August/September 2016, Vol. XVII, No. 1
A Great Time with Great Impact!

There is no question that the Council’s Homemade Treats and Jam Fest is a fun, tasty and entertaining event! There is something for everyone and as our primary fundraising event, the funds raised are added to our charitable account set up with the Greene County Community Foundation to help with future senior/caregiver programs and services.

The Jam Fest is Wednesday, August 17th from 4pm to 6:30pm at the Greene County Fairgrounds and you can come out for all or part of the afternoon.

For your $10 ticket, which you can purchase from any of the senior centers, the Council or at the Jam Fest door, you will enjoy yummy refreshments, unique silent auction items, family-friendly games, and our Country Store with jams, homemade treats, and handcrafted creations such as painted rustic signs available to purchase.

If that is not enough, local bluegrass band Mad River Railroad will be on stage at 4pm, the famous Cloud Races, with play-by-play announcer Paul Newman, Jr. of the Fairborn Chamber of Commerce at 4:45pm, and the much-anticipated Live Auction at 5:30pm with auctioneer Lee Duteil of the Beavercreek Senior Center and his trusty sidekick Ed Marrinan of the Greene County Community Foundation.

We recognize that everyone is busy and adding ‘another’ activity to your calendar is overwhelming, but the Jam Fest will not disappoint! We have pulled together the best of the best, in terms of bakers, jam makers, musicians, cloud racers, and of course bidders, to make this an event you won’t forget and one you will want to tell your friends about. It combines the most critical elements—food, music, laughter, great people and an important cause. Parking is free, the building is air conditioned, and you will be greeted with a smile.

For those who have come out in previous years, thank you and we look forward to seeing you again (with 2 or 3 of your friends!) For those who have heard about the Jam Fest and wondered what all the fuss is about—this is the year to see it for yourself.

For those of you who will be out of town or have commitments you truly cannot get out of, you can check out the silent auction items on our website ( www.gccoa.org ), buy a ticket to share with someone who can come, and/or send your order/bid and money with someone you know is attending! To order cookies or jam ahead of time, click here.

For everyone, please pass the word! If you are on Facebook (or your son/daughter/grandchildren are), check out the Homemade Treats and Jam Fest Event Page for more information and then to see the photos afterwards. Hopefully you will be in one of them!

It's My Money! My Stuff! My Life!
The fall It’s My Money! My Stuff! My Life! is set and the program brochure will be available by mid-August. This exceptional program brings together local professionals with expertise in legal, financial, and long term care issues. It will run for five Tuesdays from 6pm—8:30pm, starting Sept 27th and take place at the Xenia Community Center. The cost is $40 per household and includes handouts, refreshments, and a chance to learn from area professionals.   To request the brochure, click here.
Tune In and Learn
It has been just over a year since your Council partnered with Classic Country Radio WBZI AM 1500/FM 100.3 to present the weekly segment, “Boomers and Beyond: A Guide to Aging Well”. You can hear a Council team member or one of many community guests talk with Roy Hatfield Wednesdays at 12:05pm right before the Trading Post segment. A variety of senior and caregiver themed topics are discussed and the show is heard throughout southwest Ohio. We know people are listening as we regularly hear from listeners via phone and e-mail. We even had a listener stop into the office with a few minutes of the show—before we had made it back to the office!  
Fall Prevention Awareness
According to the Ohio Department of Aging, one in three older Ohioans will fall this year. Falls are the leading cause of emergency room visits, hospital stays, and deaths for seniors, but they do not have to be. During September, Fall Prevention Awareness month, a number of programs and activities have been scheduled to promote fall prevention and to help keep us strong, safe and upright!
 
We are pleased to have Health Educator Ashley Steveley with Greene County Public Health presenting at several senior centers about fall prevention through staying active, keeping our homes safe, and asking for help. The annual health fair at the Xenia Adult Recreation & Service Center on the 21st will focus on fall prevention, the Conference on Aging noted on the following page includes sessions related to fall prevention, and we hope to have a record turnout on September 22nd in Yellow Springs for the 10 Million Steps initiative where we will walk one mile on the bike path. Click here for a flyer listing the activities. 
Changing of the Guard
The Council’s Annual Luncheon Meeting was held June 21st and members, volunteers, guests, Board members, and staff came together to share the accomplishments of 2015. Remarks were offered by Membership Chairperson Judy Baker, the 2015 Annual Report was presented, and Membership Advisory Council and Board of Directors’ elections were held.
 
Sharon Benedict, Chrissy Roundtree, and Mary Tackett were elected to the Membership Advisory Council and Paul Brown, Ruth Paulus, and Michael McGrath were elected to the Board of Directors.
 
