Senior Housing Becoming “Unaffordable”?

Assisted living and similar facilities need to restrict yearly price increases, says AMAC

Assisted living and similar facilities need to
restrict yearly price increases, says AMAC
WASHINGTON, DC, Sep 19 — “It’s a fact that the cost of providing services at senior citizen facilities increases annually for any of a variety of reasons. It’s also a fact, however, that most seniors living in assisted living facilities and senior housing don’t have the resources to pay steadily increasing rates, particularly when they exceed the annual Cost Price Index [CPI]. Something’s gotta give lest the nation’s elderly join the ranks of the homeless,” according to senior advocate Dan Weber.
Weber, who is founder and president of the Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC], cites the latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics issued earlier this month. It concludes that its “all items [CPI] index increased 1.7 percent for the 12 months ending August.” 
Yet, notes Weber, the most recent National Senior Living Cost Index prepared by the senior-living referral service, A Place for Mom, shows that the cost for independent living facilities rose 2.6%. Assisted living costs were up by 2.4% and the costs for memory care facilities were up by 3.2%.
According to the Genworth Cost of Care Survey 2018 “the national median cost for assisted living per month is $4,000, which breaks down to around $133 per day (and adds up to $48,000 per year).” Meanwhile, the Pension Rights Center reports that fifty percent of older Americans over 65 had, at most, an annual income of about $24,224   in 2018. 
“Consider the fact that 2019 Social Security Recipients received the highest Cost Of Living Adjustment since 2012, 2.8%. In 2009, 2010 and 2015 benefits were stagnant as the Obama administration chose to not offer a COLA and relenting in 2016 they decided to increase the Social Security COLA by a mere .3%. So It has been a harsh existence for too many senior citizens over the better part of a decade,” says Weber.
The nation is aging at a rate of new 65-year-olds a day and that growth will continue through the year 2030. “It’s a population that creates a fast growing and lucrative market for the senior living sector and if the industry wants to maximize returns, it should take measures to make sure senior housing is affordable. One suggestion: keep annual cost increases at or below the COLA. Better yet, how about keeping increases at or below the CPI,” Weber suggests.

Weekend Column: What is Telehealth?

With the use of telehealth, providers can deliver a wide range of diagnostic and therapeutic services….



What is Telehealth? by Michelle Kindle RN,BSN, Bridge Home Health & Hospice

Today, there are roughly seven million older adults striving to be independent, yet have difficulty leaving home and do not want to put stress on family members.

Telehealth is a method of remote health care provided in the home to improve access to quality care, reduce hospitalizations and lower costs. Recently, telehealth applications have expanded to improve access to care and communication, especially for remote, vulnerable, or marginalized populations.

Telehealth provides a wide range of services such as transitional care for those with heart failure and other chronic illnesses, palliative care, home-based care, behavioral and mental health services.

With the use of telehealth, providers can deliver a wide range of diagnostic and therapeutic management services. Examples of such services include virtual visits via live video, remote monitoring, and provider-to-patient communication and messaging tools. These technologies are designed to be patient specific.

Virtual visits and remote monitoring can reduce the frequency of home visits by health care clinicians, reduce cost and reduce the burden of transportation for those with mobility limitations. Both the patient and family will be provided with education and other support tools for managing care at home.

Although telehealth began more than four decades ago with a small number of hospitals providing services to those in remote areas, it is still limited. However, as policy makers reduce regulatory barriers and providers focus on improving telehealth strategies, it is likely that telehealth will be implemented universally.

By improving access to health care, telehealth can help reduce unmet needs and improve quality of life for the patient and their families.



Imagine…“Whirled Peace” (LEFT – Pinwheels for Peace 2016)



Imagine…“Whirled Peace”

September 21, 2019

In today’s world, peace needs to become more than just a word.  On September 21, 2019, North Baltimore Middle School students plan to take part in an International art and literacy project, Pinwheels for Peace by “planting” pinwheels with messages of peace at the entrance to the HS gym. 

