Answers on Aging & Independence
September 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
Have you planned for the costs of long-term care? Estimates for our region range from $41,000 - $92,000 per year depending on the type of care needed and the care setting. But planning ahead can save you money, give you greater control of your assets, and provide more options for care. 

Since 2010, our 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.

If you've attended in the past and enjoyed the workshop, please share this information with your family, friends and co-workers. 

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 Updates


Next phase of MyCare Ohio begins in October

Early next month, the Ohio Department of Medicaid will send another round of MyCare Ohio letters to consumers. There will be two different letters - one for new enrollees and one for for current members who need to decide if they will extend their current MyCare Ohio coverage to include their Medicare benefits. Learn more.

Conference calls will help MyCare Ohio consumers share their experiences

The Ohio Consumer Voice for Integrated Care is convening monthly statewide conference calls to hear from consumers and family caregivers about what is working or not working for them under MyCare Ohio. The calls will be held the last Friday of every month from 2-4 p.m. beginning September 26. Learn more.

Council on Aging Updates
Bidding process results in significant savings for levy programs

COA recently completed a bidding process to contract with providers for Home Care Assistance (HCA) service in Butler, Hamilton and Warren counties. The process reduced the number of providers in the Elderly Services Program and resulted in estimated annual savings of more than $800,000. This will allow the levy programs to serve as many as 200 additional seniors each year. Learn more.

Sponsorships now available for 2015 Forum on Aging

COA's 2015 Forum on Aging is March 3 - 4 and sponsorship opportunities are now available. The conference offers nationally recognized keynote speakers, specialized workshops, unlimited networking opportunities and draws more than 500 professionals from the field of aging. Learn more.




COA welcomes PACE clients - UPDATE
COA staff have been working all summer to transition area PACE clients to COA programs. The PACE program ended on Aug. 31 and as of Aug. 28, COA staff had completed all scheduled visits and transitions, earning praise from officials at the Ohio Department of Aging and the program's former operator, TriHealth. Learn more. 
Article highlights success of Care Transitions
COA's Care Transitions program was recently included in an article by Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) on enterprising ways to ensure care for the aging. Click here to read the article and listen to audio from an interview with COA's Ken Wilson and Danielle Amrine.
COA seeking advisory council members 
Council on Aging is looking to fill open positions on its Advisory Council. The Advisory Council plays a critical role in COA's mission to enhance people's lives by assisting them to remain at home through a range of quality services by giving a voice to older adults, people with disabilities and the professionals who serve them. Learn more.

Shop Amazon, support COA

Just in time for the busy holiday shopping season, Council on Aging is now registered as a charitable organization on AmazonSmile. What does this mean? Use this link to shop at Amazon.com and 0.5% of your eligible purchases will go to Council on Aging - at no extra cost to you! Learn more.

Aging and Disability Resource Network Updates

Planning underway for ADA 25th anniversary celebration

While summer 2014 is just coming to a close, advocates for people with disabilities are already busy planning for a big celebration next summer to mark the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Read about local plans and learn how you can get involved.

Ohio goal: single entry point for long-term care 

Last month, hundreds of professionals in the fields of aging and disability services gathered in Columbus for the first Aging and Disability Network Summit. The purpose was to learn how to develop a network of long-term services and supports that can be accessed by anyone, regardless of their age or the nature of their disability. Learn more.

News to Use
Get ready for Medicare open enrollment
Medicare's open enrollment period begins October 15.  Even if you're happy with your current Medicare coverage, open enrollment is a good time to review your coverage because drug formularies, provider networks and plan benefits change from year to year. For accurate, unbiased information about Medicare and the Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit, plan to attend a local Medicare Check-up event. Learn more.

Other Medicare News
  • Vaccines: What Medicare pays for Medicare pays for many preventive services, including vaccines, but the coverage rules and frequency can be confusing. This helpful fact sheet outlines the commonly recommended vaccines for people with Medicare, which part of Medicare covers them, and where to find more information.
  • Questions about Medicare and the Health Insurance Marketplace?  This FAQ from The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) might help. CMS says it will update the document from time to time as additional FAQs are addressed. 

September is Falls Prevention Awareness Month 

According to the Ohio Department of Health, falls are the leading cause of injury-related hospitalization and death among Ohioans aged 65 and older and they are largely preventable.   Read about what COA is doing to help prevent falls among clients receiving in-home care services, get facts about falls and older Ohioans, connect to resources, and learn what you can do to prevent falls.  Learn more.

 


New publications available for caregivers
Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA) offers an extensive online library of educational materials for caregivers. The organization recently released nine new additions to the comprehensive collection. Topics range from legal planning to grief and loss, dementia and incontinence. These publications, along with additional fact sheets, research reports, webinars, educational videos, and more, are all available for free online. Many of the materials are available in multiple languages. Visit the site.
  
