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December 2013 Updates
Nominate someone who works to make life better for older adults
Dr. Jane Straker, senior research scholar at the Scripps Gerontology Center of Miami University, accepts an award at COA's 2013 awards ceremony
Council on Aging is accepting nominations for its 2014 Annual Awards. The awards recognize caregivers, volunteers and professionals in the field of aging who work to make life better for older adults. 

Award categories include:
  • Outstanding Professional in Aging
  • Outstanding Direct Service Provider
  • Outstanding Caregiver 
Winners will be honored at COA`s Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony, March 5 at the Sharonville Convention Center. The meeting will include a buffet lunch, brief overview of COA`s 2013 Annual Report from CEO Suzanne Burke, and the awards ceremony.

The nomination deadline is Jan. 15, 2014. Click here for more information.
Council on Aging Updates
Purchase Forum on Aging sponsorship 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. Read more... 

Care Transitions receives honor from Cincinnati Chamber
Council on Aging has been honored as the runner-up for the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber's 8th Annual WE Celebrate Awards in the Best New Product category.  Our Care Transitions program has been recognized for its excellence and innovation. The program was selected from among five finalists in the category. Read more...

COA invests from within with new Management Development Program

How can an organization increase its management capacity while also creating opportunities for employees to move into managerial roles?  These were two important issues Council on Aging (COA) set out to address with the creation of a new Management Development Program.  Read more...

 




MyCare Ohio: Education forum helps, but more information needed

Of the people who responded to a survey about the recent MyCare Ohio Education Forum, most reported they gained better understanding of the state's new managed care system, but it is clear that much more information is needed. Read more...

COA's Sharon Fusco honored for product development work
Sharon Fusco has been honored by the Ohio Association of Area Agencies on Aging for her work developing price models for administering services that help frail seniors and people with disabilities remain independent in their homes. Read more...
Council on Aging is hiring
Are you a good communicator? Do you have an eye for numbers or a knack for project planning? Know how to combine art and science to tell a compelling data story? Are you a social worker or nurse with a desire to help people stay independent at home?Council on Aging may be just the place for you! Learn about career opportunities with COA
News to Use
When the weather outside is frightful, HEAP can help

For seniors with low or modest incomes, high energy prices are a frightening prospect now that cold weather has set in.  But help is available through the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP).  HEAP helps seniors and other low-income Ohioans pay their home heating bills.  Read more...

Medicare costs too high? You may qualify for Extra Help
Without an office visit or appointment, Council on Aging can help seniors determine their eligibility and apply for Medicare's Extra Help program.  Extra Help pays for Medicare out-of-pocket costs including co-payments, premiums, deductibles and prescriptions.  All it takes is a phone call!  Read more...



Medicare open enrollment ends Dec. 7

Dec 7 is the last day to make changes to your Medicare drug and health plans.  There are plenty of tools available to help seniors review their coverage, calculate costs and compare plans.  Read more...

 

Senate opens hotline for reporting frauds and scams aimed at seniors
Do you suspect that you or someone you know has been the victim of a scam or fraud aimed at seniors?  The U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging has set up a new toll-free hotline to help. Read more...
Metro announces changes to program serving seniors and people with disabilities
Metro recently announced changes to its Fare Deal program, a program that offers reduced fares to seniors and people with disabilities.  Read more...



Two important family conversations to have over the holidays
As your family gathers for the holiday season, you might share stories, look at old family photos or watch home movies.  It may seem unconventional but why not use this time to have conversations about important caregiving and health care issues?  Read more...

New consumer guides for managing someone else's money

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau recently released new guides to help financial caregivers understand their roles and protect their loved ones from financial exploitation. The guides include advice on avoiding scams, applying for benefits, and where to go for help. Download the free guides from the Older Americans section of the bureau's website.

Latest installment of Ohio's War Era Story project shows WWII as truly a 'world' war
The Ohio Departments of Aging and Veterans Services recently released the seventh installment of the War Era Story Project. The latest collection shows how Ohioans found themselves in far-reaching corners of the globe, with experiences that would be unmatched in the rest of their lives. Read more...
Upcoming Events and Learning Opportunities
Forum on Aging registration opens in January
Registration for the region's premier event for professionals in the field of aging will open in early January 2014.  Planning for the event, scheduled for March 4-5, 2014, has been underway since early summer and the agenda for the 2-day conference is shaping up. The event features nationally respected keynote speakers and educational workshops with today's professionals in mind. Click here for information about the conference, including keynote speakers. 
Visit the Events page on our website for a complete, up-to-date list of events for seniors, caregivers and aging network professionals.
Help4Seniors Resource Directory Tip:
Prepare for winter storms
Our local forecast calls for the possibility of severe winter weather.  Seniors and people with disabilities are particularly vulnerable during severe winter weather and should take extra precautions to be prepared for whatever Mother Nature conjures up. Get tips for winter safety and access resources to help you prepare in our Resource Directory
 
More information about severe winter weather is available in the Wellness Programs section of our website
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