Pinwheels for Peace 2016…


Pinwheels for Peace is an art installation project started in 2005 by two Art teachers, Ann Ayers and Ellen McMillan, of Coconut Creek, Florida, as a way for students to express their feelings about what’s going on in the world and in their lives.  This project is non-political – peace doesn’t necessarily have to be associated with the conflict of war, it can be related to violence/intolerance in our daily lives, to peace of mind.  To each of us, peace can take on a different meaning, but, in the end, it all comes down to a simple definition: “a state of calm and serenity, with no anxiety, the absence of violence, freedom from conflict or disagreement among people or groups of people.”

Middle school students have created pinwheels, and as part of the creation process, the students have written their thoughts about “war and peace / tolerance/ living in harmony with others” on one side. On the other side, they have drawn images to visually express their feelings. The students have assembled these pinwheels and on International Day of Peace they will “plant” their pinwheels at the entrance to the HS gym as a public statement and art exhibit/installation.

On September 21st keep a lookout for the pinwheels as you enter the gym doors for the HS freshman, JV and varsity volleyball games – the spinning of the pinwheels in the wind will spread thoughts and feelings about peace throughout the country and the world!

For more information, go to or contact Arica Matthes at 419-257-3464 ext. 1203

Sterlings Celebrate 50 Years

1969-2019…..WOW!! 50 years and counting…..

Happy 50th Wedding Anniversary Doug & Margie Sterling

God blessed you together
these Fifty years
memories of much love,
full of laughter and tears
children and grandchildren
family and friends
a love for each other
a love without end
Through commitment and love
God answered your prayers
You help those in need
and always care
May your blessings be beautiful
and friendships grow
You are loved by many
more than you know.

Congratulations to Doug and Margie Sterling on their 50th Wedding Anniversary

Race For the Cure

Join the fight against breast cancer….

Join the fight against breast cancer. Save Lives in Northwest Ohio at theSusan G. Komen Northwest Ohio Race for the Cure® events in Findlay and Toledo

Saturday, Sept. 28 in Findlay, Ohio Sunday, Sept. 29 in Downtown Toledo, Ohio

TOLEDO, OHIO. Sept. 10, 2019– Susan G. Komen Northwest Ohio invites the Northwest Ohio community to join the fight against breast cancer at the Race for the Cure® 5K and Walk events in Findlay on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019 and in Toledo on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019.

While these events are wonderful celebrations full of fun, hope, and fitness, they exist for a serious reason. The Findlay and Toledo Race for the Cure events provide year-round funding for women and men in our 24-county service area who need breast cancer screenings, breast cancer treatments, childcare and transportation for patients, breast health education, advocacy, and so much more.

Those who register and donate to the Race also help to energize the best breast cancer research aimed at finding the cures for breast cancer, including research happening right here in Northwest Ohio.

7th Annual Susan G. Komen Findlay Race for the Cure®

  • When: Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019
    • Registration opens at 7:00 a.m., the Race begins at 9:00 a.m.
  • Where: Blanchard Valley Hospital Campus (1900 S Main St, Findlay, OH 45840)
  • Registration: Adult, Survivor, and Virtual: $30 per person (includes T-shirt). Youth: $20 (includes T-shirt).

26th Annual Susan G. Komen Toledo Race for the Cure®

  • When: 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019
    • Registration opens at 7:30 a.m., the Race begins at 9:30 a.m.
  • Where: Corner of Summit Street and Monroe Street in Downtown Toledo
  • Registration: Adult, Survivor, and Virtual: $30 per person (includes T-shirt). Youth: $20 (includes T-shirt).

How to register:

  • OnlineGo to or
  • Phone: Call 419-724-2873 or 1-877-604-2873
  • In-personSee In-person registration and packet pickup information below.

