Senior Housing Becoming “Unaffordable”?

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

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

Weekend Column: What is Telehealth?

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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



Imagine…“Whirled Peace”

September 21, 2019

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

Pinwheels for Peace 2016…


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

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

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

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

Drinking Water & Septic System Clinic

This event is free and open to the community. Please RSVP

Drinking Water & Septic System Clinic

The Wood Soil and Water Conservation District is hosting a well water and septic system presentation at the Wood SWCD office 1616 E. Wooster St. Suite 32 Bowling Green, OH on Wednesday, September 25, 2019   6–8 PM. 

Jennifer Campos, Registered Sanitarian from the Wood County Health Department, will present on the care for well water and pond water systems, drinking water testing, and septic systems.

This event is free and open to the community. Please RSVP to the district office to ensure proper number of materials.

Register online at, by email at, or call the office at 419-354-5517 #4.

Race For the Cure

Join the fight against breast cancer….

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How to register:

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

Findlay Race Registration Sites (new registrations only)

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

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

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

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

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

Toledo Race Registration Sites (new registrations only)

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

Toledo Registration and Packet Pickup Sites

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

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

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

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

Fun for the Entire Family:

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

Findlay Race for the Cure Schedule:

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

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

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

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

8:00 – 11:00 a.m. ……. Kids Zone open

8:00 a.m. ………………. Survivor Photo

8:15 – 8:30 a.m. ……… Survivor Parade

8:30 a.m. ………………. Opening Ceremony

9:00 a.m. ………………. 5K Walk + Run

9:15 a.m. ………………. Family Fun Walk

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

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

Toledo Race for the Cure Schedule:

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

7:00 a.m…………………Team Tailgate begins! 

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

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

7:00- 9:30 a.m…………Sponsor Expo

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

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

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

8:15 a.m…………………Survivor Parade

9:00 a.m…………………Opening Ceremony

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

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

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

Important Deadlines:

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

Race Day registration

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

Kids Zone and Kids Dash:

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

 Hope Village (Formerly Survivor Tent):

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

 Maps and Parking Information

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

US Route 6 Safety Problems

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

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

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

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

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

For More Information: 

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

Chowline: Fall Vegetable Options

Seasonal fruits and vegetables are typically cheaper to purchase…..

 I love to eat seasonal produce such as strawberries in the spring and sweet corn in the summer, but besides apples, I’m not sure what’s in season now. Can you tell me which fruits and vegetables are seasonal in the fall?

Your question is very similar to another that was asked in a “Chow Line” column from September 2017, so it’s best answered by reissuing that column here.

Fall is a good time to start looking to buy pears, apples, and hard squash, among many other seasonal fruits and vegetables. In fact, those are some of the items that many grocery stores typically start to promote heavily at discounted prices in their grocery aisles, according to the National Retail Report, a weekly roundup of advertised retail pricing information compiled by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

While improved technology and agricultural innovations mean that consumers can access fresh fruits and vegetables year-round, fruits and vegetables naturally grow in cycles and ripen during specific seasons. When ripe, produce is fresher and typically has its best taste. Seasonal fruits and vegetables are also typically cheaper to purchase because they are easier to produce than fruits and vegetables that are grown out of season.

So how do you know which fruits and vegetables are in season?

To find seasonal foods near you, try using the app and website developed by Grace Communications Foundation, a nonprofit organization that advocates for sustainable foods. The app compiles data from the USDA and the Natural Resources Defense Council on over 140 varieties of produce to show users which fruits, vegetables, herbs, and nuts are in season on a state-by-state basis.

Called the Seasonal Food Guide, the app and website allow users to check which produce is in season in half-month increments in each state. Other sources to check for what’s in season include the USDA Seasonal Produce Guide, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, and Ohio Proud, among others.

While this is not an all-inclusive list, generally speaking, the following produce (among others) is in season in Ohio in the fall:

  • Apples
  • Beans
  • Beets
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Cantaloupe
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Collard Greens
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplant
  • Grapes
  • Kale
  • Onions
  • Peaches
  • Peppers
  • Potatoes
  • Pumpkins
  • Radishes
  • Raspberries
  • Spinach
  • Summer Squash
  • Turnips
  • Winter Squash

Chow Line is a service of The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences and its outreach and research arms, Ohio State University Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. Send questions to Chow Line, c/o Tracy Turner, 364 W. Lane Ave., Suite B120, Columbus, OH 43201, or

“Healthy Living” Program in NB

The hour-long event will be at 6pm Friday September 20 at the Briar Hill Health Campus 600 Sterling Dr., NB

Alzheimer’s Association to Hold Educational Program on Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body: Tips from the Latest Research for the North Baltimore community

North Baltimore, OH – The Alzheimer’s Association Northwest Ohio Chapter will hold an educational program on the topic of healthy aging for all community members and those impacted by the disease.

