Give your Medicare coverage a 'check-up' during Medicare's Open Enrollment period,
Oct. 15 - Dec. 7.  
October 2016
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Want to avoid the flu? Get vaccinated!
Results of a recent survey show that many seniors underestimate the seriousness of the flu and are largely unaware of their vaccine options.

Fact #1: The flu hits older adults the hardest. People age 65 and older have a greater risk of developing serious complications from the flu because immune systems weaken as we age.  

Fact #2: Seniors can get a special "high dose" vaccine made specifically for people with weakened immune systems.  And, your flu shot is covered by Medicare.
Council on Aging Updates
Experimental program helps hospital patients get home quickly

Council on Aging has long wanted to find a way to shortcut the process of discharging home from the hospital. Because it can take weeks to set up in-home care services, many hospital patients are discharged to nursing facilities for care and rehabilitation, before returning to their homes.

In Clinton County, a small pilot program is helping patients discharge from the hospital straight to their homes with essential in-home care services ready to go when they arrive.  Read more...

After he was discharged from the hospital, Larry was able to by-pass a nursing home stay thanks to Fast Track Home. 
Countdown to Nov. 8: Two levy campaigns in full swing
Volunteers for the senior services levies in Clinton and Warren counties have been working hard in the final weeks before Election Day 2016. In Warren County, they’re identifying street corner locations to stage the popular levy campaign tradition known as the Honk-In. In Clinton County, volunteers will soon be distributing yard signs and mailing information cards about the levy.  Read more...
Own Your Future workshops a success
For six years now, Council on Aging has been offering the Own Your Future workshop with this goal in mind: bringing together experts to help retirement-age adults understand the importance of planning ahead for long-term care needs and giving them the tools they need to get started on their own plan. More than 130 people attended our workshops in Hamilton and Warren counties last month with 95 percent of participants rating the workshop as excellent or very good at broadening their understanding of long-term care planning. Learn more...
RFP: Minority Business Enterprise Participation in the Ohio Home Care Contract
Proposals are being accepted from qualified bidders interested in contracting with Council on Aging (COA) to provide Care Management Services consistent with what is required of COA through the Ohio Home Care Waiver contract. Learn more...
Council on Aging hiring care managers
Council on Aging has an immediate need for Care Managers to work directly with older adults and people with disabilities to help enhance their lives. RNs, LSWs and other licensed professionals are encouraged to apply.  Click here for more information or to apply.   Click here  for other exciting career opportunities with COA.
Council on Aging information available in Spanish and Russian
We recently updated our popular Reference Guide to Home and Community-based Care.  The guide provides an overview of the breadth of in-home and community-based care available to older adults and people with disabilities in our region.  The guide is available in EnglishSpanish and Russian. 

Printed copies of the English version can be requested by contacting  Paula Smith . Spanish and Russian versions can be printed from COA's website as needed. 

News You Can Use
Long-term Care Corner: It's time for Medicare Open Enrollment
You have lots of choices when it comes to selecting a Medicare plan.  No one plan works for everyone -- coverage levels and options vary from plan to plan, and plans may update their coverage levels each year.  That's why it's important to give your Medicare coverage an annual "check up."  Now is the time, during  Medicare's open enrollment period, October 15 – December 7, 2016.    Read more...
October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month
If you’re reading this in an email or on a website, this applies to you. October is  National Cyber Security Awareness Month According to the National Council on Aging, internet fraud is one of the top financial scams affecting the elderly each year, especially fraud involving identity theft through the use of a virus or email scams designed to confuse and trick the user into sharing information or financial resources. Read more...
Election 2016: Where the candidates stand 
The 2016 Presidential election is just a few weeks away. Wondering where the candidates stand on issues of importance to older adults and the aging network?  Check out National Council on Aging's Election 2016 round up, including statements from the Trump and Clinton campaigns, media and organizational analysis, and advocacy resources.
Get help with winter heating bills
For people with low or modest incomes – including many older adults and people with disabilities – high energy prices are a frightening prospect as we head towards cold weather.

But help is available through the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP). It is designed to help eligible low-income Ohioans meet the high costs of home heating. Learn more...

Aging & Disability Resource Network Updates
Administration on Aging, Justice in Aging plan for launch of National Center on Law and Elder Rights
In September, the Administration on Community Living's Administration on Aging and Justice in Aging, a nationally-recognized senior advocacy organization, announced the future launch of the National Center on Law and Elder Rights (NCLER). The new national center will provide the legal services and aging and disability communities with the legal tools and resources they need to serve older adults with the greatest economic and social needs.  Read more...  

SAGE Launches LGBT Age-Friendly Housing Website
Home isn't just where we live - home is our safe place. That's why SAGE created a first-of-its-kind housing website that empowers LGBT elders to find a welcoming place to call home. Housing discrimination is on the rise, and dependable resources are needed more than ever. Now, you can access housing policies and protections, and find out where LGBT age-friendly communities are being built via SAGE's new interactive map and resources.

Ohio launches Crisis Text Line
It's now easier for Ohioans who are experiencing a stressful situation to find immediate help.  In September, Ohio launched a 24/7 crisis text line. Any Ohio resident who needs help coping with a crisis can text the keyword "4hope" to 741741 to be connected to a trained crisis counselor who can provide a personal response and information on a range of issues including: suicidal thoughts, bullying, depression, self-harm, and more. The counselor helps the user stay safe and healthy with effective, secure support. The service is free, confidential and available statewide.  Read more...

OAGE accepting Practitioner of the Year nominations

For the 13th consecutive year, the Association of Gerontology and Education (OAGE), with the support of the Ohio Department of Aging, is accepting nominations for the OAGE Practitioner of the Year Award. The award recognizes individuals and organizations that either have improved services to older adults through research and evaluation or have developed noteworthy partnerships with institutions of higher learning (e.g., universities, community colleges, technical schools) for the betterment of Ohio's elders. The nomination deadline is Oct. 31. More information...

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. 
Alzheimer's Association Professional Symposium and Day for Caregivers
The Alzheimer's Association of Greater Cincinnati presents it's annual Professional Symposium and Day for Caregivers, Nov. 4-5 at the Sharonville Convention Center. This year's theme is hope and healing in the face of dementia, featuring keynote speaker David Kessler, a well-known grief and healing expert. CEUs available, registration fees apply. Caregiver event is free.  Click here for more information. 
2017 Forum on Aging
Council on Aging's 2017 Forum on Aging will be March 14-15 at the Sharonville Convention Center. Mark your calendars and be sure to read our November newsletter for more information about sponsorship opportunities, keynotes and workshops, and registration. 
October 22 is Prescription Drug Take Back Day
On Oct. 22, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will host National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Americans can safely dispose of unwanted prescription drugs, reducing the amount of expired or unused prescription drugs for illegal use or prescription drug abuse. Learn more and find a drop off site near you.
Webinar: SSI Basics for Advocates
Justice in Aging, Oct. 20, 1pm

Webinar: Finding Funding for Arts-based  Programming in Long-Term Care Facilities
Scripps Gerontology Center, Oct. 25, 1pm

Webinar: What's happening with Medicare in 2017
National Council on Aging, Oct. 28, 2pm

Webinar: Medicaid Non-Emergency Medical Transportation: An Overlooked Lifeline for Older Adults
Justice in Aging, Nov. 3, 2pm

Free Wills and Advanced Planning Clinic
Volunteer Lawyers Project, Nov. 19
In other news...
A roundup of recent headlines, news and commentaries that may be of interest to our readers.
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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