COVID-19 Update
Despite the fact that many of our traditional July 4th celebrations were cancelled or modified this year, we hope you were still able to find a creative and safe way to celebrate our nation's independence. Unfortunately, COVID-19 didn't take time off for the holiday. We continue to see increases in daily reported cases in the majority of US states , including Ohio.
COA's free remote wellness workshops beginning soon!
Beginning this month, COA will offer our full Healthy U Program online, or by phone. This free program includes a variety of workshops to help you stay active and manage diabetes or any chronic condition. View the flyer for details, or call Brittaney at (513) 519-8637 for more information.

Other upcoming free education opportunities:
  • Join Catholic Charities on July 15 for a virtual discussion about COVID-19's impact on caregiving in our region. Click here for more information.
  • People Working Cooperatively is offering free fall prevention classes beginning in mid-July. Choose from in-person or virtual formats. Get details here.
Celebrate 30 years of the ADA with local activities
This July marks the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), one of the most important and wide-reaching pieces of civil rights legislation in U.S. history. There are plenty of ways for you to participate in Cincinnati's Disability Pride celebration, of which COA is a sponsor. Visit the event website for a full schedule and ideas on how you can participate.

Council on Aging is hosting a Honk and Wave event on July 23 from 12-12:30 p.m. in the Tri-County area (exact location to be announced). Stay tuned for more details!
Ohio implements new county-based public health advisory system
A new advisory system just released by the state of Ohio will provide local health departments and community leaders data and information to combat COVID-19 flare-ups as they occur in different parts of the state. The system consists of four levels that provide Ohioans with guidance as to the severity of the problem in the counties in which they live.  

Stay cool this summer with HEAP
Ohio's already feeling the summer heat. Know a low-income senior who could use financial help to stay cool this summer? The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) Summer Crisis Program is now accepting applications, and may be able to help. Get program details, application directions and learn what's new this year for PIPP enrollees.
COA helps educate senior apartment building residents about COVID-19 safety
COA Vice President of Program Operations, Ken Wilson, co-chairs a regional committee focused on reducing COVID-19 cases in settings such as senior apartment buildings and assisted living communities. As part of this effort, COA and other committee members developed educational kits that were distributed to more than 170 senior apartment buildings in COA's five-county area. The kits included COVID-19 education information and a reusable mask for every resident in each building and special materials for management staff. After receiving an education kit, one building manager said, "COA’s presence has made such an impact on our residents. We are so grateful and appreciative that COA stepped up during this difficult time. We are here and you didn’t forget us.”  Read the full story . In addition, COA has created a Coronavirus resource page on our website for building managers.
The pandemic's affect on caregiving
Millions of Americans take care of a friend or family member with a serious health condition. Being a caregiver can be a labor of love, but it can also be stressful. Read below about our learnings on caregiving during the Coronavirus:

Senior farmers' market program continuing to accept applications
The response to the first-ever rollout of the FDA's Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program in our region has been excellent so far, and we are still accepting applications. Get details, apply online, or download an application on our website .
Fraud still an issue as pandemic stretches on
While most of us are tiring of the realities of the pandemic, the time is ripe for scammers to play on the fear and uncertainty that abound right now. Be aware of the following Coronavirus-related scams:

2020 Census soon to enter new phase
Even during a pandemic, it is vital for all of us to respond to the 2020 Census. The national response rate currently is 61.8%, so the Census Bureau plans to begin household visits across the country on August 11. In the near future in the Greater Cincinnati area, look for pop-up locations in traditionally hard-to-count neighborhoods where you can receive assistance to complete your Census via an electronic device (with COVID-19 precautions in place). It is also still an option to complete the Census online or by phone or mail. Go to or call (844) 330-2020 for more information.
And now for some good news...
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