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January 2014 Updates
Register Today for 2014 Forum on Aging
Registration is now open for Council on Aging's 2014 Forum on Aging and Annual Meeting, presented by Helping Hands Healthcare, March 4-5 at the Sharonville Convention Center.  Social Workers, Nursing Home Administrators, Nurses and Activity Professionals can earn up to 10 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) at the conference. The event features nationally respected keynote speakers and educational workshops with today's professionals in mind. Click here for information about the conference and registration.
Days left to nominate someone who works to make life better for older adults
Ron Hitchcock, winner of the Outstanding Caregiver award, accepts his award from Council on Aging CEO Suzanne Burke at the 2013 Awards Ceremony
Council on Aging will accept nominations for its 2014 Annual Awards until Wednesday, January 15. 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 on day-two of Forum on Aging at COA`s Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony, March 5 at the Sharonville Convention Center. The meeting will include a buffet lunch, a 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.
News to Use
Get free help with taxes

In cooperation with the IRS, the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program helps low- to moderate-income taxpayers by assisting with tax services and ensuring they receive applicable tax credits and deductions. The program is available free to taxpayers with low and moderate income, with special attention to those 60 and older. Click here for more information and to find a location near you.

New website highlights mental health resources
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has launched www.mentalhealth.gov, a new website featuring easy-to-understand information about basic signs of mental health problems, how to talk about mental health and how to find help.


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
With one phone call, 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.  Since 2009, more than 690,000 people have applied for Extra Help for a total savings of over $1.9 billion. Start saving today! All it takes is a phone call.  Read more...
Upcoming Events and Learning Opportunities
Visit the Events page on our website for a complete, up-to-date list of events for adults, caregivers and professionals.
Featured Event: Healthy-U Leadership Training

Have you learned to manage a chronic illness? Do you want to help others improve their quality of life? Healthy-U needs people like you!  You can receive free training to help others learn to manage their chronic health conditions. The training will be held in March and space is limited! Learn more about Healthy-U and the training

Healthy-U Chronic Disease Self Management Program
Feb. 18-March 25, 2014, 1-3:30pm | Union Township Civic Center, 4350 Aicholtz Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45245 | Registration required: (513) 947-7333 | Learn more 
Healthy-U Diabetes Self Management Program
Feb. 20-March 27, 2014, 1-3:30pm | Springdale Community Center, 11999 Lawnview Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45246 | This program focuses on Diabetes only. | Registration required: Call Jean at (513) 346-5727  | Learn more
Healthy-U Chronic Disease Self Management Program
March 3-April 7, 2014, 10am-12:30pm | Triple Creek Retirement Community, 11230 Pippen Road, Cincinnati, OH 45231 | Registration required: Clippard YMCA (513) 923-4466 or email Learn more
Forum on Aging
March 4-5, 2014 | Sharonville Convention Center, 11355 Chester Road
Cincinnati, OH 45246
 | Nationally respected keynote speakers and workshops. Professionals can earn up to 10 CEUs. | Registration required. Click here for information and registration.

Healthy-U Chronic Disease Self Management Leadership Training
March 6, 7 and 10 for chronic disease training; March 11 for optional Diabetes cross training, 8:30am-4:30pm each day | Council on Aging, 175 Tri County Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45246 | Space is limited, registration required: (513) 345-8652 | 
Healthy-U Chronic Disease Self Management Program
April 2-May 7, 2014, 1-3:30pm | RN and Associates, 245 Northland Blvd., Cincinnati, OH 45246 | Registration required: (513) 771-7862 | Learn more
Expo4Seniors
April 10, 2014, 10am - 2pm | Sharonville Convention Center, 11355 Chester Road
Cincinnati, OH 45246 
| Register in advance for a chance to win a gift card. | COA will have a booth at this free event for older adults and caregivers. | Learn more
Healthy-U Chronic Disease Self Management Program
April 14-May 19, 2014, 2-4:30pm | Partners in Prime, 140 Ross Ave., Hamilton, OH 45013 | Registration required: Call Julie (513) 867-1998 or e-mail  | Learn more
Aging and Disability Resource Directory Tip:
Find something new to do in the New Year
Regardless of whether or not you've made a New Years resolution, you may be looking for something new to do in the new year.  Maybe you're interested in taking a computer class, getting some exercise, volunteering, or joining your local senior center. Explore your options in the Work, Education and Leisure section of our Resource Directory
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