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Today's Seniors 2014

Today's Seniors 2014

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2 - Paulding County Progress Today’s Seniors Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Library offers services to senior citizens
PAULDING – The Paulding CountyCarnegie Library provides library service toall ages of Paulding County citizens, manygeared toward older residents.All five locations include large print col-lections for those who have trouble readingthe smaller print. The library’s trained teamprovides one-on-one assistance to older citi-zens with the downloading of eBooks totheir readers, filling out forms, and applyingfor services online.An elevator was installed in 1991 to helpusers of our main historic Carnegie librarywith mobility issues. All of the branchlibraries (Antwerp, Payne and Oakwood)are one floor and easily accessible.Laura Woodcox, manager of the AntwerpBranch Library, regularly visits with over adozen residents at the Vancrest AssistedLiving Facility in Antwerp. She takes thetime to choose materials the residentsrequest, keeps records of their favoriteauthors and genres, and provides them withpersonal service. The activity director of thefacility also borrows library movies to showto the residents.Because the library system has purchased“public viewing rights,” the library is able toprovide movies for public showings at other facilities as well as movie showings insidethe library buildings.The Payne Branch Library manager, SuziYenser, has established an “on call” servicewith the new Vancrest Assisted LivingFacility in Payne. When a resident requestsreading, viewing or listening material, Suziwill meet with them, discuss their prefer-ences and supply them with library materi-als.The Cooper Community Library, thelibrary’s branch in the village of Oakwood,tries to provide special and personalizedservice to all their patrons. Sue Thomas, branch manager, makes sure her older  patrons have the help they need when doingthe simple things like entering or leaving the building. The Bookmobile visits weekly at both theCountry Inn and Villas and The Gardens of Paulding, where residents borrow as manyas 60 items per week.
Country Inn
The activity director borrows materialfrom the Bookmobile both for personal useand for stories she reads to residents. Manyof residents at this facility suffer fromAlzheimer’s or dementia. In the past, theBookmobile team has presented programsand interactive conversations with residentswith these challenges. These residents maynot actually borrow materials from theBookmobile, but they were provided specialservices from the team.Cheryl Blunier, activity director, sharedher feelings about Bookmobile toBookmobile manager Kathy Heffley: “I lovewhat you guys do. You are so accommodat-ing. You make it very easy to get books for our patrons. It is a wonderful time saver for me, as things do not always go as planned ina residential home. Because a lot of the patrons can no longer see, I read to themthree times per week for an hour. We alsohave volunteers who read to our patrons.They love to be read to.”One resident of the Country Inn, diag-nosed and living with MS, is researching hisgenealogy, and since he cannot speak, hashad a challenging time trying to communi-cate his needs. The Bookmobile team is very patient and found a way to communicateusing Scrabble tiles. He can move tilesaround to relate his requests. They will thenconduct the research or bring him appropri-ate materials at the next visit.
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Orthopedics, Knee & Hip
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Orthopedics, Knee & Hip
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The Gardens activity assistant, Sue Shisler,and resident Barb Porter use theBookmobile’s services.
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Wednesday, April 30, 2014Paulding County Progress Today’s Seniors - 3
                                                                                    
          
    
         
        
What does your Paulding CountySenior Center do? In 2013 …..
6,029 Hot Congregate meals were served at the Center to 604 different seniors.
35,228 Hot noon meals were delivered to the homes of 241 different homebound seniors.
In addition to serving our seniors 739 lunch meals were prepared and paid for by NOCAC Summer Food Program.
We also……
Provided 140 seniors with transportation to appointments and to the Center.
Provided a total of 3,286 on-way-trips.
We traveled over 97,000 miles to provide services.
What else do we offer?
Exercise Classes, Health Checks, Crafts, Grocery shopping, Bill paying, Card games, Bingo, Special events, Birthday celebrations, Health and educationpresentations, Medicare D assistance, Commodity distribution, Buckeye Card assistance and more!
Don’t miss out!
May is Older Americans Month
‘Safe today. Healthy tomorrow’
Each Ohioan has the power to stay safeand remain a vital member of society by tak-ing steps to prevent falls and fall-relatedinjuries. May is Older Americans Monthand the 2014 theme for Ohio is “Safe Today.Healthy Tomorrow.”The Ohio Department of Aging encourages all Ohioansto use the month to becomemore aware of the impact of falls on our elders and learnabout the state’s falls pre-vention initiative, STEADYU Ohio.Falls and fall-related injuries pose a threat to independence andvitality. While the risk of fallsincreases with age, falling is not a nor-mal part of aging, and most falls can be pre-vented.Decreased muscle mass, vision and hear-ing decline, medical conditions and joint pain are some of the age-related changesthat can increase fall risks. However, minor changes to our home, health and habits canoffset these risk factors:
• Remove throw rugs• Improve lighting, especially near stairs.• Install grab bars near the toilet and shower.• Rearrange your home to make frequentlyused items easier to reach.• Don’t use chairs or other furni-ture for climbing. Instead, usea ladder or step-stool with ahand rail.
• Ask your doctor about afall risk assessment and talk about medicines you takeand whether they increaseyour risk for falls.• Have your hearing and visionchecked annually.
• Stay active to build muscle strength andimprove balance.• Slow down and think through tasks.• Stay hydrated and eat a well-balanceddiet that includes calcium-rich foods.

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