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Spring 2019
COA is hiring!

Join the mission-driven team at Council on Aging, where no matter your role, you are valued as an integral part of our work improving quality of life and promoting independence for older adults and people with disabilities in our community. A variety of rewarding career and internship opportunities are available, including case managers and care coordinators, administrative support and leadership positions.

Visit our website to explore our career opportunities and learn more about how you can make a difference in someone’s life through a career at Council on Aging.

Forum on Aging continues to educate and inspire in its 33rd year

In March, our annual Forum on Aging Presented by Global Meals brought together nearly 600 professionals from across our region for two days of networking, learning and inspiration.

COA celebrates annual award winners

At our annual meeting on March 13, COA recognized two individuals who stand out for their work that makes life better for older adults and people with disabilities.

Winner of the Outstanding Service Provider Award was Lisa Pitchford (left in photo), who has helped thousands of at-risk older adults as an Adult Protective Services worker at Hamilton County Job and Family Services.

Edith Hulsmann , of Bridgetown (right in photo), received the Outstanding Caregiver Award for her extraordinary efforts in caring for her mother-in-law, who has dementia.

Read more about Lisa and Edith .
Caregiving impacts local employees and the businesses they work for

by Suzanne Burke, Council on Aging CEO

COA recently had the pleasure to partner with Messer Construction Co. to launch our Greater Cincinnati employee caregiver survey. We know from recent national data and research that family caregivers who also work full- or part-time are increasingly squeezed by these dual responsibilities. But we want to better understand the impact on local workers. It was eye-opening to see the level at which Messer employees are currently – or will soon be – dealing with caregiving issues. If you want to better understand how caregiving is impacting your workforce, read on to find out how your company can participate in our survey.

Messer and COA CEOs talk caregiver survey pilot with local newspaper

The Cincinnati Business Courier had the chance to sit down with Messer Construction Co. CEO Tim Steigerwald (right), and Council on Aging CEO Suzanne Burke to discuss the surprising results of the caregiver survey conducted with Messer employees.

Council on Aging News
COA opens Resource Center in Clinton County

Clinton County residents now have a local resource to turn to when they have questions about caring for an older adult or person with disabilities. Council on Aging (COA) recently opened a local office of its Aging and Disabiltiy Resource Center (resource center) in Wilmington at 2333 Rombach Avenue, inside the Smith-Feike-Minton Insurance building.

COA 2018 annual report published

Our 2018 annual report includes data, photos and personal stories that demonstrate our important role in the region. In 2018, we provided in-home and community-based care services to more than 22,000 older adults and individuals with disabilities and responded to nearly 50,000 phone and web inquiries.

Look for COA on TV!
Our own Sharon Fusco, vice president of innovation and new business operations, stopped by for a chat with   Lincoln Ware   on his "Cincinnati Issues" show, which airs on STAR64/WSTR. Watch Sharon and Lincoln discuss COA's programs during the segment, which aired on Sunday, March 24, here .
Many caregivers are struggling to care for an older loved one while also working full time and raising a family. WCPO/Channel 9 produced and is airing a video segment telling the story of how COA has helped Anita and Chris care for Anita's parents, while also working and parenting their own children. Watch the video here .
News You Can Use
Some low-income senior homeowners will soon enjoy lower sewer bills

The Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) of Greater Cincinnati is working now to launch a Customer Assistance Program (CAP) that will offer eligible low-income older adults a 25 percent discount on their sewer bills. The Hamilton County Board of Commissioners approved the CAP in April, and MSD expects to have the program fully implemented by August 1, 2019.

Cincinnati Metro improves Fare Deal program

In April, Cincinnati Metro rolled out improvements to its Fare Deal program, which offers half-price fares for the elderly and those with disabilities. The improvements aim to make the program easier to use and more convenient.

Upcoming Events
"Welcome to Medicare" events scheduled through June 25

Will you be eligible for Medicare soon? If so, there's a lot of information you need to know about understanding your options under the program. Through June 25, the Ohio Department of Insurance is holding "Welcome to Medicare" in-person events throughout Ohio. There are also public webinars available if you can't make an in-person event.

50+ Cincy Celebration

This second annual event hosted by the City of Cincinnati celebrates individuals ages 50 and over who've had a positive impact on the community. Enjoy fun activities, giveaways, music, and more. AARP will provide free lunch for those who pre-register. Event details and lunch registration link are here .

Date: Wednesday, May 15
Time: 9:30 am-1:30 pm
Location: Fountain Square, Downtown Cincinnati
Awareness, Appreciation and Celebration
Social Security Month, April
It’s National Social Security Month and this year the Social Security Administration is highlighting some of the time-saving features of the  my Social Security account.

Kelly Draggoo (left), Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Cincinnati, gives us details in her guest column on the COA website.
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD), June 15
Butler County program offers support to elderly crime victims
WEAAD helps raise awareness of the millions of older adults around the globe who experience elder abuse, neglect and financial exploitation.

Close to home, Butler County-based COA partner LifeSpan, Inc., is an example of an organization taking action against elder abuse. Its Elder Victim Advocate Program offers volunteer advocates who w ork closely with local law enforcement, Sexual Abuse Response Team, Crisis Intervention Training Steering Committee, Adult Protective Services, other area victim advocates, and many more community partners, to identify victims of crime and connect them with the supports they need to recover from a crime.

Older Americans Month, May
Take the Selfie Challenge!
In celebration of Older Americans month in May, the Ohio Department on Aging (ODA) wants to see images that show how Ohioans continue to connect, create and contribute in Ohio’s communities.

So, snap a selfie or have someone take your picture then post it to social media using the hashtags #OAM19 and #OhioSeniorsRock. Encourage your peers to do the same and you might just gain a little inspiration from others.

ODA will look for posts with these hashtags and share them on its social media sites, so post early and post often!

In Other News
A Roundup of Recent Headlines, News and Commentaries