Nominations sought for Ottawa Co. Senior Hall of Fame
The Ottawa County Senior Activity Committee, under the direction of the Ottawa County Senior Advisory Board, is seeking nominations for its annual induction into the Ottawa County Senior Hall of Fame.
Nomination forms are available at all Ottawa County Senior Centers, including Oak Harbor, Elmore and Genoa. Nomination forms must be returned to the Ottawa County Senior Resources Office or any Senior Center by April 15. Nomination forms will be reviewed by the Ottawa County Board of Commissioners and the staff of Senior Resources to determine the 2012-2013 Hall of Fame recipients.
The purpose of the award is to recognize senior volunteers in the community who exemplify a positive image of aging, demonstrating these characteristics through their involvement and contribution to various volunteer activities throughout Ottawa County.
Nominations are open to anyone 60 years of age or older who resides in Ottawa County or participated in volunteer activities for any organization in the county.
The Senior Hall of Fame winners will be inducted during Ottawa County’s Spring Senior Day, scheduled for Wednesday May 8. Winners will receive a plaque commemorating their achievement. In addition, their names will be added to the county plaque, which will hang in the Ottawa County Senior Resources office.
For more information or to obtain a nomination form, contact local senior centers or call Senior Resources at 1-877-898-6458. The applications can also be found on the Senior Resources web page at www.co.ottawa.oh.us/ocseniorresources.
Healthy U – Tai Chi
“Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance” classes will be offered April 2 through June 27 at Elmore Golden Oldies’ Senior Center, located at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, 19225 Witty Rd., Elmore.
The 12-week workshop, which is free and open to all seniors, will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to noon. A certified instructor will lead the sessions, which will include gentle exercises designed to help older adults improve functional ability, such as balance and physical function, which can help reduce fall-related risks and frequency.
Participants will receive a guidebook to aid in at-home practice.
Space is limited. Call Tammy Reichert 419-862-3874 for reservations.
For the first time in the history of Terra State Community College’s ElderCollege, a second bus was added to a trip sponsored by the group.
In April, more than 95 travelers will head to Savannah, Ga. The trip, now closed to additional travelers, had its first 50 reserved seats filled within two months of availability and a decision was made to open another 50 seats to accommodate the additional interest.
The next scheduled bus trip is to the Biltmore Estate in Ashville, N.C. in October.
Also, Terra State is now offering new ElderCollege fitness classes designed for the more mature adult to assist in improving their cognitive abilities, rejuvenate their bodies and have fun.
Classes include, “I’ve Fallen and I Can’t Get Up,” “Myths about Exercise and Older Adults,” “Party Off the Pounds” and What’s for Supper.
Terra State’s ElderCollege is a membership organization open to the public for adults age 50 and beyond who share a common desire to learn. No previous college experience is necessary – just a desire to learn. The course schedule varies from term to term but typically includes such topics as history, art and music. There are also several educational outing opportunities during each term not limited to those 50 or older.
For more information, visit www.terra.edu/learning or call 419-559-2255.
”Living with Alzheimer’s: For Caregivers”
The Alzheimer’s Association, Northwest Ohio Chapter, will host “Living with Alzheimer’s: For Caregivers,” a free community workshop to be held on Tuesdays, April 2, 9, and 16 from 3:30-5 p.m. at the Kingston Residence of Perrysburg, 333 East Boundary St., Perrysburg.
The three-part series will focus on issues relevant to families beginning to encounter Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia, or who are looking for additional information. Topics include symptoms, diagnosis, risk factors, behaviors, personality changes, medications, home and facility care, legal and financial information related to dementia, and available community services.
Marilyn Ward, LSW, is the presenter and facilitator. Registration is requested and may be made by calling the Alzheimer’s Association at 1-800-272-3900.
March for Meals
The Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc. (WCCOA) will be participating in the national 2013 March For Meals campaign.
On March 20, elected officials and local celebrities will participate in WCCOA’s March For Meals event.
“In this tough economy, the food and human contact we provide to seniors in this community is needed more than ever,” said Jacqueline Metz, volunteer coordinator for the Wood County Committee on Aging. “We need the community to come out and support our March For Meals events. Our clients are counting on us. We can’t let them down.”
March For Meals is a national campaign held in March, initiated and sponsored by the Meals On Wheels Association of America (MOWAA) to raise awareness of senior hunger and to encourage action on the part of local communities. Senior Nutrition Programs across the United States, like WCCOA, promote March For Meals through public events, partnerships with local businesses, volunteer recruitment and fundraising initiatives.
“Our Meals On Wheels programs are on the front lines every day in the battle against senior hunger,” said MOWAA Interim CEO Larry J. Tomayko. “March for Meals is a time when communities can come together to stand with their local Meals On Wheels program and support our mission to end senior hunger in America by the year 2020.”
For more information on how to participate during the year at one of the sites near where you live or work, contact Metz 419-353-5661 or
Poetry & art conference
The Alzheimer’s Association, Northwest Ohio Chapter, and the Toledo Museum of Art are hosting “Poetry and Art,” a conference featuring the groundbreaking work of poet and author Gary Glazner and his Alzheimer’s Poetry Project (APP).
The workshop will be held Friday, March 22, from 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. at the Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe Street, Toledo.
The event will focus on using visual art as an inspiration for the performance and creation of poetry for persons in all stages of Alzheimer’s disease, including the late stage. A performance using the Museum’s own art will also take place for people who have dementia and their care partners. A closed, private training session is also being held for TMA docents and staff.
Gary Glazner is the founder and executive director of the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project. The APP has been featured on NBC’s Today show, NPR’s Weekend Edition, Voice of America and the New Zealand National Radio.
The workshop is intended for health care professionals, individuals with early stage memory loss, family and friends and other interested persons.
Call 1-800-272-3900 for registration materials and information about CEUs.
Mobile Meals of Toledo, Inc. will hold the 21st Annual Great Chili Cook-Off Saturday, March 23 from noon-4 p.m. at Stranahan Great Hall, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd.
Competition categories include Media; Restaurant; Amateur and Corporate. Awards are announced beginning at 3 p.m. Area chefs and food specialists will select the winners. A People’s Choice winner will be selected by those attending.
The event is open to the public and features the Black Swamp Cruisers’ Classic Car Show, entertainment from Glass City Sounds DJ, Salsa Tasting and concessions.
All proceeds benefit Mobile Meals of Toledo, a community service agency that helps clients sustain independence and enhances quality of life by delivering nutritious food.
The East Toledo Activities Center, in conjunction with Diamond Tours, will host a trip to New York City Sept. 5-10.
The cost is $599 per person, double occupancy, which includes motorcoach transportation, five nights of lodging including three consecutive nights in New York, eight meals, guided tours of the city and more. A $75 deposit is due by April 22.
For more information, call 419-691-2254.
Tai Chi for Health
Tai Chi for Health – Taoist Tai Chi Beginner classes will be offered starting April 2 from 6:30-8 p.m. in the community room at the Lutheran Home of Toledo, 131 N. Wheeling St.
Classes will also be offered beginning April 3 from 10-11 a.m. at the Walbridge Senior Center, 705 N. Main St., Walbridge.
Classes consist of slow movements that use gentle turns and graceful stretches to improve balance, flexibility, circulation and strength.
All adults are welcome. For more information, call 419-537-0131.