36th Annual Spring Fling set for May 21
The Area Office on Aging of NW Ohio, Inc., will present its 36th annual Spring Fling Tuesday, May 21 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Sylvania Tam-O-Shanter, 7060 Sylvania Ave.
The annual event will include health screenings, demonstrations and entertainment. Exhibitors will also be on hand with information about goods and services pertaining to senior citizens.
Lunch will also be available at a cost of $2.50 for seniors under age 60 and $5.50 for all others. Lunch tickets are available at local senior centers, nutrition sites and during regular business hours at the Area Office on Aging, 2155 Arlington Ave., Toledo.
For more information, call the Area Office on Aging at 419-382-0624.
Spring Senior Day
Ottawa County Senior Resource’s biggest event of the year, Spring Senior Day, will be held Wednesday, May 8 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Camp Perry Clubhouse, 1000 N. Lawrence Dr., Port Clinton.
The event will include a Showcase of Stars presented by Jimmy Bigen featuring the music of Andy Williams, Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra and other favorites.
Lunch will be served at noon. The menu will include a BBQ pork sandwich, party potatoes, mandarin cole slaw, watermelon and cheesecake with cherry topping.
The event will also include the presentation of the Ottawa County Senior Hall of Fame Awards, door prizes and a 50/50 raffle.
Tickets are $6. Reservations are being taken at any Ottawa County senior center or at Ottawa County Senior Resources.
Ageless Wonders dining out
The Lake Township Ageless Wonders will be going out for dinner Thursday, May 9. The group will meet at 5 p.m. at Elephant Bar Restaurant, 5001 Monroe St. (Westfield Franklin Park Mall), Toledo.
For more information, call 419-836-1811.
Free yoga classes
The East Toledo Senior Activities Center offers a free low-impact yoga class Tuesdays at 4:30 p.m. The center is located at 1001 White St., in the Navarre Park Shelterhouse.
For more information, call 419-691-2254.
Tea, Pep Rally, Veteran’s Celebration
Riverview Healthcare Campus, located at 8180 SR 163, Oak Harbor, will hold a Mother’s Day Tea Sunday, May 12 at 3 p.m. Grace Sidell, of the “Old Garden House” will discuss flowers, gardening and raising families.
Riverview will also observe National Nursing Home Week May 12-18. Events planned include a Pep Rally with the Oak Harbor Jazz Band May 15 at 1:15 p.m. and a Veteran’s Celebration May 17 at 10 a.m.
Elmore seniors gather
Seniors from Elmore Golden Oldies enjoy “Gathering Day at the Gathering Room,” located next to Red, White & Brew in Elmore, the first Thursday of every month.
Lunch is served at noon. Reservations are due by 10 a.m. the Tuesday prior. The suggested donation is $5 for seniors 60 and older. Those under 60 pay regular price.
The lunch features a set menu; no modifications. For menu questions or to make reservations, call the Elmore Golden Oldies Senior Center at 419-862-3874.
Pen to Palette
The Oregon Branch Library will offer a “Pen to Palette” book discussion – a program that integrates library stories with art at the Toledo Museum of Art – Friday, May 3. The group will be discussing Debra Dean’s “The Madonnas of Leningrad,” which is currently available for pick-up at the library with an extended due date.
Participants should meet at the library, 3340 Dustin Rd., at 11:15 a.m. and then carpool to the Toledo Museum of Art. Parking will cost $5.
After eating lunch at the Museum Café (your cost), there will be a book discussion in the reserved Yellow Room. From 1:30-2:30 p.m., there will a docent-led tour of artwork relating to the story.
For more information, call the library at 419-259-5250.
Sr. Center plans trips
The East Toledo Senior Activities Center, in conjunction with Diamond Tours, will host a trip to New Orleans June 23-29.
