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      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 Center2700 Pelham RoadToledo, OH 43606Telephone: 419.531.2119Business hours: 9 a.m. â?? 4 p.m.

      Oregon Senior Citizens CenterDba James W. Hancock Sr Center5760 Bayshore RoadOregon, OH 43616Telephone: 419.698.7078 Business hours: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

      Paulding County Senior Center401 E. Jackson StreetPaulding, OH 45879Telephone: 419.399.3650 Business hours: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

      Asian Resource CenterHighland 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 Center130 E. Clinton StreetNapoleon, OH 43545Telephone: 419.599.5515

      Sandusky County Senior Center600 W. State Street Fremont, OH 43420 Telephone: 419.334.8911

      CDC Senior Activities Program330 Oak Terrace Blvd.Holland, OH 43528Telephone: 419.865.2322

      Margaret L. Hunt Senior Center2121 Garden Lake ParkwayToledo, OH 43614Telephone: 419.385.2595

      Senior Centers, Inc.2308 Jefferson AvenueToledo, OH 43604Telephone: 419.242.9511

      Chester J. Zablocki Senior Center3015 Lagrange StreetToledo, OH 43608Telephone: 419.936.3090

      Eleanor M. Kahle Senior Center1315 Hillcrest AvenueToledo, OH 43612Telephone: 419.476.2745

      Sylvania Senior Center7140 Sylvania AvenueSylvania, OH 43560Telephone: 419.885.3913

      Defiance County Senior Center700 Jefferson AvenueDefiance, OH 43512Telephone: 419.782.3233

      Lyman Liggins Senior CenterGrace Presbyterian Church1171 Oakwood AvenueToledo, OH 43607Telephone: 419.243.7313, Ext. 111

      J. Frank Troy Senior Center1235 Division StreetToledo, OH 43602Telephone: 419.255.6206

      East Toledo Sr Activities Center1001 White Street Toledo, OH 43605Telephone: 419.691.2254

      Maumee Senior Center2430 South Detroit AvenueMaumee, OH 43537Telephone: 419.893.1994

      Williams County Senior Center623 E. Main Street Montpelier, OHTelephone: 419.633.4317

      Erie County Senior Center620 E. Water StreetSandusky, OH 44870Telephone: 419.626.2560 Mayores Senior CenterTwo Aurora Gonzales DriveToledo, OH 43609Telephone: 419.242.1144

      Wood County Senior Center305 N. Main StreetBowling Green, OH 43402Telephone: 419.353.5661

      Fulton County Senior Center240 Clinton StreetWauseon, OH 43567Telephone: 419.337.9299

      Ottawa County Senior Resources8180 W. State Route 163 Oak Harbor, OH 43449 Telephone: 1.877.898.6459

      Friendship Park Senior Center2930 â?? 131st StreetToledo, OH 43611Telephone: 419.936.3079

      Know of other centers open during the cold winter days? Leave a comment below.