WCCOA to hold NEW “Dynamic Balance Through Dance” movement class

No equipment or prior experience is needed for participation in this class.

Bowling Green, OH (February 23, 2021) – The Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc. (WCCOA) will be holding a Dynamic Balance Through Dance movement class virtually using the Zoom platform. The class, taught by Certified Instructor Tammy Starr, will be held on Wednesdays from March 3 to April 7 at 6:30 p.m. This course lasts for six (6) weeks, and costs $15 to participate.

Join in this class to work on range of motion, strength, balance, and functional movement and to have fun! Participants may sit or stand during the class. Proper shoes are recommended for safety. No equipment or prior experience is needed for participation in this class.

Please contact the Programs Department of WCCOA to register by calling 419.353.5661 or 1.800.367.4935, or by e-mailing programs@wccoa.net  Payment and waiver can be mailed or dropped off to the Wood County Senior Center, 305 North Main St., Bowling Green, Ohio 43402. 

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.

Final Weekend! Virginia Theater – “News of the World”

Starts FRIDAY Feb 12 >>> Stars: Tom Hanks, Helena Zengel, Tom Astor

 
Starts Feb 12 thru 21,
 
Showtimes Fri, 7 pm & Sat/Sun 1, 4, 7 pm
 

News of the World

 
ALL SEATS
$5.00
 
 
– A Civil War veteran agrees to deliver a girl, taken by the Kiowa people years ago, to her aunt and uncle, against her will. They travel hundreds of miles and face grave dangers as they search for a place that either can call home.
 
Director: Paul Greengrass
Writers: Paul Greengrass (screenplay by), Luke Davies
 
Stars: Tom Hanks, Helena Zengel, Tom Astor | See full cast & crew

Bluffton Community Members 70 Years of Age and Older Can Register for COVID-19 Vaccine

on Friday, February 5 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Bluffton Hospital, a division of Blanchard Valley Health System, will be offering another vaccination clinic for the community. In this phase, individuals who are 70 years of age and older will be available to receive the vaccination. The clinic will be held on Friday, February 5 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

To register, please call 419.369.2323 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. There are a limited number of vaccines available, therefore vaccines will be given on a first call, first-served basis. A caregiver or loved one may make an appointment on behalf of an eligible senior.

Please do not call the hospital directly. Registrations are being streamlined through the vaccination clinic telephone number only. Appointments for the second dose will be made at the clinic when the first dose is administered.

Additional groups, such as those based on underlying health conditions, will be added as the vaccine becomes available. 

To learn more about the vaccination clinics within our region, as well as the involvement of BVHS in the process, please visit bvhsvaccineconnect.com.

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Blanchard Valley Health System provides a total continuum of care to more than 100,000 households in an eight-county area.

Vaccine supply continues to be limited

During February, Health Department vaccines will be directed to seniors with barriers to access….

BOWLING GREEN — COVID-19 vaccines continue to be a scarce resource for which demand greatly exceeds the local supply. Wood County partners are working together to ensure that all people who are currently eligible to receive vaccines during Ohio’s Phase 1B have opportunities to do so.

Given the limited amount of doses Wood County Health Department is receiving each week, availability for appointments may be limited throughout the next few weeks. The Health Department is working with partners to administer doses through targeted outreach to vulnerable people who are at the greatest risk for severe illness.

Wood County Health Department is working with the Wood County Committee on Aging to identify people eligible during Ohio’s Phase 1B who are at increased risk and face obstacles to accessing vaccines due to limited transportation and other factors. Targeting the Health Department’s doses in this way will help ensure that those who could not otherwise access vaccine are able to receive this protection from COVID-19.

Other Wood County providers will continue to receive vaccine allocations to serve the eligible public. Each local provider handles scheduling and registration differently.  Each provider’s contact information will be posted at Vaccine.WoodCountyHealth.org. As the Health Department receives updates from providers on their availability of vaccine, this information will also be provided.

The mission of Wood County Health Department is to prevent disease, promote healthy lifestyles and protect the health of everyone in Wood County. Our Community Health Center provides comprehensive medical services for men, women and children. We welcome all patients, including uninsured or underinsured clients, regardless of their ability to pay, and we accept most third-party insurance. For more information, visit www.WoodCountyHealth.org.

New Show at The Virginia Theater TODAY

“The Little Things” – Starring Denzel Washington, Rami Malek, Jared Leto, Natalie Morales, Terry Kinney, Chris Bauer, Joris Jarsky, Michael Hyatt.

 
 
At the Virginia Theater
Downtown North Baltimore, Ohio
Starts Friday 29 thru Feb 7
Showtimes 7 pm Fri 1,4,7 Sat/Sun
 
 
The Little Things Rated R – Kern County Deputy Sheriff Joe Deacon is sent to Los Angeles for what should have been a quick evidence-gathering assignment. Instead, he becomes embroiled in the search for a serial killer who is terrorizing the city.
 
