Answers on Aging
November 2013 Updates
Are you ready for MyCare Ohio?  Get the facts at Nov. 20 education forum
Have you heard of MyCare Ohio, Ohio's planned Integrated Care Delivery System (ICDS)?  If you're a professional providing services to clients or patients who are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid, this is something you should pay attention to. 

 

Join us 9-11:30 am, Nov. 20, for an educational forum to learn about implementation plans for MyCare Ohio.  Registration is required for this free educational forum. Representatives from the Ohio Department of Medicaid and two managed care plans serving our region will share details and answer questions about the new system. We'll also hear about Ohio's plans for consumer advisory councils and for enrollment assistance to consumers who need help selecting a health plan.

 

The goal of the meeting is to help you understand this new system so you'll be informed and prepared to answer questions that may rise from your clients, patients and other stakeholders. Registration is required for this free educational forum. Learn more about the meeting.

Council on Aging Updates
CEO Message: Ohio's home health system offers protections for seniors and families
An Oct. 27 article in The Cincinnati Enquirer, "Are lax regulations putting seniors at risk?," erroneously left the impression that the home health care system in Ohio is unregulated. As the CEO of Council on Aging, which administers publicly-funded home care programs, I must point out that this is definitely not the case for programs regulated by Ohio's Department of Health, Department of Medicaid, Department of Aging and Department of Developmental Disabilities.  It is also not the case for the county levy-funded Elderly Services Programs, administered by Council on Aging. Read more...
Purchase Forum on Aging sponsorships now for prime exposure 

COA's 2014 Forum on Aging presented by Helping Hands Healthcare is March 4-5 and sponsorship opportunities are still available. If you've been considering a sponsorship package, consider this: Purchase your package before the end of the year to ensure your company gets the most visibility when online registration opens in January 2014. Forum offers nationally recognized keynote speakers, specialized workshops, unlimited networking opportunities and draws more than 500 professionals from the field of aging. Learn More  

Call Center staff ready for whatever waits on the other end of the line

When you work in Council on Aging's Call Center, you never know what you'll get when you answer the phone.   Special training and certification in information and referral and a collaboration with other area social services agencies has helped prepare our Call Center staff for whatever waits on the other end of the line. Join us on Nov. 16 - National Information and Referral Day - as we recognize the important work this team does each and everyday. Learn More

COA joins statewide campaign to prevent falls among older Ohioans

A new statewide campaign aims to reduce the physical and financial burden of falls among older Ohioans. As part of the campaign, COA will begin conducting annual falls risk assessments with in-home care and assisted living clients enrolled in PASSPORT and Assisted Living Waiver programs.  The goal is prevent falls by identifying those at risk, providing education on fall prevention, and making referrals for further assessment or treatment as necessary.  Learn More




Get Extra Help with Medicare costs
Many older and disabled Ohioans are struggling to pay their Medicare out-of-pocket costs (premiums, deductibles, co-payments and drug costs).  Help is available, but many people don't know about it or assume they won't qualify.  Learn More
Care Transitions program helping seniors stay out of hospital
Council on Aging's Care Transitions program continues to grow and its success is attracting attention from health care leaders. Learn More
COA Ambassadors provide valuable service to the community 
Health care reform, Medicare, caring for aging parents... These are just of few of the topics people are interested in when they contact Council on Aging's speaker's bureau.  Learn More
Aging Network Updates
November is National Family Caregivers Month
Caregivers can make a big impact - even from afar

According to the National Institute on Aging, approximately 7 million adults are long-distance caregivers, caring for a parent or other family member living more than an hour away. Long-distance caregiving comes with unique challenges.  Long-distance caregivers might feel helpless because they don't live in the same city or state as their loved one, but there are many things they can do to help. Learn More



Free online arthritis workshop

If you or a loved one suffers from arthritis, you can participate in an interactive online workshop that will give you the knowledge, skills and confidence to manage your arthritis. Participants will also receive a FREE workbook plus online resources to help them live healthier! Learn More

Vaccination is best line of defense against flu
Flu season is here.  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.


Make changes to your Medicare coverage through 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.  Learn More
Ohio Department of Aging seeks 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

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.
Featured Event: MyCare Ohio Education Forum
Join us for an educational forum to learn how MyCare Ohio - Ohio's planned Integrated Care Delivery System - will impact clients who are eligible for both Medicaid and Medicare. Representatives from the state and managed care plans will share details and answer questions about the new system. November 20, 2013, 9-11:30am | Vineyard Church, 11340 Century Circle East, Springdale, OH 45246 | 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
National Memory Screening Day
Nov. 19, 2013 | Free, confidential screenings and educational materials about memory problems, caregiving, and successful aging. | Find a local screening location. |  Learn more about National Memory Screening Day
MyCare Ohio Education Forum
Nov. 20, 2013, 9-11:30am | Information about MyCare Ohio, Ohio's planned Integrated Care Delivery System. | Vineyard Church, 11340 Century Circle East, Springdale, OH 45246 |  Learn more 
Help4Seniors Resource Directory Tip - Alzheimer's Resources
November is National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month.  If you or someone you know is affected by Alzheimer's or another form of dementia, get help through one of the organizations in our Resource Directory.  

Also, Nov. 19 is National Memory Screening Day. Sponsored by the Alzheimer's Foundation of America, community sites will offer free, confidential screenings and educational materials about memory problems, caregiving, and successful aging. Find a local screening location.
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