Help Wanted: Route Driver

Part-time (25 hour per week) position based at our North Baltimore site…….

Position Posting

Route Driver South/North Baltimore

Part-time (25 hour per week) position based at our North Baltimore site. Examples of duties include: Packaging, prep and delivery of home-delivered and congregate meals, and maintaining cleanliness of vehicle and facility. Must be able to lift a minimum of 50 pounds consistently. Requires lifting, bending, stooping, reaching and standing for extended periods of time, and carrying hot pans/trays of food.

 

Qualifications:  Candidates must have a high school diploma or GED equivalent, a proven record of working harmoniously with older adults as well as colleagues, be eligible for bonding and insurable under agency policy, possess a valid Ohio driver’s license with proof of auto coverage (state minimum), must have a minimum of 5 years driving experience and a demonstrated ability to operate large vehicles (CDL not required).  Successful candidate must successfully complete BMV and BCII background checks.

 

Applications available at WCCOA, 305 N. Main Street, Bowling Green, Ohio.  Downloadable format available at www.wccoa.net   Completed applications can be directed to the Manager of Human Resources.  Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

 

The Wood County Committee on Aging, a non-profit organization, is an Equal Opportunity Employer

 

“Goonies” This Weekend at the Virginia Theater

Remember 1985 with a classic film…. GOONIES……at the Virginia Theater this weekend only.

Remember 1985 with a classic film…. GOONIES……at the Virginia Theater this weekend only.

THE Best Popcorn and Kettle Korn in NB!!! (Get some TO GO – even if you don’t stay for the movie)

Showtimes:

Friday at 7pm…

Sat & Sun 3pm & 7pm.

Don’t miss this fun family classic on the big screen…

WCCOA to Hold Governing Board Election

WOOD COUNTY COMMITTEE ON AGING GOVERNING BOARD
SEEKS NOMINEES FOR BOARD ELECTION

Wood County Seniors and Community Leaders are encouraged to become a candidate to serve on the Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc. (WCCOA) Governing Board for a two-year term beginning January 1, 2021. Candidates must be Wood County residents and at least 60 years old or community leaders. There are four (4) elected positions open. If you are interested, or know someone who might be, please go to the website at www.wccoa.net to download a nomination form, or contact the Wood County Committee on Aging at 419-353-5661 or 1-800-367-4935. Completed forms must be returned to the Nomination Committee Chair, WCCOA, 305 North Main Street, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402-2424 on or before August 14, 2020.

The Governing Board sets policies and conducts the affairs of WCCOA. Board members are expected to attend the monthly Board meeting and to serve on at least one committee. Other important Board responsibilities include:

  • Support the WCCOA mission, strategic planning goals and program activities.
  • Maintain fiduciary responsibility, including establishing a budget, assuring legal needs are met, and providing stability and viability of WCCOA.
  • Attend monthly Governing Board meetings held the second Wednesday of each month.
  • Attend an orientation session for new Board members.
  • Financially contribute to fund-raising campaigns and Friends of WCCOA based on personal ability.
  • Serve as an “ambassador” for WCCOA to the public at large, encourage understanding of agency programs and challenges, and stimulate participation of seniors 60 and older.

Elections will take place in November with installation and the first board meeting in January, 2021.  If you have questions feel free to contact Roger Anderson, WCCOA Nominating Committee Chair at the previously given address.               

 

The reopening of America does not signal an ‘all clear’ when it comes to COVID-19, says AMAC

Be aware of the potential for a “second wave” of infection….

 
 
WASHINGTON, DC, June 19 — “We already know what life is like in lockdown mode but are we ready to face the COVID virus as the nation begins the journey back to a semblance of normality. Bear in mind that precautions will still be required; this bug is not going gently into the night. It remains a clear and present danger and will be for quite some time to come,” says Rebecca Weber, CEO of the Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC].
 
Weber cautions the elderly, in particular, to be aware of the potential for a “second wave” of infection. Medical researchers support the notion that the older you are the more susceptible you can be to this new, deadly strain of virus, especially if you have chronic infirmities. The Centers for Disease Control [CDC] reports that 80% of the deaths due to COVID-19 have been among the 65-plus population in the U.S.  
 
