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2017 Forum on Aging and Annual Meeting and Awards, presented by Global Meals!
January 2017
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Register today for Council on Aging's 2017 Forum on Aging, presented by Global Meals
Registration is now open for Council on Aging’s 2017 Forum on Aging and Annual Meeting & Awards, presented by Global Meals. 

Scheduled for March 14-15 at the Sharonville Convention Center, Forum on Aging is our region’s premiere conference for professionals who work with older adults and people with disabilities.

Register today for two days of networking, learning, and inspiration!   Learn more. 
Council on Aging Updates
Council on Aging announces changes to senior leadership team
Danielle "Daney" Amrine has been promoted to  Vice President of Operations for Medicaid Services. Daney previously served as COA's Transitional Care Business Manager. She will oversee Medicaid-funded programs that help thousands of people in our region remain independent in their homes. Read more...
Susanna Max joins COA as Vice President of Communications, replacing Laurie Petrie who retired Jan. 6.  Susanna previously served as Director of Public Relations for Wyoming City Schools. She will oversee a team of strategic communicators that help to promote COA programs through a variety of mediums. Read more...
Sponsorships  available for Forum on Aging
Council on Aging's 2017 Forum on Aging is March 14-15  at the Sharonville Convention Center. Share your organization's products and services with more than 500 area aging and disability network professionals as a Forum on Aging sponsor. Conference and Display Table sponsorships are still available. Click here for sponsorship information or to learn more about Forum.
Nominate a special caregiver or aging network professional for COA's annual awards program
Council on Aging's Annual Awards honor caregivers (our friends, colleagues, clients, and employees) who work to make life better for older adults and people with disabilities.   Click here to learn more about the awards, including award categories, a nomination form, and information about how the winners will be honored. The nomination deadline is January 20.
COA a winner in Cincinnati Gives Challenge

As a participant in Cincinnati Magazine’s 2016 Cincinnati Gives Challenge, Council on Aging (COA) received $1,950 in monetary support from 16 generous donors. 

COA and more than 90 other local non-profit organizations participated in the crowd fundraising challenge, which kicked off Nov. 29 and ran through Dec. 27. In all, the challenge raised nearly $250,000 for area non-profits. Read more...

News You Can Use

Long-term Care Corner:
If you visit the emergency room, what should you bring?

A visit to the emergency room (ER) can be stressful, but it may go more smoothly if you’re able to bring a few items with you.

Source: National Institutes of Health

For Your Health:
Don't let snow and ice send you slipping and tripping!
Snow, sleet and icy roads and walkways can make getting around not only challenging, but dangerous. Falls are the leading cause of injury-related hospital visits, and wintry conditions raise the potential of taking a life-changing tumble. Click here for eight simple tips to help you be Winter STEADY.  Council on Aging is a proud supporter of Ohio's Steady U fall prevention initiative.

Also, check out the winter safety tips on our website. 

Legal help for Veterans
Low-income veterans in Ohio, who are 60 or older, face a lot of obstacles when it comes to getting good legal representation.  Pro Seniors' Veterans Legal Corps helps connect veterans to an attorney who will provide excellent legal service while making sure the veteran's rights are respected and independence and dignity are maintained.
Get help with winter heating bills
Notice that chill in the air?  Winter is here.  Do you know an older adult who has turned down the thermostat in fear of high heating bills? Tell them about Ohio's Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP).  HEAP helps low-income older adults meet the high costs of home heating. Council on Aging provides information and application assistance.  Learn more... 
Interdisciplinary training for those who serve vulnerable adults and seniors
The Social Security Administration (SSA) recently launched a Representative Payee Interdisciplinary Training series.  It includes useful modules to educate individuals and organizations about the roles and responsibilities of serving as a representative payee, elder abuse and financial exploitation, effective ways to monitor and safely conduct business with the banking community, and ways to recognize the changes in decisional capacity among vulnerable adults and seniors.  The training series is relevant to anyone who works with vulnerable older adults and people with disabilities. Learn more...
Aging & Disability Resource Network Updates
Nominate someone for the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame
Do you know an older Ohioan who has made, and continues to make, a lasting difference in their profession, their vocation or their community? The  Ohio Department of Aging  is seeking nominations for the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame. Since 1977, more than 450 individuals have been inducted into the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame. Honorees serve as role models for other generations to continue to grow, thrive and contribute to society. Learn about the Hall of Fame, including who is in it and how to make a nomination.
John Eicher, of Oxford, was inducted into Ohio's Senior Citizen Hall of Fame in 2016. Read about John...
Ohio House creates new Committee on Aging & Long-Term Care
A new House Committee on Aging and Long-Term Care will focus on the strategies and solutions that can support Ohioans and their families as they age.

According to AARP Ohio, having a committee to focus on aging and long term care issues is a good step in the right direction for our state leaders in recognizing that the state needs to make these issues a priority.  Read more about the committee and its intended role. 

BenefitsCheckUp ® gets reboot for 2017
National Council on Aging's BenefitsCheckUp® is starting the new year with a new design that makes it even easier to use.  Individuals can search for benefits that can help them stay healthy, feel connected in their community, and save money on prescriptions, home heating, food and more. After answering a few simple questions on a secure website, users receive a list of benefits and programs that are tailored to their unique needs. Check out the new website!
Events & Learning Opportunities
Visit the Events page on our website for a complete, up-to-date list of events for adults, caregivers and professionals.  Unless otherwise noted, the events are NOT in any way affiliated with Council on Aging. Please use the links included with each event to get or request additional information. 
Webinar: Cultural Awareness in Dementia Care
Jan. 17, 1 pm
Webinar: How ACA Repeal would Hurt Seniors
Jan. 17, 2 pm
Training Videos: Social Security Representative Payee Interdisciplinary Training series
A new training video series  for representative payees and others who work with older adults.
Webinar: Benefits for Consumers in the Revised Nursing Home Regulations
Jan. 18, 2 pm
Free Wills and Advanced Planning Clinic
Volunteer Lawyers Project,  Feb. 25
Information and registration

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    About Council on Aging
    Council on Aging is a state-designated Area Agency on Aging, serving a 21-county region.   Our mission: Enhance people's lives by assisting them to remain independent at home through a range of quality services. One call to COA links people to the wide variety of agencies, information and programs that serve older adults and people with disabilities.    Learn more about COA