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Hospice seeking volunteers with sewing, hair care skills
        Hospice of Northwest Ohio has an immediate need for volunteers with a special skill set.
        In particular, hospice is seeking licensed hairdressers and individuals with sewing skills to volunteer their time to meet the needs of hospice patients and their families.
        Hair care volunteers provide basic haircuts only for patients living in their homes or at nursing homes throughout Wood, Lucas, Fulton, Henry, Ottawa and Monroe counties. 
        Sewing volunteers will assist with creating memory bears and pillows for families whose loved ones have passed away in the hospice program. Supplies and a pattern will be provided.
        Free volunteer training is provided. Learn more about the Hospice of Northwest Ohio volunteer program by calling 419-931-5534 or visit
Grab & Go Meals returning to Oak Harbor
        Ottawa County Senior Resource announced that Grab & Go Meals are coming back to Oak Harbor.
        The meal program, funded by the Ottawa County Senior Levy, features a hot lunch meal available Monday-Friday at 11:30 a.m., to be picked up at the Senior Resources entrance in the Riverview Health Care Campus.
        The program will start Monday, Sept. 25 with a menu to include cornflake chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, carrots, mandarin oranges and dinner roll. Milk is also included.
        The meal is available for individuals age 60 and older. The cost is a suggested donation of $3 per meal. If interested, contact Senior Resources at 419-898-6459 to make a reservation. Reservations are required to ensure an ample supply of meals.
        For more information, contact Kim or Dianne at 419-898-6459.
Harvest Hoedown planned
        Oregon Senior Center will present a Harvest Hoedown Friday, Oct. 20 from 6-10 p.m. at United Steelworkers Local 1-346, 2910 Consaul St., Toledo.
        Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. for the event, which will feature live music by Kevin VanSickle and the Pure Country Band.
        Tickets are $25 per person or $35 per couple. Senior center members will receive a door prize ticket with purchased admission.
        Sponsorship opportunities are also available. For tickets or more information, call 419-698-7078 or email
        All proceeds raised will benefit senior center programming.
10 Million Steps
        The Ohio Department of Aging’s (ODA) popular 10 Million Steps to Prevent Falls campaign is back once again for Falls Prevention Awareness Month in September and ODA is calling on community partners to do their part to raise awareness on older adult falls.
        “Our 10 Million Steps campaign starts with you,” said ODA Director Ursel J. McElroy. “In 2023, we can help more people learn about falls prevention with the help of every Ohioan. If you have an older adult in your life, we would love to have you support 10 Million Steps by walking at least one mile.”
        10 Million Steps to Prevent Falls is an annual campaign to encourage Ohioans of all ages to walk at least one mile during the month of September. During last year’s campaign, participating Ohioans walked over 55 million steps, logging a total of 22,100 miles – the equivalent of walking around the perimeter of Ohio nearly 20 times.       
        Community-based walking events and groups provide opportunities for older Ohioans and others to get valuable exercise while learning about other things they can do and local resources available to help prevent falls. Regular exercise is one of many things people can do to lower their risk of falling.
        Ohioans who would like to contribute individually to 10 Million Steps to Prevent Falls may do so by posting pictures of themselves walking to social media with the hashtags #10MStepsOH and #PreventFalls.
        Learn more at
        Approximately one in three Ohioans age 65 or older will fall this year. STEADY U Ohio is a falls prevention initiative led by the Ohio Department of Aging and supported by Ohio government and state business partners, to coordinate and strengthen falls prevention activities around the state. Find falls prevention tips and resources at


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