Answers on Aging
August 2013 Updates
Council on Aging workshop helps people plan for care needs and wishes
Since 2010, Council on Aging's Own Your Future Workshop has been taking the mystery and fear out of planning for long-term care, giving participants the information and tools they need get started on their own plan. Our workshop is a "sales free" environment where expert speakers cover topics including estate planning, legal issues, financial planning and long-term care choices.  Join us 9am-2pm, Sept. 21, in Hamilton for our next workshop.  

Council on Aging Updates
Katie Godar Someone who changed my life!
About four years ago my Mom started noticing a change in my grandma (Nana). Although Nana seemed healthy and happy, my Mom knew something just wasn't right. My Nana started forgetting things...things that were important, like taking her medicine, cleaning her house, getting to doctor appointments and socializing with her friends and family.

This story was written by Katie Godar for a school essay. Katie is 13 and she put her heart into this testimonial. Katie's Nana is enrolled in a Council on Aging home care program, and her home health aide, Michelle, works for a COA-contracted provider. We edited it a little for length so we could share it with you.  Grab a tissue and read Katie's essay.
Make the Right Call
Todd DockumCOA Website
Awareness campaign aims to reduce emergency room visits

Council on Aging and other area organizations are partnering on a campaign aimed at reducing inappropriate emergency rooms visits. Read more about Make the Right Call

Council on Aging names new Chief Financial Officer

Todd Dockum has joined COA as the new Chief Financial Officer/Director of Business Operations. Dockum will be responsible for COA's Financial, Provider Services, and Information Technology departments.  Read more


Website improvements 
Though you may not notice any significant changes, we recently relaunched Council on Aging's website with the goal of making the site more user-friendly.  Read more

Uplift program eases depression among older adults
About four years ago, Council on Aging and the Butler County Mental Health Board decided to do more to combat the depression we were seeing in older adults, which­­ - for many - was darkening their final years and damaging their health. Read more
National aging conference features top presentations by COA staff

Council on Aging staff delivered several presentations which were considered highlights of n4a's annual conference in Louisville last month. Read more


You've got the power
Learn about local programs that teach, coach and coordinate to help you better manage your health. Learn more

Dealing with the waiting list blues

Have you heard about the waiting list for the Hamilton County Elderly Services Program? Read this Q&A to understand what the waiting list could mean for you or someone you know.  Read more

Aging Network Updates
National Council on Aging releases results from 2nd annual United States of Aging survey
For the second year, the National Council on Aging, UnitedHealthcare, and USA TODAY surveyed 4,000 U.S. adults to examine what underlies American seniors' perspectives on aging, and how the country can better prepare for a booming senior population. Among the survey's findings - relationships with friends and family outweigh financial concerns among older Americans seeking fulfillment in their senior years.  Learn more

Medicare and the Affordable Care Act
If you are enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan, you may be wondering how the Affordable Care Act and other Medicare changes will affect your coverage in the coming years.  Read more

SCAM Alert: Fraudulent Sweepstakes
An alert gentleman from Hamilton decided to do his own investigating after he received a check from Publisher's Clearing House. Red flags went up when the prize company told him not to tell his wife he had won.  Read more about this scam

Save the Date: September 22 is Falls Prevention Awareness Day (FPAD)
Falls are the leading cause of injury-related deaths and the most common cause of nonfatal injuries and hospital admissions for trauma in older adults. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 30 percent of adults age 65 and older living in the community, and more than half of all older adults who live in residential care facilities or nursing homes, fall each year.  This year's campaign theme, Preventing Falls-One Step at a Time, will unite professionals, older adults, caregivers, and family members to raise awareness and prevent falls. Learn more about FPAD
New Silver Book Website: Easy access to the latest facts on chronic disease
The Silver Book® is an almanac of thousands of facts, statistics, graphs, and data from hundreds of agencies, organizations, and experts. It is a searchable database, produced and updated by the Alliance for Aging Research, that provides free and easy access to the latest information on the burden of chronic diseases that disproportionately impact older Americans, and the value of investing in medical research. Learn more at the Silver Book website 
Upcoming Events and Learning Opportunities
Visit the Events page on our website for a complete, up-to-date list of events for seniors, caregivers and aging network professionals.
Bedbug Town Hall Meeting - Hosted by State Representative Dale Mallory
August 19, 5-7pm | Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency,

1740 Langdon Farm Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45237 |  Learn more

DisasterFair 2013 - 5 to get ready!
August 24, 10am- 2pm | American Red Cross, 2111 Dana Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45207 | Council on Aging will have a booth at this free community event. Learn more
Healthy-U Chronic DIABETES Self-Management Program
Sept. 9 - Oct. 14, 2013, 1-3:30pm | Springdale Community Center, 11999 Lawnview Avenue, Springdale, OH 45246 | Free - registration required: (513) 346-5727 | Learn more
Healthy-U Chronic Disease Self Management Program
Sept. 10 - Oct. 15, 2013, 1-3:30pm | Union Township Civic Center, 4350 Aicholtz Road, Cincinnati, OH 45245 | Free - registration required: (513) 947-7333 | Learn more
Healthy-U Chronic Disease Self Management Program
Sept. 13 - Oct. 16, 2013, 1:30-4:30pm | Sycamore Senior Center, 4455 Carver Road, Blue Ash, OH 45242 | Free - registration required: (513) 984-1234 | Learn more
Own Your Future Workshop
September 21, 2013, 9am-2pm | LifeSpan, 1900 Fairgrove Avenue (Rt4), Hamilton, OH 45011 | Registration required | Learn more
Growing Older in Oxford
A group of forward-thinking Oxford leaders is presenting an open community forum, September 24, designed to help plan for the area's aging population. The event will include guest speakers (including Council on Aging) and a boxed lunch.  A $10 registration fee is required.  Register by 9/13Learn more
Butler County Seniors Shred Day
October 12, 2013, 9am-12pm | LifeSpan, Inc., 1900 Fairgrove Avenue (Rt4), Hamilton, OH 45011 | Learn more
Healthy-U Chronic Disease Self Management Program
Nov. 6-Dec. 11, 2013, 2-4:30pm | Hamilton Prime Club, 142 Ross Avenue, Hamilton OH 45013 | Registration required: (513) 867-1998 x243 or by email | Learn more
Help4Seniors Resource Directory Tip - Housing Compare
COA Website Did you know you can compare housing options side-by-side in our Housing Database?  This feature lets you quickly compare properties to see what amenities and options are available to meet your needs.  To use this feature, simply click the Add to Comparison box for each property you would like to compare (up to 4 at a time) and then click the orange Compare button at the top of your search results.  Try our Housing Database.

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