February/March 2016, Vol. XVI, No 4
Sharing and Receiving:
The Flow of Information  
Information is power, as we have noted many times, but what is the best way to share and receive information?  This is a challenge for most organizations and one that we are always trying to tackle. There is no question that our best strategies for getting the word out include working through  those already known to us, and even better, those who have attended, participated in or taken advantage of our programs, activities or services.  Likewise, when seeking information and input, we regularly turn to these same individuals.
 
We appreciate this two-way info street, but we need to continually broaden our reach. We of course want to increase the number receiving our newsletters, flyers, and brochures and those inviting us to come out to talk about the  Council and/or discuss a specific topic such as caregiving, Medicare, memory loss or downsizing.  But we also want to hear from as many  individuals from all parts of the County with questions and thoughts regarding what programs we offer and what topics/issues we address.
 
So here are a few requests for you and any others you can bring into the mix.  First, please continue to share this newsletter and info about  Council programs and services. You most likely know someone who will benefit.  

Second, please join us for a brainstorming session on Thursday, February 18th, 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the Community Center (1265 W. Second Street) next to our office.  We are working with two WSU graduate students in the MPA program who will be leading the session. They are also sending a short survey to a      random sampling of Greene County households to help gather input.  Please call/e-mail the Council if you would like to participate on the 18th.
 
One of our most efficient ways of sharing and receiving information is through e-mail.  We have over 1300 e-mail addresses in our database and we would be pleased to add yours.  We recently switched to using an email service, with one of the benefits being able to maintain separate mailing lists for specific interests (the newsletter, special events, educational programs). To modify what mailings you receive, please visit http://tinyurl.com/gccoasignup.  And if you are used to receiving emails from us and have not received any recently, your mail provider may be rejecting our messages. One solution is to add our address (info@gccoa.org) specifically to your address book. 

It's Your Money: Don't Fall For Health Scams
We’ve all seen the ads on TV: 
 
MIRACLE CURE!!
MONEY BACK GUARANTEE!
ONLY $19.95!
IT’S NATURAL!  IT’S SO EASY!
SHHH! THEY DON’T WANT YOU TO KNOW
PAY NOW AND SAVE!
IT WORKED FOR ME,
IT WILL WORK FOR YOU TOO!
 
The reason you see so many television advertisements with these catch phrases is because they work; they really do ‘catch’ our attention.  Humans are, by nature, a hopeful bunch, and if we have a problem that needs  fixing, these slick advertising campaigns promising amazing results draw us in. We want to believe there is a quick fix for what ails us.  But let’s be honest.  We know, deep down, that life isn’t so easy.  We know that there really isn’t a $19.95 pill, for example, that will cure cancer.
 
It’s called health fraud.  Lots of people are fooled into buying health products that sound great but are really fakes.  Some products may cause serious problems like pain, suffering, or even death.  Some products may be fine by themselves, but do not mix well with medications someone is already taking.  We may lose our money on scam products that don’t work. 
 
We’ve all heard these admonitions before, but it never hurts to be reminded about some common-sense steps to protect ourselves. Just because a product is called ‘natural’ does not mean it is ‘safe.’  If it sounds too easy, it probably is, and if it is too easy, it is very likely a scam.  

Generally, one pill will not treat or cure many different illnesses like cancer, diabetes, AIDS, or arthritis.  Personal success stories by ‘real people’ or ‘real doctors’ are somehow more believable, but are easy to make up.  And don’t ever feel pressured by admonitions like ‘the first 10   people to call…’  

Take time to get the facts about a product  before you act.  Just like the snake oil salesman on that episode of Gunsmoke, these TV ads for miraculous new drugs really do capture our attention and entice us to act.  Our job is to pause, reflect on the message, use our intelligence and listen to that little voice to rise above the hype. Then we can make a thoughtful decision whether to ignore the advertisement or seek further information.  Under no circumstances should we actually pick up the phone or grab our wallet to immediately react to the plea on television.
 
Protect yourself and your family. Talk to a doctor, nurse, or pharmacist, or call the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) at 1-888-463-6332 before you use any health product you see advertised in any media.  Report a problem with a product to the FDA at www.fda.gov/medwatch or 1-800-332-1088, and false advertising to the Federal Trade Commission (www.ftc.gov or 1-877-382-4357).

As always, your Greene County Council on  Aging team is available to help answer    questions, research information or point you in the right direction to find expert help.
 

