Cholesterol Screenings to be held in November

Appointments rquired…………

Wood County, Ohio –The Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc. will be holding cholesterol screening clinics in November.  You must be a resident of Wood County and 25 years of age or older.  The cost is $20 for those 60 and over, $25 for those 25-59.

These screenings require an appointment and pretest instructions.

The screening panel includes:  Total Cholesterol, HDL (good cholesterol), LDL (bad cholesterol), Triglycerides, Total Cholesterol/HDL ratio and a blood glucose level.  Results will be immediately available and discussed with clients by a Registered Nurse.

Bowling Green Senior Center:  9:00 am to 11:00 am

  • Friday November 2, 2018
  • Thursday November 8, 2018
  • Wednesday November 20, 2018

Perrysburg Senior Center 9:30 am to 11:30 am

  • Wednesday November 7, 2018
  • Thursday November 15, 2018

To schedule an appointment, please call 1-800-367-4935 or 419-353-5661 and ask for the Social Services Department.

Tinkle Time?

Waking up to go to the bathroom multiple times per night? It’s not because you’re ‘getting old’…………

(Family Features) It’s a common misconception: the older you get, the more frequently you need to use the bathroom at night. Did you know waking up more than once per night to urinate is a medical condition known as nocturia? Shockingly, 64 percent of American adults do not know.

A recent Harris Poll of more than 2,000 U.S. adults, endorsed by The Simon Foundation for Continence, National Association for Continence (NAFC) and the Prostate Conditions Education Council (PCEC), found that approximately one-third of them suffer from nocturia. Nocturia, which forces individuals to get up more than once per night to urinate, is a leading cause of sleep loss and can put one’s health at risk.

“Before receiving treatment for nocturia, I typically wound up making five trips to the bathroom each night, which I knew wasn’t normal,” said Jack Fagan, a 67-year-old resident of Sewell, NJ. “Treatment has made a noticeable impact on my quality of sleep. I find myself more refreshed and have the energy to enjoy time with family and friends.”

Most people living with nocturia (72 percent) reported they are negatively impacted by the condition at night; 43 percent of whom have trouble falling back to sleep, 12 percent indicated they wake up their partners and 10 percent expressed nervousness about tripping or falling while walking to the bathroom. The impact of nocturia-induced sleep loss can be wide-ranging, affecting physical and mental health. Sixty-one percent of nocturia sufferers experience daytime issues as a result of nighttime urination, including: drowsiness, irritability and reduced productivity and concentration.

Sixty-six percent of nocturia sufferers surveyed have never discussed their symptoms with a healthcare professional; half of respondents reported they thought it was a normal part of aging, and 27 percent believed nothing could be done to remedy the problem.

“We see patients who have suffered with nocturia for many years, as it slowly progresses from getting up twice to over four times per night to urinate,” said Roger Dmochowski, M.D., a nocturia sufferer and professor within the department of urologic surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. “In my personal and professional experience, nocturia can have serious implications for an individual’s emotional state and daily life, due to sleep disruption, if not diagnosed and treated. Up until recently, we didn’t have effective treatments.”

For more information on nocturia, visit www.whatisnocturia.com, or  www.simonfoundation.org/nocturia.

The Harris Poll survey was funded by Avadel Pharmaceuticals and Serenity Pharmaceuticals.

SOURCE:
JPA Health Communications

Updated: WCCOA Seeks Public Input on New Center

Monday, October 22 @ 5p.m. and Tuesday, October 23 @ 1p.m. in Bowling Green…….

The Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc., welcomes community input as we begin the planning process for the new WCCOA / Wood County Senior Center location.   Please join us for a brainstorming session to plan for our future facility:

Monday, October 22 @ 5:00 p.m. and Tuesday, October 23 @ 1:00 p.m.

 Both sessions will be held at the Wood County Committee on Aging, located at 305 N. Main Street, Bowling Green, Ohio.

 

Job Posting WCCOA – Senior Center Site Manager

A 25-hour per week position at the Wood County Committee on Aging’s North Baltimore Area location.

Senior Center Site Manager

A 25-hour per week position at the Wood County Committee on Aging’s North Baltimore Area location.

Responsibilities include: Manage daily operations and services; develop, schedule and facilitate activities; completion of all documentation and reports; maintain compliance with all regulations and standards.

