COVID-19 Update
Hello, COA community! First, we want to express our appreciation for your willingness to hear from us more frequently during the last six months. We hope the information we've shared has been valuable to you personally and professionally. Second, we want to let you know this will be our last bi-weekly newsletter. After today, we will send it on a monthly basis. Expect our next edition to hit your inbox the week of October 12. If circumstances change, we may decide to publish more frequently again, or if there's important news you should know about right away, we'll be sure to send you a quick update.
COA welcomes Hamilton BBQ restaurant to comfort meals program
Since April, Council on Aging has partnered with local restaurants to provide more than 27,000 meals to area older adults living in low-income senior apartment buildings. In July, we expanded this comfort meals program to include local minority-owned restaurants. Neal's Famous BBQ in Hamilton is the latest minority-owned restaurant to join the program. We spoke with owner Mike Neal to discover what being part of the program means to him. Click here for the story.
COA mails wellness kits to area seniors
We have partnered with the Ohio Department of Aging to distribute COVID-19 wellness kits to about 10,000 seniors in our region. Each kit contains masks, hand sanitizer and education materials about COA and Pro Seniors. Kits were mailed last week and are arriving on seniors' doorsteps now!
OSU Extension offering free online cooking magazine
In the early days of the COVID pandemic, stay-at-home orders and closed restaurants led to a renaissance of sorts of cooking at home. As a result, Ohio State University Extension began offering Seasoned, a free online cooking magazine for older adults. You will find recipes, kitchen tricks, exercises, and fun games about food, nutrition, food safety, and health. Click here to access 10 past issues of the magazine.
Miami U study still seeking caregiving families
Do you provide help to an older family member? Or, are you an older adult who needs some help from family members? If so, you’re part of a caregiving family. Providing and accepting help can be tough in the best of times, but it’s even more challenging now. Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University is looking for caregiving families to help test an online communication and care coordination resource designed to help families talk and make decisions about caregiving. For more information about the study, visit this page. To participate in the study contact Abby Helsinger at or (513) 529-3880.
Are you registered to vote?
The general election will be here before we know it (November 3), and even sooner are two key dates for voting in Ohio. If you are not already registered to vote, the deadline to do so is October 5. Absentee and early in-person voting begins October 6. COA has a voters' guide containing information that will help you understand how to register and how to vote, located here.
Celebrate Falls Prevention Awareness Week!
September 21-25 is Falls Prevention Awareness Week in Ohio. To celebrate, the Ohio Department of Aging, through its STEADY U Ohio falls prevention initiative, challenges you to take 10 BIG Steps to Prevent Falls. Each day during the week, the department and its falls prevention partners will host a free, web-based learning opportunity on a different aspect of falls prevention. Each learning opportunity will be paired with a personal challenge or other activity to apply the lessons learned to your home, health, and habits. Done together, these learning opportunities and personal activities make up the 10 BIG Steps to Prevent Falls. Learn more here.
Online education opportunities

  • Don't miss the Greater Cincinnati Care Partners virtual panel tomorrow, September 16. Lisa Kruse from COA is the keynote speaker. The event flyer has more details. Please register in advance, here.
  • The Alzheimer's Association offers free, virtual educational courses on subjects from the warning signs of Alzheimer's to living with the disease, for both caregivers and those with Alzheimer's. A full list of courses and registration are here.
Last chance to complete our tech survey!
Now is your last chance to help us understand how older adults use technology. The data we collect in our technology survey will help us as we develop new programs. Take the survey here.
COVID-19 and senior health and wellness
COVID-19 resources from COA
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