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Submitted by Teresa Carr, P.R./Social Services Assistant

Please be advised that we have moved out of the former hospital building on Wilson Drive but unfortunately, we are not ready to move in to our new facility at this time. Our staff will temporarily be working from the former Instant Tax Service building located at 25 Willow Drive, West Union, Ohio 45693. Also, the current numbers for our agency will be working but only for taking messages which will be retrieved at various times daily. Otherwise, we will utilize cell phone numbers for your convenience as follows: Main Agency 937-779-7862; Secondary Agency 937-779-7909; Homecare 937-779-2081; Transportation 937-779-7375; and H.C. Billing 937-779-7373. We ask your continued patience as we will work very hard to accommodate the needs of our consumers. Thank you, Administration.

Due to our move, many activities normally held at the Senior Center will be temporarily on hold until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We will resume activities and exercise programs as soon as we settle in at our new location.

AARP Tax Preparers will not be providing service in Adams County at the present time. If you need assistance, please call 937-393-4745 for the Hillsboro location and 937-378-6683 for the Georgetown location. Any further changes will be announced in the local newspapers and in our senior news column.

By the time you read this column, the first of the month of 2014 will be history. How many of those New Year’s resolutions have you broken already? I can tell you one thing, it’s a whole lot easier to make them than it is to keep them. We’re all creatures of habit and it’s hard to teach an old dog new tricks. However, it is a good time to take stock of personal health habits and to try and keep these old bodies running smoothly for as long as we can. Here are a few tips to start with:

*Begin or continue a regular exercise program. I know with the winter we are having it’s hard to do anything outside but even walking around in the house or doing some exercises while watching TV can make a difference. Check with your doctor before starting any exercise you’re not used to doing.

*Improve your diet. Now, that’s easier said than done but do try to cut back on the fats, sugar and salt. Even little changes can make a big improvement. Eat more vegetables, fruit and whole grain breads. Watch the snacks.

*Have an annual physical examination with your family doctor or if you’re experiencing any unusual health problems now, call your doctor and get things checked out before they get out of hand. Have a happy healthy remainder of the New Year!

B-r-r-r! It sure has been cold and snowy lately. Old Man Winter is really deciding to stick around with arctic winds and temperatures. It certainly makes it difficult to get around because I, personally, just don’t like driving in weather like this. Ice is even worse. I don’t know about you but I am about ready for Spring. I hope you can stay indoors and keep your home warm and comfortable. Close off rooms if necessary to save on fuel. Be sure you have working smoke alarms and always keep extra batteries for your flashlight. Unless it’s absolutely necessary, it’s best not to go outside when the ground is slippery from snow, ice and even rain. One fall could lay you up for the rest of the winter or worse. It’s always smart to have an emergency supply of food on hand that does not require cooking, like crackers, cheese, peanut butter, fruit and canned food (be sure to have a hand operated can opener). Also, keep a few days supply of medicines that you take regularly. All this will pass soon, we just need to be prepared.

H.E.A.P. (Home Energy Assistance Program) season is here. This federally funded program is designed to help eligible Ohioans meet the cost of home heating this winter. Again, here at the Senior Center our emphasis is placed on reaching the elderly, 60+, homebound and/or disabled. We have applications and an Out-Reach Aide available to assist you for the State HEAP. If you need Emergency HEAP, please contact ABCAP at 1-800-233-7891. For more information call Teresa at 544-3979 and leave a message or you may call our temporary agency cell number at 937-779-7862. At this time, we will be unable to accommodate walk-ins. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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