Qualifications: Bachelor degree in Gerontology, Social Work, Recreation, Business or related field.  Equivalent experience working in a related field may be considered in lieu of degree.  Computer knowledge and proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel required.  Must have strong verbal and writing skills.  Must be able to lift and carry a minimum of 50 pounds on a regular basis.  Must be able to satisfactorily complete required ServSafe course in food handling and sanitation.  Must have a proven record of working harmoniously with older adults as well as colleagues.  Must be eligible for bonding and insurable under agency policy.  Must possess a valid Ohio Driver’s license with proof of auto insurance (state minimum).  Must meet the requirements contained in Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) 173-3-06.6 (B)(3).  Compliance shall be reviewed not less than annually.  Must successfully complete Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) records check, as defined in OAC 173-9-01.

Agency application available at the Wood County Committee on Aging, 305 N. Main Street, Bowling Green, Ohio; at our website http://wccoa.net/employment/;  or by calling 419.353.5661.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  EOE.

WCCOA Position: Driver/Maintenance (Part-time)

Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc. – Position: Driver / Maintenance (Part-time) – Position Description

Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc.
Position Description

Position: Driver / Maintenance (Part-time)
Index Number: 203

Reports to: Director of Fiscal and Facility Operations

Purpose: Maintain a clean and safe environment for the participants, guests, and employees of the Wood County Committee on Aging.

Responsibilities to include:

1. Transport Lunch Bunch clients daily.

2. Oversee maintenance of vehicles and compliance with state regulations.

3. Serve as back-up to Kitchen Assistant and/or Food Service drivers, as assigned.

4. Oversee maintenance of physical operations of the Bowling Green location, including coordination of administration approved work projects.

5. Set-up and teardown of rooms /facility for all meetings, and classes, and Wood County Seniors rummage sale events.

6. Provide scheduled cleaning of common areas at the Production Kitchen.

7. Observe and report any conditions requiring attention or repair.

8. Maintain clean, debris-free exterior building entrance areas (including snow/ice removal/leaf removal from steps, railings, ramps and landings), as needed.

9. Provide at a minimum, weekly vacuuming for all carpeted surfaces.

10. Perform other duties, as assigned.

Qualifications and Essential Skills:
Education requirements: Minimum requirements high school diploma or GED equivalent.

Must understand importance of maintaining sanitary standards for public venues. Must successfully complete ServSafe for Employees food service training. Must be a self-starter with the ability to assess and prioritize projects. Must have a minimum of 5 years driving experience and a demonstrated ability to operate large vehicles (does not require a CDL).

Minimum Requirements:
Must have a proven record of working harmoniously with older adults as well as colleagues. Must be eligible for bonding and insurable under agency policy. Must possess a valid Ohio Driver’s license with proof of auto insurance (state minimum). Must meet the requirements contained in Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) 173-3-06.6 (B)(3). Compliance shall be reviewed not less than annually. Must successfully complete Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) records check, as defined in OAC 173-9-01.

Abilities Required:
Must demonstrate fluency in English, both written and oral. Requires lifting, bending, stooping, reaching, and standing for extended periods of time, and carrying hot pans/trays of food. Must be able to lift a minimum of 50 pounds. Requires normal range of hearing and vision. Must be able to work in kitchen environment with heat and steam.

This description is intended to indicate the kinds of tasks and levels of work difficulty that will be required of this position. This description shall not be construed as declaring the specific tasks and responsibilities. It is not intended to limit, or in any way modify the rights of any supervisor to assign, direct, and control the work of employees under their supervision. The use of this particular expression or illustration describing duties shall not be held to exclude other duties not mentioned that are of similar kind or level of difficulty.

Note: Responsibilities are not listed in any defined order or priority, but are requirements of the position.

Agency application available at the Wood County Committee on Aging, 305 N. Main Street, Bowling Green, Ohio; at our website http://wccoa.net/employment/;  or by calling 419.353.5661.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  EOE.

The Wood County Throwdown is coming!

Five area chefs will compete to showcase their culinary skills…..

Bowling Green, OH (September 22, 2018) – The Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc. presents the 6th annual Wood County Throwdown. On Saturday, September 29, 2018, five area chefs will compete to showcase their culinary skills. The event will take place at Penta Career Center (9301 Buck Rd, Perrysburg) and doors open at 11 a.m.

