(1) Mayores Senior Center, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., located at
Aurora González Drive, Toledo, OH 43609 [419-242-11422];
(2) Oregon Senior Center, 9 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., located at
4350 Navarre Ave., Oregon, OH 43616 [419-698-7078];
(3) Maumee Senior Center, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., located at
2430 S. Detroit Ave., Maumee, OH 43537 [419-893-1994].
TOLEDO, January 29, 2019: As sub-zero temperatures hit northern
Ohio and southern Michigan, the Area Office on Aging of
Northwestern Ohio reminds the communities to check on older
adult friends and family members, particularly those who live
alone. Older adults are especially susceptible to extreme cold.
Winter dangers such as broken bones from falls on ice or
breathing problems caused by cold air are familiar but exposure
to extremely low temperatures, for even a short time, can cause
a drop in body temperature. This condition is called
hypothermia. It is serious, possibly even life-threatening.
Older adults receiving home-delivered meals were provided with
extra meals on Tuesday.
Other tips include:
• Wear bright colors or add reflective material to clothing so
others can see you.
• Watch for ice that can cause falls and leave you unable to get
• Carry a cell phone and designate someone to call for help if
you need it.
• Create an emergency kit that contains a battery-operated
radio, a flashlight, extra batteries, a loud whistle or bell,
food that you can open and prepare easily, water (one gallon per
person per day), extra blankets and a First-Aid kit.
• Keep a backup supply of the medications you take every day.
• Make sure your medical equipment and assistive devices (such
as canes, walkers, wheelchairs, lifts, oxygen tanks, etc.) are
easy to locate in an emergency. Have spare batteries or
non-powered options for any equipment that will not work if
there is no electricity.
• Designate a safe place to go (such as a friend or neighbor's
house or shelter) and have a plan for getting there if it
becomes unsafe to stay in your home.
•Be prepared to quickly explain to rescue personnel how to move
you or help you move safely and rapidly (e.g., "take my oxygen
tank," "get my insulin from the refrigerator").
• Be sure to have shelf stable food on hand such as dried
fruits, canned tuna or chicken, and reduced sodium vegetable
• Don’t forget to drink plenty of water. When it’s cold the air
is dry, and it is easier to become dehydrated.