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April 2014 Updates
Council on Aging Updates

Coordinated management will mean better care for COA clients    


Council on Aging is making dramatic changes to the way we deliver care management services to older adults and people with disabilities. The result will be the ability to offer clients enhanced serviceand timely support.

Under a new process for care management delivery, clients will receive care coordination through an Integrated Coordinated Care (ICC) team, rather than through a single care manager. Read more 


COA Manager in Training Hannah Hindle COA appoints new manager in training

Council on Aging continues to invest from within and foster leadership and management skills in its employees with the promotion of Hannah Hindle to the agency's Management Development Program. Hindle becomes the program's third "Manager in Training."  


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Hamilton County Elderly Services Program temporarily closed to new enrollments 

The Hamilton County Elderly Services Program is temporarily closed to all new enrollments in order to contain costs. If costs decrease, we hope to be able to reinstate the triage policy before the end of this year. Meanwhile, the waiting list will continue indefinitely. Read More.   

Featured News


Rainbow Elder Care works to enhance lives of older LGBT people  


A new organization serving Greater Dayton is working to address the needs and concerns of older lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, including issues related to housing and federal benefits for same-sex couples. Read More 

MyCare Ohio Updates
Ohio Medicaid Hotline Website

The Ohio Medicaid Hotline website is up and running and is a great tool to use when determining which health plan will meet consumer needs. Here is a link to the website, which includes:  

  • the health plans available in each county with links to their websites
  • a provider search tool - to find which MyCare Ohio plan accepts consumer's doctor, hospital, clinic, or medical professional
  • a link to enroll online (a paper enrollment form is also available)
Ohio Medicaid Hotline Toll Free: (800) 324-8680  

Hours of Operation: 7am-8pm Monday-Friday and 8am-5pm on Saturday 


MyCare Ohio Information for Consumers

Council on Aging and the Ohio Department of Medicaid have developed PowerPoint presentations for consumer audiences. Please share with your consumers, advocates and caregivers who may have questions about MyCare Ohio.  Click here for Council on Aging PowerPoint. Click here for  Ohio Department of Medicaid PowerPoint. 



News to Use
Home Delivered Meals to Include Falls Prevention Message
In coming weeks, home-delivered meals will be packed with a flier listing tips that older adults can take to prevent falls. The effort is part of STEADY U Ohio, a statewide initiative to reduce falls. Council on Aging is one of many Steady U Partners. 

According to the Ohio Department of Aging, falls-related injuries among older adults lead to an emergency room visit every 7.5 minutes and three deaths a day. 
In addition to helping educate seniors, the fliers will alert staff and volunteers who deliver the meals to be on the lookout for fall hazards in their clients' homes, such as throw rugs and electric cords in hallways.   
New Toll-Free Number for NCOA Reverse Mortgage Counseling:  


A new national toll-free number sponsored by the National Council on Aging will provide counseling to older homeowners seeking reverse mortgages.
Reverse mortgages allow homeowners aged 62+ to use a portion of their home equity to help them fund costs of continuing to live in their homes.

Federal law requires that anyone considering the FHA Home Equity Conversion Mortgage must receive counseling from a government-approved agency. 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.
Free Shred Day 
Saturday, April 26 from 8 am till noon at UC Blue Ash College Parking Lot. Open to Greater Cincinnati residents and small business owners. Limit: 5 boxes. Bring any personal documents that may be subject to identity theft if thrown away in a common trash bin. Criminals need very little information to steal an identity and garbage cans offer an abundance of information. Free shredding till noon or till trucks are full.
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Hispanics and Alzheimer's Disease

The Alzheimer's Association of Greater Cincinnati Mosaic Advisory Council invites you to the 2014 Hispanic Community Update, May 16 at 5:30 pm at the University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College.

This special program featuring Dr. Jennifer Rose V. Molano and guest panelists will allow community leaders to learn more about how Alzheimer's disease and other dementias affect the Hispanic community. Read 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 
Free Shred Day
April 26, 2014 8 am - 12 pm | UC Blue Ash College Parking Lot, 9555 Plainfield Road, Blue ash,OH 45236 | Information: 513-639-9146 | 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  
Healthy U Chronic Disease Self Management Program
June 2 - July 7, 2014, 12:30 - 3 pm | Bethel Woods Community Building, 610 Easter Road, Bethel, OH 45106 | Registration required: (513) 947-7333| Learn more 
OSHIIP Welcome to Medicare Webinar
June 16, 2014, 6pm | Offered online. Click here to register.  
Healthy-U Chronic Disease Self Management Program
July 2 - August 6, 2014, 1-3:30pm | Miami Township Civic Center, 6101 Meijer Drive, Milford, OH 45150 | Registration required: (513) 947-7333 | Learn more 
Aging and Disability Resource Directory Tip:
April is National Financial Literacy Month
To celebrate National Financial Literacy Month plan to establish and maintain healthy financial habits this April. Our Aging and Disability Resource Directory can help you find a financial planner, credit counseling agencies or information about estate planning. For  information visit the Financial Planning section of our Resource Directory.   

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