Council on Aging Update
November 2021
Support COA's $50 for 50 Years campaign
The giving season is upon us, and #GivingTuesday kicks it off on Nov. 30. This is a very important time of year for non-profits, but especially for COA this year as we mark our 50th anniversary in December. To celebrate our 50 years of service to the community and to help us fill in gaps in care for those we serve, we are excited to announce our $50 for 50 Years donation campaign! We couldn't have been successful for the last 50 years without the support of our community, and we hope you'll consider giving $50 (or any amount) to help us continue serving a growing population.

Read more about the campaign and how you can participate.

Click here to read about our rich, 50-year history.
COA recognized as Agency of the Year by NASW-OH Region 6
COA has been named the National Association of Social Workers Ohio Chapter Region 6 2021 Agency of the Year. The award honors agencies that best exemplify social work values in the field, using best practices to make positive change in their communities. Read more.
We have openings on our Advisory Council
Council on Aging is seeking members for its Advisory Council, which plays a critical role in COA's mission to enhance people's lives by assisting them to remain independent through a range of quality services. Read more here.
Looking for a career in HR or Care Management? Look to COA!
If you are looking for a job in Human Resources where you’ll gain skills in the profession and work with a team eager to share their experience, COA is seeking a hard-working team player for our open Human Resources Associate position. We also are seeking licensed social workers for Care Management positions in several of our programs and are offering a $2,000 signing bonus to hired Care Managers. Learn more about these and other open positions, and apply to join our team on our website.
If you or someone you know has benefitted from COA, please share your experience with others, so they will be encouraged to reach out to us for help. There are three easy things you can do:
  • Click here to leave a review on Facebook.
  • Click here to leave a review on Google.
  • Contact us to share kudos or write a letter of support.
Protect yourself and others...get a flu shot!
It may be hard to think about flu season when the COVID-19 pandemic is still very much on our minds, but it is important that everyone - especially older adults - get a flu shot this year.

People 65 years and older are at higher risk of developing serious complications from flu, compared with young, healthy adults. Click here to learn more.
Need COA materials? Find them on our website.
Our website has a wealth of information about everything COA, including a document library with electronic versions of our printed materials. All these documents are easily downloaded to your computer. You’ll find our program brochure in English – and Spanish, Nepali and Russian – as well as Elderly Service Program brochures, program fact sheets and more. Check it out here
Thank you for your vote!
Thanks to overwhelming support at the polls on Nov. 2, older adults and caregivers in Warren and Clinton counties will continue to have access to their county's Elderly Services Programs (ESP). Read more here.
Need help with winter energy bills?
Remaining comfortable at home during the winter is vital to the health and well-being of everyone – especially older adults and those with disabilities. Here are two places to turn for help:

  • The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) can help those with lower incomes pay for their heating. Learn more.
  • The Office of the Ohio Consumers' Council is holding a virtual presentation on December 6 highlighting ways to save money on energy bills this winter. Learn more.
November is National Family Caregiver Month
by guest columnist Cheryl Jeffers
Providing rides to medical appointments. Making trips to the grocery. Vacuuming the living room. These activities represent only a fraction of the things a caregiver may do. Click here to find out the benefits for caregivers' self-care.
Caregiving is not easy!
Let's just say it: caregiving can be HARD! But with support and connection to resources, it can also be very rewarding. Council on Aging's Caregiver Support Nurse, Anna Goubeaux, shares the importance of caring for the caregiver. Read more here.
Are you a working caregiver?
Juggling the responsibilities of caring for an older loved one along with a caregiver's own family can be quite a challenge. And if the caregiver is in the workforce, it can be downright overwhelming.

COA's Caregiver Support Program has been a life-saver for these working caregivers. Watch their stories here.
We're looking for public input on plans to use funding
Council on Aging (COA) will host a public hearing to review its plans to utilize American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and Older American's Act (OAA) funds to provide new services and identify innovative opportunities to serve older adults as the country recovers from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more.
Being healthy is important
It's no secret that better health is a key to our happiness and well-being and helps us live longer. But being healthy is not always easy to do. There are ways to manage your health to help you live life to its fullest. We partner with the Ohio Department of Aging, Maine Health and the Self Management Resource Center to offer free workshops that focus on practical ways to help you take control of your health and wellness needs. Read more here.

Click here for a wellness tip you can use every day.
Tips for enjoying the holidays with someone with Dementia
The holidays may mean more activity than usual - family gatherings, parties and outings. This is a time to pay special attention to the needs of older adults, especially those with brain disorders. Teresa Youngstrom, a seasoned registered nurse and founder of A Better Approach to Memory Care, shares tips on how to get the most out of the holidays. Read more here.
You may be interested...
  • Those in Ohio's 513 and Kentucky's 859 area codes are now required to dial the area code along with a 7-digit phone number. Read more.
  • is now available in Spanish! See the website here.
  • Click here for tips on how to thrive as a single older adult.
  • Click here to find out the best ways to give back in retirement.
COVID-19 update
COA continues to help individuals connect with vaccine providers, scheduling appointments when possible, and also arranging for transportation to vaccine appointments, including boosters. If you feel you need to be vaccinated in your home, call us at (513) 721-1025 to be screened for eligibilty.
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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