Each contestant will represent a local organization that serves our local older adults, including: Brookdale of Bowling Green, Perrysburg Commons, StoryPoint Senior Living, Wood Haven Health Care, and St. Clare Commons. Attendees will taste five different appetizers, entrees, and desserts created by the contestants and will have the unique opportunity to critique these samples and vote to crown the People’s Choice Award for each dish presented. Local celebrity judges will announce the Wood County Throwdown Champion of 2018!

Local vendors will be present and entertainment will include live music by James Askins.

Cost for entry is $10 per person. If you would like to attend this event, please contact the WCCOA Programs Department at 419-353-5661 OR 800-367-4935. You can also e-mail programs@wccoa.net.

For more information, contact the Wood County Committee on Aging’s Programs Department through the above e-mail or by calling 419-353-5661 OR 800-367-4935.

 

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.

 

Taking Steps to Prevent Falls

Look around your home for potential hazards…..

(Family Features) When you’re young, an injury from a fall may sideline you for a few days or weeks, but a full recovery is usually quick. As you get older, the consequences of falls can become more serious, setting up a sequence of events that can have longstanding implications on independence and health.

It doesn’t have to be that way, however. Although falls typically become more common and can be more serious as you age, falls are not a natural part of getting older. In fact, most falls are preventable. Knowing the factors that put you at greater risk of falling and taking proper steps can help prevent falls.

Risk factors for falls in older people include overall health (chronic diseases and physical conditions), environment (hazards and situations at home) and behaviors, such as rushing around or standing on a chair to reach something.

These steps from the experts at the National Council on Aging can help prevent falls:

  • Stay active: Exercise helps increase or maintain coordination and muscle tone that can keep you steady on your feet and your reactions sharp. Walking, gardening or taking an exercise class are just a few ways to keep your heart healthy and your muscles toned.
  • Manage underlying chronic conditions: The better your overall health, the lower your risk of falls. Chronic conditions like diabetes, depression, osteoarthritis, obesity and high blood pressure can increase your risk. Managing those conditions by seeing your health care provider regularly, taking medication as prescribed, eating a healthy diet and choosing appropriate exercise can help prevent falls.
  • Review medications: Side effects from and interactions with some medications can cause dizziness that can increase the risk of falling. Types of medicine associated with an increased risk include sedatives and diuretics as well as those used to treat high blood pressure and anxiety. Talk to your doctor about all prescriptions and over-the-counter medicines you are taking.
  • Get your eyes checked: Vision changes as you age, so it is important to get your eyes checked once a year to make sure your prescription is up to date and screen for any eye-related diseases like cataracts and glaucoma, which are usually treatable when caught at an early stage.
  • Assess your home: Look around your home for potential hazards. Consider enlisting the help of a family member or neighbor who may be more likely to notice things you don’t. Install grab bars in your bathrooms, get rid of slippery throw rugs (or add a rubber backing) and keep passageways inside and outside your home well-lit and free from clutter and debris.

For more tips and information, visit acl.gov/fallsprevention.

Photo courtesy of Getty Images

SOURCE:
Administration for Community Living

Get Educated on Medicare in Medicare 101!

A representative from OSHIIP will be presenting a talk at the Perrysburg Area Senior Center (140 West Indiana Avenue, Perrysburg) on Tuesday, September 25…

Perrysburg, OH (September  2018) – The Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc. is working with the Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP) to ensure our local seniors have all the information they need for this fall’s Medicare open enrollment. A representative from OSHIIP will be presenting a talk at the Perrysburg Area Senior Center (140 West Indiana Avenue, Perrysburg) on Tuesday, September 25 at 1 p.m. Come learn about the recent changes to Medicare and how the October 15 to December 7 Medicare Annual Coordinated Election Period can work for you. Attendees will also get tips on how to enroll for 2019 coverage in a Medicare prescription drug plan (Part D) and/or a Medicare health plan, and will be able to see if they qualify to save an average of $4,000 on their prescription drug costs!

No RSVP is needed for the presentation on September 25, 2018. Please contact the Social Services Department at the Wood County Senior Center by calling 419-353-5661 or 1-800-367-4935 if you have any questions. You may also contact OSHIIP directly at 1-800-686-1578.

