Spring 2018 Programs

These programs are meant to enhance all your dimensions of wellness. All of the programs listed are free, but pre-registration is encouraged.

Through APRIL 30

Yoga As You Are Classes

Mondays: 12:10-12:50 pm
*no class 3/5
BGSU Campus, Eppler South Gym

Take a short midday break with these free low-impact, stress relieving classes. Come as you are; registration not required. Bring your own yoga mat or towel. Held in conjunction with BGSU Wellness Connection.



Opioid Forum & Panel Discussion

Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018, 2:00 pm
Pemberville Legion Hall, 405 E. Front Street
more information





Using “Life Stories” to Care for People with Dementia

Wednesday, Mar. 21, 5:30pm
Simpson Building Banquet Room, Bowling Green
Co-sponsored by Brookdale Senior Living, BG, and supported by BG Parks & Recreation  


Lynn Ritter, Ph.D., Education Coordinator, Alzheimer’s Association, NW Ohio Chapter
Andrew Hershberger, Ph.D., Professor, School of Art, BGSU 

We each have a “life story,” and capturing that story for an individual with dementia is not only rewarding, but can also be a valuable asset in caregiving. In her short presentation, “Cracking the Life Story,” Dr. Ritter will offer tips for gathering someone’s information and creating their story to share. Dr. Hershberger, who with other family members was a caregiver for his mother, Dee, will tell how he created “Dee’s Diaries,” which became calming and useful interactive tools for both family and paid caregivers.
Light refreshments will be provided; advance registration is encouraged.

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Aging in Place: Is Your Home Ready? (3 sessions)

Saturdays, 10-11:30am; April 7, 21, and 28
Wood Co. District Public Library, Bowling Green
Co-sponsored by League of Women Voters, BG  and Wood Co. District Public Library


Join the Optimal Aging Institute for a variety of presenters, who, over the course of three Saturdays, will discuss elements of universal design, no-cost/low-cost ideas, safety checklist to evaluate your current home, zero-step entries, how to improve your lighting, bathroom/kitchen renovations, resale considerations, and more.  

Advance registration is requested.

More details

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Principles and Strategies for Enhancing Memory and Learning for Optimal Aging

Monday, April 23, 7pm
Wood Co. District Public Library, Bowling Green

Jason Whitfield, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Assoc. Professor
Communication Sciences & Disorders, BGSU

Although normal aging is associated with changes in thinking and memory, evidence from several studies suggests that certain activities and behaviors can enhance cognition at any age. This program will summarize some of the neuropsychological changes associated with normal aging and review strategies for maintaining and enhancing learning and memory for optimal aging.

Advance registration is encouraged.

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Care Compass Project: Meals on Wheels & Lifeline Services, Home Care Options, Dealing with Financial Misuses and Exploitation

Wednesday, April 25, 11-1pm
First Christian Church, 875 Haskins Rd, Bowling Green

Laurie Newlove, Director of Lifeline Services, Wood County Hospital
Lisa Myers, LISW-S, Director of Social Services, Wood Co. Committee on Aging
Maureen Viet, Adult Protective Services, Wood County Job/Family Services

The CARE COMPASS PROJECT offers quarterly programs about best practices in caregiving; lunch is provided by Brookdale BG for both caregivers and care recipients. This series is sponsored by the Wood County Committee on Aging (WCCOA), BGSU's Optimal Aging Institute, Brookdale of BG, Brookdale Home Health and the Wood County Hospital.

Registration is free, but limited.

To register, call Wood Co. Committee on Aging 419-353-5661, or email programs@wccoa.net.