Healthy U Workshops
The Council, in partnership with the Area Agency on Aging, PSA-2, presents three types of Healthy U workshops during the year. These six-weeks workshops are free and facilitated by Council team members and  community volunteers.  The purpose is to help participants take control of their health, related to managing chronic illnesses, chronic pain, and/or diabetes. To learn more about these workshops, please contact Susan Finster at 376-5486 or susan.finster@gccoa.org .  Workshops are also posted on our website.  
Caregiver Support  
Providing support to area caregivers is a  priority for Your Council.  Our experience, however, is that most caregivers don’t see themselves as a priority and are reluctant to reach out for and accept help.  If you are caring for an older loved one, someone with Parkinson’s disease, or you are a kinship caregiver, we encourage you to contact the Council to ask questions, vent, find out what services might be available, and to receive information about the caregiver groups offered by the Council.  A listing of support groups are also on the Council’s website.
It's My Money! My Stuff! My Life!  
Tuesdays, March 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29
6:00pm—8:30pm
Xenia Community Center
1265 W. Second St

The program details and registration can be found on the Council’s website (www.gccoa.org) or you can request to have it e-mailed or sent by contacting the Council at 376-5486 or info@gccoa.org. The registration deadline is February 19th and the cost is $40 per household which includes handouts, refreshments and area professionals covering topics such as Wills, Advanced Directives,    Assets, Trusts, Probate & Taxes, Insurance, Medicare & other Retirement Health Insurance.  

We would like to thank the following individuals for sharing their time & talent with The Council.

Glenn Anderson
Peggy Blankenhorn
Megan Brugger
Joan Burdeshaw
Jack Busby
Judy Cartisano        
Dave Cusack
Jeri Dawes
Jerri DeVoe
Leah Donohue        
Lila Dorn-Green
Dorothy Douglas
Phyllis Desch
Betty Gibson
Gilbert Hamilton
Cecilia Hightower
Alphoretta Hughes
Linda Jones
Muriel Keyes
John Kinsel
Amy Margolin
Jackie Markunes
Eddie Martin
Loretta McKee        
Frannie McPherson
Tracy Melvin
Sondra Morckel
Kathy Morgan
Lauren Myers
Foy Neff
Sherry Newcomer
Carolyn Ponder
Joe Radin
Ken Richardson
Lisa SanGregory
Pam & Joe Sowder
Priscilla Stephens
Carolyn Stouder
Sally Valdiviez
Ginny Vikmanis
Sara Wallen
Lisa Weinstein
Barbara Werth        
Polly Werth
The Council's " Screen Door Ask” kicked off in July and will run through June 2016. Gifts shared have been or will be used for several  building-related projects, including a security system, handicap accessible door, and replacement of the well-worn exterior siding. Our appreciation to our donors as of January 15th :

Marlene & Ray Acus
Susan & George Allen
Cammy & James Grote
Emily & John Haynes
Andrea & Joe Harkleroad         
Lynn & Edward Martin
Marguerite & Jack Newhouse   
Fran & Ed O’Shaughnessy
Brenda Pollock                         
Karen & Alan Puterbaugh
Becky & Louis Schatzberg        
Stephanie & Brian Stephan
Barbara Werth                         
Anthony Zydbek
 
Brentwood Builders                 
Dynamic Senior Solutions
Ellie Home Caring                    
Fairborn Senior Center
Hammond, Stier & Stadnicar    
Hospice of the Miami Valley
Senior Resource Connection    
Reichley Insurance Agency
Greene County Community Foundation
Greene Memorial Hospital & Soin Medical Center
Stephan & Stephan Law Group
Xenia Adult Recreation & Service Center

Upcoming Events
Memory Loss, Dementia & Alzheimer’s Disease
Thursday, February 4th ~ 6:30pm—8:30pm
Xenia Community Center ~ 1265 W, Second St., Xenia
 
Brainstorming for the Future
Thursday, February 18th ~ 6:30pm—8:30pm
Xenia Community Center ~ 1265 W, Second St., Xenia
 
It’s My Money, My Stuff, My Life
Tuesdays, March 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th ~ 6:00-8:30pm
Xenia Community Center ~ 1265 W. Second St., Xenia
 
Greene County Senior Artisan Show
Sundays, March 6th, 13th, and 20th ~ 1:00pm – 3:30pm
Wednesday, March 23rd ~ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Fairborn Art Association ~ Rear of Fairborn Senior Housing Apartments
 
Senior Euchre Tournament ~ Greene County Fairgrounds
Wednesday, March 30th ~ 12:30pm—4:00pm
 
Memory Loss, Dementia & Alzheimer’s Disease
Council’s Beavercreek Space, Beaver View Health Center
Thursday, April 7th ~ 6:30pm—8:30pm
 
Senior Recognition Luncheon ~ Greene County Fairgrounds
Wednesday, April 27th ~ 11:00am—1:00pm
  
Find all our events on our website calendar
Greene County Council on Aging
937-376-5486
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.