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.

DeWine Warns of Grandparent Scams

The caller may claim the grandchild was in a car accident, caught with drugs, or put in jail, for example…..

(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ahead of National Grandparents Day this Sunday, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is warning families to beware of the “grandparent scam,” which has been reported by dozens of Ohioans in recent weeks.

The scam begins when a grandparent receives a call claiming the person’s grandchild is in trouble and in urgent need of money. The caller may claim the grandchild was in a car accident, caught with drugs, or put in jail, for example. The grandparent is asked to send money immediately, supposedly to pay a fine, attorney’s fees, or other costs.

“These con artists prey on a grandparent’s worst fears,” Attorney General DeWine said. “They claim the person’s grandchild has been in an accident or is in serious trouble, but it’s all a lie. We want people to be aware of the scam and to talk to their family about it.”

Many people who report the scam haven’t lost any money, but among those who have, the average reported loss is over $6,000 this year.

Victims commonly are told to pay using gift cards (by purchasing the cards and then reading the card numbers over the phone) or by wire transfer or cash. In some cases, con artists ask victims to tuck cash into pages of a magazine and then send the magazine. With these methods of payment, it is difficult to trace or recover the money once it’s been sent.

Grandparents who send money once likely will receive additional calls requesting more money. Scam artists also may encourage grandparents not to talk to other family members about the situation, making the scam harder to detect.

Tips to avoid the grandparent scam include:

  • Communicate with your family members. Talk to your family about scams and discuss how you would communicate during a true emergency. If you receive a call from a grandchild or another family member who claims to be in trouble, contact someone else (such as the grandchild’s parents) to determine if the person truly needs your help, even if you’ve been instructed not to contact anyone else. When in doubt, ask questions only your real family members would know how to answer, such as the last time you saw each other.
  • Limit the amount of information you share online. Don’t post upcoming travel plans or detailed personal information online, and encourage your family members to take similar precautions. Check your account privacy settings and limit who can view your information. Be aware that scammers may use information posted on social media or publicly available online to learn more about their targets and to make their ploys seem believable.
  • Be wary of unusual payment requests. If a caller demands that you pay over the phone using a gift card, pay via wire transfer, or pay by mailing cash, be skeptical. These are preferred payment methods for scammers because it is difficult to trace or recover the payment once it is provided.

The Ohio Attorney General’s Office warns consumers about scams and offers a variety of educational materials, including a phone scams checklist.

Ohioans who suspect a scam should contact the Ohio Attorney General’s Office at 800-282-0515 or www.OhioProtects.org.

WCCOA is looking for Caregiver Nominations for Golden Care Awards!

The deadline for nominations is Friday, September 28, 2018….

Bowling Green, OH (September 4, 2018) – The Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc., will be collaborating with Brookdale of Bowling Green, Perrysburg Commons, Bridge Home Health and Hospice, Kingston of Perrysburg, and Briar Hill Health Care Campus to host the Golden Care Awards in order to recognize the caregiving heroes in Wood County.

This event will recognize compassionate caregivers working in a facility or home care setting, as well as community caregivers. The reception and dinner will be held on Thursday, November 1 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church (315 South College Dr., Bowling Green) from 6 to 8 p.m., with a ceremony at 6:30 p.m.

Nomination forms are available at all Wood County Senior Centers or on our website at www.wccoa.net, and the deadline is Friday, September 28, 2018. Nominated “Caregiver Heroes” must have been working in a facility/home care setting, been an active caregiver for a family member, friend or neighbor within the last year. A caregiver provides direct care and tends to the needs of an older adult. Self-nominations will not be accepted.

Nominees will be judged by the examples given in the following categories:

  • Level of quality of care given
  • Examples of patient experiences given (How have you helped improve this person’s quality of life? How have you helped them maintain their individuality?)
  • Depth of commitment (duration of care, special activities done with person, etc.)
  • Level of passion communicated in submission
  • Overall quality of submission

Return the completed nomination form with their photo to “Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc, 305 North Main St., Bowling Green, OH 43402” OR e-mail programs@wccoa.net

For more information, contact the Wood County Committee on Aging’s Programs Department through the above e-mail or by calling 419-353-5661 OR 800-367-4935.

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.