Starring Denzel Washington, Rami Malek, Jared Leto, Natalie Morales, Terry Kinney, Chris Bauer, Joris Jarsky, Michael Hyatt.
 

WCCOA CARE COMPASS PROJECT TO CONTINUE VIRTUALLY

The upcoming session will be held virtually using Zoom on Wednesday, February 3 at 11:00 a.m…….

Bowling Green, Ohio (January 21, 2021) – The Care Compass project serves as a quarterly network gathering for caregivers and those who may be caregivers in the future. Care Compass is a place to gather information and obtain resources to make the journey of caregiving less stressful. The upcoming session, focusing on isolation and its impact on health, will be held virtually using Zoom on Wednesday, February 3 at 11:00 a.m.

The Care Compass Project is free and open to all caregivers but requires pre-registration by calling 1-800-367-4935 or 419-353-5661 or by emailing programs@wccoa.net  Zoom login information will be given upon registration.

Lunch sponsored by Brookdale of Bowling Green will be delivered to your home by WCCOA to the first 20 Wood County residents registered for the session.

AGENDA:

11:00 a.m. Combating Isolation Through Technology: Critical Signal Technologies seeks to empower older adults, people with disabilities, and those battling chronic illness to live independently and with dignity. Learn how designed technology strives to meet human care with compassion and support. Jamie Jones, Critical Signal Technologies, A Best Buy Health Company.

11:45 a.m. Panel Discussion on Community Resources to Create Connections and Support While Being Isolated: This session will provide you with access to various resources to help you remain in your home safely, healthily and happily. Long Term Care information will also be provided. Community information by Jessica Ricker, LSW, WCCOA. Home Health information by Ali Longmore, LSW, Ohio Living Home Health.    

The CARE Compass Project is sponsored and brought to the community by: Brookdale of Bowling Green, Wood County Committee on Aging, Golden Care Partners, Ohio Living Home Health and Wood County Hospital.

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

 

Alzheimer’s Assoc. to Hold Virtual Educational Program

Variety of Topics February 1-11 for the Community and Families Impacted by the Disease….

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

These 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. They will discuss topics such as what is Alzheimer’s disease, warning signs to look for, how to manage behaviors, and to strategize about how to have difficult conversations. We will even help you have a healthy brain! The programs are very 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 the program, call 800.272.3900

Feb 1- Healthy Living for Brain and Body 3pm

Feb 1-Living with Alzheimer’s – Younger Onset 6pm

Feb 2- Dementia Conversations 2:30pm

Feb 3- Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia 11am

Feb 4- Effective Communication Strategies 3pm

Feb 4- Living with Alzheimer’s for Caregivers Late Stage-Part 1   6:30pm

Feb 8-Dementia Conversations 11am

Feb 8- Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia 3pm

Feb 9- Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior  10am

Feb 9- 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s   2:30pm

Feb 10- Effective Communication Strategies   11:30am

Feb 10 –  10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s   4pm

Feb 11 -Healthy Living for Brain and Body   1pm

Feb 11- Living with Alzheimer’s for Caregivers Late Stage – Part 2            6:30pm

COVID-19 And “Sandwich Generation” Caregivers

The coronavirus is stretching both time and money thin for the Sandwich Generation…..

(NAPSI)—The Sandwich Generation, named for the population of Americans caring for both their school-aged children and an aging parent or other relative, has been uniquely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a recent survey and white paper from New York Life, “Caregiving and COVID-19: How the pandemic is expanding the sandwich generation.” This is largely due to an enhanced demand on the typical type of care the generation provides as a result of the coronavirus’ effect on schooling, healthcare, and everyday work and life. The survey found it was largely millennials and particularly women shouldering the burden.

Taking care of their kids and their parents can keep many in the Sandwich Generation from saving for their own future—but help is available.

How COVID-19 has Affected the Sandwich Generation 

The coronavirus is stretching both time and money thin for the Sandwich Generation, sometimes at the expense of their financial, physical and emotional well-being.

This demographic has spent thousands of dollars in total care for their dependents over time—and the coronavirus pandemic is intensifying this budget crunch. On average, 69 percent  say they’re paying for this care out of their own daily budgets, with 27 percent working more hours to get the extra funds, 27 percent drawing from their emergency savings, 20 percent sharing costs with a sibling and 18 percent ultimately delaying paying bills.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the data found, more than half of those in the Sandwich Generation spend more each month caring for others, as nearly one-quarter of people report spending extra each month on top of the average $1,000. As a result, about four in 10 put less each month toward their savings and about one-third have less for their retirement, debt, or their personal well-being. Over time, these can make a big difference for a financial portfolio and create additional concerns for financial health.

