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March 2014 Updates
MyCare Ohio Updates
MyCare Ohio Consumer Event and Training PowerPoint
On Thursday, March 20th consumers, advocates and caregivers, please join Council on Aging and the Center for Independent Living Options for an information forum to learn how MyCare Ohio will affect you. Individuals who have BOTH Medicare and Medicaid are required to enroll in a MyCare Ohio health plan by June 1, 2014. Information and one-on-one assistance will be available during the Forum. RSVP suggested, but NOT required. More information

Now available online is a MyCare Ohio training PowerPoint customized for consumer audience. Please share with your consumers, advocates and caregivers.  Learn more...
Council on Aging Updates
Hulda with her son 
and daughter-in-law
Council on Aging's oldest client dies at age of 109 
Council on Aging's oldest client, Hulda, died recently at the age of 109. She was a wonderful lady who was beautifully cared for by her son and daughter-in-law, with help from the Hamilton County Elderly Services Program. In 2012, Hulda helped support the program's levy campaign by having her photo taken with honorary chairman Buddy LaRosa. Hulda and her family are in our thoughts. Read More

Forum on Aging continues to grow
Council on Aging would like to thank the sponsors and participants who attended the 2014 Forum on Aging.  The event was our biggest ever with 675 people in attendance over the two-day conference.  Read More

Council on Aging Annual awards
Caregivers and professionals were honored at Council on Aging's 43rd Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony on March 5.  Read about the honorees

Council on Aging releases 2013 Annual Report
Council on Aging's 2013 Annual Report includes data, photos and personal stories that highlight our changing role in local and state health care systems. Read more
Meet COA's newest Board of Trustees Members

Council on Aging is pleased to announce Timothy J. Crowley and Daniel J. Gahl as new members of its Board of Trustees. Read more

Council on Aging names new Chief Financial Officer

Richard Delewski of Maineville, Ohio has been selected as the new Chief Financial Officer/Director of Business Operations for Council on Aging. Read more

News to Use

Turning 65 this year?  Learn Medicare basics

Are you one of the nearly 150,000 Ohioans who will celebrate their 65th birthdays this year? If so, you will become eligible for Medicare and will likely have questions about your health care benefits.  Ohio's Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP) can help. OSHIIP volunteers provide older Ohioans with free, friendly assistance in choosing Medicare options that best suit their needs. Learn more about OSHIIP, including upcoming Welcome to Medicare events and webinars. 

Ohio anti-drug campaign emphasizes important role of grandparents in keeping youth drug-free
Ohio has launched a new anti-drug campaign aimed at curbing the state's growing drug problem - particularly among its youth.  Parents, grandparents and other caregivers can make a difference just by talking to young people about drug abuse. Learn about the campaign and what grandparents can do to help.

11 Tips for Managing the Cards in Your Wallet

Prepaid cards are becoming a popular alternative to traditional checking accounts for many older adults because they can be cheap and easy to use.  Learn how to use, manage, and protect government-issued and commercial prepaid cards. 

Learn more


Ohio Department of Medicaid is preparing to transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10

By Oct. 1, 2014, all state Medicaid programs will transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10. This transition will have a major impact on anyone who uses health care information that contains a diagnosis and/or inpatient procedure code and is required of all providers and payers under HIPAA. Learn more  

Changes at local Social Security offices
The Social Security Administration recently announced changes to services available in its local field offices. Later this year, field offices will no longer offer social security number (SSN) print outs or benefit verification letters. If you need proof of your SSN and cannot locate your card, you must request a replacement card. Verification letters can be printed at anytime online. This fact sheet provides helpful information about these changes.
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.
Socail worker month

March is National Social Work Month

Council on Aging's 117 social workers embody the spirit of this 116-year-old profession, as well as our own mission:Social workers believe in the dignity and worth of every individual and that everyone has the right and potential to lead a productive and fulfilling life.  Learn more about the social work profession at

Compassion Fatigue: Taking Care of You
March 18, 2014,4:45-7:00PM | Sharonville Convention Center, 11355 Chester Road, Cincinnati, OH 45246 | Registration Required: 513-246-9144 | Learn more 
2014 Consumer Protection Forum
Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 4:00-6:30 pm (table displays 4:00, panel discussion, 5:00) | Maple Knoll Village Auditorium, 11100 Springfield Pike, Cincinnati, OH 45246 | Free admission and parking | Call (513) 939-4483 to register - deadline March 17 | Learn more
OSHIIP Welcome to Medicare Webinar
March 24, 2014, 6PM, Offered online.   Click here to register  
2nd Annual Butler County Social Services Expo
April 2, 2014, 8AM - 12:15PM | Fairfield High School, 8800 Holden Blvd., Fairfield, Ohio 45014 | Council on Aging will have an information booth at this event. | Information and Registration
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
Healthy U Chronic Disease Self Management Program
April 10 - May 15, 2014, 9:30am - 12:00pm | Hyde Park Senior Center, 2800 Erie Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45208 | Registration required: (513) 321-6816| Learn more 
Healthy U Diabetes Self Management Program
April 10 - May 15, 2014, 1-3:30pm | Springdale Community Center, 11999 Lawnview Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45246 | Registration required: (513) 346-5727 (Jean) | Learn more 
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 Diabetes Self Management Program
April 11 - May 16, 2014, 1:30-4pm | Sycamore Senior Center, 4455 Carver Woods Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45242 | Registration required: (513) 984-1234 | 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
Healthy U Diabetes Self Management Program
April 23 - May 22, 2014, 9:30am - 12:00pm | Middletown Senior Center, 3907 Central Avenue, Middletown, OH 45044 | Registration required: Call (513) 423-1734 | Learn more 
OSHIIP Welcome to Medicare - Hamilton County
April 30, 2014, 6PM | Sycamore Senior Center, 4455 Carver Woods Drive, Blue Ash, OH | Call for more details 1-800-686-1578  
Aging and Disability Resource Directory Tip:
Life Long Learning
It's never too late to learn! Many colleges and universities in our region - including University of Cincinnati, College of Mount St. Joseph, and Miami University - offer special course offerings for older adults. Spring course catalogues are available now.  For more information about these programs and more, visit the Life Long Learning section of our Resource Directory.  You'll find the information you need, whether you want to take a class, find a park, get fit, or travel the world. Happy Spring!
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