Findlay Race Registration Sites (new registrations only)

Saturday, Sept., 14 – 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 

Findlay Registration and Packet Pickup (including Race T-shirts)

Thursday, Sept., 26 – Friday, Sept, 27

  • Dave’s Running Shop (1817 Tiffin Ave, Findlay, OH 45840)
    • Thursday, September 26 – 11am to 7pm (new registrations and packet pickup)
    • Friday, September 27 – 11am to 4pm (new registrations and packet pickup)

Saturday, Sept. 28 from 7:00 to 8:30 a.m.

Toledo Race Registration Sites (new registrations only)

Saturday, September 14 – 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Toledo Registration and Packet Pickup Sites

Saturday, Sept., 21 – Sunday, Sept, 22

Thursday, Sept., 26 – Saturday, Sept, 28

  • Brondes Ford Maumee (1475 Arrowhead Rd, Maumee, OH 43537)
    • Thursday, September 26 – 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    • Friday, September 27 – 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, September 28 – 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 29 from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m.

Fun for the Entire Family:

The Findlay and Toledo Race for the Cure events have something for everyone! From the Kid Zone to Hope Village (formerly Survivor Tent) to the competitive 5K Run and Walk and more, everyone can find something fun to do on Race Day!

Findlay Race for the Cure Schedule:

7:00 a.m. ……………… Team Tailgate Begins!

7:00 – 8:30 a.m. ……… On-Site Registration 

7:00 – 11:00 a.m. ……. Blanchard Valley Health System Hope Village

7:30 – 10:30 a.m. ……. Local Sponsor Tents Open

8:00 – 11:00 a.m. ……. Kids Zone open

8:00 a.m. ………………. Survivor Photo

8:15 – 8:30 a.m. ……… Survivor Parade

8:30 a.m. ………………. Opening Ceremony

9:00 a.m. ………………. 5K Walk + Run

9:15 a.m. ………………. Family Fun Walk

10:00 a.m. …………….. Race Results and Awards

10:15 a.m. …………….. Kids Dash (following awards)

Toledo Race for the Cure Schedule:

6:00 a.m…………………All vehicles must be parked in Team Tailgate 

7:00 a.m…………………Team Tailgate begins! 

7:00- 11:00 a.m……….Mercy Health Hope Village

7:00- 9:00 a.m…………VIP Event (Invitation only)

7:00- 9:30 a.m…………Sponsor Expo

7:00- 9:30 a.m…………Kids Zone at Fifth Third Field

7:30- 9:00 a.m…………On-site registration open

8:00 a.m…………………Survivor Ribbon Photo at Fifth Third Field

8:15 a.m…………………Survivor Parade

9:00 a.m…………………Opening Ceremony

9:30 a.m…………………5K Run then 5K Walk (line up on Summit St.)

9:45 a.m…………………Family Fun Walk (line up on Monroe St.)

10:30 a.m……………….Race Results and Awards

Important Deadlines:

  • Wednesday, Sept 11 – Paper registrations must be postmarked in order to have a T-shirt mailed.
  • Monday, Sept. 16 – Last day to register online and have a T-shirt mailed.
  • Friday, Sept. 27 at 4:00 p.m. – Findlay online registration closes
  • Saturday, Sept. 28 at 4:00 p.m. – Toledo online registration closes

Race Day registration

  • Race Day registration and packet pickup will be at Fifth Third Field’s Home Plate Gate from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. Registration on Race day is $45.

Kids Zone and Kids Dash:

All registered kids 12 years old and under are welcome to the Kids Zone! All children must be accompanied by an adult. Snacks and activities will be provided. Registered kids are also invited to participate in the Kids Dash! In Findlay, kids will have the chance to participate in their own, special race. In Toledo, kids can run the bases at Fifth Third Field.

 Hope Village (Formerly Survivor Tent):

This year, Komen Northwest Ohio decided to change the name of the “Survivor Tent” to “Hope Village”. Komen recognizes that every individual’s breast cancer journey is different, and the new name reflects those diverse experiences. Hope Village will provide a warm and inclusive atmosphere to everyone who battled breast cancer in the past and everyone who is currently fighting.

