Heath briefs

First Posted: 4/29/2015

Department of aging celebrates elders

COLUMBUS — May is celebrated nationally as Older Americans Month to recognize the achievements of our elders and acknowledge the many organizations that serve them, care for them and provide them with opportunities to grow, thrive and contribute. This year, the Ohio Department of Aging is encouraging all Ohioans to explore the many ways they can live “Well Beyond 60!”

The department recommends a three-pronged approach:

• Take control of your health – Use the HEALTHY U Ohio initiative to learn strategies to actively manage your health and care, especially if you are among the three out of four older adults living with at least one chronic condition, such as diabetes or heart disease.

• Take control of your safety – One in three older adults will fall this year. Use the STEADY U Ohio initiative to recognize that falls are not a normal part of aging and that most falls can be prevented with minor changes to your home, health and habits.

• Continue to grow, thrive and contribute – Older adults who stay active through volunteering, working, learning and other activities see improved physical and mental health, according to the Corporation for National and Community Service.

For more information and resources, visit www.aging.ohio.gov/news/olderamericansmonth/.

Through May 15, Ohioans of all ages are also encouraged to submit pictures that show how they or their loved ones are living “Well Beyond 60!” by posting pictures and selfies on the department’s Facebook timeline.

Red cross offers scholarship, blood drive

This summer, high school and college students can win a scholarship by hosting an American Red Cross blood drive through the Leaders Save Lives program. Registration is open to host a participating blood drive between June 1 and Aug. 31.

The Leaders Save Lives program encourages community-minded 16- to 24-year-olds to host blood drives to help maintain the blood supply over the summer months. Students who participate as a blood drive coordinator are eligible to win a scholarship up to $2,500 for higher education and to earn a gift card.

A total of 10 scholarships will be awarded via drawing to students who achieve 100 percent of their blood drive collections goal. All students who achieve the designated blood drive goal will receive an electronic gift card to giftcertificates.com

For more information and to register to host a Leaders Save Lives blood drive, visit redcrossblood.org/leaderssavelives.

To donate blood, simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Clinics offer free HIV testing

Multiple health departments in the region will be providing free HIV testing at multiple locations throughout the month of May. Locations, dates and times for testing include:

— Auglaize County Health Department, 2 to 4 p.m. May 18.

— Putnam County Health Department, 2 to 4 p.m. May 21.

Annual celebration announced

LIMA — The annual Senior Citizens Day will be 2 to 4 p.m. May 21 at Senior Citizens Services, 3400 W. Elm St.

Hors d’oeuvres will be served. Entertainment will be provided by the Al Best Band. There will also be a health fair.

The event is a combined effort between Senior Citizens Services and the Allen County Council on Aging.

Tickets are $5 and may be purchased at Senior Citizens Services or at the Allen County Council on Aging, 215 N. Central Ave. The last day to purchase tickets is May 14, and they will not be sold at the door.

For details, contact Senior Citizens Services at 419-991-8811 or the Allen County Council on Aging at 419-228-5135.

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