 
Meanwhile, there are signs that easing restrictions that mitigate the spread of the disease may have consequences, says Weber. “Several states that may have been too quick to ‘get back to normal’ have seen spikes in the numbers of new coronavirus cases. So, it’s important that you don’t get over-confident as the nation ‘reopens’ and that you continue to observe protective practices in your daily life. There may be no need to take draconian measures, but it would be wise to keep your face mask on when you leave your home and to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds when you come back, for example.”
 
The AMAC chief offers this menu of additional suggestions courtesy of the CDC:
 
·     Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
 
·     Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
 
·     Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue.
 
·     Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily (e.g., tables, countertops, light switches, doorknobs, and cabinet handles) using a regular household detergent and water.
 
·     If surfaces are dirty, they should be cleaned using a detergent and water prior to disinfection. For disinfection, a list of products with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-approved emerging viral pathogens claims, maintained by the American Chemistry Council Center for Biocide Chemistries (CBC), is available at Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Fighting Productspdf iconexternal icon. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products.
 
Weber offers additional advice, particularly if you find yourself feeling anxious and afraid. “You are not under house arrest so don’t let yourself feel that all you can do is sit around the house watching TV. Call your friends and family for chats and, by all means; get up and get out even if you have to wear a face mask. Take walks and when you are at home keep busy with stimulating distractions such as crossword puzzles, jig saw puzzles, a new book and household chores. When you get up in the morning make a plan for the day. The supermarkets are open for business and many of them offer special ‘senior shopping hours.’ And, yes, it’s okay to strike up a conversation with a fellow shopper– just as long as you don’t get too close.”
 
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The 2 million member Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC] www.amac.us is a vibrant, vital senior advocacy organization that takes its marching orders from its members. AMAC Action is a non-profit, non-partisan organization representing the membership in our nation’s capital and in local Congressional Districts throughout the country. And the AMAC Foundation (www.AmacFoundation.org) is the Association’s non-profit organization, dedicated to supporting and educating America’s Seniors. Together, we act and speak on the Association members’ behalf, protecting their interests and offering a practical insight on how to best solve the problems they face today. Live long and make a difference by joining us today at www.amac.us/join-amac.

BBB: Facebook Scams Cheat Older Consumers

BBB ScamTracker currently records 54 consumer complaints all over the country against fake cat breeders…

“I saw this ad on Facebook for masks to protect against the coronavirus. I clicked on the link and it looked very reliable so I entered my credit card number and ordered several of them. It has been weeks and I haven’t received anything. I went back to Facebook but the ad has disappeared. The phone number (to a foreign country) is disconnected. What can I do now?”

Every day we get calls and emails from consumers who are cheated by popup ads on Facebook. Many are from older folks who don’t know how to check out the company or the ads; they just figure if the ad is on Facebook it must be legitimate.

There are scores of scams on Facebook. I the cases of simple rackets like popup ads that are “too good to be true,” BBB tries to track down the selling company, but the victim may only have and email address or phone number, both useless. We can then counsel the victim on how to file a charge back with their credit card company. They often ask us why Facebook allows scam ads on their web site, and we know that the company tries to monitor this situation and remove the junk ads; but the volume of these scams is astronomical. Biggest Facebook scams we see include:

  • “Friend” requests. You get a message from a “friend” telling you about a great deal or even a government grant program (“Coronavirus stimulus $10,000 grant you never need to repay. Call (XXX) XXX-XXXX and they can arrange the grant. It worked for me! I got the money!”) These messages are often complete scams. Don’t assume your friend sent them; their address book was probably hacked and the fake message sent out looking like it came from them.
  • They seem innocent and often have a gift card or nice prize for participating. But they are used to harvest information about you for identity or account theft.
  • Requests to verify your Facebook account. No! In general, any message you receive over the internet – including Facebook – asking “verification” of an account number and wanting your information is always a scam.
  • Bad sellers on the Facebook Marketplace. Never buy an item on the Facebook Marketplace unless you can physically inspect it. If you are making a purchase, arrange to meet the seller at an appropriate safe location like the police department parking lot.

 

PLUS: Cat Scams! BBB has often warned about “Puppy Scams” where consumers think they are buying purebred puppies from distant breeders over the Internet. The majority of these breeders are fakes and consumers are cheated out of thousands of dollars trying to buy the non-existent puppies.

