Council on Aging Update
January 2022
Launch a new career with COA!
It's the new year and a great time for a new career with our mission-driven organization. We are currently hiring RNs and LSWs for Care Manager and Assessor positions. We are also seeking applicants for an Accounting Clerk position. We encourage you to click and watch the video on the left to hear what our team members say about working here, then visit our website to learn more about our culture and benefits.
On our website, you'll also find full job descriptions and can apply for our open positions. Hurry...we are currently offering a $2,000 signing bonus for Care Managers!
COA receives Inspire Healthcare award
We were recently honored with an Inspire Healthcare award from The Health Collaborative for Discharge to Home, a program developed by COA. This program was born during the pandemic and provides a safe, supportive path home for older adults being discharged from area hospitals and nursing facilities, while also freeing up valuable healthcare resources. Read more.
We have openings on our Advisory Council
There is still an opportunity to be part of Council on Aging's Advisory Council, especially if you live in Warren or Clinton counties. COA Advisory Council members play a critical role in our mission to enhance people's lives by assisting them to remain independent through a range of quality services. Read more here.
COA has new fax numbers
Council on Aging has merged its phone and faxing services to one provider. While individual phone numbers will remain the same, all fax numbers at COA are changing. If you frequently send faxes to teams and individuals at COA, please make note of our new fax numbers, listed here.
Mark your calendars for the 2022 Forum on Aging
Because of the ongoing pandemic, the 2022 Forum on Aging will be postponed until summer. The 2022 Forum will be Wednesday and Thursday, August 24 & 25 at the Sharonville Convention Center.

The Forum will provide 12 continuing education units (CEUs) for social workers, nurses, activity professionals and nursing home administrators. Registration for attendees will open in late spring.

Sponsorship opportunities will be announced in March and our next newsletter will provide links for sponsors' registration.
News You Can Use
COVID-19 update
Information about the COVID-19 pandemic, vaccinations and boosters fill the airwaves. Council on Aging urges all older adults to get a COVID-19 booster. We continue to help individuals connect with vaccine providers, scheduling appointments when possible, and also arranging for transportation to vaccine and booster appointments. If you feel you need to be vaccinated in your home, call us at (513) 721-1025 to be screened for eligibility.

Read on to learn the latest about how COVID-19 is affecting everyday life:
Cellular network shutdown affects older adults
You may have already been affected by the shutdown of 3G networks. Mobile carriers are making this change to clear room for more advanced network services. As a result, many older cell phones will no longer work. This will also affect other equipment, such as certain medical devices, home security systems and more. To be prepared, get details from the FCC by clicking here.
HEAP offers help with heating bills to low-income Ohioans
It's cold outside and heating bills are on the rise. If you're having trouble paying your bills, you may qualify for help from the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP). Get details by clicking here.
Caregiving affects everyone
More than 2 million older Americans identify as LGBTQ. Zander Keig, veteran, co-founder of the LGBTQ Caregiver Center, and caregiver advocate talks with about his caregiving identity. Read his comments here.
You can protect yourself from scammers
It's an unfortunate part of our society: scammers are increasingly targeting older adults. The Ohio Department of Aging shares ways to protect yourself and learn what you should do if you are the victim of a scam. Learn more here.

Click here to learn tips for avoiding utility scams.
Not all COVID-19 tests are legitimate - here's how to tell
Would you recognize a fake COVID-19 testing site? What about a site selling fake test kits? Ohio Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) works to help you detect fraud and scams. In this step-by-step video, SMP staff reveal red flags to look for and tips on finding legitimate sites. To view, click anywhere on the image on the left.

To order free, legitimate COVID-19 at-home tests, click here or call 1-800-232-0233.
Health and Wellness
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. We have workshops that focus on Diabetes, Chronic Disease, Chronic Pain, Fall Prevention and Caregiving. Read more here.
Wondering about your driving?
Older drivers are among the safest drivers on Ohio roads, but their risk of being injured or killed in a crash increases with age. To prevent these crashes, Ohio has state and local programs and resources that can help older drivers adopt strategies to stay safe on the road, and find alternatives if they can no longer drive safely. Read more here.
Know what foods are healthy and how to pay for them
Eating healthy is not always as easy as it sounds. Even when you know what healthy foods to choose, being able to pay for them can be hard, especially if you are on a fixed income. The National Institute on Aging has compiled some tips for eating healthy on a budget. Click here to learn more.

Click here for this issue's wellness tip. (HINT: it's about limiting sugar).
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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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