Feb/Mar 2018, Vol. XVIII, No 4
Staying Connected
The 2018 year started off with cold temperatures and snow, but it has not deterred your Council from moving forward with our expanded schedule of educational and support programs to stay connected to Greene County seniors, caregivers and community members. We reach over 7,100 individuals and organizations through this newsletter, respond daily to e-mails sent to info@gccoa.org and answer questions via phone and in person from those calling or stopping into our office.
 
We will continue to hold both the Medicare 101 and Memory Loss sessions every other month and the winter It’s My Money course starts at the end of February. The Slips, Trips & Falls presentation has been very well received with four under our belt and several confirmed for the next two months. The Diabetes 101 presentation has been finalized and has been added to our offerings of presentations for community groups and businesses. All of these programs are of tremendous benefit to adults of all ages in all sorts of situations. The greatest benefit to those who attend, without question, is having information that hopefully will lead to better choices and keeping some level of control over our lives. 

We also will be presenting a number of Healthy U workshops during the year for diabetes, chronic illnesses and pain. Each workshop is six weeks and for adults and/or their caregivers.
The Healthy U workshops are presented in partnership with the Area Agency on Aging and are facilitated by Council team members. Workshop participants regularly share how much they have benefited from Healthy U, including changes they made to take charge of their health.
 
This is just a sampling of what your Council has available to you. We hope you will stay connected with the Council and encourage others to do the same in order to take advantage of the plentiful opportunities for information, education and support. In addition to reading this newsletter, giving us a call or stopping into our office, we invite you to keep up with the latest news, events, and programs by following the Council on social media. We have accounts with Facebook “ Greene County Council on Aging” and Twitter “ @GCCOAcares” . The links to these accounts are on our website gccoa.org . And we still have a few copies of our 2018 calendar available, which is another great way to track Council activities.
It's Your Money: Are You On the Do Not Call Registry?
Is your phone number one of the more than 229 million numbers on the National Do Not Call Registry (to avoid unwanted telemarketing calls)? If you are like me, you may not remember if, or when, you registered your mobile or home phones on the Registry. To find out, you can call 1-888-382-1222 from the phone number you want to check on, or you can visit https://donotcall.gov/ . If your number is already on the list, great! Your registration won’t expire unless you explicitly request to have the number removed, or if your number is disconnected or reassigned by the phone company.
 
If you call the above number or visit the website and your number is not on the list, it will only take a minute to add your number(s) to the Do Not Call Registry. You will get fewer telemarketing calls within 31 days of registering your number. Unfortunately, this registry only works for legitimate companies who play by the rules. There are a LOT of companies who don’t play by the rules.
 
Last year there were 7.1 million complaints to the FTC at donotcall.gov , and the majority of complaints dealt with robocalls (not a live person). The most reported topics were calls about debt reduction, vacation and timeshares, and warranty plans.
 
Are you already on the Registry and still getting a lot of unwanted calls? Odds are, many of those calls are from scammers. If you get a robocall, HANG UP THE PHONE . Don't press 1 to speak to a live operator, and don't press any other number to get your number off the list. If you respond by pressing any number, it will probably just lead to more robocalls.
 
Consider contacting your phone provider and asking them to block the offending number, but ask whether they charge for that service. Remember that telemarketers change Caller ID information easily and often, so it might not be worth paying a fee to block a number that will likely change. If you are receiving the robocalls on your mobile phone, you probably have a way to block the incoming phone number using your phone’s settings.
 
If you’ve taken all of the above steps and are still getting robocalls, they might be legitimate. Some prerecorded messages are permitted — for example, messages that are purely informational. That means you may receive calls to let you know your airline flight has been cancelled, or reminders about an appointment, or messages about a delayed school opening. But the business doing the calling is not allowed to promote the sale of any goods or services. Prerecorded messages from a business that is contacting you to collect a debt also are permitted, but messages offering to sell you services to reduce your debt are not allowed.
 
Other allowed calls include political calls, and calls from certain health care providers. For example, pharmacies are permitted to use prerecorded messages to provide prescription refill reminders. Prerecorded messages from banks, telephone carriers and charities also are exempt from these rules if the banks, carriers or charities make the calls themselves and not a contracted entity.
 
