Tree Care Seminar in BG

The Bowling Green Tree Commission will be hosting a class on “Improving Soil Health” on Saturday, September 21, 2019 from 9-11 am at Simpson Garden Park – 1291 Conneaut.

The event is free to the public.

The class will be held in the classroom and outside. Attendees will learn about how to improve the growing conditions for their trees by adding organic matter to improve soil health and how to property apply fertilizer to address nutrient deficiencies. Please contact the Bowling Green Arborist at gjones@bgohio.org or 419.353.4101 if you have any questions.

WCCOA looking for participants for Finding Your P.L.A.C.E.

This project connects multiple generations in a Montessori School Environment.

WCCOA looking for participants for Finding Your P.L.A.C.E.

Bowling Green, OH (August 29, 2019) – The Wood County Committee on Aging (WCCOA) will be holding a project called Finding Your P.L.A.C.E. (Partnered Learning Activities & Connected Experiences). The sessions will be on the first and third Tuesdays of each month. Sessions dates are held on: Tuesdays, October 1, 15, November 5, 19 and December 3 from 9:30-11:30a.m. It will be held at the Montessori School of Bowling Green located at 515 Sand Ridge Rd.  

This project connects multiple generations in a Montessori School Environment. Participants involved in the project include Bowling Green State University Students, Upper Grade Montessori School Students, and community members diagnosed with mild-to-moderate memory loss. The cost of this event is $50 for 5 sessions.

Engagement includes:

  • Group movement exercise by Tammy Starr, PT
  • Classroom exploration & opportunities to reflect and share
  • Skills based on clients’ interests and abilities 
  • Activity kits provided for use at home
  • Caregiver support provided

Training for Caregivers will be held on Tuesday, September 24 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Montessori School, 515 Sand Ridge Rd., Bowling Green. Standard testing to assess participant’s abilities will be required to properly assign projects. Testing will take place on September 24 at 9:30 a.m. while caregivers are in the training session.  Additional training session will be offered as needed.

Note:  No medical staff will be present and personal care will not be provided. Facilities are available for caregivers to provide assistance. It is the discretion of WCCOA & Montessori School of Bowling Green to advise community members if they are eligible for this program.

For further details or to register, please contact the Programs department at WCCOA by calling 

(419) 353-5661 OR (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.

180th Overhead in Southwood: Track of Interest (TOI) Excercise

Those living in and around the Lima and west central Ohio areas may have heard and/or seen fighter jets in close proximity to a Civil Air Patrol aircraft,…

Alert fighter jets from the 180th Fighter Wing conducted a test of the Aerospace Control Alert system on Mon., Sept. 9, between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.

The purpose of the event is to exercise coordination between the Eastern Air Defense Sector, Federal Aviation Administration and 180FW.

Those living in and around the Lima and west central Ohio areas may have heard and/or seen fighter jets in close proximity to a Civil Air Patrol aircraft, which will be taking on the role of a Track of Interest (TOI). A TOI is an aircraft that has been identified as a potential threat.

Aerospace Control includes maintaining air sovereignty and air defense through the surveillance and control of airspace over Canada and the U.S.

These types of exercises are conducted on a routine basis as part of North American Aerospace Defense Command’s Operation Noble Eagle, which was initiated after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

For current photos and videos of the 180FW, visit: https://www.dvidshub.net/unit/180FWONG
 
 
 
 

Help Wanted – Position Posting: Cook

… a 40 hour per week position at the WCCOA production kitchen in BG.

Position Posting: Cook

 Cook for the Wood County Committee on Aging is a 40 hour per week position at the WCCOA production kitchen in Bowling Green. Responsibilities include preparation of appealing and nutritious meals following all guidelines and procedures of the WCCOA.

Qualifications and Essential Skills:

Must have a high school diploma/GED equivalent. Minimum two years experience in bulk food preparation. Must complete required ServSafe for Managers food safety training. Demonstrate proficiency with basic reading and math functions.

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. 

Applications available at WCCOA, 305 N. Main Street, Bowling Green, Ohio or at www.wccoa.net   Completed applications can be directed to the Manager of HR.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  EOE

Wood County Community Health Center offering FREE visits during September

Talk about your health needs with a primary care provider at no cost….

BOWLING GREEN — New patients or existing patients who have not been seen at Wood County Community Health Center yet in 2019 can come for a free health care visit on Tuesdays in September.

Wood County Community Health Center will host “Free Health Care Tuesdays” starting Sept. 10. Walk-in patients will be seen on a first come, first served basis from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Appointments may be scheduled for another day if not everyone can be seen.

