Area Agency on Aging, PSA 2 - Fall 2021
News & Updates
Human Services Levy Benefits Older Adults
The Montgomery County Human Services Levy is up for renewal as Issue 1 on Nov. 2. The levy funding supports the Agency’s ComCare program which provides home help and health services to more than 1,200 older Montgomery County residents who do not qualify for Medicaid but have a need for long-term care services in their homes.
Preble County Senior Services Levy Is On the Ballot
The Preble County Senior Services levy coming up on the Nov. 2 ballot will allow the Preble County Council on Aging to continue services for its increasing population of older residents and family caregivers. The Preble County Council on Aging provides homemaking, transportation and meals, as well as in-home assessments that connect caregivers and seniors with needed services.
Advisory Council News

Council Welcomes New Members
The Advisory Council welcomed the following new members:
  • Rose Holicker, Miami County,
  • Karen Lindquist, Preble County.

The Agency is seeking a representative for Logan County to serve on its regional Advisory Council. The Logan County opening is a replacement term ending March 31, 2024, with an option to renew as a full three-year term up to three times.

The Advisory Council advises the Board of Trustees regarding administration of federal and state funds for services to people age 60 and older, and other issues impacting older adults and their caregivers. Our region includes Champaign, Clark, Darke, Greene, Logan, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, and Shelby counties with three representatives from each who either live or work in their represented county.
 
Click on these links for a Position Description and Application. The deadline for applications is October 29.
Help the Agency Plan for Future Programs and Services
The Agency welcomes your experience and opinions through our 2022 Community Assessment survey to help us in planning for the future service needs of our aging population. The Agency will use the information gathered through this survey to assist in determining which services to fund in our Strategic Plan period of 2023-2027. Your input will also be valuable as the Agency plans for additional federal funding that we expect to receive in 2022 from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The deadline to complete or return the survey is November 30
 
Click here for the online survey or you may contact knevius@info4seniors.org or
937-341-3001 to receive a paper copy mailed to your home. Please also share this link and information with other people who may have valuable input to share. We thank you in advance for your time and help with our Community Assessment survey. 
Become a Healthy U Leader: Help Others to Improve their Quality of Life
Looking for a way to help others? Become a Healthy U leader to impact people's lives by helping them to realize their goals. A four-day, in-person leader training is scheduled for Jan. 13, 14, 20 and 21 in Fairborn. Click here for a flyer outlining details about the training and responsibilities of a Healthy U Leader, and an application form to complete and return by Dec. 9.

Applications are sought from residents within our nine counties: Clark, Champaign, Darke, Greene, Logan, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, and Shelby. Contact knevius@info4seniors.org or call 937-341-3001 for more information.
Senior Farmer's Market Nutrition Program Available Through Nov. 30
The 2021 Senior Farmer's Market Nutrition Program continues through November 30. There is still time for eligible seniors age 60 and older to sign-up and receive $50 in coupons to use at participating farmer’s markets and roadside stands. 

In partnership with the Ohio Department of Aging and the Area Agency on Aging, PSA 2, Homefull administers the program at 63 farmers’ markets and farm stands for the agency’s nine-county service area: Champaign, Clark, Darke, Greene, Logan, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, and Shelby. Read more...
Winter Heating Help for Older Ohioans
As colder weather sets in, the Area Agency on Aging joins the Ohio Department of Development to remind older Ohioans that assistance is available to help with home energy bills. The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) helps Ohioans who are either at or below 175% of the federal poverty guidelines to pay their heating bills. Read more for information and how to apply.
We're Hiring!
The Area Agency on Aging team hires caring, compassionate workers to help our clients get the services they need to improve their lives. Join our team and get a supportive network of supervisors and co-workers, a flexible schedule, and a career that makes a difference in the community. Click here to learn more about our available positions.
National Association of Area Agencies (n4a) Changes Name to USAging
USAging, formerly known as the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, unveiled its first name change in its 46-year history. The USAging rebranding will help the association to better serve the needs of its members now and in the future, which in turn helps enable older adults and people with disabilities to live independently in their homes and communities.
 
“USAging is a more accurate representation of who we are as an association and what our members do,” said USAging CEO Sandy Markwood. “Our new, more inclusive name reinforces the passion and dedication we have to our members and those they serve. Though we have a new name and look, USAging remains the national membership association for local leaders in aging well at home.”
Medicare Open Enrollment Now Through Dec. 7
Medicare’s annual Open Enrollment period began Oct. 15 and runs through Dec 7, 2021. The Ohio Department of Aging (ODA) and the Ohio Department of Insurance encourage all Ohioans with Medicare to review their prescription drug and health insurance coverage options to ensure they are choosing the best plan to meet their needs and budgets.

To learn more about Medicare, review this supplemental information from AARP and review the Medicare information here.
Education & Events
Continuing Education Workshops
The Agency's final continuing education workshop of 2021 is titled The Complexities of Dementia: Symptoms, Progression, Treatment, and Caregiver Resources

  • Presenters Rebecca Hall, MSW, LSW, and Abby Edwards, MSW, LSW, from the Alzheimer's Association - Miami Valley Chapter.
  • November 4, 9:00-12:15pm, Online via Zoom
  • $40 for CEUs/$20 to attend without receiving CEUs
Click here for more information and the brochure.
Caregivers Corner
November is National Family Caregivers Month
November is designated National Family Caregivers Month to help recognize the vital contributions that caregivers provide in multiple levels of care and support for those who need it most. To help care for and support caregivers, the Agency offers free, online caregiver resources and information through DaytonAreaCaregivers.com as well as the following workshops:

Caregiver Workshops (online)
There is one more chance in 2021 to attend one of the Agency's free, online workshops on topics specific to family caregivers. The upcoming workshop is:
  • Stress and Its Impact on Memory - 10:00-11:30am on Oct. 25
Click here for more information and to register.

Tips from The Caregiver Helpbook:
As a family caregiver, maintaining your health and avoiding distress is crucial to avoid "burnout." The connection between stress and overall health is clear: reducing stress can strengthen one's immune system. The following four steps can help caregivers maintain their health and avoid distress:
  1. Recognize your warnings signs of stress.
  2. Identify your sources of stress.
  3. Identify what you can and cannot change.
  4. Take action to manage your stress.
Wellness Programs
The Agency is preparing its 2022 Wellness Programming schedule to be posted on our website with new workshops that begin in January. Visit our website for more information.
Additional Resources
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