The hour-long event will be at 6pm Friday September 20 at the Briar Hill Health Campus 600 Sterling Dr.


At any age, there are lifestyle habits we can adopt to help maintain or even potentially improve our health. These habits may also help to keep our brains healthy as we age and possibly delay the onset of cognitive decline.

To help people age well, the Alzheimer’s Association® is offering the Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body: Tips from the Latest Research program. This workshop covers four areas of lifestyle habits that are associated with healthy aging:

·       Cognitive activity.

·       Physical health and exercise.

·       Diet and nutrition.

·       Social engagement.

In each area, we will discuss what we know, drawing on current research, as well as what we can do — steps to take now to improve or maintain overall health in each area.

Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body: Tips from the Latest Research is designed for individuals of any age who are looking for information on ways to age as well as possible.

“We all want to age well” says Pam Myers, Program Director of the Chapter. “We have learned a lot on how to care for our hearts – it only makes sense now to also learn how to take care of our brain”.

Please register online at or call 1-800-272-3900.

In the United States alone, more than 5 million individuals are living with Alzheimer’s and 16 million are serving as their unpaid caregivers. The disease is a global crisis that impacts numerous families right here in our community. However, no one has to face this disease alone or without information.

About the Alzheimer’s Association®

The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s.  For more information on the Alzheimer’s Association, call 1.800.272.3900, or visit

BVHS Weekend Column: Understanding Chronic Pain

Those who are suffering from chronic pain experience symptoms of constantly feeling an ache…

Understanding Chronic Pain, by Thomas Kindl, MD, Blanchard Valley Pain Management

Dr. Thomas Kindl


When hearing the term “chronic pain,” many people can quickly mention a friend or family member who had to stop their favorite hobby because of it. Chronic pain varies in intensity and frequency, affecting over 100 million Americans.

Some experience chronic pain constantly, while others only feel it in episodes. Though many people have heard of it, few can accurately define the condition and fully understand the effects chronic pain can have.

According to the American Chronic Pain Association chronic pain is defined as, “ongoing or recurrent pain, lasting beyond the usual course of acute illness or injury or more than three to six months, and which adversely affects the individual’s well-being.”

 Any person experiencing noticeable pain for more than three months, regardless of age, is suffering from chronic pain. Pain can originate from a wide variety of sources. When it comes to chronic pain, the primary sources are joint pain, neck pain, back pain, headaches or injury-related pain.

Those who are suffering from chronic pain experience symptoms of constantly feeling an ache ranging from mild to severe, shooting or burning types of pain, or extended feelings of soreness, stiffness or tightness.

Aside from the obvious physical issues caused by chronic pain, many individuals also report psychological struggles. These struggles include fatigue, mood changes, stress, anxiety, depression, irritability or restless nights of sleep.

If you are worried that you or someone you know is experiencing chronic pain, it is in your best interest to contact a pain management specialist.






REYNOLDSBURG, OH (Sept. 9, 2019) – In an effort to protect horses and other livestock in Ohio, the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) is not allowing the import of horses from counties within states with confirmed and suspected cases of Vesicular Stomatitis (VSV). This restriction includes the All American Quarter Horse Congress, which is scheduled to begin in Columbus on October 1.

“VSV has not been detected in Ohio and we are taking every precaution possible to keep it that way,”  said ODA State Veterinarian Dr. Tony Forshey.  “With the All American Quarter Horse Congress coming, we thought it was important to restrict further movement to prevent the disease’s potential spread.” 

VSV is a viral disease that primarily affects horses, but can also infect cattle, swine, sheep, and goats. The disease causes blister-like lesions, which burst and leave open wounds. It is extremely painful to animals and can result in the inability to eat and drink and even lameness.

VSV is highly contagious, with biting insects being the most common method of transmission. Humans can also contract VSV by coming into contact with lesions, saliva, or nasal secretions from infected animals. In people, the disease causes flu-like symptoms such as fever, muscle ache, headache, and nausea.

Currently, VSV has been detected in Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming with confirmed or suspected cases in specific counties across those states. A current list of suspect and confirmed cases can be found in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s weekly situation report.

For more information on the disease, visit the USDA’s VSV resource page.

Asian Longhorned Beetle and Sudden Oak Death Updates

Both of these have been found/detected in Ohio.

Asian Longhorned Beetle and Sudden Oak Death Updates 

Both of these have been found/detected in Ohio.

Check out the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Asian Longhorned Beetle Program please join us at one of the 6 times/locations.

September 25-26 (1.5 hours each)

Upper Sandusky, Lima, Van Wert, Napoleon, Bowling Green, Fremont

ISA and SAF credits

Details on the Ohio Division of Forestry’s Event Calendar.