 Maps and Parking Information

Please visit or respectively for information regarding parking, event maps, and course maps at the Toledo and Findlay Race for the Cure events.

“Food Insecurity in Wood County” Conference at BGSU

Exploring the issues of food insecurity in Wood County, along with organizations supporting those in need…..

Bowling Green State University, OH., October 3rd, 2019

On October 3 from 9 am – 3:30 pm at Bowling Green State University, the Bridging the Gap of Food Insecurity in Wood County will be held at the Bowen Thompson Student Union. This conference will explore the issues of food insecurity in Wood County, along with organizations supporting those in need. We are excited to have two subject matter expert keynote speakers including

Shannon Fisher – Social Services Supervisor Wood County of the Wood County Department of Jobs and Family Services


Chloe Plummer, MS, RD, LD a Clinical Dietitian with ProMedica Advocacy and Community Health

The conference will also include question and answer panels with area programs who work directly with those experiencing food insecurity. These groups include representatives from WIC, Salvation Army, The United Way, Children’s Hunger Alliance, Connecting with Kids, and many more.

Break-out sessions include cooking demonstrations, challenges with different populations, and the concept of food pharmacies.

Registration for the event is $10 per person with all proceeds going to the Mobile Food Pantry on BGSU’s campus. 

For more information and to register, go to

The conference is sponsored by Bowling Green State University, BGSU Dining, BGSU Conference and Event Services, BGSU Parking Services, BGSU Center for Public Impact, and Chartwells Higher Education.

Caramel-Flavored Breakfast Fit for a Crowd

Watch video to see how to make this recipe!….

( Cooking for a small crowd can be daunting. With this recipe for Caramel French Toast, you can prepare it the night before, bake in the morning and satisfy your guests without going overboard in the kitchen.

Find more breakfast and brunch recipes at

Watch video to see how to make this recipe!

Caramel French Toast

  • 6          slices white bread, halved
  • 1/4       cup butter, cubed
  • 1/2       cup brown sugar
  • 1          tablespoon corn syrup
  • 3          eggs
  • 3/4       cup half-and-half
  • 1/2       teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2       teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4       teaspoon salt
  • powdered sugar (optional)
  1. Cut bread slices in half.
  2. In saucepan, melt butter. Add brown sugar and corn syrup. Bring to boil, stirring frequently.
  3. Pour into 8-inch square baking dish. Arrange bread slices over caramel mixture.
  4. In small bowl, whisk eggs, half-and-half, vanilla extract, cinnamon and salt. Pour over bread slices. Cover with aluminum foil and refrigerate overnight.
  5. Heat oven to 350 F.
  6. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking and remove aluminum foil.
  7. Bake 25-35 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.
  8. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, if desired; serve.


Habitat For Humanity Update

Hockey for Habitat…….



We build strengthstabilityself-reliancethrough shelter.

Today’s Edition 
Hockey for Habitat – Just Days Away
BG Build #2 
Accepting 2020 Northwood
Homeowner Applications 

Many Thanks 

Thanks to you, the BG Build #2 is progressing smoothly!

HfHWC Core Crew Members


Moser Construction Crew

AMAC: Can young voters reject progressive notions of governance in coming elections?

… youthful voters are better educated today than they were in years past.

