Updated May 30, 2019

Grief Support Available For Loss Of Spouse/Partner

Hospice of Northwest Ohio provides ongoing grief support for those who have experienced the death of a spouse or partner. This group is offered on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. at the Perrysburg Hospice Center; on the first and third Wednesday of each month from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the Toledo Hospice Center and on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month from 5:30 to 7:00 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, preregistration 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 

Meeting Features Wise Traditions For Health

The Toledo Chapter of the Weston A. Price Foundation meets on the fourth Thursday of each month in the Activity Room of Forest View, at Genacross Retirement Community, 2001 Perrysburg-Holland Rd., Holland. 

Each meeting features a topic from the work of Dr. Weston A. Price, DDS, a dentist who in the 1930s traveled the world researching dietary practices and health in longstanding traditional societies. All people interested in the connection between what they eat and how bodies function are welcome to attend. 

For further information or to RSVP, contact Dr. Karen Lyke at (404) 993-7097 (text preferred) or

Young Cancer Survivor Group Announced

Men and women who are young cancer patients or survivors often feel that they have problems unique to their age group, which may differ from their younger or older counterparts. The Young Cancer Survivors Support Group is for those who have been diagnosed with cancer and are currently in their 20s, 30s or 40s. This support group is also appropriate for pediatric cancer survivors who are currently within the group’s age range. 

The Young Cancer Survivors Support Group will provide a relaxed and safe environment for young survivors to share with others who have similar problems and concerns. Besides offering support for issues related to treatment and survivorship, other topics relevant for this group may include how being a young cancer survivor affects dating, work and parenting. 

This support group will meet on the first Thursday of each month, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., in the Pontius room on the second floor of the Mercy Health Perrysburg Cancer Center. Registration is not required. Please contact Penny McCloskey at The Victory Center for any questions at (419) 531-7600.

Valet Shuttle Drivers Sought At St. Luke’s Hospital

Are you interested in helping others and serving your community? If so, consider becoming a St. Luke’s Hospital volunteer valet shuttle driver.  

St. Luke’s offers a free valet van service for the convenience of patients, visitors and employees. As part of its commitment to offering the warmth and comfort of a small-town hospital in a medically advanced hospital environment, the valet van transports people between the hospital and their vehicles on regular, established routes for drop-off and pickup at the visitor entrance and the outpatient center. 

The service operates Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  

For more information on how to become a valet shuttle volunteer, please contact Gina Kasch, volunteer and community services manager, at (419) 893-5919 or 

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 four 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 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Second and fourth Monday of each month at the Toledo Hospice Center, 800 S. Detroit Ave., from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

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 oneself 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, preregistration 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

Nar-Anon Family Groups Offer Support  

Nar-Anon is a 12-step program for families and friends of active and recovering drug addicts. Attendees can talk and listen to others going through similar problems, talk about how they cope and find recovery.

Local meetings are held at: 

First Presbyterian Church, 200 E. Broadway, Maumee on Mondays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. For more information, call Candy at (419) 290-3827. 

Harvest Lane Alliance Church, 5132 Harvest Ln., Toledo. For more information, call Linda at (419) 392-2420.

Mercy St. Anne’s, 3404 W. Sylvania Ave., Toledo, third-floor conference room No. 3. For more information, call Karen at (248) 408-1853. 

Epworth UMC Offers Healing Prayers 

The Victory Center and Epworth United Methodist Church will host a healing service for all cancer patients and survivors from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. on the third Tuesday each month at the church located at 4855 W. Central Ave., Toledo.

Cancer patients, survivors, caregivers and others, who are in search of peace, reflection, meditation and prayer, will find it at this healing service. Different types of cancer have their own challenges, which often result in physical, mental, emotional and spiritual stresses. This service intends to help individuals by offering a blend of music, Scripture reading, and anointing with intercessory prayer (if desired).

The service is free and open to the public. Please register with The Victory Center by calling (419) 531-7600. 

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 smartphone; or join with a phone call. Visit to sign up and for more information.

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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