Today we learned of a Toledo consumer who sent $ 500 to a breeder – supposedly in Richmond, Texas, to buy a purebred Sphinx cat! After they sent the “breeder” the fee, they were notified that they needed to send an additional $750 for a shipping crate which was refundable when the cat arrived. They realized it was a scam and refused. They demanded a refund but got nothing. The “breeder’s” web site has now disappeared. BBB ScamTracker currently records 54 consumer complaints all over the country against fake cat breeders, each of whom lost money. Each “breeder” is different; they open a web site, scam a few victims and them disappear. BBB urges anyone buying a cat or puppy from an online breeder to travel to the site and see the animal in person. Never trust a fancy web site; they are often highly convincing, and up to 85% of them are fake!

 

                                                                                              Dick Eppstein, BBB

 

 

NOTE: The BBB is fully open and handling consumer questions, complaints and customer reviews. All staff are working from their homes and working through phone calls, email and live chat. Consumers checking out internet ads or having questions should call (419) 578-6000. Internet questions should be directed to info@toledobbb.org and the BBB web site with live chat is www.bbb.org/toledo

WCCOA SEEKING ASSISTANCE WITH COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROJECT

(WCCOA) is seeking individuals to make cloth face masks. The project is sponsored by Aetna and CVS….

Looking for a project to keep you busy? How about a project that allows you to give back to your community? The Wood County Committee on Aging (WCCOA) is seeking individuals to make cloth face masks. The project, sponsored by Aetna and CVS, aims to distribute 500 face masks to local HUD housing complexes, shelters, and behavioral health and recovery centers in Wood County. Those volunteering to make masks will be given a kit containing instructions, pre-cut fabric and elastic, and thread. Kits should be reserved ahead of time.

 

If you are interested in helping with this project, please call the WCCOA Programs Department at 419.353.5661 or 800.367.4935 or email programs@wccoa.net

 

A variety of virtual programming through Facebook and Zoom are being offered by WCCOA as well. Among other programs, WCCOA will be holding a Medications and Diabetes Zoom on June 25 at 10:30 a.m. Virtual programming topics, dates and times are updated weekly on the WCCOA website at www.wccoa.net and on the WCCOA Facebook page.

 

The mission of the Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc., shall be to provide older adults with services and programs which empower them to remain independent and improve the quality of their lives.

 

For information on programs and services, please contact the Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc., at 419.353.5661, 800.367.4935, or online at www.wccoa.net.

 

Fresh Produce Distribution Tuesday at NB Sr. Ctr.

Tuesday, June 16, 2:00 – 5:00 pm there will be a fresh produce distribution.

This will be held at the Senior Center located at the Westhaven Apartments on Sprigg Street, off of West Water Street.

There are no income restrictions or residency requirements. This food will be shared with anyone who needs it. 

The produce giveaway is planned to continue the third Tuesday of each month through the end of the year.

WCCOA Birthday Concert and Other Upcoming Virtual Programs

Free cookie decorating kits will be delivered to the first 20 registered participants 60 years of age or older within Wood County…..

Wood County, OH (June 4, 2020) – The Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc. (WCCOA) will hold a virtual birthday concert using the Zoom platform in lieu of their monthly birthday lunch while the eight senior centers remain closed. This special birthday concert, to be held on Wednesday, June 17 at 11:00 a.m. will honor April, May and June birthdays.

All are welcome to join the virtual concert regardless of birth date. The event, sponsored by Wood Haven Health Care and Home Instead Senior Care will feature singer and guitarist John Pickle.

After the birthday celebration, join WCCOA for another birthday treat! Free cookie decorating kits, also sponsored by Wood Haven Health Care and Home Instead Senior Care, will be delivered to the first 20 registered participants 60 years of age or older within Wood County. Following cookie kit deliveries, join Rita Brieschke, WCCOA Program & Technology Specialist for a Zoom “hang-out” to decorate cookies and socialize on Thursday, June 18 at 3:00 p.m.

A variety of virtual programming through Facebook and Zoom are being offered by WCCOA. Among other programs, WCCOA will be holding virtual dining sites once a week on the Zoom platform. Grab your lunch and join the conversation! Virtual programming topics, dates and times are updated weekly on the WCCOA website at www.wccoa.net and on the WCCOA Facebook page.

