Health

Updated March 18, 2021

Alzheimer’s Association Plans Virtual Programs

The Alzheimer’s Association, Northwest Ohio Chapter, will present a variety of virtual educational programs to help the community and families impacted by the disease.

The presentations cover a variety of topics and occur at different times during the day and evening via videoconferencing to allow individuals to participate in the convenience of their homes. The programs are helpful for anyone experiencing signs of memory loss, their family members who may be concerned and the community member looking for more education.

All programs are free and open to the public. Registration is required. To register for a program, call (800) 272-3900.

Upcoming program topics are:

Monday, March 22 at 2:00 p.m., Legal and Financial Issues Part 1; and at 5:00 p.m., 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s.

Tuesday, March 23 at 4:00 p.m., Living With Alzheimer’s Middle Stage Part 2.

Wednesday, March 24 at 2:00 p.m., Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior.

Thursday, March 25 at 3:00 p.m., Dementia Conversations; and at 6:30 p.m., Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia.

Monday, March 29 at 2:00 p.m., Legal and Financial Issues Part 2.

Tuesday, March 30 at 2:00 p.m., 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s; and at 4:00 p.m., Living With Alzheimer’s Middle Stage Part 3.

Wednesday, March 31 at 3:00 p.m., 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s.

Hospice Of NWO Offers Free Virtual Grief Support

In the absence of face-to-face bereavement support group meetings due to COVID-19, Hospice of Northwest Ohio is offering virtual bereavement group sessions and private counseling sessions to anyone in the community who is grieving the loss of a loved one.

Current Group Offerings

Coping With Loss – A twice-monthly interactive support group for adults who are adjusting to the loss of any loved one. Participants will learn about grief and have the opportunity to express and receive support, develop an understanding of one’s loss, learn realistic expectations for one’s self and discover healthy coping skills.

COVID Loss – A twice-monthly interactive support group for adults who are learning to adjust to the loss of someone to COVID-19. Participants will address grief issues related to losing someone to COVID-19, gain perspective on self-compassion and need for self-care during a global pandemic, give and receive emotional support to others who have experienced a loss and express feelings of loneliness and isolation.

Mending Grief With Mindfulness – A twice-monthly support group for adults coping with any loss. Participants will meet in a supported environment to learn techniques – including meditation – to manage the intense emotions that come with grief.

Spousal or Partner Loss – Twice-monthly support group for those who have experienced the death of a spouse or partner. Participants will learn ways to adapt to this life-changing event, set realistic expectations for one’s self, learn to take care of one’s self, gain support in understanding of grief and live with/manage the loneliness after loss.

Anyone interested should contact the hospice bereavement team by phone to schedule a time for a virtual assessment to determine which group would be most beneficial. This will be a time for individuals to share their stories and hear about the bereavement services available. This will assure the best possible group experience.

All bereavement services are provided free of charge and are available to anyone in the community, whether or not they have had previous involvement with Hospice of Northwest Ohio. All meetings are conducted by a team of professional counselors.

Please contact the Hospice of Northwest Ohio Bereavement Department at (419) 661-4001.

To learn more about grief and loss, visit the Hospice of Northwest Ohio website at www.hospicenwo.org.

GriefShare Series Set At Monclova Baptist

The Monclova Road Baptist Church GriefShare ministry support group is offering a new series of weekly meetings online via Zoom video conferencing on Mondays at 8:00 p.m. through May 3.

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 your loved one may have passed. GriefShare is a nondenominational group that 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 Offers Help For Health Care Directives

Hospice of Northwest Ohio provides free, guided conversations by trained facilitators to assist in the completion of advance health care directives. Through a series of questions, these conversations consider cultural, spiritual and religious beliefs in completing written advance directives including Living Wills and selecting a health care power of attorney.

All adults, whether healthy or coping with a serious illness, should think about, discuss and document their health care wishes. It is important to make wishes known upfront about any future medical treatment, in the event a person cannot express them themselves. These conversations have never been so important and at the forefront of everyone’s mind as during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hospice of Northwest Ohio offers this service free of charge to anyone in the community. Advance Care Plans are legal documents that can be created without the assistance of a lawyer. Health care decision conversations can be done in person or via phone or video chat. Set up an appointment by calling (419) 931-5423 or e-mailing acp@sinceracare.org.

Learn more about advance directives at www.hospicenwo.org/patient-care/advance-care-planning.

COVID-19 Hotline Answered By Area Nurses

Mercy Health and ProMedica are operating Nurse COVID-19 hotlines to answer medical questions related to the virus from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, in cooperation with the Northwest Ohio Healthcare Emergency Management Coalition and the Lucas County Emergency Operations Center.

The hotline phone numbers are (419) 251-4000 (English only) and (419) 291-5355 (multilingual). After-hours and weekend callers may leave a message, and their calls will be returned on the next business day.

The Ohio Department of Health also operates a COVID-19 hotline. That number is (833) 4-ASK-ODH.

Hospice Offers Virtual Support/Online Resources

Due to the COVID-19 emergency, Hospice of Northwest Ohio is now offering the following virtual and online resources free and open to anyone in the community.

Bereavement Services – Virtual bereavement groups and private counseling sessions are available to anyone in the community who is grieving the loss of a loved one.

Contact the hospice bereavement team at (419) 661-4001 to schedule a time for a virtual assessment, which will help determine which group would be most beneficial to you. This will be a time for you to share your story and hear about the bereavement services available at this time.

Caregiver Video Support Series – An educational, easy-to-access series for caregivers who aren’t able to follow a schedule or leave home. Each video is less than 10 minutes and is appropriate for professional and family caregivers.

Topics include Stress Management, Advance Care Planning, Busting the Myths of Hospice and Opioids for Shortness of Breath. Request additional topics by e-mailing schambers@hospicenwo.org.

Access videos at www.hospicenwo.org/family-support/caregiverassistance-videos.

Chaplain Chatline – During this challenging time, hospice chaplains are available by phone if you have something on your mind and would like to talk or pray. All phone calls are confidential. Please leave a voicemail message if the call is not answered – include callback number – and a chaplain will return the call the next business day.

The Chaplain Chatline number is (567) 331-2309.

To learn more about Hospice of Northwest Ohio, visit www.hospicenwo.org.

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. It meets on the second Tuesday of each month from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. and on 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 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.

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 via e-mail to alzheimersnwo@alz.org.

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