Area Agency on Aging, PSA 2 - Summer 2021
News & Updates
Agency's Annual Meeting Renews Officers and Members

The Agency held its Annual Meeting on July 14 via Zoom, recognizing Board of Trustee officers and members and receiving an update on the state of the Agency. The meeting was attended by current and former members of the Board of Trustees and Advisory Council, plus Agency staff, and included the following business:
Officers elected for 2021-2022:
  • Chairperson – Judy LaMusga
  • Vice Chairperson – Vickie Carraher
  • Treasurer – Cheryl Wheeler
Doug Lineberger is Immediate Past Chairperson.
Renewing for a three-year term of 2021-2023:
  • Vickie Carraher – Senior Service Coordinator, Kettering
  • Holly Hill – Chief Marketing Officer, Brethren Retirement Community
  • Steven Swedlund, M.D. – Assistant Professor of Geriatrics, Director of Geriatric Medicine Fellowship, Wright State University
  • Cheryl Wheeler – Retired Social Services Administrator
  • Roland Winburn – Trustee, Harrison Township Board of Trustees
The meeting concluded with a presentation titled Long-term Services Use in Ohio in a Covid-19 World by guest speakers Dr. Robert Applebaum & Ian "Matt” Nelson from The Miami University Scripps Gerontology Center.
The meeting included the introduction and distribution of the 2020 Annual Report.
Increase in Funding for Senior Services in Ohio
Ohio’s aging network advocated for an increase in provider-reimbursement rates and additional funding for Senior Community Services (SCS) throughout the spring. A 6% increase added in increments through 2022 and 2023 in Medicaid provider rates for home care and assisted living services, and an additional $2 million in state resources for the Senior Community Services (SCS) over two years was approved by the Ohio General Assembly in late June. Read More...

OAM theme 2021
Outstanding Senior Citizens Named for 2021
Outstanding people reside in all of our nine counties, and during Older Americans Month (OAM) the Councils/Coalitions on Aging in our region selected and celebrated an Outstanding Senior Citizen to honor. OAM offers opportunities to hear from, support, and celebrate our nation’s elders. The 2021 theme of Communities of Strength spotlights the power of an individual's strength on the overall community.
Click here to meet the individuals selected as Outstanding Senior Citizens in their counties in gratitude for their continued giving to their neighbors, communities, and families.
Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program: Coupons Still Available
Fresh fruits and vegetables add flavor and variety to meals and are key to a healthy diet, but there is not always room in the shopping budget to include them. The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) serves low-income seniors, age 60 and older, who are at or below 185% of the Federal Poverty Line. Approved seniors will receive $50 in coupons to spend on fresh fruits and vegetables!

In partnership with the Ohio Department of Aging and the Area Agency on Aging, PSA 2, Homefull will administer the program for our nine-county service area that includes Champaign, Clark, Darke, Greene, Logan, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, and Shelby.

Please click here for more information and an application. Coupons are limited in quantity and available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Summer Crisis Program Available for Eligible Households

Help is available for eligible Ohioans trying to cope with the summer heat. Under the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) Summer Crisis Program (SCP), consumers of regulated utilities may qualify to receive a benefit amount up to $500 while customers of unregulated utilities can receive a benefit not to exceed $800. These benefits can be used to help pay an electric utility bill, and/or central air conditioning repair, and/or an air conditioning unit and/or fan. Click here for a list of providers in our region and their contact information. Or click here for an online program application.

The Ohio Consumers Council has also released a guide to energy disconnection/reconnection.
Healthy U
The Area Agency on Aging will offer two more series of their popular Healthy U at Home program this year, beginning early August and late September. The three programs offered include managing chronic conditions, diabetes, or chronic pain. All three programs are offered as telephone discussion groups in each series, along with one program that is offered online. Additional workshops will be hosted in-person starting this fall. Each format is offered weekly for six weeks. Free materials are shipped to participants’ homes so that they can set personal goals, learn new skills, and take charge of their health. Click here to learn more.

“I learned that just because I have a chronic condition does not mean my life is over. This program [chronic disease phone discussion group] brought four people together and I enjoyed learning, learning more about myself, and learning of others who are similarly challenged.” Laverne Watkins, Dayton
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, flexible schedule, and a career that makes a difference in the community. Click here to learn more about our available positions.
Education & Events
Continuing Education Workshops
Adult Protective Services - Who, What, Where, When, How, and Why
  • Presenter Brooke Lynch, Supervisor at Montgomery County Job and Family Services, Adult Protective Services Unit.
  • September 16, 9:00-12:15pm, Online via Zoom
  • $40 for CEUs/$20 to attend without receiving CEUs
Click here for more information and the brochure.

Alzheimer's Association Online Resources
The Alzheimer's Association of the Miami Valley offers free, online Caregiver Support Groups. Click here to learn more about ALZConnected.
Caregiver Corner
The Agency offers free caregiver resources online via Learn more information and sign up for articles, educational videos, fact sheets, and other helpful information available 24/7. Information includes registration for upcoming Agency workshops:

Tips from The Caregiver Helpbook:
When being a caregiver, it is not uncommon to be the recipient of unjust anger. The following tools will help you understand and deal with the situation.
  • Set realistic limits.
  • Count to 20.
  • Use humor to lighten the situation.
  • Develop an awareness of your own feelings.
  • Develop defusing statements.
  • Use the aikido style of communication.
Caregiver Workshops (online)
There are two more chances in 2021 to attend one of the Agency's free, online workshops on topics specific to family caregivers. Upcoming workshops are:
  • Preparing, Processing, and Understanding Grief by Becki Bickett and Jared Mueller 2:00-3:00pm on August 26th
  • The Impact of Stress on Memory by Kathy Kilpatrick on 10:00-11:30am on October 25th
Click here for more information and to register.
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