Please call the WCCOA Programs Department to register for Zoom programming and to obtain login details at 419.353.5661 or 800.367.4935 or email programs@wccoa.net  The Programs Department is available to assist you with accessing Zoom. No tablet or computer? No problem! You can use your phone to call in to any Zoom as well!

The mission of the Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc., shall be to provide older adults with services and programs which empower them to remain independent and improve the quality of their lives.

JUNE IS NATIONAL ELDER ABUSE AWARENESS MONTH

Reporting Elder Abuse is Everyone’s business……..

Wood County, OH (June 4, 2020) – June is National Elder Abuse Awareness Month, and Monday, June 15th has been designated as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.  People are encouraged to wear purple throughout the month to bring attention to elder abuse, neglect and exploitation. In Wood County there were 284 reports of elder abuse, neglect or exploitation in 2019.

Reports of elder abuse are expected to rise as the population of those 60 years of age and over continues to grow. Some indicators of elder abuse may include an older adult appearing fearful, anxious or isolated. There may be physical injuries or it may appear that the person is neglecting his or her personal care. Other indicators might include missing possessions, financial transactions that are out of the ordinary or sudden changes to a will or property title. Risk of abuse can be mitigated by making certain financial, medical, and legal affairs are in order.

If you suspect abuse of an older adult, you can call Wood County’s Adult Protective Services hotline at 419.354.9669 or 888.860.4136 to make a report. The line is open 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.

The mission of the Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc., shall be to provide older adults with services and programs which empower them to remain independent and improve the quality of their lives.

 For information on programs and services, please contact the Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc., at 419.353.5661, 800.367.4935 or www.wccoa.net

100th Birthday Celebration on Saturday in NB

Come out to Briar Hill Health Campus and celebrate in the Birthday Parade at 1:00pm!

LaVerne Snyder Patten will celebrate her 100th birthday on June 6. She is the mother of Samuel, Pamela (Darl) Deeds, Valerie (Les) Whipple and Stanley (Rosemary) Patten, 7 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.  Her family and Briar Hill Health Campus will have a drive thru parade in her honor.  Your gift of a card will be her treasure: Mail to Briar Hill Health Campus, 600 Sterling Dr., North Baltimore, OH 45872.   
 
LaVerne was the oldest sister of 8 and now the only remaining. Her favorite club was Jr Farmers Union League and she enjoyed working at the Wood County Home for 7 years (you will find her picture on the wall at the museum) before marrying Harold Patten. For 42 years she was a happy farm wife until his passing in 1988. She is a member of Grace Lutheran Church, Weston, OH. where she taught Sunday School for many years. She was a cub scout leader, 4-H advisor and the top foul shooter in Wood Co. 1937.  She is an avid baseball fan. 
 
Briar Hill Health Campus invites the community to participate in the parade. If you would like to bring a birthday card, there will be a box to drop your card in during the parade. Feel free to decorate your car if you are in the spirit. You must remain in your vehicles. 
 
Mrs. Patten lived in Rudolph for about 20 yrs before moving to Wayne,  where she lived up to the time she wanted to join an assisted living community. She is a caring people person.
 
 
Laverne Patten’s Family is hosting a Drive- through Parade at 1:00pm on Saturday, June 6th at Briar Hill Health Campus to celebrate her 100th BIRTHDAY!
 
 
 

 

Four things to consider when rescheduling elective surgery

Physicians are working to create the safest environment possible for you to have your needed surgery.

(BPT) – For the past few months, patients around the country have had to postpone elective surgery due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you’re one of them, you’re probably wondering when you may hear from your doctor about rescheduling that surgery. As states begin easing restrictions, hospitals and clinics have been preparing to welcome patients back for procedures that can help relieve pain and improve their quality of life.

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), in partnership with other medical associations, has developed a roadmap to help health care organizations safely resume elective surgeries.

“Physicians, hospitals and health systems are eager to resume elective surgeries, and patients are looking to have the procedures they planned before the pandemic put everything on hold,” said American Society of Anesthesiologists President Mary Dale Peterson, MD, MSHCA, FACHE, FASA. “Health systems can ensure these procedures resume safely by following ASA guidance.”

