Help Wanted: Information Specialist Posting

Information Specialist a 40-hour per week position with a full benefit package including medical and retirement. 

Information Specialist Posting

Information Specialist a 40-hour per week position with a full benefit package including medical and retirement.  Responsibilities include:  greeting and welcoming visitors, provided clerical functions, as well as answering and directing inquiries via telephone and electronic media.  Maintain room reservations log and process requests.  Transport lunch clients daily.

Qualifications: 

Minimum requirements high school diploma or GED equivalent.

Must be a self-starter and able to prioritize projects.

Must have working knowledge and experience in Microsoft Access; Excel; Outlook; PowerPoint; Word, and Windows Operating System.

Must have a proven record of working harmoniously with older adults as well as with colleagues.  Must be eligible for bonding and insurable under agency policy.  Must possess a valid Ohio driver’s license with proof of auto insurance coverage (state minimum).

Must have strong verbal and writing skills.

Requires lifting, bending, stooping, reaching, and standing for extended periods of time.  Must be able to lift a minimum of 50 pounds consistently.  Requires normal range of hearing and vision.

Must have a minimum of 5 years driving experience and a demonstrated ability to operate large vehicles.

Successful candidate must demonstrate fluency in English, both written and oral.

Agency application available at the Wood County Committee on Aging, 305 N. Main Street, Bowling Green, Ohio, on our website www.wccoa.net or by calling 419.353.5661. 

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  EOE.

New Medicare ID Card Distribution

‘It won’t be a foolproof precaution, but it will go a long way toward protecting your identities’

New Medicare cards will be sent to recipients between April 2018 to April 2019, says AMAC
‘It won’t be a foolproof precaution, but it will go a long way toward protecting your identities’
WASHINGTON, DC, Mar 30 – Medicare has long been a lucrative target for fraudsters. In fact, Medicare fraud costs taxpayers tens of billions of dollars each year. The schemes range from fraudulent claims for healthcare reimbursements to fake prescriptions for medications and costly medical devices.
“But identity theft is one of the most prolific and personally dangerous types of fraud for individuals. While bogus claims target the system, ID crimes target you, the individual. When criminals steal your Medicare card numbers, they are also gaining illicit access to your Social Security number. Not only can they then use the information to submit phony healthcare claims, but they can also use it to commit bank and credit card fraud, for example,” says Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC].
That’s why the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services [CMS] will begin issuing new Medicare cards starting in April. The new cards will use random numbers instead of your Social Security numbers as your identifiers.
“It won’t be a foolproof precaution, but it will go a long way toward protecting your identities. It will be up to you to keep your new card safe. The bad guys can still use it to submit fake claims for reimbursement,” according to Weber.
Beware new scams, says the Federal Trade Commission, which has offered these guidelines to Medicare cardholders:
  • Don’t pay for your new card. It’s yours for free.  If anyone calls and says you need to pay for it, that’s a scam.
  • Don’t give personal information to get your card. If someone calls claiming to be from Medicare, asking for your Social Security number or bank information, that’s a scam.  Hang up.  Medicare will never ask you to give personal information to get your new number and card.
  • Guard your card. When you get your new card, safeguard it like you would any other health insurance or credit card.  While removing the Social Security number cuts down on many types of identity theft, you’ll still want to protect your new card because identity thieves could use it to get medical services.
“Medicare recipients will not all receive their new cards at the same time,” says Weber. “We will be getting our cards according to a state-by-state schedule that will last from April 2018 to April 2019. To see when you will receive your card, click this link.“

Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc. Holding a Caregiver’s Night Out

Fourth annual Caregiver’s Night Out on Monday, April 16, 2018 from 4:30 to 7 p.m……………..

Bowling Green, OH (March 16, 2018) – More than 65 million people, 29% of the U.S. population, provide care for a chronically ill, disabled, or aged family member or friend during any given year and spend an average of 20 hours per week providing care for their loved one. (caregiveraction.org)  In order to support these caregivers  The Wood County Committee on Aging will be facilitating its fourth annual  Caregiver’s Night Out  on Monday, April 16, 2018 from 4:30 to 7 p.m.

