Chili cook-off set
The James “Wes” Hancock Oregon Senior Center is looking for our area’s best chili makers for its Chili Cook Off 2013, which will be held Feb. 8 from 5 to 8 p.m. at St. Michael’s Centre, 4001 Navarre Ave., Oregon.
There is entry fee required to participate. Prizes will be awarded for Judges’ Choice, People’s Choice and Best Chili Name.
The deadline for entry is noon Feb. 6. Call 419-698-7078 to enter or obtain more information.
|Toddlers visit nursing home. In the spirit of Valentine's Day, staff
member from Toddlers School II, Oregon took children on a field
to Arbor of Oregon. The staff and children went to visit the elderly
and learn more about nursing homes. Pictured, Audrey Miller made
a valentine for her new friend, Della Craig. (Photo courtesy of
Toddlers School II)
Senior transport offered
Ottawa County Senior Resources along with the Ottawa County Transportation Agency (OCTA) will once again be able to provide free transportation services for eligible seniors 60 years of age or older.
Riders are required to register by obtaining a form from either Senior Resources or their local senior centers. Free trips are limited to Ottawa County travel only.
The service is made available through a grant from the Ohio Department of Aging and the Older Americans Act. Once the grant funding is exhausted, free trips will no longer be available.
For more information, call 1-877-898-6459.
Ageless Wonders to meet
The Ageless Wonders of Lake Township will meet for lunch Feb. 14 at 12:3o p.m. at the Woodville Diner, located across from Kroger at 1949 Woodville Rd., Oregon.
Reservations have been made under “Ageless Wonders.” For more information, call 419-836-3811.
Home Instead celebrates 7 yrs.
Home Instead Senior Care, which serves Erie, Huron and Ottawa counties, is celebrating its seventh year in business.
The company was founded in January 2006 as part of a franchise network that has become the world’s leading provider of non-medical home care and companionship services for seniors, with more than 875 independently owned and operated franchises in 15 countries and 16 markets, spanning four continents.
Non-medical services include companionship, meal preparation, medication reminders, light housekeeping and escort for errands and shopping. The company’s CAREGivers are screened, trained, bonded, insured and have successfully passed thorough criminal background checks.
Owners Ceinwen and Tom Price saw a need for the service after experiencing the stresses of caring for a parent with Alzheimer’s disease. “It is our privilege to help families that are caring for their elders,” Mrs. Price said. “Since beginning our services in 2006, Home Instead Senior Care has proudly assisted 475 seniors in the place they call home.”
Today, more than 760,000 personal and home care aides in the United States are providing care for other individuals, mostly older adults, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. This job category has increased from 701,218 jobs in 2004 to 767,260 in 2006 – a 9.4 percent increase in two years, statistics show. Home Instead Senior Care’s more than 65,000 U.S. CAREGivers represent about 8.5 percent of the workforce in this U.S. job sector.
By 2016 this category is projected to grow more than 50 percent, the Labor Department reported.
Locally, Home Instead has built a staff of 65 CAREGivers, and five office staff. “We owe our success in large part to our dedicated staff,” Mrs. Price said.
Senior softball signups
Registration forms for the East Toledo Senior Activity Center’s Senior Softball League’s 18th season are currently available.
Early bird registration fees marked by Jan. 31 will be $45 for one league and $50 for both leagues. The registration fee Feb. 1 through March 15 will be $50 for one league and $65 for two. A $10 late fee will be added for signups after March 15.
Registration categories include 50 and Over League, 58 and Over League, Both, and Preferred Sub. Those 58 and older are eligible to be on a team in both of the leagues.
A $5 rebate will be available to those who refer a new player (someone who has never played on an ETSAC league.
Teams will practice every Monday and Wednesday at 6 p.m. beginning April 1. A Players’ and Managers’ Rules Meeting will be held May 8 at 7 p.m. in the East Toledo Family Center gym. League play will begin a week or two later.
According to center director Mary Wolff, all players, regardless of their skill level, are invited to play in the recreational league. The goal of participation is to provide a positive, organized athletic experience, to provide an opportunity for socialization and to build new friendships and to improve range of motion and health.
For more information, call the center at 419-691-2254 or visit http://HTOsports.com/etsacsoftball.
“Life’s Voyages” poetry contest
The Wood County Committee on Aging has issued a call for entries for its 8th Annual Poetry Contest.
The theme of this year’s contest, which is being sponsored by Otterbein Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, is “Life’s Voyages.”
The contest is open to Wood County residents 50 years of age and older. Poems should share stories of life, hope, dreams and love – writings that in some way celebrate the heart and soul of the writers as they continue to celebrate their lives.
Entries must be submitted in English, double-spaced in a 12-point Times Roman font. Poems must have a title and the writer’s name, address and phone number on each page. Entries must be the writers’ own work and have never been previously published online or offline. All styles of poems are acceptable.
Two entries per person will be accepted. Entries must be submitted by 4 p.m., Friday, March 1. Poems may be mailed to the Program Department at the Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc., 305 N. Main St., Bowling Green, OH, 43402. Entries may also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Winners will be chosen by a Bowling Green State University writing professor, BGSU writing students and The Sentinel-Tribune. All winners will be announced at the Poetry Banquet March 27 at 4 p.m. at the Wood County Senior Center.
Winning poems will be published in the newsletter, on the web site, blog site and Facebook in local papers.
Grief support groups
Hospice of Northwest Ohio offers free specialized bereavement support groups for those coping with loss. The groups are free and open to anyone in the community. No prior relationship with hospice is required.
Conducted by specially trained bereavement counselors or Hospice chaplains, the groups are specifically designed to address the unique needs of varying age groups and types of loss.
All groups are conducted at one of Hospice of Northwest Ohio’s facilities in Perrysburg, South Toledo or Lambertville.
Grief 101 – a one-time session that is a required educational meeting to provide a basic understanding of grief and loss and prepare participants for further group experiences. Call for scheduled sessions. Must attend before any of the groups listed below.
Coping with Any Loss – An ongoing, interactive grief support group for adults who are adjusting to the loss of any loved one.
Kids Grief Support – A grief support group for children ages 5-11, and another for children ages 12-16 who are adjusting to the loss of a loved one. Art, music, discussion, storytelling and play are used to help children share and better understand their grief.
Mid-Life Spousal or Partner Loss – Open to any man or woman who has experienced the death of a partner or spouse during their mid-life years.
Men in Grief – A four-week group open to any man who is grieving. The group is conducted by men to discuss practical tips for managing everyday life following the death of a loved one.
Supportive Spouses – A five-week group open to recently bereaved men and women who are adjusting to life without their mates.
After Your Parent Dies – A five-week group open to adults who are grieving the death of one or both parents.
Pathways – A six-week group open to all adults who want to explore the spiritual dimensions of the loss of a loved one.
To assure the best possible group experience for participants, the dates and times of the meetings are not shared until someone calls for information. This enables the hospice bereavement team to speak directly with each individual ahead of time to assure he or she attends the group that would be most beneficial for them.
Pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, call 419-661-4001. To learn more about grief and loss or Hospice of Northwest Ohio, visit our website at www.hospicenwo.org.