Updated February 26, 2018

First Presbyterian Announces GriefShare
Community members who have experienced the death of someone close are invited to register for a 13-week GriefShare program to be held at First Presbyterian Church of Maumee, 200 E. Broadway St., beginning on Tuesday, February 20.
GriefShare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. The people of the church provide a meal for GriefShare participants at 6:00 p.m. The official program begins at 6:30 and concludes at 8:00 p.m. Other than a small workbook fee, the class is free and open to anyone, not just church members.
This nondenominational group features biblical teaching on grief and recovery topics. The video seminar features nationally respected grief experts and real-life stories, followed by a small group discussion. Past participants have related how helpful the information and follow-up discussions were to them.
You don’t have to go through the grieving process alone. Call First Presbyterian Church of Maumee at (419) 893-0223 or visit

Hands-On Education For Caregivers Set At Hospice
More and more people are caring for their sick, frail or debilitated loved ones at home. Because many feel ill-prepared to meet the challenges of providing hands-on care, Hospice of Northwest Ohio is offering a free, two-hour workshop to teach family caregivers the basics. This much-needed program is being offered twice a month at the Toledo Hospice Center, 800 S. Detroit Ave., and is open to anyone in the community.
Scheduled classes for the upcoming months include: Tuesdays from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on March 6, April 10, May 8 and June 5 and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to noon on March 17, April 21, May 19 and June 16.
To allow active participation, class size is limited to six and preregistration is required. Those interested should call Sandy Garrison at (419) 661-4001 to ask questions or to register.

Sibshops Planned For Kids With Special-Needs Sibs
Sibshops, events specially designed for children ages 8-16 who have a sibling with special needs, will be held on Saturdays, March 17, April 21 and May 19 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Sibshops provide an opportunity for siblings to discuss the joys and challenges of having a brother or sister with a disability, learn how others handle common situations and learn about the types of disabilities and possible implications in the lives of siblings.
The events are held at the Alternate Learning Center, 3939 Wrenwood, Toledo. There is no admission, and pizza will be provided for lunch.

Double ARC Offers Online Parent Support Group
Double ARC offers an online parent support group for parents and guardians of children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) on the second Tuesday of each month from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
The free support group is facilitated by FASD specialists to give parents time to vent about the trials and tribulations of raising a child affected by prenatal alcohol exposure and to give them strategies to cope with different situations
Parents can join at the office at 5800 Monroe St., Bldg F-5 in Sylvania; join the meeting online from a desktop, laptop, tablet or smart phone; or join with a phone call. Visit to sign up and for more information.

Coping With Loss Groups Offered At Hospice
Hospice of Northwest Ohio offers an ongoing, interactive grief support group for adults who are adjusting to the loss of any loved one.
Coping With Loss is being held at three different times and locations to best accommodate those needing to attend:
First and third Tuesday of each month at the Perrysburg Hospice Center, 30000 E. River Rd., from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Second and fourth Tuesday of each month at the Toledo Hospice Center, 800 S. Detroit Ave., from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
First and third Wednesday of each month at the Michigan Office, 8132 Secor Rd., from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
The group will help grieving adults: express and receive support, develop an understanding of one’s loss, learn realistic expectations of one’s self and discover healthy coping skills.
The ongoing series is free and open to any adult in the community, whether or not they have had a prior relationship with Hospice of Northwest Ohio; however, pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, contact the Hospice Bereavement Department at (419) 661-4001.
To learn more about grief and loss, visit the Hospice of Northwest Ohio website at

Hospice Offers Grief Group For Mid-Life Losses
Hospice of Northwest Ohio provides ongoing grief support for those who have experienced the death of a spouse or partner during the mid-life years. This group is offered in two sessions – the first and third Wednesday of each month from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Toledo Hospice Center or the second and fourth Wednesday of each month from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Toledo Hospice Center.
Conducted by Hospice bereavement counselors, the group helps adults learn ways to adapt to this unexpected life change, set realistic expectations and gain support and understanding in their grief.
The group is free and open to any man or woman in the community, whether or not they have had a prior relationship with Hospice of Northwest Ohio; however, pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, call (419) 661-4001.
To learn more about grief and loss, visit the Hospice of Northwest Ohio website at The Toledo Center is located at 800 S. Detroit Ave.

Supportive Spouses Grief Group Announced
An ongoing bereavement group for men and women adjusting to life without their mates is being held at Hospice of Northwest Ohio’s Perrysburg Center, 30000 E. River Rd., on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
The group is free and open to anyone in the community.
Advance registration is required as 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

Program Offers Help For Families Of Addicts
Nar-Anon, a 12-Step Program for Families and Friends of Addicts, currently has three meetings in the area:
Mondays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., at First Presbyterian Church of Maumee, 200 E. Broadway St., Maumee; contact Candy D. at (419) 290-3827.
Wednesdays from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., at Harvest Alliance Church, 5132 Harvest Ln., Toledo; contact Linda D. at (419) 392-2420.
Saturdays from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., at Unity of Toledo, 3535 Executive Pkwy., Toledo; contact Karen F. at (248) 408-1853.