Flu season is around the corner

The CDC estimates that 90% of seasonal flu-related deaths occur in people over age 65. Flu vaccines are especially important for older adults because immune systems can weaken with age and the flu can worsen other health problems.  Learn more about the flu and older adults on our website

Rx take-back day is Sept. 23 + new rules for safe disposal of unwanted meds

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency is changing the rules on how and where you can dispose of unwanted, expired and potentially dangerous prescription drugs.  The DEA is hosting its final National Prescription Drug Take-Back day on Sept. 23. Find a Take-Back site near you and learn about the new rules. 

Department of Justice launches Elder Justice website
The new website is a resource for victims of elder abuse and financial exploitation and their families; practitioners who serve them; law enforcement agencies and prosecutors; and researchers seeking to understand and address this silent epidemic plaguing our nation's elders. Visit the site.
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

Preventing Financial Exploitation: What Nursing Homes should do to protect their residents

Nursing home staff are invited to an all-day educational forum about preventing financial exploitation of nursing home residents. The event will feature speakers from Pro Seniors, the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program, the Social Security Administration, and the Ohio Attorney General's Office, as well as other experts.  CEUs available.  More information.

 

September 23, 2014, 9am-3:30pm | The Vineyard Church, TriCounty | Registration required, 513-458-5505 or www.proseniors.org | $50 fee includes lunch and 5 CEUs for nursing home administrators, social workers and counselors. 

Caregiving with Spirit: A day for Family Caregivers  

Are you suffering from caregiver burnout?  Come obtain the strength for the journey. This event, presented by the Caregiver Assistance Network, a program of Catholic Charities, is day for family caregivers to reflect, refresh and renew.  Click here to view the event flier.  

 

Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, 9am-4pm | Schott Pavilion at the Jesuit Spiritual Center, 5361 S. Milford Road, Milford 45150 | Registration required: (513) 929-4483 or miannaci@ccswoh.org | Registration fee applies.

Butler County Fall Prevention task Force 2014 health and Wellness Expo
September 22, 2014, 3-6 pm | Oxford Senior Center, 922 Tollgate Drive, Oxford, OH 45056 Learn more 
Healthy-U Diabetes Self Management Program
September 23 - October 28, 2014, 5:45 - 8:15 pm | Cincinnati Bibleview Church, 5103 Chapman Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45227 | Registration required: (513) 592-7287 | Learn more 
Medicare Check-up Days Presented by OSHIIP
September 24, 2014 | 11 am, Presentation only | AHEPA Housing, 7825 Affinity Place, Cincinnati, OH 45231 | More information and listing of additional Medicare Check-up Days 
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 jhicks@springdale.org | Learn more 
Webinar: Suicide Prevention in Older Adults
September 29, 2014, 1 - 2:30 pm | Sponsored by the National Council on Aging Center for Health Aging, this webinar will discuss risk factors for suicide, screening tools, and effective prevention interventions. | Click here to register.
Diabetes Prevention: A Homerun for Good Health
October 2, 2014 | Sharonville Convention Center, 11355 Chester Road, Cincinnati, OH 45246 | Registration required call:(513) 961-3331 ext. 18 | More Information  
Healthy-U Diabetes Self Management Program
October 9 - November 3, 2014, 1:00 - 3:30 pm | Springdale Community Center, 11999 Lawnview Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45246 | Registration required: (513) 346-5727 or jhicks@springdale.org | Learn more 
Healthy-U Chronic Disease Self Management Program
October 9 - November 3, 2014, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm | Hyde Park Senior Center, 2800 Erie Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45208 | Registration required: (513) 321-6816 | 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
Healthy-U Chronic Disease Self Management Program
October 13 - November 24, 2014, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm |Otterbein Lebanon, 585 N. State Route 741, Lebanon, OH 45036 | Registration required: (513) 932-2020 | Learn more 
Healthy-U Diabetes Self Management Program
October 17 - November 21, 2014, 11:00 am - 1:30 pm | Countryside YMCA, 1699 Deerfield Road, Lebanon, OH 45036 | Registration required: (513) 932-1424 | Learn more 
Healthy-U Chronic Disease Self Management Program
October 21 - November 25, 2014, 9:00 - 11:30 am | Harrison Senior Center, 300 George Street, Harrison, OH 45030 | Registration required: (513) 367-0649 | Learn more 
Healthy-U Diabetes Self Management Program
October 21 - November 25, 2014, 1:30 - 4:00 pm | Oxford Senior Center, 922 Tollgate Drive, Oxford, OH 45056 | Registration required: (513) 523-8100 |  Learn more 
Healthy-U Diabetes Self Management Program
November 3 - December 8, 2014, 10: am 12:30 pm | Triple Creek Retirement, 11230 Pippen Road, Cincinnati, OH 45231 | Register: Nora Dashley (513) 923-4466 ndashley@cincinnatiymca.org  |  Learn more 
Aging and Disability Resource Directory Tip
September is Senior Center Month
Senior centers serve as community focal points connecting older adults to vital services that can help them stay healthy and independent. Many centers offer a wide variety of programs and services, consisting of health and wellness, educational opportunities, meals and nutrition programs, counseling and support groups, and volunteer opportunities. Some centers also help with financial and medical paperwork, transportation to and from the center, shopping trips, outings, and other services. Visit our Resource Directory for a list of area centers.
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