Health

Updated January 20, 2020

Caregiver’s Support Group Set At Senior Center

The Maumee Senior Center will host a Caregivers’ Support Group on the last Monday of every month starting on Monday, January 27 at 6:00 p.m. 

Meetings will be held at the Maumee Senior Center, 2430 S. Detroit Ave., Maumee.  There is no cost to participate. Family members and caregivers are welcome. The support group is open to anyone who is interested. Register by calling (419) 893-1994 or by signing up at the Maumee Senior Center. Walk-ins are welcome.

Alzheimer’s Association Plans Program

The Alzheimer’s Association Northwest Ohio Chapter will hold an educational program on The 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s for interested community members.

The program will begin at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 29 at the Alzheimer’s Association, 480 W. Dussel Dr. Suite 150, Maumee.

The Alzheimer’s Association has created an education program that explores the most common warning signs of Alzheimer’s to help individuals stay informed about what is normal aging and what is not. The free one-hour 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s program:

Describes typical age-related memory, thinking or behavioral changes.
Helps individuals learn how to recognize the common warning signs of Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Discusses tips for approaching someone about memory concerns.
Explains the importance of early detection and benefits of diagnosis.
Identifies possible tests/assessments for the diagnostic process.
Offers helpful Alzheimer’s Association resources.
Register online at alz.org/CRF or call (800) 272-3900.

Taoist Tai Chi Society Plans Classes For New Year

The Taoist Tai Chi Society will host new tai chi classes on Saturday, February 1 from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.; and Thursday, February 6 from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. Classes will be held at The Ballroom Company, 2558 Parkway Plaza, Maumee. For more information, visit www.taoisttaichi.org/toledo.

Sibshop Gathering Activity Dates Announced

Brothers and sisters who have a sib with special needs have a program that’s just for them called Sibshops. At Sibshops, they’ll have a chance to meet other kids whose brothers and sisters have special needs and talk about the good and not-so-good parts of having a sibling with a disability. 

Sibshops are for 8- to 16-year-old brothers and sisters who have a sib with special needs. The program is run by a team of people who have a professional and, in some cases, a personal understanding of the impact a child’s special needs can have on brothers and sisters. Equally important, they have great kid skills.

Sibshops will have fun outrageous games, cooking activities and hands-on activities that will keep kids engaged in an energetic way.

Gatherings will be held on Saturdays, February 15, March 28 and April 18 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Alternate Learning Center, 3939 Wrenwood, Toledo.

For more information and to register, contact Lucas County parent mentor Wendy Smenner at (419) 214-3066 or wsmenner@esclakeeriewest.org.

GriefShare Program Planned At Area Church 

The Monclova Road Baptist Church GriefShare ministry support group will start a new series of weekly meetings beginning on Monday, February 17 at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room, Bldg. A at 7819 Monclova Road, Monclova.  

The ministry is for those who are grieving the loss of a family member or friend. There is no time limit on how long ago a loved one may have passed, all are welcome.  GriefShare is a nondenominational group, which features biblical teaching on grief and recovery topics.  Each week is a different topic and you may join the group at any time during the 13-week program. To preregister or for more information, call (419) 346-6991.

Hospice Plans Hands-On Education For Caregivers

Hospice of Northwest Ohio is offering a free, two-hour workshop to teach family caregivers the basics. This much-needed program is being offered at the Toledo and Perrysburg hospice centers and is open to anyone in the community.

Perrysburg Hospice Center, 30000 E. River Rd., Perrysburg, will hold classes on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to noon on March 14 and May 9.

Toledo Hospice Center, 800 S. Detroit Ave., Toledo, will host workshops on Tuesdays from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on February 18, March 24, April 14, May 19 and June 23; and on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to noon on February 8, April 4 and June 13.

Through discussion and interactive demonstrations conducted in the Hospice of Northwest Ohio skills lab, family caregivers will learn tips to enhance the way they provide these care needs: bathing, oral care, positioning, back rubs, transfer techniques, making an occupied bed, ambulation, feeding, incontinence care, hand hygiene, skin care, nail care and foot care.

Workshops are open to anyone in the community. To allow active participation, class size is limited to six and preregistration is required. Those interested should call Sheila Young-Snyder at (419) 661-4001 to ask questions or to register.

Hospice Hosts Eight-Week Yoga For Grievers

The community is invited to an eight-week yoga class series aimed at connecting the mind, body and heart of those who have experienced the loss of a loved one within the past 12 months. Yoga for Grievers will be held on Wednesdays, March 4 through April 22 at 9:00 a.m. at the Perrysburg Hospice Center, 30000 E. River Rd.

Grieving is a holistic journey. Yoga can help participants find their center and ease the pain of grief. All people regardless of fitness level, age and flexibility are encouraged to attend. This class offers yoga for all bodies and abilities.

Conducted a certified yoga instructor, who specializes in yoga for every body, along with a licensed bereavement counselor, participants will work through the energetic and emotional blocks of grief to find peace.