How will you know when it’s safe?

ASA’s checklist of safety measures can help ensure patients’ comfort in moving forward with surgery:

1. COVID-19 cases are decreasing

ASA and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) advise that it is safe to resume elective procedures when the number of new COVID-19 cases in the area has decreased every day for the last two weeks.

2. All patients are tested

Before you have surgery, you should be tested for COVID-19. Healthcare providers will also ask you if you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days, or if you have experienced unexplained fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat or loss of taste or smell in the last two weeks.

While it may be tempting to shrug off any symptoms or potential exposure, it is extremely important to be honest, for your safety and the safety of your surgical team. Patients who have viral infections — of any kind — are at higher risk for complications from surgery.

3. Your procedure will be performed in a safe environment

Surgical procedures are being performed in locations separate from where COVID-19 patients are being treated, such as an ambulatory care center or a different part of the hospital. Keeping surgeries separate from COVID-19 treatment areas protects both you and your surgical team.

4. Every facility has created a COVID-19 surgical care plan

ASA recommends that all health care facilities adopt COVID-19-related policies to address every stage of surgical care, from before the procedure through post-discharge care planning.

Physicians are working to create the safest environment possible for you to have your needed surgery. Keep in mind that in many areas, elective surgeries have not been performed for over a month, meaning that there will be a backlog, so it may take time to schedule your procedure.

Be informed about your upcoming surgery

Beyond COVID-19 safety, you can learn more about outpatient surgery and review Preparing for Surgery: an Anesthesia Checklist to be sure you are fully prepared for your long-awaited elective procedure.

 

 

 

WCCOA Centers Remain Closed Through June

WCCOA will continue to offer our modified services during this time including meal service…..

 

Based upon the directive from the State of Ohio, all WCCOA Senior Center locations (Perrysburg, Rossford, Walbridge, Grand Rapids, Pemberville, Wayne, North Baltimore, and the Wood County Senior Center in Bowling Green) will remain closed to the general public through Tuesday, June 30, 2020. 

 WCCOA will continue to offer our modified services during this time.

 

On-line programming is being offered via the WCCOA Facebook page and the Zoom meeting platform.  For a schedule of these programs and/or additional information, please contact programs@wccoa.net or call the office at 419.353.5661 or 1.800.367.4935.

 

WCCOA is reinforcing the importance of our participants remaining at home and avoiding large gatherings. We are also encouraging the older adults who participate at the Senior Center congregate dining sites to take advantage of home delivered meals during this time. If you are a Wood County resident (age 60+), in need of home delivered meals or other assistance, please contact the Wood County Committee on Aging at 419.353.5661 or 800.367.4935 or via email at WCCOA@wccoa.net

 

WCCOA has put a plan in place for modified operations for services during the Coronavirus pandemic. 

This plan calls for the following:

  • Medical Escort will be provided on a case by case basis (but not for clients who are symptomatic of the virus).
  • All Senior Center locations will be closed to participants and the general public.
  • Home delivered meal service will continue.
  • All home delivered meal participants will receive one (1) hot lunch delivered daily and will be offered a weekly drop of seven (7) frozen meals to reheat for dinner.
  • Staff and volunteers who will be delivering home delivered meals will not be entering client homes unless absolutely necessary to make the delivery.  Staff / volunteers will also be instructed to remain at least 6-feet away from a client if they need to enter the residence.  The clients will be asked to have a table/surface near the inside of the door or on their front porch / in their garage for meals to be placed upon at delivering.  In order to assure that the client is well, the staff/volunteer will have a visual of the client or at minimum voice interaction through the door.

  

For those Wood County residents (age 60+) who do not currently frequent a Senior Center in Wood County and who opt to follow the recommendation to remain at home, avoiding crowds and public places, and who may find that they would benefit from participating in the home delivered meals programs, please call WCCOA at 419.353.5661 or via email at WCCOA@wccoa.net for additional information.

 

 

 

 

About The Wood County Committee on Aging:

 

The mission of the Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc., shall be to provide older adults with services and programs which empower them to remain independent and improve the quality of their lives.

 

For information on programs and services, please contact the Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc., at 419.353.5661, 800.367.4935 or www.wccoa.net