“As COVID-19 exacerbates the stress on the Sandwich Generation and the economic outlook remains uncertain, preparing for the unexpected becomes critical to achieving long-term financial security,” advised Dylan Huang, Head of Retail Annuities, Investment Solutions and Wealth Planning, New York Life. “While our data suggests a troubling trend of Sandwich Generation families sacrificing long-term savings for shorter term needs, the outlook is not all dark skies. This report shows that those working with financial professionals are able to improve their financial well-being and feel more confident about their financial solutions, their family’s future, and their own retirement.”

What’s Next

As the evolving Sandwich Generation navigates its family responsibilities and day-to-day routine, it’s important to keep the financial basics in mind and prioritize time to set their family up for more success and less stress in the future. Thinking about life insurance, their emergency fund, and ensuring that their investment portfolio is diversified and within a comfortable risk tolerance, are all areas that can provide security over time and let the Sandwich Generation focus on their loved ones instead of worrying about their finances.

Learn More

For further facts, stats, as well as to see the entire report and survey methodology, visit www.newyorklife.com.

COVID-19 Vaccines available for those 80 and Older

Additional COVID-19 vaccines available for people age 80+ this week at Meijer….

BOWLING GREEN — Wood County Health Department has received additional COVID-19 vaccine doses and is partnering with Meijer to provide 450 additional appointments this week for people age 80 and older. Scheduling for these appointments will begin at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20 and the vaccines will be administered from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at Meijer in Bowling Green. Visit Vaccine.WoodCountyHealth.org and look for the scheduling link for Meijer.

Wood County Health Department is continuing to serve people included in Phase1A as Phase 1B distributions begin. If you believe you are in the 1A category, fill out the form found on the Health Department’s website. Do not schedule an appointment, as they are intended for the 1B population. If you schedule an appointment, do not make multiple attempts. Only schedule once for an appointment.

For each group that becomes eligible during Phase 1B, public vaccine appointments will be available starting on Wednesday of the week they become eligible. A full week of availability will be offered to groups when they become eligible for the vaccine. For example, those aged 75 and up are eligible for the vaccine beginning the week of Jan. 25. In Wood County, vaccine appointments for this group will begin Wednesday, Jan. 27, and the next eligible group will not have appointments available until the next Wednesday, a full week after the previous week’s service began.

Wood County Health Department is waiting to receive vaccine allocations before scheduling appointments to ensure no appointments must be canceled due to a vaccine shortage or delivery delay. Wood County Health Department’s vaccine appointments are being scheduled through the ArmorVax website and app. Other local vaccine providers are doing their registration and scheduling with their own procedures. Some providers may allow registration sooner. Please go to Vaccine.WoodCountyHealth.org to see the current providers that have vaccine available and find their contact information.

Alternatively, if you would like to speak to someone to schedule an appointment, you can call 419-352-8402 and choose option 1. During the initial launch, Wood County Health Department is partnering with the Wood County Committee on Aging and 2-1-1, who are providing support for vaccination scheduling.

Wood County is serving anyone who is eligible, regardless of their county of residence, as are many counties. COVID-19 does not stop spreading due to borders, and people who do not live in Wood County may still attend school or work here.

There have been many changes and new information available to how vaccines are being distributed. Wood County Health Department will continue to inform our the public as quickly and efficiently as possible. We are grateful for our community’s understanding and patience as we work together to fight COVID-19.

The mission of Wood County Health Department is to prevent disease, promote healthy lifestyles and protect the health of everyone in Wood County. Our Community Health Center provides comprehensive medical services for men, women and children. We welcome all patients, including uninsured or underinsured clients, regardless of their ability to pay, and we accept most third-party insurance. For more information, visit www.WoodCountyHealth.org.

BVHS Weekend Column: The COVID-19 Vaccine

Both of these now-approved vaccines require two doses…..

The Covid-19 Vaccine, by Jeffrey Eiden, MD & Leah Eiden, MD, Family Medicine

Vaccine. The word on everyone’s lips these days. As family physicians working during a pandemic, we find ourselves studying the specifics of the COVID-19 vaccines and passing the information on to our patients, answering questions, giving advice, and discounting misinformation. Here is what we’ve been sharing.

Dr. Leah Eiden, Family Medicine

First, a quick word about vaccines in general: vaccines are intended to alert the body’s immune system to potential infection, to allow the immune system to develop memory that will lead to a stronger defense when exposure to the actual virus or bacteria occurs. In most cases, this promotes such a robust response to subsequent exposure that infection is squelched. The virus or bacteria never gets a foothold to allow it to replicate enough to cause any issues. Vaccines do this by presenting a non-infective look at the virus or bacteria.

