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Caregivers Night Out

Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc. (WCCOA) invites caregivers of older adults from the Bowling Green area to take a well-deserved break with a night out from 5-9 p.m. Friday, April 11.

Many caregivers spend all of their time taking care of the ones they love and sometimes the stresses of caregiving can take a toll on the caregiver. The WCCOA wants to provide a special night out to thank caregivers for all the special care they provide.

Caregivers participating in the event may choose from one of two “night out” options.

The first option includes a meal sponsored by Max & Erma’s, followed by shopping at Levis Commons, sponsored by St. Clare Commons.

The second option includes an alternative evening of spending time independently.

With the help from local home health care agencies, care recipients will receive quality companionship from trained and bonded professionals during the night out.

Caregiver home health care sponsors include Senior Helpers, Right at Home NWO, Interim Healthcare & Homestyle and Caretakers Home Care Services. Caregiver gift bags are sponsored by Heritage Corner Health Care Campus.

This event is free, but space is limited. Register by Friday, March 28 by contacting the Programs Department at the Wood County Committee on Aging at 419-353-5661, 800-367-4935 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The mission of the Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc., is to provide older adults with services and programs that empower them to remain independent and improve the quality of their lives.

For information on programs and services, call the above numbers or visit www.wccoa.net.


Senior book discussion

The Oregon Branch of the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library hosts a monthly Senior Book Discussion, which meets the first Thursday of most months from 2:15-3:15 p.m.

The next meeting will be held Thursday, April 3, when the group will discuss, “The Light Between Oceans,” by M. L. Stedman. No registration is required. A copy of the book, along with a list of titles for 2014 may be obtained from the clerks at the circulation desk at the library, located at 3340 Dustin Rd.

For more information, call 419-259-5250.


Spaghetti dinner planned

The East Toledo Senior Activities Center will hold a Spaghetti Dinner and Craft Show April 9 from 4-7 p.m. The center is located at 1001 White St., Toledo (Navarre Park Shelterhouse).

Dinner will include spaghetti with or without meat sauce, salad, garlic toast and a beverage. Presale tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for seniors and children under 12. All tickets purchased the day of the meal will be $9. Dine-in and carry-out service is available. In addition, homemade baked goods and craft items will be available for purchase.

For tickets or more information, call 419-691-1429.


Health and Safety Fair

A Health and Safety Fair for Seniors and Caregivers will be held Thursday, April 3 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in the St. Rose School gymnasium, 215 E. Front St. (behind St. Rose Parish), Perrysburg.

Experts from home health agencies, care advocates, parish nurses, Realtors, movers, funeral planners, senior communities and more will be on hand. Light breakfast and lunch options will be provided by event sponsors.

For details, call 419-874-4559.


Ageless Wonders dinner

Ageless Wonders of Lake Township will be going out to dinner Wednesday, April 9, at 5 p.m. at Bayside Boardwalk, 2759 Seaman Rd., Oregon.

Reservations have been made for “Ageless Wonders.” For more information, call 419-836-3811.


Monthly podiatric clinic

For the benefit of older adults, Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc. (WCCOA) is offering a monthly podiatry clinic at the Wood County Senior Center, 305 N. Main St. Bowling Green.

Drs. Joshua Morris and R. Scott Johnston of Maumee Bay Foot and Ankle Specialists will offer help with foot screenings, ulcer and open wound care, toenail trimming and diabetic education.

Patients should check with their insurance companies about coverage and co-pays. Medicare and Medicaid will be accepted.

For information about future dates, contact Megan Nole at 800-367-4935 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . For more information about Maumee Bay Foot and Ankle Specialists, visit www.maumeebayfoot.com.


Housekeeping services offered

The East Toledo Senior Activities Center is accepting names of senior citizens interested in signing up for Housekeeping Services.

Services offered include light housekeeping such as dusting, vacuuming, laundry, etc. Housekeeping Program is open to senior citizens age 60 and older who live in East Toledo or Oregon.

The cost is $10 per hour for members and $16 per hour for non-members. For more information or to sign up, call Alisa at 419-691-2254.


Spiritual grief support

Hospice of Northwest Ohio is offering Pathways – “Navigating Spiritual Aspects of Grieving” on four consecutive Tuesdays from April 29 – May 20, 2014.

The group, open to adults of any faith, will be held 4:30-6:00 p.m. at Hospice of Northwest Ohio’s Toledo Center, 800 S. Detroit Ave., near Arlington. Facilitated by a Hospice Spiritual Caregiver, topics will include:

  • Spiritual concerns that frequently come with grieving;
  • A look at four kinds of spiritual pain;
  • Tools to support growth toward new hope and meaning.

The group is free and open to any adult in the community who would like to discuss, learn more about and work through the spiritual aspects of grief, whether or not they have had a previous relationship with Hospice of Northwest Ohio.

