Area Agency on Aging, PSA 2 - Fall 2018
News & Updates
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Local Levies on Election Ballots
In this time of limited federal and state funding and a growing senior population, local senior levies play a crucial role in providing supportive services to seniors. Our region has four county-wide senior levies and three are on the ballot this November 6. The Area Agency on Aging endorses senior levies in Champaign , Clark, and Greene counties, and urges voters to support funding of these vital senior services.
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Agency Updates

Board of Trustees Awards Contracts
In October, the Area Agency on Aging’s Board of Trustees approved contracts with local organizations for $4.4 million in Older Americans Act (OAA) and state funding. The Agency administers the Older Americans Act in nine counties of Ohio’s Planning and Service Area 2 through a designation from the Ohio Department of Aging. OAA services include congregate meals, home-delivered meals, transportation, caregiver support, home repair, ombudsman and legal services. Services will be provided to individuals age 60 and older in the nine-county area for the period of January 2019 – December 2022. Contact Jeanne Mbagwu , Community Services Manager, for more information.

New to Advisory Council
The Advisory Council welcomed three new members at its Sept. 26 meeting.
  • Quiana Bickham representing Montgomery County
  • Ryan Phipps and Kim Wildermuth both representing Logan County

2019 Calendar Available
The Agency's 2019 wall calendars are now available. Please notify Karin Nevius if you would like a supply to distribute this free resource to seniors and caregivers within your community.
Medicare Open Enrollment Now through December 7
Just as health needs may change from year to year, so do Medicare plan costs and coverage. Use the annual Medicare Open Enrollment period to learn what's best for your situation. Find links to online resources on our website or attend a local Medicare Check-Up Day in your county .
2019 Medicare & Medicaid Premiums, Deductibles & More
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released the 2019 premiums, deductibles, and coinsurance amounts for the Medicare Part A and Part B programs on Oct. 12. Read more for details.
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Congress Finalizes FY 2019 Funding for OAA & Other Aging Programs
In late September the House of Representatives sent to the President's desk a bill funding the bulk of defense and non-defense discretionary programs and providing stop-gap funding to keep remaining agencies functioning through December 7. The bill preserves many increases for Older Americans Act and other aging programs that were secured in FY 2018. It also provides modest increases for nutrition programs and Native American aging programs, and new funding to several caregiver-focused proposals and demonstration programs. This effort marks the first time in many years that Congress has finalized funding for these programs before the October 1 beginning of the fiscal year.

Read more for additional information about OAA program funding.
Education & Events 
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Upcoming Training Workshop:
The Area Agency on Aging presents the following workshop for CEUs.

Caregiving 2018:
The Changing Roles of Family Caregivers & Strategies to Support Them
Wednesday, November 14, 12:45pm-4:00pm
Speaker Jennifer Spicer, PC, LSW
Aullwood Farm, 9101 Frederick Pike, Dayton
3.0 CEUs
$40

Seating is limited. Early registration is recommended. Check our Agency website calendar for registration information and updates on upcoming training opportunities.
SAVE THE DATE: Miami Valley LGBT Horizons of Aging Summit
February 11-12, 2019, 9:30am-3:00pm
Sinclair Conference Center, Dayton

The 2-day conference begins with a screening of the film “Gen Silent” that chronicles the lives and travails of six older LGBT adults; and the movie’s producer, Stu Maddox, will be a keynote speaker. Breakout sessions will cover healthcare and social justice issues, including health disparities among sexual minority populations; intersectionality; dementia among LGBT older adults; understanding the needs of long-term HIV survivors; senior living options and affordable housing; transgender aging; end-of-life concerns; and more.
Check Rainbow Elder Car e for additional information and registration.
HealthyU Workshops
HealthyU workshops are offered throughout our nine counties to help people learn strategies to manage their chronic conditions and feel healthier. These six-week, interactive workshops are for adults with ongoing medical conditions and caregivers. Workshops specialize in living with:
  • Chronic Conditions
  • Chronic Pain
  • Diabetes
The 2018 workshop calendar is coming to a close, but new workshops will begin in early 2019. Learn more about these evidence-based programs and see when upcoming workshops are scheduled near you.
Additional Resources
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Consumers' Council Explains Winter Reconnect Order
As of October 15, Ohio residential customers can utilize the Winter Reconnect Order to reconnect or to avoid disconnection of their electric and/or natural gas utilities. The Office of the Ohio Consumers' Council explains that in order to use the Winter Reconnect Order, an Ohioan must have service with an investor-owned electric and/or natural gas company. Click on the Winter Reconnect Order fact sheet for information. Or click here for information on ways to stop disconnection of service to other utilities.
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Caregivers Corner: Safer Driving for Older Adults
As people age, physical changes can challenge abilities that contribute toward safer driving. These can include being able to turn the head to look for oncoming traffic, or reaction time for braking safely. With honest assessment and attention to one's own physical condition, illnesses, and overall abilities, older drivers can help themselves to stay safe on the road. Read more...
Your Right to Vote
Federal and state laws ensure long-term care residents certain rights, including the right to vote. Ohio and many other states also grant long-term care residents the right to vote in their facility, receive assistance to vote and request certain accommodations. Read more...
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