Register today for COA's 30th Anniversary Forum on Aging,
presented by Interim HomeStyle of Greater Cincinnati, Inc.
January 2016
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Register today for Council on Aging's 30th Anniversary Forum on Aging, presented by Interim HomeStyle of Greater Cincinnati, Inc.
Registration is now open for Council on Aging’s 30th Annual Forum on Aging and Annual Meeting & Awards, presented by  Interim HomeStyle of Greater Cincinnati, Inc. 

Scheduled for March 8-9 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
Anderson Township Firefighter/Paramedic Brad Baker
COA and fire departments work together to help elderly residents
The referral came in to Council on Aging’s call center from Anderson Township Fire and Rescue about a week before Christmas. Units had been dispatched to a home for a resident complaining of weakness. When they arrived, they found a much more serious situation.

Council on Aging has increased outreach to local fire departments to help ensure that emergency medical personnel are aware of how we can help them serve the older adults in their communities.  Read more

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 22, 2016.

Put your organization front and center as a Forum on Aging sponsor

Thank you to Interim HomeStyle of Greater Cincinnati, Inc., for serving as Forum on Aging's 30th Anniversary Sponsor!

If your organization would like to be a part of Forum on Aging and reach more than 600 area professionals who work with older adults and people with disabilities, there's still time!  Click here for information about all of our sponsorship opportunities.

COA launches mobile version of website

Council on Aging has launched a mobile version of its website.  People who access COA's homepage from a cell phone will be automatically directed to the mobile version of the website. 

The mobile site is a streamlined version of COA’s full website, offering easy, small screen access to some of the site's top features, including the resource directory, housing database, and referral and contact forms.  Read more

COA board chair saluted among 2015 Men of Honor

Stanford T. Williams, Jr., Chairman of Council on Aging’s Board of Trustees, was recently named among the Cincinnati Herald’s 2015 Men of Honor, Salute to African American Men.  

Williams has served on Council on Aging’s Board of Trustees since 2008.   Read more 
News You Can Use
Resource Spotlight
Pro Seniors refreshes website for 2016
Where can you turn for help if your Medicaid application is denied? Or you are concerned about how your elderly aunt is being treated in a nursing home?  Perhaps a trusted caregiver – maybe even an adult child – is stealing your savings.  Pro Seniors can help.

And now, help is much easier to find on Pro Seniors’ revamped website Read more 
Long-term Care Corner
2016 Medicare Update
The start of 2016 marks two big changes for Medicare beneficiaries: higher Part B premiums and coverage of advance care planning.   Click here for an overview and more information about these changes.

Medicare Part D - 2016 Transitions Rights
In certain circumstances, Medicare Part D plans are required to provide transition supplies of Part D covered medications to protect individuals from running out of needed medications.  Among other scenarios, the transition supply is required when beneficiaries are automatically reassigned to new plans, which may or may not cover their medications, or when a plan's formulary changes to exclude a previously covered medication.  Take a look at this Justice in Aging fact sheet for more information about Transitions Rights. 

For Your Health
Winter Safety Tips
Falls are the number one cause of injuries leading to ER visits, hospital stays, and deaths in Ohioans age 65 and older and the chance for falls increases during severe winter weather. Preparing for severe weather and knowing how to react can help prevent falls.    

The Ohio Department of Aging's Steady U initiative offers this printable toolkit for preparing for winter weather and these tips for making sure you, your loved ones, and neighbors are safe during winter weather emergencies. Or, click here to view a brief video from Steady U on winter weather safety.  Get more winter safety tips on our website. 

Worried about winter heating bills?

It appears that winter has finally arrived! As temperatures drop outside, we often reach for the thermostat.  But for seniors with low or modest incomes, high energy prices are a frightening prospect as they consider their monthly expenses. But help is available through the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP). HEAP is designed to help eligible low-income Ohioans meet the high costs of home heating.  Learn more 

Seniors Decide 2016

On Feb. 17, the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations (LCAO) will sponsor Seniors Decide 2016, the nation’s only forum where all of the presidential candidates are invited to address issues that are important to America’s older adults.

Learn how you can participate in this national event.

Service Providers
From time to time, we will include information in our newsletter that is of particular interest to service providers who have contracts with Council on Aging or the state's Medicaid programs which serve older and adults and people with disabilities in our region.
Questions about MyCare Ohio? COA's website can be a starting point
MyCare Ohio continues to challenge providers and plan members with its complexities. In our own new role as a MyCare provider, Council on Aging can sometimes help resolve issues, such as delays in provider payments, but often, the matter is not in our scope. 

For new providers, new staff at provider organizations, or anyone who needs a MyCare Ohio overview, we have compiled important information and updates on the  MyCare Ohio Information for Providers page  on our 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 following 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. 
Butler County Family and Children First Council
Professional Development Workshops Jan-March 2016

Webinar: Getting Started with the PELI
Presen ted by Miami University Scripps Gerontology Center
2pm, January 20, 2016 
The Ohio Department of Medicaid has selected the Preferences for Everyday Living Inventory (PELI) as one of  five Quality Indicators that will be used to determine the amount of Medicaid quality payment a nursing facility will receive .  This free w ebinar will present an overview of the PELI and start up tips for organizations seeking to implement the PELI. The presenters led the development of the PELI and have assisted many LTSS organizations in implementing the PELI.  Click here to register.

Webinar: Finding Medicare answers when you need them
Presented by National Council on Aging
2pm, January 22, 2016

Healthy U Facilitator Refresher Course
A free refresher for  current  Healthy U leaders
12:30pm, February 2, 2016

Council on Aging's 30th Annual Forum on Aging, presented by Interim HomeStyle of Greater Cincinnati, Inc.
March 8-9, 2016
Sharonville Convention Center

Foundations of EMS & Community Paramedicine
Presented by the University of Cincinnati's Fire Science Program
March 21-25, 2016

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New Year, new you? Our resource directory can help!

If you are looking for a new way to be active, get healthier, travel, volunteer, or pick up a new hobby, take a few minutes to explore our Resource Directory!  


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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