As always, if you need help with anything we’ve mentioned here or other consumer-related issue, don’t hesitate to contact the Greene County Council on Aging at 937-376-5486 or info@gccoa.org .
 And remember, always channel your inner Nancy Reagan when you get unwanted calls, mail or email — Just Say No!
Music and the Brain

We have two Music and the Brain programs on the calendar this year, with the first set for Thursday, March 22nd from 2-5pm at the Xenia Community Center next to our office. We hope you will join us for this fun, brain-stretching afternoon. Flyers will be available soon at the senior centers, the Council offices and on our website ( www.gccoa.org). You can also learn about this program and others by following us on Facebook to receive our regular posts!
SeniorPalooza Is Coming!
The April/May newsletter will include the details … but please mark your calendar and plan to join us Tuesday, May 15th between 8:30am and 3pm at the Fairgrounds for SeniorPalooza 2018 ! This year’s theme is Our Stories Continue and we have a fun and energized day planned for those of us who are 50 and better! 
Aging & Technology Expo
Planning for our first Aging & Technology Expo is underway. This July 18th event will showcase available products, services and of course ’apps’ using current technology to help us age in place, keep safe and healthy, stay connected and enjoy the latest in music and brain fitness. Stay Tuned!
Senior Artisan Show
Please stop in to the Senior Artisan Show and enjoy a wonderful and diverse collection of art by Greene County senior artisans and tasty refreshments provided by the Fairborn Senior Center. 
 
Sundays, March 4, 11, & 18
1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Wednesday, March 21
11:00 am – 2:00 pm
  
Fairborn Art Association
Rear of Fairborn Senior Housing
221 Central Avenue
It's My Money! My Stuff! My Life!

Tuesdays, Feb 27th, Mar 6, 13, 20 & 27
6:00pm—8:30pm
Xenia Community Center
1265 W. Second St

Program details and registration can be found on the Council’s website ( click here) or you can request to have it e-mailed/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 Health Insurance.
We Are In this Together!
We would like to thank the following individuals for sharing their time & talent with the Council.

Margaret Alexander
Jim & Ina Barney
Linda Bullock
Jack Busby
Dave Cusack
Phyllis Desch
Leah Donohue
Dorothy Douglas
Evelyn Ferguson
Dave Finster
Gail Fred
Betty Gibson
Margaret Goodman
Alforetta Hughes
Letha Kimball
George Knight
Jackie Markunes
Barbara McKown
Jo Meyer
Chris Middleton
Sondra Morckel
Paul Mullin
Nancy Mullins
Lauren Myers
Sherry Newcomer
Roger Panton
Joe Radin
Ken Richardson
Chuck Ryan
Sam SanGregory
Pam & Joe Sowder
Priscilla Stephens
Peggy Taylor
Shawnah Tibbs-Sergent
Terri Toscani
Ginny Vikmanis
Sara Wallen
Lisa Weinstein
Barbara Werth
Polly Werth

A special insert with a complete listing of those contributing to our Annual Appeal and sharing a financial gift in 2017 can be found here.
Upcoming Programs & Meetings
Medicare 101 (offered every other month)
Wednesday, February 14th ~ 3:30pm—5:00pm
Council’s Beavercreek Space, Beaver View Health Center
3095 Dayton-Xenia Rd/Dark Brown Building
 
It’s My Money, My Stuff, My Life
Tuesdays, February 27th, March 6th, 13th, 20th, & 27th ~ 6:00-8:30pm
Xenia Community Center ~ 1265 W. Second St., Xenia
 
Greene County Senior Artisan Show
Sundays, March 4th, 11th, and 18th ~ 1:00pm – 3:30pm
Wednesday, March 21st ~ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Fairborn Art Association ~ Rear of Fairborn Senior Housing Apartments
 
Memory Loss, Dementia & Alzheimer’s Disease (offered every other month)
Wednesday, March 7th ~ 2:30pm—4:30pm
GCCOA Office ~ 1195 W. Second Street
 
Music and the Brain
Wednesday, March 22nd ~ 2:00pm to 5pm
Xenia Community Center (next to GCCOA Office) 1265 W. Second St, Xenia
 
Senior Euchre Tournament ~ Greene County Fairgrounds
Wednesday, March 28th ~ 12:30pm—4:00pm
 

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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.