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Published: Wednesday, 2/10/2010

Wood County teleconferences aimed at homebound seniors


Traditionally the Wood County Committee on Aging Inc.'s program department has focused on offering activities at its senior centers around the county.

Now the agency is trying to arrange activities for people at home by holding weekly, 30-minute telephone conference calls on topics, such as mind aerobics, current events, and travel.

"We really wanted to do some outreach, especially in the winter months for people who are homebound," said Danielle Brogley, the agency's program director.

Four Wood County residents were involved in pilot sessions for the program, named Senior Center On Call, in November and December, Ms. Brogley said. The program now is accepting more Wood County residents, who can participate in the weekly conference calls as often as they want, she said.

There is a different subject each week, and the program allows the agency and participants to touch base, Ms. Brogley said. A program employee coordinates the conference calls.

"It's a great way for individuals to meet people who are from different parts of the county," she said.

Ms. Brogley said the agency is working with area long-term care facilities to get their residents involved in the program.

Topics for upcoming Senior Center on Call sessions include:

•10 a.m. tomorrow, pet tales.

•2 p.m. next Wednesday, mind aerobics.

•10 a.m. Feb. 23, enhancing global security through peace building.

•10 a.m. March 2, challenges of aging.

•2 p.m. March 10, mind aerobics.

•2 p.m. March 16, limericks.

•2 p.m. March 25, armchair travel.

•10 a.m. March 31, China.

For more information or to register for a session, call 419-353-5661.

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