The cost is $615 per person, based on double occupancy. The cost includes motor coach transportation, six nights lodging including four consecutive nights in New Orleans, 10 meals, a swamp tour, a riverboat cruise on the Mississippi River, time in the historic French Quarter, a visit to the historic National World War II Museum and more. A deposit of $75 is due as soon as possible.
The center is also sponsoring a tour to New York City Sept. 5-10. The price of $599 includes motor coach transportation, five nights lodging, eight meals, two guided tours of New York City and more. A $75 deposit is due at the time of sign up and the balance will be due June 30.
For more information, call 419-691-2254.
Free language screenings
May is Better Hearing & Speech Month. The American Speech and Hearing Association strives to provide opportunities to raise awareness about communication disorders and to promote treatment.
BGSU Speech and Hearing Clinic on the Bowling Green campus is offering free language screenings for seniors throughout the month of May.
The clinic is open to the public Monday-Friday. Call Kimberly Traver at 419-372-2515 for more info.
OPV plans breakfast buffet, Lunch & Learn
An Older Americans Month Breakfast Buffet will be held Thursday, May 23 at Otterbein-Portage Valley, 20311 Pemberville Rd., Pemberville.
RSVP to 419-833-8917 by May 17 to attend the event, which is a celebration of the powerful ways that age and wisdom make our world a better place.
Other May programs at Otterbein-Portage Valley include a “What Did I Miss” Lunch and Learn program featuring Darcey McKinley with Danberry Realty, who will discuss investment choices available to make retirement living affordable. RSVP by April 30.
Elder Law attorney Phillip T. Wylkan will be the featured speaker at a Lunch and Learn May 13 at noon. Participants will enjoy lunch and a brief overview of basic estate planning, wills and living trusts and the Five Myths of Estate Planning. Space is limited. RSVP by May 9.
A Relay for Life Chair-I-Tea will be held May 30 from 1-3 p.m. at OPV. The high tea will feature music by harpist Karen Westgate. Tickets are $15 and may be obtained by calling 419-833-8917.
50+ Sports Classic
The Area Office on Aging of NW Ohio, Inc., will hold a 50+ Sports Classic Saturday, June 8 at St. Francis de Sales High School, 2323 W. Bancroft St., Toledo.
The classic, an Olympic event for people 50 and older, includes a number of events, including golf, track, swimming, basketball, chess/backgammon, volleyball, tennis, softball, horseshoes and bowling.
Early registration (through May 28) is $20. The cost to sign up after that date is $30. Softball team registration is $50 (required by June 2).
For more information or to register, visit www.areaofficeonaging.com/sports.pdf.
The Home Instead Senior Care office serving Erie, Huron and Ottawa counties recently announced that it expects to add 50 CAREGivers to its existing staff in 2013.
The local company’s anticipated growth is a key indicator of the increasing demand for home care professionals and the strength of the industry. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of personal care aides is expected to grow by 70 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations.
“The rate of aging adults is increasing faster than the economy, and talented caregivers are in great demand,” said Enedelia Marez, general manager of the Home Instead Senior Care office serving Erie, Huron and Ottawa counties.
The majority of the positions will be part-time, offering great flexibility to those managing busy schedules.
The growth of the Home Instead Senior Care franchise network is particularly good news for older Americans searching for second careers. Franchisees anticipate mature workers will fill many of the job openings. Currently, about 30 percent of the network’s employees are 60 and older. For many, serving as a Home Instead CAREGiver helps them fulfill personal desires to give back, while offering job flexibility frequently sought by retirees. Many part-time opportunities are available for those seeking to stay active professionally, at reduced hours.
“We aim to provide quality, compassionate care to our senior clients and to do that, we need qualified, ambitious and caring individuals to serve as our CAREGivers,” Hoyer said.
Home Instead CAREGiver positions also represent viable career paths for younger Americans who want to help others or pursue caregiving careers. Personal experiences inspired a large number of the current employees to pursue caregiving careers.
For more information about current employment opportunities, call 419-734-5050 or visit www.homeinstead.com/625.