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NOTICE: 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. While our staff is still currently working from our temporary site at the former Instant Tax Service building located at 25 Willow Drive, West Union, Ohio 45693 the date is approaching when we will be able to complete our move to the former West Union Flower Shop.

We will post information regarding this upcoming date as soon as possible. Thank you for your continued patience and support. 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.

NOTICE : 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 for the Georgetown location we have a corrected phone number of 937-378-6603. Any further changes will be announced in the local newspapers & our senior news column.

Valentine’s Day is Friday, Feb. 14. Look around … there may be someone in your community who could use a big, warm dose of tender lovin’ care about now. It’s turning into a long cold winter and that can be very depressing to people. Some may have lost a close friend or a loved one, some may be going through tough family or medical problems, some may not be able to see a light at the end of the tunnel and they feel they are alone and no one cares.

That’s when a kind word, a big smile, a warm hug and a helping hand can work miracles. Let someone know you care about them by going out of your way to do something nice for them. Send them a card, fix a casserole and take to them, or better yet, take them out to lunch. Spend some time with them - that’s probably the best medicine of all! It will do you both good!

H.E.A.P. PROGRAM (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.

February is American Heart Month. As we grow older, it’s only logical that our heart and blood vessels also age, thus our chances of having a heart attack or other health problems increase. How can we reduce our risk of having a heart attack? Here are a few tips that might help us all stay healthier a little longer:

- If you smoke, quit.

- If you’re overweight, lose a little.

- Exercise regularly. Consult your doctor before you start any exercise program. Start out slowly.

- Eat well balanced meals, low in fat, cholesterol and sodium. Watch the sweets.

- Have your blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol checked regularly.

I know these are things that we already know we should be doing but sometimes we get off track and just need a little reminder that our health is very important and it’s up to us to take care of ourselves.

Did you know it’s as important to wear sunglasses in the winter as it is in the summer? Over a lifetime, damage from too much sunlight increases the chance for cataracts. The reflected sun from the snow in the wintertime can be just as dangerous to your eyes as the summer sunlight. The best sunglasses to buy is a pair that blocks 100 percent of the ultraviolet rays. Anytime you go out in the bright sunlight, summer or winter, you should wear protective sunglasses.

JUST A THOUGHT: If at first you don’t succeed, try looking in the wastebasket for the directions!

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