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Boomer Briefs

November 8, 2012
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Ohio Seeks Outstanding Seniors

The Ohio Department of Aging is accepting nominations for outstanding older individuals to be inducted into the 2013 Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame. The hall honors the vital role elders play in their communities, across the state and nationwide, while it promotes the benefits of active, productive and purposeful living at all points of life.

Individuals and organizations interested in nominating a neighbor, colleague, family member or friend may visit for more information, to submit a nomination or download the nomination form.

"More than ever, communities rely on older adults to play an active role and set an example for other generations to follow," said Bonnie Kantor-Burman, director of the department. "Candidates for the Hall of Fame are pioneers, leaders, teachers, artists, helpers and doers who live lives defined not by age, but by the good work they have done and continue to do."

Nominees for the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame must be age 60 or older and be native-born Ohioans or residents of the state for at least 10 years. Posthumous nominations will be accepted. The nominee (or a representative of the nominee) must consent to the nomination. Self-nominations are not accepted.

Nominees will be evaluated on the impact of their current contributions, or a continuation of contributions begun before age 60, in areas of endeavor including, but not limited to:

Those selected will join more than 350 older Ohioans inducted into the hall since its inception in 1978. To learn more and view past inductees, visit www.aging.ohio. gov/news/halloffame/.

Valley Hospice Sets Volunteer Training Session

Valley Hospice will hold volunteer training at Liza's Place, Valley Hospice Care Center South, Wheeling, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13. Two additional half-day sessions, which will be job-specific, are required and will be scheduled at the volunteer's convenience.

"Our volunteers are an integral part of the Valley Hospice team," said Debbie Barto, director of volunteer services. "They help us care for our patients and families and assist our staff in a variety of different ways. Without their efforts, we could not do what we do."

Current volunteer opportunities include:

A small amount of compassion and attention can make a huge impact on someone.

"One of my first patients, 11 years ago, was a man with a 7-year-old granddaughter who was there almost every time I visited," said Sue Williams, Valley Hospice volunteer.

"She and I talked while he slept, but when he woke she would give him water, comb his hair or adjust his blankets. When he passed and I went to the funeral home, my little companion took my hand and walked me to the casket. She put her hand on his and pointed out her flowers and favorite stuffed animal she had placed beside him. I was overwhelmed with such a lesson of compassion."

Valley Hospice believes everyone has a talent to give. Someone in your community, possibly your neighborhood, could benefit from your talents. If you are looking to make a difference in the lives of others, while enriching your own life, consider taking the opportunity to become a Valley Hospice volunteer.

If you have a talent that would benefit Valley Hospice patients and families, but isn't listed, contact the agency. If you would like to attend one of these training sessions, call Barto for more information at 740-859-5650 or toll free at 877-HOSPICE.

Comerci to Present Hospice Talk

At Altenheim

Dr. James Comerci, medical director of Amedisys Hospice Services, will present a hospice care program at the Altenheim Resource & Referral Center, 1359 National Road, Wheeling, from 1-3 p.m. Friday. Comerci will discuss the hospice concept, how hospice has changed through the years, eligibility criteria for hospice care and how hospice helps the hospice care receiver and their families.

Registration is required. Seating is limited to 25. Check-in begins at 11:30 a.m. There are no continuing education credits for this program. A light lunch will be served.

The program is being sponsored by the Altenheim Resource & Referral Center and Amedisys.

Call 304-243-0996 to register.

Part D Information Programs Offered At Altenheim Center

John Forsyth of Citywide Insurance will present two programs on "Part D Products and Changes" at the Altenheim Resource & Referral Center, 1359 National Road, Wheeling. The programs are free and open to the public. They will take place from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Nov. 14, and 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Nov. 30.

To register, call 304-243-0996.

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