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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. 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; Homecare 937-779-2081; Transportation 937-779-7375; and Secondary Agency 937-779-7909. We ask your continued patience as we will work very hard to accommodate the needs of our consumers. Thank you, Administration.


Do 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.


A reminder: West Union Senior Dinner is cancelled for the month of January.


Take Note: Seniors, you may already have or soon will be, receiving your new awards letter for 2014. This is a letter from Social Security Administration, or other income such as SSI, that has a cost of living adjustment. Please do not lose or destroy this letter. You might want to have a few copies made (never, never send an original) as you will need this information for various programs throughout the year


During the winter months, there are a few simple things we can do to increase safety, reduce heating bills and make the cold winter months a little easier to cope with: Install a smoke detector near each beating source. Change batteries twice a year; change furnace filters each month and have furnace serviced each year to prevent trouble before it gets out of hand; keep curtains open during the day to let the warm sunshine in and close them at night to provide an added layer of insulation form the cold; weatherproof the house with storm windows and weather stripping in door racks; or even a rolled up blanket or towel can be used and placed under a drafty opening as a quick fix.


Important information. Anyone can misplace the car keys or forget the name of an acquaintance… Usually we don’t worry about such brief memory lapses and go on about our daily activities. How can you tell if memory loss is more serious? When it begins to interfere with a person’s daily activities or social life, there is cause for concern. Serious impairment in thinking/memory used to be called “senility” but is now described by the medical term “dementia” and is not a normal part of aging, although the greatest known risk factor is increasing age, and the majority of people with Alzheimer’s are 65 and older.


However, Alzheimer’s is not just a disease of old age.


Up to 5 percent of people with the disease have early onset Alzheimer’s (also known as younger-onset), which often appears when someone is in the 40’s or 50’s. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of irreversible dementia, a progressive illness attacking the brain, eventually leaving victims unable care for themselves.


If you or someone you know may suspect this disease as a factor of their health, it’s important to get a complete medical evaluation right away. Although there is presently no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, some other causes of dementia can be treated. For more information, please contact the Helpline, available 24 hours, 7 days a week at 1-800-272-3900.


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.


Just a thought: How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. ~ Anne Frank

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