Caregivers have the option of either spending the evening independently or with other caregivers at the BiG Fab Lab, 1234 N. Main Street in the Woodland Mall in Bowling Green. The night will include project choices, mingling, refreshments and appetizers. Caregivers will be able to choose from the following projects: sew and make a trinket tray, create a personalized scrapbook pages (bring your own pictures) or create homemade cards, paint a platter or serving bowl, or make a wooden serving tray and engrave on it. Choices for projects need to be made by April 2.

The caregiver’s care recipients, meanwhile, will be able to either enjoy free in-home health care for the evening (companionship care only; schedule your home visit prior to the event by calling 419-754-1897 and mention that you are taking part in ‘Caregiver’s Night Out’) or have their own evening out with games and activities at the Wood County Senior Center located at 305 N. Main St., Bowling Green, OH.

Register by Monday, April 2 by calling (419)353-5661, (800)367-4935, or by e-mailing programs@wccoa.net . Enjoy a night out on us!

Caregiver projects are sponsored by Brookdale of Bowling Green,  care recipient activities and care are sponsored by Arista Home Care Solutions, and food is sponsored by StoryPoint Senior Living.

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.

WCCOA to hold “Matter of Balance” classes targeted toward preventing falls

Classes will be held at the Northeast Area Senior Center (at 705 N. Main Street, Walbridge) ……….

Walbridge, OH (March 2, 2018) – The Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc. (WCCOA) will be holding a “Matter of Balance” course at the Northeast Area Senior Center (at 705 N. Main Street, Walbridge) every Wednesday from March 28 to May 2, from 9 to 11 a.m. This course lasts for six (6) weeks, and costs $15 to participate.

 

Are you experiencing a fear of falling? Are you limiting your activities due to this fear? Are you becoming physically weak? If you answered “yes” to any of these three questions, A Matter of Balance is for you! During this class participants will learn to view falls as controllable, set goals for increasing activity, make changes to reduce fall risk at home, and exercise to increase strength and balance. Participants will receive a manual for training purposes and a certificate upon completion of the course.

 

This course is sponsored by Aetna Better Health of Ohio.

 

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

 

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.

Assistive Technology

Tools to improve the everyday……………

(Family Features) Most Americans want to stay in their homes as they age. Not a bad plan, but what if your home doesn’t fit you as well as it once did?

Often, aging can be accompanied by a change in your ability to manage and move around in your home. That’s where assistive technology – better known as AT –  comes in. No matter your age or what type of disability you may have, chances are there is an AT device out there that can help you with everyday tasks.

AT isn’t a new concept. In fact, most people have probably used an assistive device without realizing it. Smartphones, voice command technology and certain types of software all fall under the AT umbrella. AT also includes plenty of low-tech devices, like adapted pencil grips for students with disabilities.

There’s an ever-growing variety of AT tools available to help with household chores, work functions, getting around, seeing, hearing, learning and living independently in general. These devices and technologies are designed to help older adults and people with disabilities, but you may find that these tools can make life easier for anyone.

Examples of AT devices and tools include:

  • Hearing aids
  • Vehicle modifications, such as hand controls or wheelchair lifts
  • Devices that help with bathing and eating
  • Software modifications for those with hearing and visual challenges
  • Equipment, such as grab bars in a shower, to help prevent falls
  • Eye glasses and magnification devices to help individuals with low vision
  • Communication devices for individuals with speech disabilities
  • Wheelchairs, walkers and other mobility devices

The right AT for you
At first, trying to find the right AT tools and solutions can feel overwhelming. The network of State Assistive Technology Act Programs is a good place to start. Your state AT Act program can provide information and support to help you identify and acquire AT that meets your needs.

These programs offer:

  • Device demonstration and short-term loan programs that allow you to try out equipment before purchasing
  • Reuse programs that provide gently used devices at substantial savings
  • Financing options, such as cash loan programs, that can help you get the AT devices you need

You can find the AT Act Program in your state or territory at acl.gov/AT. You’ll also find additional information on state AT programs, data about the network of state AT programs and additional resources to help you find and obtain AT that fits your needs.

With more research and awareness around the importance of AT, the future possibilities for living independently in the place of your choosing are almost limitless.

Photo courtesy of Getty Images

SOURCE:
Administration for Community Living

WCCOA is welcoming entries for 13th annual poetry contest

Any Wood County individual 50 years of age or older may participate………….