Can young voters reject progressive notions
of governance in coming elections?
WASHINGTON, DC, Sep 13 — “Any man who is under 25, and is not a liberal, has no heart; and any man who is over 30, and is not a conservative, has no brains.”  The origins of this quotation are uncertain. Numerous variations of it have been around for nearly 150 years and have been attributed to a variety of authors, most notably Winston Churchill. The earliest known variation of this axiom is credited to the French jurist Anselme Batbie in 1875. 
“But,” asks Dan Weber, president of the senior advocacy organization, AMAC, “is this quotation true or just an old saw? The intensity of the progressive movement among millennials in recent years certainly suggests the first part of the adage is fact. But, only time will tell whether the political bent of these youthful citizens will make a right turn as they grow older and wiser.”
AMAC, the Association of Mature American Citizens, was established by Weber to provide conservative senior citizens a forum that reflects their traditional American beliefs. He says that youthful voters are better educated today than they were in years past. “And that hopefully gives them the capacity to see through impossible political promises and reject progressive notions of governance.” 
According to the Pew Research organization, only 9% of elderly women in their 70s and 80s had a college education when they were 21 to 36 years old; these days 36% of women between 21 and 36 have at least a bachelor’s degree. Similarly, just 15% of elderly men had college educations when they were 21 to 36 years old and today 29% men between the ages of 21 to 36 have at least a bachelor’s degree.
Weber cites a recent National Review article entitled “How Might Republicans Win Young Voters?” describing how the liberal proclivity of youthful voters can be overcome. “It will require a concerted effort on the part of conservative candidates, but I am convinced it is do-able,” he says. 
The author of the National Review report, Nate Hochman, concluded: “Progressivism, of course, has its own set of potentially crippling strategic problems. It has adopted a set of priorities that, while popular among young voters, alienates large swathes of the electorate. The recent Democratic presidential-primary debates were a case study in this ludicrosity: Abolition of private health insurance, de facto open borders, and a Green New Deal all received enthusiastic support from top-tier candidates. But rather than scoff at the absurdity of it all, Republicans need to offer a sensible and aspirational alternative.”
Weber believes Hochman’s suggestions “make sense if there are enough rationale voters out there who believe that the prudent choices in coming elections are candidates who offer a realistic approach to our nation’s future. We’ve seen research indicating that more and more young voters are becoming disillusioned with the progressive movement. Will they opt for irrational solutions to the challenges America faces or dare cast their ballots for candidates who can continue to energize the country’s future? At the end of the day, if they don’t, the outcome will be chaos and a bankrupt economy.”
Weber says, the politics of youth is neither liberal or conservative. 
“Voters in their late teens and between 20 and 30 years of age make up what is called the counter-culture. They want to be different. And, for quite some time now the left has dominated American politics, throughout the Obama years. And, despite the election of Donald Trump as president in 2016, the left has dominated the media and the attitudes of collegians, enough so that conservatism is now seen as “edgy” and “cool” because it is different, as political commentator Lauren Reiff put it.”

US Route 6 Safety Problems

Focus on the “100 Deadliest Days of Summer”…..

US 6 continues to be a problem roadway throughout Wood, Henry, and Sandusky Counties in Northwest Ohio.  From 2013 to 2018, there have been six fatal crashes with 319 total crashes being investigated along this deadly route.  Additionally, 67% of people killed along US 6 were not wearing their seatbelt at the time of the crash.  This is unacceptable.

Law enforcement, ODOT, and community partners established a collaborative in 2018 to address the issues on US 6 during the “100 Deadliest Days of Summer”, focusing their efforts from Memorial Day Weekend thru the Labor Day Holiday.  This partnership focuses on education, awareness, and high visibility enforcement.  In addition, a Distracted Driving Corridor was established from I-75 in Wood County east to the Erie County Line in 2019.  ODOT erected signage along US 6 to raise awareness and advise motorists of strict enforcement.

As a result of their collaborative efforts, Deputies and Troopers made over 2,522 traffic stops along US 6 with 1,291 citations being issued for various violations.  In addition, nine individuals were arrested for impaired driving, and officers handled 89 crashes with two resulting in a fatality. 

The collaborative reminds the public to not drink and drive and wear their seatbelt.

For More Information: 

  • Lt. Angel Burgos, Ohio State Highway Patrol: 419-352-2481
  • Sandy Wiechman, Safe Communities Coordinator:419-372-9353 or

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