At present, there are two vaccines approved for COVID-19. Both of these show the body the spike protein of the SARS-CoV2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) as their way of alerting the immune system. The visual representations of SARS-CoV2 show it covered in red spikes – these are the spike proteins that are targeted by the vaccines.

Both vaccines use messenger RNA. Messenger RNA enters the body cells but does not enter the cells’ nucleus, where the DNA is stored. Once in the cell, the messenger RNA is decoded and informs the production of the spike protein by the cell’s own protein production apparatus. After this, the messenger RNA is quickly destroyed. The spike protein moves to the cell surface, where it is then visible to the immune cells. The immune cells make specific antibodies that match the spike protein and allow for the rapid destruction of cells displaying it in the future. Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have shown great effectiveness in preventing COVID19 with this process.

Both of these now-approved vaccines require two doses, the Pfizer vaccine two doses three weeks apart, and the Moderna vaccine two doses four weeks apart. The two vaccines cannot be mixed and matched; both doses need to be the same vaccine. As the immune system is processing the vaccine, there can be related symptoms, similar to those experienced with an immune response to other infections. Specifically, some people have aching muscles, low-grade fever, and fatigue that can last for several days.

At this point, the most concerning side effect of the Pfizer vaccine, which has been administered to the public over the last week, is anaphylaxis, a severe allergic reaction. There have been six cases of anaphylaxis documented thus far. This is being addressed by cautious observation of patients for up to 30 minutes after receiving the vaccine and by recommending that people who have had issues with anaphylaxis previously avoid this vaccine or at least use even more caution when receiving it.

That leads to a discussion of safety. There is a lot of talk in the public and social media about safety concerns. The vaccine development process, while completed in record time, did not shorten or cut corners on the investigation of efficacy or safety. Both of these vaccines have gone through the standard testing protocols, which are used to evaluate the safety of new vaccines. Because of the urgency, it was not difficult to recruit the large numbers of people needed to participate in the clinical studies. The data gained from those studies have been carefully reviewed and can be trusted. The first study subjects received vaccine or placebo in August, so any effect of the vaccines after 3 or 4 months is unknown; however, the nature of how vaccines work and the fact that they are not dosed repeatedly limit adverse effects to the short term.

There is much more that could be said to help you understand what is being offered in these COVID-19 vaccines, but all of it can be summed up with this advice: when you can, get the vaccine. These vaccines work, they are safe and COVID-19 is a serious illness that needs to be stopped. We and our family will be immunized as soon as it is our turn.

Dr. Jeff Eiden, Family Medicine

WCCOA Welcoming Entries for 15th Annual Poetry Contest

Any poems submitted should adhere to the theme of Your Legacy….

Bowling Green, OH (January 4, 2021) – The Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc. (WCCOA) will be accepting entries for this year’s poetry contest. Any Wood County resident 50 years of age or older may participate. The opening date for submissions is Tuesday, January 19 and will be closing on Friday, March 26 at 4 p.m.

Any poems submitted should adhere to the theme of Your Legacy. We are looking for poetry that in some way celebrates the heart and soul of Wood County citizens as they continue to celebrate their lives.

Entries must be submitted in English, double spaced, in a 12-point Times New Roman Font. Entries must be entirely your own work and never previously published, online or offline. All styles of poems are acceptable but they must be originals. Any plagiarized short stories and poems will be disqualified.

Two entries will be accepted per person. Intent to submit will not be accepted. Poems are to have a title and the poet’s name, address and phone number, and should not be longer than one (1) page.

Poems are due to the WCCOA Programs Department, 305 North Main Street, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402 by Friday, March 26, 2021 by 4 p.m. You may also e-mail your entry to programs@wccoa.net

Winners will be selected by a Bowling Green State University Writing Professor. All poems entered will be available for reading in a loosely bound edition.

Winning poems will be announced on April 23, published on our blog, and announced on our Facebook page found at www.facebook.com/wccoa. The grand prize award will be a $50 gift card sponsored by Bowling Green Manor.

All poems will be posted on our blog site, woodcountycommitteeonaging@blogspot.com

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

Birthday Wishes Request

HONK for a HAPPY BIRTHDAY! 

Today, January 4th is a SPECIAL DAY for a SPECIAL LADY, as NB resident Marjorie (Marge) Reynolds turns 85 YEARS YOUNG! 



Marge is a member of the Church of the Good Shepherd, owner of the Daily Queen, and belongs to the Eastern Stars and Red Hat Society. She is the wife of the late Thomas (Tom) Reynolds and mother of Thomas Jeffrey Reynolds (JR) and Rhonda Nye. 

Please join in a celebration by driving by her house on North Main St. and giving Marge a HONK for a HAPPY BIRTHDAY!  There will be a box provided in the driveway if you care to drop off a card also.  The goal is to make her feel special by receiving 85+ cards and HONKS throughout the entire day.    

Thanks for your participation….the Reynolds Family