Bring a list of your top health concerns. A primary care provider will work with you to come up with a plan to improve your health. Nurse practitioner Sally Royston will see patients one-on-one to help get everyone back on track. Lab work, Pap tests and other specialized services are not included in this visit.

People of all ages are welcome. There will be no charge for the visit. Please use this as an opportunity to tour our facility and meet our providers.

The mission of Wood County Community Health Center, 1840 E. Gypsy Lane Road, Bowling Green, is to provide quality health services to improve the well-being of individuals and families. We welcome all patients regardless of income level or insurance coverage. We offer a sliding fee benefit based on household size and income. No one is refused service because of inability to pay. We can help you sign up for Medicaid and Marketplace insurance.

BVHS Weekend Column: Intubation vs. Tracheostomy

It is important to understand the purpose of these and how they differ….

Intubation vs. Tracheostomy, by Emily Dulgar RN, Birchaven Village
Emily Dulgar, Birchhaven RN


When you hear a physician say that you or a loved one needs to be intubated or needs a tracheostomy, it is important to understand the purpose of these and how they differ.

A tracheostomy (trach) is a procedure in which a doctor surgically makes an incision in the trachea, sometimes called the “windpipe.” Tracheostomy procedures are performed when there is an obstruction in the airway and intubation is medically not possible, a patient has inefficient oxygen delivery or has problems with secretions.

Once the incision is made, a tube is placed in the windpipe. This tube holds the airway open and allows air to move in and out of the lungs. When a trach is placed, one may be able to breathe without a breathing machine, also known as a ventilator, or a ventilator may be needed.

When a tracheostomy is no longer needed, it can be removed and allowed to heal on its own, or the physician may close it surgically. Patients can be discharged home with a trach; but with that, comes new learning experiences. A trained respiratory therapist or a professional nurse will help you and your family learn to care for the trach.

Intubation (or being intubated) is the process in which a breathing tube is placed into the mouth and down the throat to provide oxygen via a machine. Intubation is done when one cannot maintain their airway on their own due to anesthesia or illness. Often, a person is intubated for a short time, and a person would not go home when they are intubated. Patients cannot be discharged with intubation and must have medical supervision.

 

 

BVHS Welcomes Dr. Mushtaq Ashraf

Joined the medical team of Hematology & Oncology Associates…

Mushtaq Ashraf, MD, has joined the medical team of Hematology & Oncology Associates, part of Blanchard Valley Medical Practices. Dr. Ashraf will see patients at The Armes Family Cancer Care Center located at 15900 Medical Drive South, Findlay.

Dr. Mushtag Ashraf

 

Dr. Ashraf received his medical degree from the University of Karachi’s Dow Medical College (Karachi, Pakistan). He then completed his internal medicine residency at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center (Toledo, OH) and his medical oncology fellowship at the University of Toledo Medical Center (Toledo, OH).

“I feel privileged to be providing hematology and oncology care to the Findlay community at The Armes Family Cancer Care Center,” stated Dr. Ashraf. “I want to improve the quality of life for my patients and be their advocate.”

Dr. Ashraf is accepting new patients. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 419.422.9898

Paying Income Taxes on Social Security Benefits

Ask Rusty – by AMAC Certified Social Security Advisor Russell Gloor

Social Security Matters
by AMAC Certified Social Security Advisor Russell Gloor
Association of Mature American Citizens     
 
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Ask Rusty – Paying Income Taxes on Social Security Benefits
 
Dear Rusty: I understand that after I reach full retirement age, I no longer have a limit on how much I earn. I retired one year early (65), and am now 76, but I am still being taxed on a portion of my SS benefits. I am not working and making extra money. However, my wife is still working, and I get two small annuities per month. But when I file income tax I am told we made enough for me to be taxed on a portion of my Social Security benefit. I even checked to see if filing married but separate returns would help and it was not as good as joint returns. So maybe you can explain this to me. Signed: Taxpaying Senior
 
Dear Taxpaying Senior: I’m afraid you’re speaking of two different things. You are correct that once you reach your full retirement age there is no longer a limit on how much you can earn from working before your monthly Social Security benefit is reduced. But that is something totally different from paying income tax on your Social Security benefits. 
 
Social Security’s “earnings limit” looks only at your earnings from employment (or self-employment) to decide if they should take back some of your benefits before you reach your full retirement age. However, whether or not your Social Security benefits are taxable income is determined by your “combined income,” which includes your adjusted gross income as reported to the IRS, plus any non-taxable interest you may have had, plus 50% of your total Social Security benefits for the tax year. This is often referred to as your “modified adjusted gross income” or “MAGI” and it’s how the IRS determines if, or how much, of your Social Security benefit is taxable income. As a couple filing your income taxes as “married – filing jointly” if your MAGI is over $32,000 then up to 50% of your annual Social Security benefit amount is taxable, and if your MAGI is over $44,000 then up to 85% of your Social Security income becomes taxable. Note that the combined income levels are different, and lower, when you file your taxes individually.
 
