Aging coalition hears reports

By Patricia Ann Speelman -

SIDNEY — Representatives of agencies with senior constituents met Wednesday, Oct. 12, in a regular session of the Shelby County Coalition on Aging.

Presiding officer Shelia Nuss reported that Molly Helmlinger had resigned as the coalition’s secretary and that a new secretary is needed.

Members then reported the following information about their respective agencies:

• Catholic Social Services had a successful Falls Prevention Day in partnership with Sidney Hometown Pharmacy, during which 100 people received goody bags and information about falls and how to prevent them. The organization is still working on its being a single entry point for support information. When the project is in place, it will be known as “Long Term Services and Supports” and the “Passport” designation will be retired. A fundraising event, Concert of Caring, was promoted by the distribution of flyers.

• The Tri-County Board of Recovery and Mental Health has a renewal levy on the November ballot. Because it is a renewal, it is not asking for new taxes. It will cost the average homeowner about $20 per year.

• Area Agency on Aging PSA 2 introduced Rachel Hall as the new representative to the coalition. She announced that Medicare check-up dates have been set and Shelby County’s is Oct. 19. Sessions will take place at the Senior Center. A partnership between Fair Haven and Clancy’s has provided vouchers for a free breakfasts at the restaurant in the agency’s congregate meal program. Anyone 60 or older can get up to eight vouchers per month from Fair Haven and use them to purchase breakfast at Clancy’s. Some 400 vouchers were distributed in September.

• The Alzheimer’s Association reported that this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s greatly exceeded its goal. More than 400 walkers raised more than $50,000. A science night discussion planned for Oct. 26 at Sinclair Community College in Dayton was promoted by the distribution of flyers.

• Heartland Hospice reported that volunteers are needed for one-on-one visits with Heartland clients in local nursing homes.

• The Senior Center promoted a dance planned for Oct. 21, a bazaar planned for Nov. 4 at which a child’s bicycle will be raffled, and a Veterans Day lunch planned for Nov. 9.

• Agape Distribution reported that the People’s Garden has been wildly successful this year. Also reported were statistics about families and individuals that were helped by the agency in September: 3,763 individuals were served.

Nuss announced that American Trim will host a health fair in the Copeland Union Hall, Oct. 22, from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. and that there will be a public Veterans Day ceremony at the courthouse, Nov. 11.

The group then set meeting dates for 2017: Meetings will be at 2:15 p.m., Feb. 8, April 12, Aug. 9 and Oct. 11.

By Patricia Ann Speelman

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