Bowling Green, OH (February 9, 2018) – The Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc. (WCCOA) is currently accepting entries for this year’s poetry contest. Any Wood County individual 50 years of age or older may participate. The opening date for submissions was Monday, January 22 and will be closing on Friday, March 30 at 4 p.m.

 

Poems should share stories of life, hope, dreams and love. We are looking for poetry that, in some way, celebrates the heart and souls of members 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 to have the poet’s name, address and phone number on each page.

 

Poems are due to the Program Department at the Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc., 305 North Main Street, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402 by Friday, March 30, 2018 by 4 p.m. You may also e-mail your entry to programs@wccoa.net. All entries must have the title of the poem, their name, phone number, address and date of submission.

 

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

 

Winning poems will be published in the newsletter, on the website and blog, and in local papers. The grand prize award will be a $50 gift card, with a runner-up prize of $25. Prizes are sponsored by Right at Home Health Care.

 

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.

UPDATED: WCCOA to Offer Diabetes Education Classes

Dates Changed—Fridays, starting February 23……………..

Wood County, Ohio – The Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc. is pleased to announce that we will be able to start offering classes, in conjunction with Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC) and Diabetes Education Empowerment Program (DEEP).  DEEP is a Medicare-approved, evidence-based diabetes self-management education program developed by the University of Illinois at Chicago.  DEEP workshops (classes) are Free, Fun, meet once a week for six weeks and each session lasts two hours.  Have fun while learning how to manage diabetes and enjoy the benefits of a healthier, more energetic lifestyle.  Sign up TODAY!

 Wood County Senior Center: 

Every Friday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm.  Starting February 23rd, 2018 ending six weeks later on March 30th, 2018. To sign up for this class or future workshops, please call 1-800-367-4935 or 419-353-5661 and ask for the Social Services Department.

 

**Class space is limited!  Next class is currently scheduled for April 20th through May 25th   2018.

 

 

 

 

 

Great Decisions Lecture Series Returns to WCCOA for 2018

Participants will be enlightened with up-to-date information on worldly topics facilitated by Bowling Green State University professors……………………….

Bowling Green, OH (January 8, 2018) – Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc. (WCCOA) along with the BG AAUW Branch will once again host the Great Decisions Lecture Series at the Wood County Senior Center (305 N. Main St., Bowling Green) for six consecutive Saturdays from 9:30-11 a.m. January 20-February 24, 2018.

 

The Great Decisions Lecture Series is an informative educational discussion group. Participants will be enlightened with up-to-date information on worldly topics facilitated by Bowling Green State University professors. The professors will provide an opportunity for questions and answers following each discussion session.

 

The series is co-sponsored by the American Association of University Women and WCCOA.

 

Registration is required due to limited seating. When registering, a name and phone number is required in case of cancellations due to inclement weather. Manuals are available for $25 but not required.

 

To register for this program, contact the WCCOA program department at (419) 353-5661, (800) 367-4935, or email programs@wccoa.net

 

A full list of topics and speakers is provided below.

 

 

 

January 20: The waning of Pax Americana

Dr. Ben Greene

 

Since 1945, Pax Americana has promised peaceful international relations and an open economy, buttressed by U.S. military power. In championing “America First” isolationism and protectionism, President Trump has shifted the political mood toward selective U.S. engagement, where foreign commitments are limited to areas of vital U.S. interest and economic nationalism is the order of the day. Geopolitical allies and challengers alike are paying close attention.

 

 

January 27: Russia’s foreign policy

Dr. Neal Jesse

 

Under President Vladimir Putin, Russia is projecting an autocratic model of governance abroad and working to undermine the influence of liberal democracies, namely along Russia’s historical borderlands. How does Putin conceive of national interests, and why do Russian citizens support him? How should the United States respond to Putin’s foreign policy ambitions?

 

 

February 3: US Global Engagement and the Military

Dr. Marc Simon

 

The global power balance is rapidly evolving, leaving the United States at a turning point with respect to its level of engagement and the role of its military. Some argue for an “America First” paradigm, with a large military to ensure security, while others call for a more assertive posture overseas. How does the military function in today’s international order, and how might it be balanced with diplomatic and foreign assistance capabilities?