Group size is limited and advance registration is required. To learn more about the group or to register, call Hospice of Northwest Ohio, 419-661-4001 or 734-568-6801.

For more information about grief and loss, visit www.hospicenwo.org.


“Pill packages” available

Gibsonburg Pharmacy and Pills `N’ Packages pharmacies in Woodville and Elmore are now offering unit dosing packages for patients.

Individual medication dosages may be packaged in customers’ own daily trays, or with an individually labeled packing application.

The packaging service is available at no charge. The pharmacies also offer free delivery. For more information, call 419-637-7441


Henry Ford Museum trip March 27

Terra State Community College is still accepting reservations for the Life Scholars trip to the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Mich. on March 27.

The museum showcases American ideas and innovations, both technological and social, that have fired imaginations and changed lives. Attendees will explore the first 40 years of flight, walk past awe-inspiring vehicles including the presidential limousine in which John F. Kennedy was assassinated, and see an array of artifacts representing powerful change, such as the bus on which Rosa Parks took a stand for civil rights.

The group will also visit the Ford Rouge Factory for a self-guided, five-part experience that includes Legacy Theater, Art of Manufacturing Theater, Observation Deck, Dearborn Truck Plant and the Legacy Gallery.

The cost is $85 for Life Scholars members and $95 for non-members, which includes all tour fees, bus fees and the bus trip. Lunch will be available to purchase at any of three restaurants in the museum. The bus will depart from Terra State at 8:15 a.m. and return at 7 p.m. To register, call 419-559-2255.


Nominees sought

Ottawa County Senior Resources is accepting nominations for the 2013-2014 Senior Hall of Fame.

Any senior 60 years of age or older with involvement in the Senior Programs and Senior Nutrition sites of Ottawa County is eligible for nomination.

Nomination forms are available at Ottawa County Senior Centers, including Elmore, Genoa and Oak Harbor; by calling Senior Resources at 877-898-6459, or online at www.co.ottawa.oh.us/ocseniorresources.

Nomination forms are due to the executive coordinator by Tuesday, April 15 to be considered. Winners will be selected by a Nominations Committee, comprised of the executive coordinator, the Ottawa County Board of Commissioners and selected community members.

Hall of Fame Seniors will receive their awards at Senior Day at Camp Perry Wednesday, May 7.

More information is available from senior center managers or by calling the above number.


Dense Niese visits Capitol Hill

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) welcomed Denise Niese, the executive director of the Wood County Committee on Aging (WCCOA), to Capitol Hill Feb. 11.

Niese was invited by the Education and the Workforce Committee to provide testimony before the Subcommittee on Higher Education & Workforce Training regarding the reauthorization of the Older Americans Act.

“Denise and the Wood County Committee on Aging provide valuable services to many of our seniors in Wood County,” said Congressman Latta. “Her testimony today shed light on how the Older Americans Act provides guidelines and accountability for providers, like WCCOA, while also giving them the flexibility to develop and implement programs and services that meet the needs of the residents they serve. I appreciate her willingness to travel to Capitol Hill to share her story and know that it was invaluable to the Committee.”

Wood County Committee on Aging is a self-incorporated non-profit organization with the mission of providing older adults with services and programs that empower them to remain independent and improve the quality of their lives. Since 1977, WCCOA has developed programs and services, ranging from medical escort and adult day care to recreation and exercise to home-delivered meals. It operates seven designated multipurpose senior centers throughout Wood County, Ohio, and a centrally located production kitchen, where all of the meals for the senior centers and home-delivered clients are prepared.

In 2013, WCCOA served more than 6,500 Wood County residents. It was also the first senior center in Ohio to receive accreditation


Long-term care survey results

The Ohio Department of Aging has once again surveyed residents of Ohio nursing homes and assisted living facilities to determine their satisfaction with the care they receive there.

Nursing home residents gave their facilities an 87.5 average overall satisfaction rating, and assisted living residents gave a 92.3 score in the 2013 Long-term Care Resident Satisfaction Survey. Results are available online at www.ltc.ohio.gov.

The survey was conducted from August 2013 to January 2014 by Vital Research, LLC, under contract with the Ohio Department of Aging. Vital Research, the Scripps Gerontology Center of Miami University and the Margaret Blenkner Institute trained interviewers, who met face-to-face with residents. Residents rated their satisfaction with their facility’s environment, activities, administration, staff, laundry, meals and dining, social services and therapy, as well as general satisfaction.

“The Resident Satisfaction Survey has long been a tool for Ohio consumers and their families to identify which facilities in their communities can best meet their needs, but it also has evolved to be a valuable resource for facility leadership and staff as well,” added Beverley Laubert, the State Long-term Care Ombudsman, whose office directed the survey. “The new priority index included in this survey helps facilities focus their quality improvement efforts on areas that matter most to residents.”

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