A member was recently asking about "key safes," which are locked boxes on the outside of your home which hold a key to the front door.
If first responders come to your home and need to enter, if they can key into your home, then there is no need to damage the door or windows by breaking them.
Two critical points are: 1) how to advise the Fire Department where the key is and how to access it; and 2) obtaining and installing said box.
Please check out this information. If you decide you want the Fire Department's key safe, please go to the main office
on Columbus Rd. (best to call first, 740-592-3301), and fill out the form.
The Athens Village has been working for many months with Athens Transit, Retired Senior Volunteers Project (RSVP) and
other agencies housed in the Corporation for Ohio Appalachian Development (COAD) building on Pinchot
Place in Athens. Download the registration form here. Please return
this form to the TAV office.
The TAV staff will take all forms to RSVP, which will enter your data into the database. After your registration is entered at RSVP, you can request a ride either by going to the website and filling out the form yourself with the details of the ride you want, or call Gregg at the office (740-447-0500) and ask us to fill the form out for you. It is VERY IMPORTANT that you include a phone number so that the drivers can call you back. Please allow at least 24 hours' advance notice; the more advance notice you can give, the more likely it is you will get a ride.
Then your request goes to the drivers by email. The volunteer who can drive you will call you back to confirm date, time, place and other details.
A couple of drivers have been trained, but more volunteer drivers are needed. Please contact Mary Lewis at COAD (740-594-8499) if you are interested in volunteer-driving TAV members. Volunteer drivers undergo several hours' training, must have their own vehicle with insurance, and have a clean driving record.
Other important information, downloadable here:
> The Rider's Manual
> Tips for Riders
United Appeal assembles and publishes an Athens County Healthcare Resources Guide every year. Here is the 2017 version.
The Athens Village conducted the annual meeting of the entire membership. This year, due to the change in the calendar approved by membership last year, the meeting was held in late September rather than the previous October gatherings. We were again at the Richland United Methodist Church. Following a delicious potluck dinner, President Ed Baum made introductions and announcements. Secretary Anita James presented minutes from the 2015 meeting, which were approved and adopted. The State of the Village was presented by Patty Mercer, Executive Director Emerita and Gregg Andrews, Executive Director. Treasurer Steve Grimes provided a current update of the 2015/16 budget as well as the 2016/17 TAV budget. Additional business with amendments to the Code of Regulations were adopted. Board member elections were held. Continuing nominees Georgann Penson and Don Fucci were seated on the board as were new members Steve Pierson and Louis Wright. An enjoyable round of “Table Talks” provided ideas for programs & services. After a brief question and answer period, the meeting was adjourned. Next year's Annual Meeting will be in late September, 2017. Written by Gregg Andrews
TAV member Jane Woodrow found a Stanford letter writing project that gives templates for letters to write to family and doctors, advanced directives etc. https://med.stanford.edu/letter/about.html. This might help to get difficult conversations started.
Are you age 70 or older? Help answer research questions about muscle loss and aging. For more information, please download and read this flyer, then call 740-566-9873 or email CTRU@ohio.edu.
You may have seen an article in the July 25, 2016 Athens News on page 12. The article contains information about The Athens Village, and quotes from Ed Baum, Patty Mercer and Gregg Andrews. You can download a .pdf of the article here.
The Hearing Aid Interest Group, facilitated by TAV member Dick Dean, helps potential and actual hearing aid wearers to
better understand hearing loss and hearing aids. Group interest dictates the topic.
Click here for Dick's in-progress website.
This is another means of sharing information with actual or potential hearing aid users.
Organization of a presentation about the new cochlear nucleus system, which is covered by Medicare, is ongoing. [Generally, hearing aids are not covered.] Dr. Dean is proposing a presentation with experts in late October. Probably this presentation will be open to the public, with special invitations going to SeniorBEAT and United Seniors members. Watch this space for further information.
This is a listing of senior opportunities in Athens County. Click here to see it.
Are you a caretaker in Athens County needing respite? Here is a free program for which you might qualify.
A TAV member noted that a news anchor, Colleen Marshall, at Channel 4 in Columbus, hosted a special report about Alzheimer's disease and its effect on both the patient and his/her family. The report can be downloaded here. Ms Marshall's mother had Alzheimer's, as does a parent of NBC channel 4 weatherman, Ben Gelber. Along with other people, they discussed the struggles, and spoke of housing options and assisted living. The report aired Dec. 2, 2015.
There are a number of printed and A-V resources in The Athens Village office. One of the more recent is the
2014 DVD, "Cyber-Seniors." This is a 75-minute documentary about a 2009 project that two sisters devised to keep
in touch with their grandparents. The sisters had witnessed firsthand how learning to use the Internet had
transformed their grandparents’ lives. After learning some basic skills, their grandparents were in touch several
times a week by email, Facebook and Skype. The Internet was instrumental in keeping their family connected
despite busy schedules and living in different cities. Inspired by this realization, the sisters started the
Cyber-Seniors program to help other seniors get online. The "Cyber-Seniors" documentary is an inspiring example
of the wonderful things that can happen when generation gaps are bridged and new ways of connecting are explored.