 

 

February 10: Media and Foreign Policy

Dr. Arpan Yagnik

 

State and non-state actors today must maneuver a complex and rapidly evolving media landscape. Conventional journalism now competes with user-generated content. Official channels of communication can be circumvented through social media. Foreign policy is tweeted from the White House and “fake news” has entered the zeitgeist. Cyberwarfare, hacking and misinformation pose complex security threats. How are actors using media to pursue and defend their interests in the international arena? What are the implications for U.S. policy?

 

 

February 17: South Africa’s Fragile Democracy

AAUW

 

The African National Congress (ANC) party has governed South Africa since the end of apartheid in 1994. But the party today suffers from popular frustration over official corruption and economic stagnation.

 

 

February 24: Global Health

Dr. Amilcar Challu

 

The collective action of countries, communities and organizations over the last 30 years has literally saved millions of lives around the world. Yet terrible inequalities in health and wellbeing persist. The world now faces a mix of old and new health challenges, including the preventable deaths of mothers and children, continuing epidemics of infectious diseases, and rising rates of chronic disease. We also remain vulnerable to the emergence of new and deadly pandemics. For these reasons, the next several decades will be just as important—if not more so—than the last in determining wellbeing across nations.

 

*Note: Dates and topics are subject to change.

 

December 4‒8, 2017 is Older Driver Safety Awareness Week

Older adults can take steps to stay safer on the roads……………………….

 Driving helps older adults—persons 65 and older—stay mobile and independent. However, as we age, declines in vision and cognition (ability to reason and remember), and physical changes may affect driving. Certain medical problems such as heart disease, dementia, sleep disorders, and limited hearing and vision place older adults at an increased risk of car crashes. Additionally, medicines, both prescription and over the counter, such as those used for sleep, mood, pain, and/or allergies among others may affect driving safety.

Senior woman driving

Older drivers are also at an increased risk of being injured or killed in a crash due to frailty and underlying health problems.

Woman helping senior man out of minivan
In 2015, more than 260,000 older adults were injured and more than 6,800 died in traffic crashes.

Get the facts:

  • One in 6 drivers in the United States are 65 years or older.
  • Older adult drivers are more than twice as likely to report having a medical problem that makes it difficult to travel as compared to drivers ages 24‒64.
  • Four in 5 older adults take one or more medications daily. Physical changes that occur with age can change the way the body reacts to medicines, causing more side effects and affecting the ability to concentrate and drive safely.

Here are some steps that older adults can take to stay safe on the road:

  • Discuss your medical problems with your doctor to determine if they might affect your driving.
  • Discuss stopping or changing your medications with your pharmacist or doctor if you experience any side effects that could interfere with safe driving such as blurry vision, dizziness, sleepiness, confusion, fatigue, and/or loss of consciousness.
  • Have your eyes checked by an eye doctor at least once a year. Wear glasses and corrective lenses as directed.
  • Plan your route before you drive.
  • Consider potential alternatives to driving, such as riding with a friend, using public transit, or car ride services.Source: CDC

WCCOA Meals on Wheels and Subaru Sharing the Love

Subaru’s tenth annual Share the Love Event ® will help deliver nutritious meals and compassion to Wood County, Ohio’s older adults …………..

Bowling Green, OH – Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc. (WCCOA) is proud to announce that it will be participating in the tenth annual Subaru Share the Love Event as a member of Meals on Wheels America – one of four national Share the Love charitable partners supported through the promotion. From November 16, 2017 to January 2, 2018, Subaru of America will donate $250 for every new Subaru vehicle sold or leased to the customer’s choice of participating charity.

 

“I am proud to say this is the seventh consecutive year WCCOA has partnered with area Subaru dealerships for this event.  With the help of Subaru and MOWA we are able to raise awareness of the importance of a hot, nutritious meal to our older, frail clients.  These meals and drivers provide nourishment and happiness to the older adults we serve,” said Angie Bradford, WCCOA’s Director of Food Service.