The 2016—2017 Board officers were elected at the July 12th Board meeting and we thank them for agreeing to serve:
 
President ~ Ruth Paulus
Vice-President ~ Kraig Hagler
Treasurer ~ Chris Pomfret
Secretary ~ Paul Brown
It's Your Money: Ask the Right Questions to Protect It
In an earlier article we talked about the various  types  of money managers you can choose from: fee-only, fee-based, commission-based, and robo advisors. Just knowing the various types of advisors is a big first step in picking the guru to manage your nest egg, but you also need to know what questions to ask when you are researching these various options. Having a healthy dose of skepticism will serve you well when researching money managers; it might have saved a few of Bernie Madoff’s clients lots of cash and heartache if they had known what questions to ask. For a list of important questions and considerations, click here.  
Building Update

It has been another busy and exciting summer and we thank you for your patience as our office facelift continues. At the typing of this newsletter, the vinyl siding is in place and synthetic brick has been installed on a portion of the building. The official sign at the front of the parking lot is standing tall, making it easy to find us. The sign includes space where we can share information and alerts with the community, so keep watch for the changing message. Shutters will be added on the east and west ends of the building, as well as a few other touches. Toward the end of the summer we will add some plants around the sign and clean up the landscaping in front of the building. Our appreciation to our friends at the Xenia Nazarene Church for allowing us to park in their lot during the renovation. This has made it easier for the various workers, as well as our guests, to have the space they need. And the few extra steps for your Council team have been a nice boost to our metabolisms!

2016 Conference on Aging

The Council has partnered with the Yellow Springs Senior Center and Antioch University Midwest to present this first Conference on Aging for seniors, caregivers and community members in and around Greene County. The Conference is Saturday, September 24th from 9:30am to 3pm at Antioch Midwest and will open with Keynote Presenter Dr. Larry Lawhorne, Professor and Chair of Geriatrics at WSU’s Boonshoft School of Medicine. Participants will have a variety of breakout sessions from which to choose, a light lunch, and a very special closing presentation by Aurelia Blake. Conference brochures are available at the senior centers, the Council, and on the Council’s website. The registration fee is $15 and the registration deadline is September 15th.

Donor Spotlight  
Please join us in thanking these generous donors who shared a gift since the last newsletter.  All unrestricted financial donations go to our charitable account with the Greene County Community Foundation, for future senior and caregiver services/programs.   
In Memory Of:
Joyce Brundage
John Burdeshaw
Pauline Dobyns
John Ford
Betty Gross
Florence Zeljak

In Honor Of:
Jean Burdeshaw
Karen Burkhardt

Donors:

Joan Burdeshaw
Wendell Burnett
Beverly Cook
Richard Dove
Velma Joslin
Joann Kavalauskas
Donna & David Krile
Ellen Sisk
Ed and Fran O-Shaughnessy
Added Touch
Walgreens—Beavercreek
Women of the Moose, Dayton Chapter 9

Energizers (givers of time and talent):
Linda Bullock
Joan Burdeshaw
Jack Busby
Judy Cartisano
Evelyn Ferguson
Linda Jones
Muriel Keyes
George Knight
Frannie McPherson
Kathy Morgan
Carolyn Ponder
Joe Radin
Ken Richardson
Pam Sowder
Priscilla Stevens
Barbara Werth
Dee Willis
Dollie Williams



A Special Thank You To Our
Music and the Brain Volunteers and Partners:
Dr. Michael Anes
Michele Born
Gabe Day
Claire Ewald
Chuck Feeman
Dave Finster
Margaret Goodman
Lynn Hardman
Nate Hypes
Chris McVicar
Tammy McVicar
Thomas McVicar
Anna Robertson
Paula Sabo
Kyla Willemsen
Jessica Zacharias
Dynamic Senior Solutions
Greene Oaks
Greene County Library
Greene Memorial Hospital/Soin Medical Center
WBZI
Upcoming Events

Homemade Treats and JamFest
Music by Mad River Railroad
Wednesday, August 17th ~ 4:00 — 6:30pm
Assembly Building, Greene County Fairgrounds
 
Boomers and Beyond: A Guide to Aging Well
Every Wednesday, 12:05pm
WBZI AM 1500/FM 100.3
 
Telling Your Story ~ A Writing Course
Thursdays, September 1st thru October 6th ~ 7:00pm—9:00pm
Antioch University Midwest ~ 900 Dayton Street, Yellow Springs
 
2016 Conference on Aging
Saturday, September 24th ~ 9:30am—3:00pm
Antioch University Midwest ~ 900 Dayton Street, Yellow Springs
 
It’s My Money! My Stuff! My Life!
Tuesdays, September 27th thru October 25th ~ 6:00pm—8:30pm
Xenia Community Center ~ 1265 W. Second Street, Xenia
 

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Greene County Council on Aging
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Committed to Seniors and Caregivers
Our mission: To promote independence and quality of life for Greene County senior citizens and caregivers by facilitating and supporting the development, implementation and continual improvement of a comprehensive and coordinated system of contact and care.