COA and COVID-19 Update
December 2020
Wanted: Support to feed pandemic-isolated seniors
During the pandemic, receiving a restaurant meal through our comfort meal program and knowing they are not alone or forgotten has made all the difference to thousands of low-income seniors. But program funding is running out, and COVID-19 is still keeping seniors in our area at home and isolated. Won't you help us continue to support these seniors, and the nine local restaurants that have provided more than 47,000 meals since April? $100 feeds 12 seniors, $50 feeds 6, and $25 feeds 3. Corporate sponsorships are also available. Get details and make a donation!
What's happening at COA?
COA and Slone-Gumbert receive Clinton County awards
We are honored to receive a Clinton County Community Champions (C4) Award, which highlights the stories of the Clinton County citizens, employers and employees, and organizations who are making an impact in Clinton County, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. We were recognized for our COVID-19 comfort meal program. COA nominee Donna Slone-Gumbert also received a C4 award. Read more.
Have a few extra hours to spare? Spend them with us!
We need help assembling supply boxes for clients enrolled in our programs, and it's all hands on deck! If you're looking for a way to give back this holiday season, or have a teenager who needs service hours, we'd love for you to join us at our assembly site in Hamilton, 10 am-2 pm on Friday, Dec. 18 or Saturday, Dec. 19. All volunteers will be socially distanced and wearing masks in a well-ventilated, large building. Contact Pat Lalesnel at or (513) 226-1380 if you can help!
Are you sick and tired of feeling sick and tired?
Through Council on Aging’s Healthy U program, older adults and caregivers learn practical ways to better manage chronic conditions. You’ll learn tips for healthy eating, dealing with isolation and more – all in a safe, socially distanced format. Details and workshop schedules are available on our website, or by calling (513) 345-8637.
COVID-19 news & information
The COVID-19 vaccine is here
Finally, we have some hopeful news related to the pandemic. The first COVID-19 vaccines were given in the United States on Dec. 14. There's a lot of information to know about the vaccine itself, who will receive it first, and when it might be your turn. We link to the information you need to know, below:

Celebrating the winter holidays safely
Despite the release of an effective vaccine, the Coronavirus is still with us and spreading rapidly and widely. With the winter holidays upon us, the CDC is urging caution when celebrating.

Whatever holiday you celebrate, we wish you a warm, healthy and safe celebration!
Ohio launches COVID-19 Indoor Air Quality Assistance Program
The program provides reimbursement up to $15,000 for eligible applicants to help cover the costs of inspections, assessments, maintenance and improvements to indoor heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems to control the spread of the Coronavirus. Eligible senior-focused facilities in Ohio, such as nursing homes, assisted living facilities and adult day centers, may apply by December 30. Get more info.
Just for fun!
We're not sure if it's the holidays or news of the COVID vaccine that has us feeling just a little bit lighter, but we thought we'd share some recent news items that we found fun or inspiring.

Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio (COA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing quality of life for older adults, people with disabilities, their families and caregivers. We promote choice, independence, dignity and well-being through a range of services that help people remain in their homes for as long as possible.
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