Answers on Aging
September 2013 Updates
Council on Aging workshop helps people plan for care needs and wishes - Registration deadline is Sept. 19
When you plan for retirement, you plan for a lot of things: where you'll live, how you'll spend your free time, how much money you'll need to cover your expenses... But have you considered what would happen if you were sick or injured?  Would Medicare pay for your care in a nursing home or at home? If you enroll in Medicaid, will you lose your home?  Will your kids be available to provide care if you need it? Long-term care is an often overlooked aspect of retirement planning - and it could cost you - it terms of money and freedom of choice. You can learn about this important part of retirement planning at Council on Aging's popular Own Your Future workshop. Join us 9am-2pm, Sept. 21, in Hamilton for our next workshop.  Registration required - deadline is Sept. 19. Click here for information about speakers and how to register.
Council on Aging Updates
Sponsorships now available for 2014 Forum on Aging

COA's 2014 Forum on Aging is March 4 -5 and sponsorship opportunities are now available. The conference offers nationally recognized keynote speakers, specialized workshops, unlimited networking opportunities and draws more than 500 professionals from the field of aging. Learn More



Aging Network Updates

Health Insurance Marketplace, Medicare open enrollment cause confusion and leave seniors vulnerable to scams

When it comes to health insurance and Medicare, we all know there's plenty of room for confusion. News about the Affordable Care Act's new Health Insurance Marketplace (also called exchanges) has dominated the headlines recently and is causing some confusion among seniors who are preparing for Medicare's open enrollment period. Learn more

 

Scam Alert: Learn how scammers are using the Affordable Care Act as an opportunity to steal your personal information.

Prevent falls with 6 easy steps
Regular exercise, managing your medications, annual eye exams...these are simple things older adults can do to lower their risk for a fall.  Falls are the leading cause of injury-related deaths and the most common cause of hospital admissions for trauma in older adults. Fall Prevention Awareness Day is Sept. 22. Learn what you can do to prevent falls among older adults.

Learn about Ohio's STEADY U campaign 
 
For Professionals: Learn about Stepping On, an evidence-based falls prevention program that can help reduce falls and build confidence in older adults. Free webinar 3pm, Sept. 26.
Save the Date!  medicare open enrollment is Oct. 15 -  Dec. 7

Medicare open enrollment, which runs Oct. 15 - Dec. 7, is the time of year when Medicare beneficiaries can make changes to their Medicare coverage. Read more


Also: Need help understanding your Medicare benefits or finding the right Part D (prescription drug) plan? Attend a local Medicare Check Up event.
Ohio Department of Aging now accepting nominations for Senior Hall of Fame and Joined Hearts award
The Ohio Department of Aging is accepting nominations for the Senior Citizens Hall of Fame and the Joined Hearts in Giving award.  The awards celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of older Ohioans.  Learn More




New video promotes Eldercare Locator
The Eldercare Locator, funded by the Administration for Community Living, recently created a new outreach video. The short whiteboard animation explains the aging network's services for older adults, caregivers and professionals. Watch the video now

September is Senior Center Month
September is National Senior Center Month, sponsored by the National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC). This year's theme is: Senior Centers: Experts at Living Well. Visit your local senior center this month to see everything it has to offer. If you're a senior center, use NISC's resources to celebrate! Learn more

Vaccination is best line of defense against flu
Flu season is right around the corner.  Each year in the United States, more than 90 percent of flu-related deaths and more than 60 percent of hospitalizations occur in people aged 65 and older. Your best line of defense against the flu is vaccination.  Learn more.

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.
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Featured Event: Butler County Seniors Shred Day
In conjunction with Identity Theft Awareness Month, the Butler County Crimes Against the Elderly Task Force is sponsoring a shred event.  This is an opportunity for seniors to box up personal papers they no longer need and have them shredded for FREE! Seniors can also visit booths and hear from speakers about identity theft and scams targeting seniors. | October 12, 2013, 9am-12pm | LifeSpan, 1900 Fairgrove Avenue (Rt4), Hamilton, OH 45011 | Free, limit of 3 boxes per vehicle please! | 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
Healthy-U Chronic Disease Self Management Program
Oct. 1-Nov. 5, 2013, 1-3:30pm | RN and Associates, 245 Northland Blvd, Cincinnati OH 45246 | Registration required: (513) 771-7862 | Learn more
Clinton County Medicare Check Up Event
October 4, 2013, 12:00pm | Clinton County Senior Center, 717 N. Nelson Avenue, Wilmington OH 45177 | Information about Medicare and Medicare Part D Plans, individual counseling and on-site registration may be available. | Learn more
Music and Medicine Conference
October 4, 2013, 8am-3pm | Crossroads Community Church, 3500 Madison Road, Cincinnati OH | Registration required. | Learn more 
AAA CarFIt Event
October 10, 2013, 10am-2pm | AAA/Bob Sumerel Tire & Service, 63 Carothers Road, Newport KY | CarFit is an educational program that offers older adults the opportunity to check how well their personal vehicles "fit" them. | CarFit Information | Registration required: Call (859) 905-6290 to reserve your spot. 
Healthy-U Chronic Disease Self Management Program
Oct. 16-Nov. 20, 2013, 2-4:30pm | Chesterwood Village, 8073 Tylersville Road, West Chester OH 45069 | Registration required: (513) 777-1400 x3083 | Learn more
Center for Independent Living Options Healthy Living Fair
October 18, 2013, 10am - 2pm | Hirsch Recreation Center, 3630 Reading Road, Cincinnati OH 45229 | For people with disabilities and seniors.  Everyone welcome! For accomodations or transportation, call (513) 421-2600 x118 | Learn more
Hamilton County Medicare Check Up Event
October 18, 2013, 10:00am | Sycamore Senior Center, 4455 Carver Woods Drive, Blue Ash OH 45242 | Information about Medicare and Medicare Part D Plans, individual counseling and on-site registration may be available. | Learn more
Healthy-U Chronic Diabetes Self Management Program
Oct. 21-Nov. 25, 2013, 2-4:30pm | Hamilton Prime Club, 142 Ross Avenue, Hamilton OH 45013 | This workshop will focus on diabetes only. Registration required: (513) 867-1998 x243 or by email | Learn more
Warren County Medicare Check Up Event
October 29, 2013, 10:00am | 741 Senior Center, 570 N. State Route 741, Lebanon OH 45036 | Information about Medicare and Medicare Part D Plans, individual counseling and on-site registration may be available. | Learn more
Healthy-U Chronic Disease Self Management Program
Oct. 30.-Dec. 4, 2013, 10am-12:30pm | Otterbein Senior Community, 585 N. State Route 741, Lebanon OH 45036 | Registration required: (513) 933-5472 | 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
Clermont County Medicare Check Up Event
Nov. 7, 2013, 10:00am | Union Township Civic Center, 4350 Aicholtz Road, Union Township, OH 45502 | Information about Medicare and Medicare Part D Plans, individual counseling and on-site registration may be available. | Learn more
Butler County Medicare Check Up Event
Nov. 8, 2013, 9:00am | Partners in Prime, 140 Ross Avenue, Hamilton OH 45013 | Information about Medicare and Medicare Part D Plans, individual counseling and on-site registration may be available. | Learn more
Help4Seniors Resource Directory Tip - Find your local senior center
In honor of National Senior Center Month, why not check out what your local senior center has to offer!  Not sure where your senior center is located?  Our Help4Seniors Resource Directory can help. From the directory's homepage, enter senior center in the search box on the left. Narrow your search by county using the Service Area box, if you'd like. Or, just use this link for a quick list of all area senior centers. 
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