The classes are free and open to anyone in the community, whether or not they have had a prior relationship with Hospice of Northwest Ohio. Attendees should wear comfortable clothing; bring water, a mat and small towel or pillow.

Advance 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 or Hospice of Northwest Ohio, visit www.hospicenwo.org. 

Maumee Senior Center Offers Diabetes Program

The Maumee Senior Center will offer a valuable new program to help manage diabetes called DEEP, The Diabetes Empowerment Education Program. 

DEEP is a Medicare-approved, evidence-based diabetes self-management education program for people with pre-diabetes or diabetes. It has been shown to be successful in educating persons with diabetes, and/or their caregivers and helping participants take control of their disease and reduce the risk of complications related to diabetes.

A series of classes con-ducted by a trained peer educator through Ohio Health Services Advisory Group focuses on management of diabetes through keeping blood sugar normal, meal planning, physical activity, managing medications and working with your healthcare team, identifying and preventing diabetes complications.  

The classes will be held starting on Friday, March 6 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. for six consecutive weeks at the Maumee Senior Center, 2430 S. Detroit Ave., Maumee. There is no cost to participate and classes are open to anyone who is interested.  Due to limited space, registration is required; call (419) 893-1994 for reservations.

Free Training On Autism Awareness Announced

The Lucas County Educational Service center of Lake Erie West, 2275 Collingwood Blvd., Conference Room 1, Toledo, will host a free training on Wednesday, March 25 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Kelly Buerger will present “Autism Awareness.” This training is designed for parents and professionals and will overview autism spectrum disorder and educational services for children with autism.

Participants will be informed on the five types of autism and the three developmental areas most commonly affected by a diagnosis of autism. Discussion will address Individual Education Program (IEP) goals along with strategies and possible methodologies for educating children identified on the autistic spectrum. A comparison between services received through the Autism Scholarship Program and public school IEP program will be discussed.

Parents of children with disabilities and professionals are invited to register for this free training by calling Wendy Smenner at (419) 214-3066 or by e-mailing wsmenner@esclakeeriewest.org.

First Presbyterian Church Offers Classes 

First Presbyterian Church of Maumee is offering fun, free exercise classes, called Bodies in Motion, for senior citizens and other adults throughout the year. These classes take place every Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at First Presbyterian Maumee, 200 E. Broadway St., in Fellowship Hall.

Bodies in Motion is an exercise class that will help with flexibility, joint stability, agility, muscular strength, and cardiovascular endurance while making you laugh throughout the workout.

Contact the church office at (419) 893-0223 to learn more. Drop-ins are welcome. 

Local Caregiver Support Group Seeks Members

The Alzheimer’s Association Northwest Ohio Chapter is starting a caregiver support group in Waterville. 

This group will meet on the first Wednesday of every month at StoryPoint Waterville, 1470 Pray Blvd., at 6:00 p.m. The hourlong meeting, which is free and open to the public, gives caregivers an opportunity to talk with other caregivers, exchange tips and ideas and offer suggestions on how to take care of themselves and their loved ones with Alzheimer’s. Each group is led by a trained volunteer facilitator.

This support group is one of 28 Alzheimer’s caregiver support groups in the region. To learn more about other locations, go to alz.org/nwohio and click on support groups.

Caregiver Support Group Seeks Members

The Alzheimer’s Association Northwest Ohio Chapter caregiver support group in Swanton is seeking members. The Alzheimer’s caregiver group meets on the third Tuesday of every month at 1:00 p.m. at the Swanton Public Library, 305 Chestnut St. The hourlong meeting, which is free and open to the public, gives caregivers an opportunity to talk with other caregivers to exchange tips and ideas on how to care for your loved one. Each group is led by a trained volunteer facilitator.

This support group is one of 30 Alzheimer’s caregiver support groups in the region. To learn more about other locations, visit alz.org/nwohio and click on support groups.

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 www.hospicenwo.org. 

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 karen.lyke@gmail.com.

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 gi-na.kasch@stlukeshospital.com. 

Coping With Loss Groups Meet At Hospice Sites

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 www.hospicenwo.org.

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 St., 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 Hosts Healing Services

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 Center for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) and A Renewed Mind offer an online parent support group for parents and guardians of children with FASD on the second Tuesday of each month from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. and the fourth Monday of each month from 10:30 to 11:30 a.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 5164 Monroe St., Toledo; join the meeting online from a desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone; or join with a phone call. Visit www.doublearc.org 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 and Thursdays, alternating weeks, at 6:00 p.m. at 440 S. Reynolds Rd., Toledo. Good Grief provides peer support services to children ages 4-19 who are grieving the loss of someone important in their lives. 

Snacks are 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 www.goodgriefnwo.org. 

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 www.frogtownvision.org, e-mail frog-towngroup2020@sbcglobal.net 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 ssmitley@namitoledo.org.

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 www.alz.org/nwohio, or e-mail alzheimersnwo@alz.org.

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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