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WCCOA to hold Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshop
        The Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc. (WCCOA), in partnership with the Area Office on Aging of Northwest Ohio, will hold a Chronic Disease Self-Management (CDSM) Workshop at the Perrysburg Area Senior Center, 140 W. Indiana Ave., on Fridays, Feb. 25 through April 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
        The six-week, evidence-based course costs $15 and includes a course manual and CD.
        During this workshop, participants will learn how to do more of what they want to do; find practical ways to deal with symptoms and challenges; set their own weekly goals; make a step-by-step plan to improve their health; how to make better eating and exercise choices and discover better ways to talk to their doctor and family.
        CDSM is developed by Stanford University and licensed by the Self-Management Resource Center.
        Contact the WCCOA Programs Department to register by calling 419-353-5661 or 800-367-4935 or email
        For information on additional WCCOA programs and services visit
Brush of Kindness
collection under way

        The Eastwood Key Club is collecting new hairbrushes during the month of February to support “Brush of Kindness,” in honor of late Eastwood graduate Marissa Tudor.
        Tudor dreamed of being a nurse and planned to graduate with her BSN, RN from Mercy College of Ohio in 2019. In June 2018, Tudor underwent a routine tonsillectomy and suffered serious complications. While hospitalized in the ICU, she wanted to brush her hair. As her mom helped her, they realized the combs offered at the hospital would not go through her thick hair.
        After Tudor got out of the hospital, it was her mission to purchase quality brushes and donate them to local hospitals for patients like herself.
        Sadly, in July 2018, she succumbed before she was able to carry out her idea.
        With the help of donors, her family is carrying on her mission of providing quality hairbrushes to hospital patients.
        Collection bins are located in the elementary, middle and high school offices through the end of the month. Monetary donations may also be made to Tudor’s mom, Shelly, through Venmo @Shelly-Cross-Tudor. Please type “Key Club Brush Drive” in the What’s It For? Section of your Venmo donation.
Mobile mammogram van
        Mercy Health’s Mobile Mammography Van has scheduled visits to area locations throughout February.
        The mobile mammography unit is customized for patient convenience and will deliver 3D mammograms to women age 40 and older. It is equipped with 3D technology and offers patients the option of self-compression, meaning the patient will have the ability to control the compression once they are in position.
        The schedule includes:
        Thursday, Feb. 17, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., Mercy Health - St. Vincent Heart & Vascular Institute, 2222 Cherry St., Toledo.
        Friday, Feb. 18, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Mercy Health - Waterville Primary Care, 1222 Pray Boulevard.
        Tuesday, Feb. 22, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., Halim Clinic/Mercy Health - Spring Valley OBGYN & Midwives, 6855 Spring Valley Drive, Holland.
        Wednesday, Feb. 23, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Starbright Primary Care, 28555 Starbright Boulevard, Perrysburg.
        Tuesday, March 8, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., Mercy Health — Oregon Clinic, 3841 Navarre Ave., Oregon.
        Please note, while mammogram screenings may be covered by insurance, for best coverage, verify if Mercy Health – St. Charles Hospital is an in-network provider with your insurance carrier. If you are uninsured or underinsured (have high deductibles), we have financial need-based assistance programs available to help you. If eligible, you may qualify for a no-cost mammogram. Call 419-696-5839 for more information.
        Screenings at the Mercy Health Mobile Mammography unit are by appointment only - call 833-MAMM- VAN to schedule your screening on the mobile unit.
        To view the full list of dates and locations, visit
Community grief support
        Hospice of Northwest Ohio is offering in-person bereavement groups and private counseling sessions to anyone in the community who is grieving. A virtual option remains for anyone not comfortable attending the in-person sessions. Masks are required inside the Hospice facilities.
        Current groups offerings include:
        Coping with Loss – A twice monthly interactive support group for adults. Participants will learn about grief and have the opportunity to express and receive support, develop an understanding of one’s loss, learn realistic expectations for oneself and discover healthy coping skills.
        • First and third Tuesday of the month from 4-5:30 p.m. at the Perrysburg Center.
        • Second and fourth Tuesday of the month from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Toledo Center.
        Mending Grief with Mindfulness – A twice monthly support group for adults. Participants will meet in a supported environment to learn techniques – including meditation – to manage the intense emotions that come with grief.
        • Second and fourth Monday of the month from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Toledo Center.
        Spousal or Partner Loss – Twice monthly support group for those who have experienced the death of a spouse or partner. Participants will learn ways to adapt to this life-changing event, set realistic expectations for oneself, learn to take care of oneself, gain support in understanding of grief and live with/manage the loneliness after loss.
        • First and third Wednesday of the month from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Toledo Center.
        • Second and fourth Tuesday of the month from 3-4:30 p.m. at the Perrysburg Center.
        To assure the best possible group experience, anyone interested in attending must first speak to a member of the Hospice Bereavement Team by phone to learn about the options and determine which group would be the most beneficial.
        All bereavement services are provided free of charge and are available to anyone in the community, whether or not they have had previous involvement with Hospice of Northwest Ohio. All meetings are conducted by our licensed counselors.
        Call the Hospice of Northwest Ohio Bereavement Department at 419-661-4001. To learn more about grief and loss, visit
Funding deadline
        The Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Seneca, Ottawa, Sandusky & Wyandot Counties is opening the process to apply for funds for Fiscal Year 2023 (July 1, 2022-June 30, 2023).
        This process is for agencies planning to provide behavioral health services. The deadline is March 11 at 5 p.m. To sign up for the application, visit the board’s website at
        Any questions regarding the funding application should be sent to


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