Workshops address senior-specific breast cancer questions
As the number of at-risk individuals for breast cancer increases among seniors, the need for breast cancer-specific education is vital. As health care becomes increasingly complex to access and comprehend, more and more seniors are not receiving the care they need, nor are they taking advantage of the resources available in their communities. From Gray to Pink is a free program consisting of workshops on breast cancer-specific education. The sessions will be held Tuesdays through July 3 at 10:30 a.m. at the Wood County Senior Center, 305 North Main St., Bowling Green.
The program, targeted toward senior breast cancer survivors and seniors at risk of breast cancer, will discuss breast cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment; breast cancer genetics; reconstructive surgery and occupational and physical therapy and healthy living and nutrition. Breast cancer survivors will also speak and share their experiences.
A pilot program funded by the Northwest Ohio Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure and this workshop will be a component of a community grant proposal submitted later this year.
Attendees are invited to bring a spouse, sibling, and child or other support person.
To register for these sessions, call the Program Department at Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc. at 419-353-5661.
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 are July 19, Aug. 16, Sept. 20, Oct. 18, 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.
The 5th Annual Caregiver Expo is being planned for Nov. 3 at SeaGate Convention Centre in downtown Toledo.
The event, designed to thank, support, educate and empower caregivers, will feature more than 70 booths offering support and solutions for caregivers. The keynote speaker for the event will be Karen Taylor-Good, author and award-winning singer/songwriter.
Sponsors for the event include the Area Office on Aging of Northwestern Ohio, Inc., The Blade, TARTA and TARPS paratransit services.
Respite for adults will be available. Contact Lisa Hughley-Thompson at 419-725-6957 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.
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.