 

Participating Meals on Wheels America members, like WCCOA, will receive a share of the donation raised by Subaru in their state. WCCOA has partnered again this year with LaRiche Subaru in Findlay, OH and Yark Subaru in Toledo, OH to raise awareness for this popular year-end sales and giving event.  Both dealerships will be delivering meals for WCCOA’s holiday luncheon on Thursday, December 14th.  LaRiche salespeople will be accompanying the North Baltimore Area Senior Center home delivered meal volunteers and Yark’s will be joining the Perrysburg Area Senior Center volunteers to deliver hot, nutritious lunches throughout those areas of Wood County.

 

“For the past ten years, Subaru of America has partnered alongside the Meals on Wheels network to deliver nutrition, companionship and comfort to our nation’s most vulnerable seniors,” said Ellie Hollander, President and CEO, Meals on Wheels America. “Since 2008, Subaru’s Share the Love Event has helped deliver more than 1.7 million meals to seniors served by Meals on Wheels. Funds raised through this year’s event will come at a critical time for the Meals on Wheels network, allowing our boots on the ground to deliver even more of these critically needed services.”

 

This year marks the automaker’s 50th Anniversary in the U.S. and, for the second year in a row, there will be no cap on the total donation from Subaru of America to its Share the Love charitable partners. At the culmination of this year, Subaru hopes to exceed a grand total of $115 million donated since the creation of Share the Love to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the event.

 

By purchasing or leasing a new Subaru during the Event and selecting Meals on Wheels America as your charity of choice, you can help deliver nutritious meals and other important services older adults throughout Ohio.

 

For more information, visit www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org/sharethelove.

 

About 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 meals, programs, or services please contact the Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc., at (419) 353-5661, (800) 367-4935 or www.wccoa.net.

 

About Meals on Wheels America

Meals on Wheels America is the oldest and largest national organization supporting the more than 5,000 community-based programs across the country that are dedicated to addressing senior isolation and hunger. This network exists in virtually every community in America and, along with more than two million staff and volunteers, delivers the nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks that enable America’s seniors to live nourished lives with independence and dignity. By providing funding, leadership, education, research and advocacy support, Meals on Wheels America empowers its local member programs to strengthen their communities, one senior at a time. For more information, or to find a Meals on Wheels provider near you, visit www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org.

 

About Subaru of America, Inc.

Subaru of America, Inc. (SOA) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Subaru Corporation of Japan. Headquartered at a zero-landfill office in Cherry Hill, N.J., the company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of more than 620 retailers across the United States. All Subaru products are manufactured in zero-landfill production plants and Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. is the only U.S. automobile production plant to be designated a backyard wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. SOA is guided by the Subaru Love Promise, which is the company’s vision to show love and respect to everyone, and to support its communities and customers nationwide. Over the past 20 years, SOA has donated more than $120 million to causes the Subaru family cares about, and its employees have logged more than 40,000 volunteer hours. As a company, Subaru believes it is important to do its part in making a positive impact in the world because it is the right thing to do.

 

Free Memory Screenings to be offered at Brain Health Fair

On November 14, 2017 from 10-12 p.m. the Wood County Committee on Aging (WCCOA) will be offering free, confidential memory screenings and information about successful aging………….

Bowling Green, OH (November 3, 2017) – Are you concerned about memory loss? Want to find out how your memory is now and for future comparison?

 

On November 14, 2017 from 10-12 p.m. the Wood County Committee on Aging (WCCOA) will be offering free, confidential memory screenings and information about successful aging at the Wood County Senior Center, located at 305 North Main Street in Bowling Green.

Earlier in the day, from 9-11 p.m., participants will also have the opportunity to listen to some educational speakers, speak with vendors, play some games and win prizes! This event is sponsored by Kingston of Perrysburg, and door prizes are sponsored by WellsBrooke Home Health and Right at Home Health Care.

A memory screening is like many other routine health check-ups. It’s a simple non-invasive test designed to gauge memory, thinking and language skills. Each screening takes approximately 30 minutes, and while the result is not a diagnosis, it can suggest if someone should see a physician for a full evaluation. So register now so you can get screened and get information on November 14! It’s a first step toward proper diagnosis and treatment – and the care you might need.

The National Memory Screening program is an initiative of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. To register for an appointment, call WCCOA at (419) 353-5661 or (800) 367-4935, or e-mail programs@wccoa.net. You may also learn more by visiting nationalmemoryscreening.org.

 

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.