Digits drop, heating centers open

All of senior centers under the Area Office on Aging of Northwestern Ohio will serve as heating centers.

As temperatures dip into the single digits and below, the Area Office on Aging of Northwestern Ohio wants to remind the public that their facilities act as heating centers for older adults who need a place to warm up.

The Office on Aging has 24 centers in 10 counties: Williams, Lucas, Fulton, Ottawa, Wood, Erie, Defiance, Henry, Paulding and Sandusky. Emilie Owens, emergency coordinator, says each office will stay open during their normal business hours everyday, severe weather pending.

"The centers close based on school closings, otherwise they're open and act as a place where people can go and warm up. We don't check IDs to make sure people are over 60 and won't turn anyone away, but our facilities primarily serve older adults," she said.

To keep seniors safe during the cold, the Office on Aging recommends for older adults to stay inside when wind chills fall below zero. If you must go out, the office says to dress in layers and wear a hat, since 40 percent of body heat is lost from the head. Also, drink warm beverages, not alcohol. It narrows blood vessels and can promote frostbite and hypothermia, according to the Office on Aging.

Heating Centers

JFS Senior Adult Center

2700 Pelham Road

Toledo, OH 43606

Telephone: 419.531.2119

Business hours: 9 a.m. â?? 4 p.m.

Oregon Senior Citizens Center

Dba James W. Hancock Sr Center

5760 Bayshore Road

Oregon, OH 43616

Telephone: 419.698.7078

Business hours: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Paulding County Senior Center

401 E. Jackson Street

Paulding, OH 45879

Telephone: 419.399.3650

Business hours: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Asian Resource Center

Highland Park Shelter House -

1865 Finch Street

Toledo, OH 43609

Telephone: 419.936.2866

Business Hours: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Henry County Senior Center

130 E. Clinton Street

Napoleon, OH 43545

Telephone: 419.599.5515

Sandusky County Senior Center

600 W. State Street

Fremont, OH 43420

Telephone: 419.334.8911

CDC Senior Activities Program

330 Oak Terrace Blvd.

Holland, OH 43528

Telephone: 419.865.2322

Margaret L. Hunt Senior Center

2121 Garden Lake Parkway

Toledo, OH 43614

Telephone: 419.385.2595

Senior Centers, Inc.

2308 Jefferson Avenue

Toledo, OH 43604

Telephone: 419.242.9511

Chester J. Zablocki Senior Center

3015 Lagrange Street

Toledo, OH 43608

Telephone: 419.936.3090

Eleanor M. Kahle Senior Center

1315 Hillcrest Avenue

Toledo, OH 43612

Telephone: 419.476.2745

Sylvania Senior Center

7140 Sylvania Avenue

Sylvania, OH 43560

Telephone: 419.885.3913

Defiance County Senior Center

700 Jefferson Avenue

Defiance, OH 43512

Telephone: 419.782.3233

Lyman Liggins Senior Center

Grace Presbyterian Church

1171 Oakwood Avenue

Toledo, OH 43607

Telephone: 419.243.7313, Ext. 111

J. Frank Troy Senior Center

1235 Division Street

Toledo, OH 43602

Telephone: 419.255.6206

East Toledo Sr Activities Center

1001 White Street

Toledo, OH 43605

Telephone: 419.691.2254

Maumee Senior Center

2430 South Detroit Avenue

Maumee, OH 43537

Telephone: 419.893.1994

Williams County Senior Center

623 E. Main Street

Montpelier, OH

Telephone: 419.633.4317

Erie County Senior Center

620 E. Water Street

Sandusky, OH 44870

Telephone: 419.626.2560

Mayores Senior Center

Two Aurora Gonzales Drive

Toledo, OH 43609

Telephone: 419.242.1144

Wood County Senior Center

305 N. Main Street

Bowling Green, OH 43402

Telephone: 419.353.5661

Fulton County Senior Center

240 Clinton Street

Wauseon, OH 43567

Telephone: 419.337.9299

Ottawa County Senior Resources

8180 W. State Route 163

Oak Harbor, OH 43449

Telephone: 1.877.898.6459

Friendship Park Senior Center

2930 â?? 131st Street

Toledo, OH 43611

Telephone: 419.936.3079

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