Oregon Library plans Pen to Palette book/art discussion
Oregon Branch Library’s Senior Book Discussion Group will meet for a “Pen to Palette” excursion to the Toledo Museum of Art May 4.
The program is a collaboration between the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library and the Toledo Museum of Art to integrate library stories with the museum collection.
Pen to Palette examines objects, studies period art or explores cultures featured in a story.
Participants should meet at the Oregon library, 3340 Dustin Rd., at 11:15 a.m. They will then carpool to the museum, where, over lunch (your cost), they will discuss the book, “Loving Frank,” by Hancy Horan. Afterward, from 1 to 2 p.m., the group will enjoy a docent tour relating to the story.
Multiple copies of the book are available at the library circulation desk. For more information, 419-259-6905.
A Women’s Retreat themed “Living an Authentic Life with Passion and Joy” will be held May 25 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the 577 Foundation, 577 E. Front St., Perrysburg.
Participants will enjoy educational sessions, time to connect with other women and nature, lunch and time for self-reflection.
The cost is $10, which includes lunch. For more information, contact the Wood County Committee on Aging at 1-800-367-4935 or email
Free yoga classes are offered Tuesdays from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the East Toledo Family Center, 1020 Varland Ave., Toledo.
Classes are offered through Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center, in collaboration with Neighborhood Health Association, TLHD, Hospital Council of NWO, and the University of Toledo.
“Supportive Spouses” Grief Group
A five-session bereavement group for men and women adjusting to life without their mates will be held at Hospice of Northwest Ohio’s Toledo Center, 800 S. Detroit Ave., Thursday evenings May 3 to 31 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Facilitated by a Hospice bereavement counselor, discussion topics will include:
• Setting realistic expectations;
• Questions widows and widowers ask most;
• Taking care of yourself;
• Finding your way after the death of a spouse;
• How to ask for help at a time of loss;
• Overcoming loneliness after loss.
The group is free and open to community members who have lost a mate, whether or not they have a previous experience with Hospice of Northwest Ohio.
Advance registration is required and group size is limited. Those interested in attending should contact the Hospice of Northwest Ohio Bereavement Department at 419-661-4001.
For more information on grief and loss or Hospice of Northwest Ohio, visit www.hospicenwo.org or check out their Facebook page.
More than 3,800 Ohioans completed an AARP Driver Safety course in 2011 to refresh their driving skills and
Update their knowledge of rules of the road.
“Cars and traffic conditions have changed dramatically in recent years,” said Ken Killby, AARP Driver Safety state coordinator. “An update can help you continue to be safe behind the wheel.”
In a 2010 survey, nearly 97 percent of program participants nationwide reported having changed at least one driving behavior as a result of what they learned. To find a class near you, go to aarp.org/driversafety and click on “class locator” or call 1-888-227-7669 toll free.
Great volunteers deserve recognition
Know a great volunteer? Please consider recognizing their contributions and honoring their service by nominating them for the 2012 AARP Ohio Andrus Awards for Community Service, our most prestigious volunteer tribute.
Named for AARP founder Ethel Percy Andrus, the AARP Ohio Andrus Award recognizes outstanding individuals age 50-plus who make their communities better in ways consistent with AARP’s mission, vision and commitment.
Vision: A society in which everyone ages with dignity and purpose and in which AARP helps people fulfill their goals and dreams. Mission: AARP is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for all as we age. We lead positive social change and deliver value to members through information, advocacy and service.
The deadline for nominations is June 1. For criteria and nomination forms, go to http://www.aarp.org/andrusawards or call toll-free 1-888-687-2277.
Keith named regional executive director
Jill C. Hreben, President/CEO of Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices, is has announced that Thomas Keith, LNHA, has accepted the regional executive director position with Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Communities.
“Tom has been very effective in developing a strong and cohesive leadership team. I believe this new structure will lead to improved support of our ministry and am very grateful to Lisa Hart and Tom for helping us to structure it,” said Hreben.
Lisa Hart will reassume her role as director of nursing, as well as hold the position of assistant executive director, as part of Otterbein’s plan to continue exceptional health care in the innovative Jane Baker House offering skilled nursing, assisted living and wellness services on and off campus.
Keith will oversee operations of Otterbein Portage Valley in Pemberville, where he has served since 2007, and Otterbein North Shore in Lakeside-Marblehead. Combined, the two communities serve more than 300 senior full-time residents, plus average almost 200 rehabilitation stays per year.
With Otterbein Portage Valley, Keith managed a multi-million dollar community, directed 125 employees, a large board of directors and several resident committees. He oversaw the completion of over $2 million in campus renovations including the design and construction of the life enrichment center.
Keith has a heart for seniors. He started where every executive should – as a certified nurse's assistant. He earned a degree in gerontology/long term care administration from Bowling Green State University. He finished his study and internship at Mount Washington Care Center in Cincinnati, and returned to northwest Ohio.
Keith began serving northwest Ohio seniors at Lutheran Home Society as assistant administrator and then executive director. He has demonstrated initiative and competence in working with seniors as an executive and every stage before.
“We are pleased to share Tom’s expertise,” said Hart, “and provide the utmost service to seniors.”