The “earnings limit” is a rule imposed by Social Security to recover some benefits paid if the limit is exceeded due to your earnings from working. Taxation of Social Security benefits is done by the IRS (not Social Security) and it’s the IRS who determines if your Social Security benefits will add to your income tax burden. And while the Social Security earnings limit goes away once you reach your full retirement age, there is no such relief from the IRS at any age when it comes to paying income tax on your Social Security benefits.
 
This article is intended for information purposes only and does not represent legal or financial guidance. It presents the opinions and interpretations of the AMAC Foundation’s staff, trained and accredited by the National Social Security Association (NSSA). NSSA and the AMAC Foundation and its staff are not affiliated with or endorsed by the Social Security Administration or any other governmental entity. To submit a question, visit our website or email us.

WANTED: Caregiver Nominations!

WCCOA is looking for Caregiver Nominations for Golden Care Awards!….


Bowling Green, OH (September 5, 2019) – 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, Bowling Green Manor and Bowling Green Care Center 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 7 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, October 4, 2019. 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:
– Community Caregivers
– Medical Professionals (therapists, physicians, nurses, STNA care navigators, social workers)
– Agency Support Staff (volunteers, companion caregivers, housekeepers, dietary, salon, activity personnel, medical drivers)
It is encouraged that the person nominating the caregiver provides a thorough explanation of why they are outstanding caregivers. The panel of judges will base their decisions on the written information provided on the nomination form.

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.

Wood County “Dining with Diabetes” Classes Offered

Series of four classes……

BOWLING GREEN, OH, September 5, 2019 – The Wood County Extension Office will be conducting a Dining with Diabetes series beginning in October 2019.

Dining with Diabetes is a cooking school and nutrition education program designed for people with diabetes and their family members or caregivers. In a series of four classes, participants learn how to incorporate good, healthy cooking techniques and other practices into their own kitchens to help manage their blood glucose.

The program includes sampling healthy foods and discussion with a dietitian or certified diabetes educator, plus a follow-up “reunion” class held at a later date. The program is sponsored by Ohio State University Extension Family and Consumer Sciences.

At Dining with Diabetes, you will: 

  • Watch live cooking demos
  • Sample delicious food
  • Gain new insights on healthy eating
  • Learn new skills to manage your diabetes

Who would most benefit this program?
Anyone with concerns about diabetes or interested in controlling blood sugar, as well as a family member, friend, caregiver, or other support person.

Is there a fee?

There is no cost to attend the classes for Wood County residents, however seating is limited and on a first-come basis. For residents outside of Wood County, there is a $40/person registration fee.

How do I register?

Participants must pre-register by calling the Wood County Extension office at 419-354-9050. Classes will be held on Wednesdays, October 16, October 22, October 30, and November 6 from 5 to 7p.m. in the Wood County Extension office, 639 S. Dunbridge Rd., Suite 1, Bowling Green, OH 43402. Visit our website, fcs.osu.edu/programs/nutrition/dining-diabetes, to find out more…

For questions or assistance, contact Susan Zies at zies.1@osu.edu or Shannon Smith at smith.11604@osu.edu.

 

FREE Monthly Community Dinners at St. Luke’s

Everyone is welcome to join us for good food and fellowship.

A NEW HAPPENING AT ST. LUKE’S CHURCH –

Beginning September 29, St. Luke’s (North 2nd Street) will be hosting FREE Church & Community Dinners!

Serving will be from 5 – 7 pm, on the last Sunday of each month. 

Everyone is welcome to join us for good food and fellowship.

Dr. Clara Rimmer Joins Blanchard Valley Medical Practices

Provider at Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine of Northwest Ohio

Dr. Clara Rimmer has joined Blanchard Valley Medical Practices. Dr. Rimmer will be a provider at Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine of Northwest Ohio, a division of Blanchard Valley Health System. She is pleased to provide a variety of pulmonary care services, specializing in individualized asthma therapy and tobacco cessation.

Dr. Clara Rimmer


Dr. Rimmer received her medical degree from Albany Medical College (Albany, NY) and her medical degree from Albany Medical College (Albany, NY). She completed her internal medicine residency and pulmonary & critical care fellowship at the University of Rochester Medical Center (Rochester, NY).

“I look forward to caring for the community through helping patients manage and treat their respiratory and pulmonary illness,” stated Dr. Rimmer.

Dr. Rimmer is now accepting new patients. To make an appointment, call 419.429.6441.