for those grieving a loved one’s death, meets the first Thursday of the month from 1 to 2:30 pm. and the third Thursday of the month from 6:30 to 8 a.m. at New Harvest Church, 3540 Seaman Rd., Oregon.
Walk in or call Judy Hoeflinger at 419-344-0200 or Julie Marshall at 419-343-2311.
Individual caregiver support is available through the Social Services Department of the Wood County Committee on Aging.
Anyone with questions or concerns regarding caregiver issues, may call Deb Downey, RN, or Jan Schneider, RN at 419.353.5661 or call 1.800.367.4935 for an appointment.