Mercy Health Hosts Gynecologic Cancer Group
Let’s Talk It Ovar (LTIO), a support group for women diagnosed with ovarian cancer and gynecologic cancers, meets the second Tuesday of the month at Mercy Health Cancer Center in Perrysburg, second-floor Pontius Room, from noon to 2:00 p.m.
There is no fee to attend. Feel free to bring lunch or a snack.
There is a special bond that forms from the intimacy of sharing. At LTIO, we laugh, sometimes cry, but we always learn something new. We learn a great deal from each other about treatments, tests and so much more. For more information, call Karen at (419) 215-1867 or the Ovarian Cancer Connection (OCC) at (419) 866-6622.

Aromatherapy Program Held For Cancer Patients
A program that discusses aromatherapy and the special ways that essential oils can be used for everyday health and wellness is offered free to people with a cancer diagnosis on the first and third Wednesday of each month from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. at The Victory Center, 5532 W. Central Ave., Ste. B, Toledo.
For more information, call The Victory Center at (419) 531-7600.

Good Grief Offers Peer Support To Grieving Kids
Good Grief of Northwest Ohio meets on Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m. at 7015 Spring Meadows Dr. West in Holland. Good Grief provides peer support services to children ages 4-21 who are grieving the loss of someone important in their lives.
Dinner is provided, followed by group sessions that include age-appropriate healing activities to help children learn to cope with the loss while expressing thoughts and feelings through music, play, art and other activities.
Groups are open-ended. Families enter and leave at their own discretion, and there is no fee. Registration and orientation are required for participation. For further information, call (419) 360-4939 or register at

Parkinson’s Support Group Set At The Waterford
The Waterford at Levis Commons and the Parkinson’s Foundation have initiated a partnership to hold a monthly Parkinson’s support group for not only its residents, but also people in the community who are either suffering from this disease or people who are the family members or caregivers of someone affected.
This group will meet on the third Monday of every month at 6:00 p.m. in the Waterford at Levis Commons Chapel, 7100 S. Wilkinson Way, Perrysburg. For more information, call (419) 931-9390.

Vision-Impaired Support Group Meets Monthly
The Frogtown Low Vision Support Group meets on the first Wednesday of the month from 10:00 a.m. to noon at the Heatherdowns Branch of the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, 3265 Glanzman Rd., Toledo. For more information, visit, e-mail or call (419) 877-8007.

Heartland Rehab Offers SilverSneakers Programs
Heartland Rehabilitation Services at Arrowhead Park, 518 The Boulevard, Maumee, is a SilverSneakers location and offers the following SilverSneakers classes: Classic Classes on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:00 a.m. to noon, and SilverSneakers Yoga on Tuesdays from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. The gym is available during business hours. There is no cost for SilverSneakers members and low cost for nonmembers. Call for information at (419) 897-9822.

Mental Health & Addiction Support Announced
The Gateway to Wellness and Recovery … A Place for Families will be held on the third Thursday of each month from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the University of Toledo Scott Park Campus Classroom Center. The program is a collaborative effort by the Mental Health and Recovery Services Board, NAMI of Greater Toledo and TASC of Northwest Ohio.
This free group provides a place for families impacted by mental illness or drug and alcohol addiction to find resources and information. Tables from area agencies regarding mental health and addiction services, and a monthly speaker on issues related to mental health and addiction services, will be featured. For more information, contact Sarah Smitley at (419) 243-1119 or

Caregiver Support Group Set At Heartland
Heartland of Waterville offers a monthly support group for caregivers and family members of people with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Meetings are held at Heartland on the first Wednesday of every month at 1:00 p.m. Refreshments are provided.

Alzheimer’s Association Offers Support Groups
The Alzheimer’s Association, Northwest Ohio Chapter, offers support group meetings for caregivers of those with memory loss. The meetings are free and open to the public.
Meetings are held on the second Saturday of every month at 1:30 p.m. at Scrambler Marie’s, 570 W. Dussel Dr., Maumee. For a complete schedule of meetings or more information, call (800) 272-3900.

Alzheimer’s Association Operates Free Helpline
The Alzheimer’s Association, Northwest Ohio Chapter, operates a free helpline 24 hours a day, seven days a week in 140 languages. Staff is available to help with questions about Alzheimer’s disease or memory loss, medications and treatment options, brain health and care options, caregiving tips and respite care options, services available in the community and/or referrals. The toll-free number is (800) 272-3900. The association is also available online at, or e-mail

Free Alzheimer’s Care Consultation Available
Consultation is a free service offered by the Alzheimer’s Association to individuals affected by Alzheimer’s disease or a related memory loss disorder. One-on-one meetings to discuss individualized needs can take place in a person’s home, in a neutral setting or at the Alzheimer’s Association office. An Alzheimer’s Association staff member can provide education, discuss options for the future, assist families in defining goals and provide information on available community resources.
For further information, contact Bob Hausch at (419) 537-1999 or (800) 272-3900.

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