COA and COVID-19 Update
November 2020
Donate to help feed vulnerable older adults during the pandemic
We are seeking financial support from businesses and individuals to help sustain our award-winning COVID-19 comfort meal program, which has provided nearly 46,000 restaurant meals to low-income older adults in our service area during the pandemic. Find out how you can help us sustain this program, which supports our local economy and brings comfort through food to seniors who are feeling isolated, alone, and forgotten during the pandemic.

Donate today or on Giving Tuesday, December 1st!
What's Happening at COA?
HEAP now accepting applications for help with winter heating bills
The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) has two different programs that offer assistance with home heating costs to low-income Ohioans. Both are currently accepting applications, and older adults or those with disabilities can get help understanding the programs and with applying through COA or one of our partner agencies. Read more.
Your holiday shopping on can benefit COA!
If Amazon is your go-to source for holiday shopping, make sure your purchase goes to a good cause! COA is part of the Amazon Smile program, and the company will donate a portion of all your purchases to us. From or the Amazon app on your smartphone or tablet, select Council on Aging as your charity of choice. Purchases made in the app are new to the program, so you may have to make a few changes within your app to make your purchases count.  Click here for directions on how to do this. Thanks for your support!
Important News to Know
Holiday season safety
This holiday season will look different for many of us due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19. Below are links to articles that provide helpful guidelines and suggestions on how to celebrate the holidays differently - and safely. Despite all this, we hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving!

It’s not too late to get your flu shot
More than ever, this is the year to protect yourself from the flu due to COVID-19, to avoid overwhelming our healthcare system. Older adults are especially susceptible to severe complications and hospitalizations from the flu, so don't delay! Learn more.
Dealing with dementia during the holidays subject of next virtual panel
The next Greater Cincinnati Care Partners Panel is scheduled for December 9 at 2 p.m. It will feature a keynote by Teresa Youngstrom, owner of A Better Approach to Memory Care, about "How to Have a Happy Holiday with Dementia." As always, COA's Lisa Kruse will be part of the expert panel. Register in advance
COVID-19 and other scams
Sadly, it seems there's nothing - not even a global pandemic - that will stop scammers from trying to bilk innocent people out of their hard-earned savings. Be aware of scams and NEVER give your personal information or account numbers to ANYONE you don't know or trust!

COVID-19 and Senior Health and Wellness
COVID-19 Resources from COA
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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