Answers on Aging & Independence
August 2014 Updates
Council on Aging workshop helps you plan for long-term care and connect to community resources
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Own Your Future 2013
Since 2010, Council on Aging's Own Your Future Workshop has been taking the mystery and fear out of planning for long-term care, giving participants the information and tools they need get started on their own plan. 

Our workshop is a sales free environment where expert speakers cover topics including estate planning, legal issues, financial planning and long-term care choices. Join us 9am-2pm, October 11, at the Sycamore Senior Center in Blue Ash for our next workshop.  Seating is limited - registration requiredClick here for information about speakers and how to register.
MyCare Ohio Update

Our region is now nearly three months into implementation of MyCare Ohio, the state's integrated care delivery system for dual-eligible Ohioans.  With the care of more than 100,000 individuals with complex medical, long-term care, and behavioral health needs on the line, everyone is working hard to make the demonstration project a success.  

Council on Aging has a new role in MyCare Ohio. We have contracts with our region's MyCare health plans to provide care management and/or waiver service coordinator services for MyCare Ohio consumers who are enrolled in a waiver program. 


Though our role has changed, we are doing our best to share information with the rest of the provider network as we receive it.  Read more...

Council on Aging Updates
Council on Aging welcomes PACE clients
This September, Council on Aging will welcome approximately 350 new clients as our region's PACE program comes to a close. Around 400 adults ages 55 and over are affected by the closing, with nearly 350 opting to transition into COA programs. Read more about the transition process. 
Client Spotlight - Ruth
Ruth still sees him standing silent and still. He was a patient in the brain damage ward at the hospital where she was a music therapist.  In eight years, the WWI veteran had not responded to a single sound.  Now he was saluting and standing at attention after only one song - The Star Spangled Banner. Read about Ruth's appreciation for the power of music and how this former social worker benefits from one of Butler County's most important social service programs - the Elderly Services Program.
News to Use
Award-winning documentary shows impact of music on dementia patients
ALIVE INSIDE, winner of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival's US Documentary Audience award, chronicles the experiences of nursing home residents suffering from dementia who have been revived by listening to personalized music playlists. The film brings to life the discovery of Dan Cohen's Music & Memory program that music, not medicine, can improve the condition of withdrawn and isolated residents.  Learn about the film's Ohio premiere and watch the trailer below. (Have a box of tissues handy.)
ALIVE INSIDE Official Trailer (2014) HD
ALIVE INSIDE Official Trailer (2014) HD

Charitable Pharmacy simplifies access to free prescription medication
The cost of prescription medication can be a significant burden. Even people with coverage through Medicare Part D, the Affordable Care Act, or private insurance often have to make challenging but necessary sacrifices to be able to afford copays. Changes to a local resource are making it easier for the underinsured to receive vital medications. Learn more

Did you know: counseling required before reverse mortgage

If you know older adults who are considering a reverse mortgage, they must get counseling from a government-approved agency to see if it's the best option for them. National Council on Aging's Reverse Mortgage Counseling Services Network is one of nine national counseling groups approved by the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD). Learn more

Toolkit helps seniors make the most of time spent with their doctors

A new toolkit from the National Institute on Aging aims to help seniors make the most of their medical appointments and prevent unnecessary ER trips and hospital admissions. Designed for professionals or lay-people who want to talk to seniors about this important topic, the kit includes a presentation, script and notes, handouts, and tips for preparing for the presentation. No experience required! Learn more

Disabilities council seeks members
The Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council (ODDC) is searching for people with disabilities and parents/guardians of people with disabilities to consider becoming a member of the council.
Voter engagement for people with disabilities
Disability Rights Ohio and the Center for Independent Living Options invite you to a briefing and planning session on reaching out to people with disabilities regarding their voting rights. Learn 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 Events
Fall Prevention Webinar
Join the Falls FreeŽ Initiative on Aug. 21 for a free webinar on how you can participate in this year's national event on Sept. 23. The 2014 theme is Strong Today, Falls FreeŽ Tomorrow. Discover how to spread the message, launch a comprehensive approach to falls prevention programming in your community, and reach new audiences of older adults. Learn more
Disaster Preparedness Fair
Having a preparedness kit and an evacuation plan for your home are simple ways to ensure your family's safety during a disaster. But for many, the question is, How do I get started? or What should I put in my kit? Get answers at the Disaster Preparedness Fair, 10am - 2pm, Saturday, Aug. 23, Cincinnati Red Cross.
Healthy-U Chronic Disease Self Management Program
August 12 - September 16, 2014, 1:30 - 4 pm | Oxford Senior Center, 922 Tollgate Drive, Oxford OH 45056 | Registration required: (513) 523-8100 | Learn more 
Healthy-U Chronic Disease Self Management Program
August 13 - September 17, 2014, 9-11:30am | Harrison Senior Center, 300 George Street, Harrison, OH 45030 | Registration required: (513) 367-0649 | Learn more 
Healthy-U Chronic Disease Self Management Program
August 14 - September 18, 2014, 9:30 am - noon | Hyde Park Senior Center, 2800 Erie Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45208 | Registration required: (513) 321-6816 | Learn more 
Healthy-U Chronic Disease Self Management Program
August 18 - September 29, 2014, 9:30am - Noon | Maple Knoll Village, 11100 Springfield Pike, Springdale, Ohio 45246 | Registration required: (513) 782-2400 or 
 | Learn more 
Healthy-U Chronic Disease Self Management Program
August 18 - September 29, 2014, 1-3:30 pm | Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, Cincinnati, OH 45236 | Registration required: (513) 761-7500 | Learn more 
Voter Engagement for People with Disabilities
August 20, 2014 | Center for Independent Living Options, 2031 Auburn Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45219 |  Learn more 
Healthy-U Chronic Disease Self Management Program
August 22 - September 26, 2014, 11 am - 1:30 pm | Countryside YMCA, 1699 Deerfield Road, Lebanon, OH 45036 | Registration required: (513) 932-1424 or | Learn more 
OSHIIP Welcome to Medicare Webinar
September 15, 2014 | 6:00 PM Offered online |  Registration required
Working Together: Changing employment experiences for people with disabilities
September 15-16, 2014 | Great Wolf Lodge, 2501 Great Wolf Drive, Mason, OH 45040 | Registration required
Healthy-U Diabetes Self Management Program
September 25 - November 6, 2014, 12:30 - 3:00 pm | Springdale Community Center, 11999 Lawnview Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45246 | Registration required:(513) 346-5727 or | Learn more 
Cincinnati Volunteer Lawyers Project: Free Wills and Advanced Planning Clinic
October 11, 2014 and other dates | Cincinnati Legal Aid Society, 215 East Ninth Street, Suite 200 Cincinnati, OH 45202 | Eligibility requirements apply: (513) 361-8832 | No walk-ins. Registration required
Aging and Disability Resource Directory Tip: Care Options
When you need care over the long-term - whether at home or in a long-term care facility, it's important to understand your options. Our Aging and Disability Resource Directory can help you find resources to assist with preparing food, bathing, managing medications or handling personal paperwork. Long-term care is not just for older adults - it's for people of any age who require regular assistance with activities of daily living. For information visit the Care Options section of our Resource Directory.   

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