Answers on Aging & Independence
January 2015 Updates
Register today for the 2015 Forum on Aging

Registration is now open for Council on Aging's 2015 Forum on Aging and Annual Meeting, March 3-4 at the Sharonville Convention Center!

 

Social Workers, Nursing Home Administrators, Nurses and Activity Professionals can earn 10 or more 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 more information.

 

The 2015 Forum on Aging includes several new ways to learn and network:

  • Alzheimer's Intensive Workshop: Led by faculty from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Participants can earn an additional 1.5 CEUs. Learn more.
  • Roundtable Information Exchange:  A unique, informal way to network with colleagues and share information on specific topics. Learn more.
  • Council on Aging Intensive Workshop: Learn from COA staff about the programs, services and resources available to seniors, people with disabilities and caregivers in our community.  Eligibility criteria and referral process will be discussed. CEUs available for several professional disciplines. Learn more.

Sponsorship opportunities still available.

Council on Aging Updates
Chandra Mathews-Smith
Chandra Mathews-Smith assumes new VP role at
Council on Aging

Veteran social worker and human services leader Chandra Mathews-Smith has been promoted to Council on Aging Vice-President of Operations for Medicaid services. The position is a new one at Council on Aging (COA) and is designed for management of all the organization's Medicaid lines of business. These include in-home care services that help low-income older adults and people with disabilities remain independent in their homes.  Read more. 
Honorees from COA's 2014 Annual Awards Luncheon
Help COA honor those who work to make life better for our region's older adults and people with disabilities

Council on Aging is accepting nominations for its 2015 Annual Awards Program. The awards recognize caregivers, volunteers and professionals in the fields of aging and disability services who work to make life better for older adults and people with disabilities. The nomination deadline has been extended until January 22, 2015. Winners will be honored at COA's Annual Meeting on March 4, 2015 at Forum on Aging. Learn more.


COA seeking RFPs for catered meal program
Council on Aging is accepting proposals from qualified bidders interested in contracting with COA to provide meal preparation and delivery of meals to providers of COA's Congregate Meal and Home Delivered Meal (HDM) programs. Learn more.
COA opens satellite office in Hamilton, Ohio to better serve residents of Butler County

To better serve older adults and people with disabilities in Butler County and to help them remain independent in their homes, Council on Aging has opened an office at 870 N. Washington Ave. in Hamilton. The office is open Monday-Friday from 8am-4:30pm.  Learn more.

Aging and Disability Resource Network Updates
Major changes coming for Ohio's APS system
Ohio's Adult Protective Services (APS) system is set to undergo a historic transformation. Thanks in large part to the efforts of advocates, the APS system will receive an unprecedented one-time $10 million boost in funding.  A 20-member workgroup convened regularly to determine how the state should move forward.  The group recently released their recommendations, including creating a unified, statewide reporting system and core minimum program requirements for the state and each county.  Learn more.




Nominate someone for Ohio's Senior Citizens Hall of Fame

The Ohio Department of Aging is accepting nominations for outstanding individuals to be inducted into the 2015 Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame. Individuals and organizations interested in nominating a neighbor, colleague, family member or friend may download a nomination form or submit a nomination online. Learn more.

 


Medicare benefits now part of MyCare Ohio

The final phase of MyCare Ohio went into effect on Jan. 1. In this phase, Ohioans enrolled in MyCare Ohio may now have their Medicare benefits included in the same managed care plan that provides their Medicaid benefits.  This was the original intention of MyCare Ohio - to coordinate participants' Medicare and Medicaid services together under one health insurance plan, allowing for more coordinated delivery of care.  Learn more.

 

Share your MyCare experience on January conference call
The Ohio Consumer Voice for Integrated Care (OCVIC) convenes monthly conference calls with MyCare Ohio consumers and caregivers to discuss what is or is not working in MyCare Ohio. The next conference call is January 30 at 3pm. Click here for more information about the conference calls. 

News You Can Use
Worried about utility bills?
Help is available for low-income Ohioans who need assistance with winter heating bills and telephone or cell phone service. 

Click here for information about Ohio's Home Energy Assistance Program (help with winter heating bills)

Click here for information about Lifeline - Ohio's telephone discount program
Winter is a dangerous time for falls
One in three older Ohioans will fall this year, and the snow and ice of an Ohio winter increase those odds. However, most falls can be prevented by understanding your risk factors and being more aware of your surroundings.  Click here for winter fall prevention tips from Ohio's SteadyU campaign.
Important article series on older adult falls
The New York Times recently published two outstanding articles on falls among older adults. These articles raised awareness and provided valuable prevention information, including videos showing the importance of contrast on stairs, thresholds, and toilet seats for older adults with yellowing vision, cataracts, or glaucoma. (Source: NCOA)

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
What help is available for seniors and people with disabilities in our community? 
This is a question we get dozens of times a day, thousands of times a year.  If you work with, for, or on behalf of older adults, people with disabilities, or their caregivers, you've probably wondered this same thing yourself.  Where do you turn when your patients, clients or community members need help - especially if they need care but want to stay in their own home? 

Join COA staff on March 4 for a free workshop to get the answers to these and other important questions. The workshop will help you understand what programs and resources are available, eligibility requirements, and how to make a referral.

CEUs will be available for several professions. Click here for more information and registration details.

Other Events
Social Service Professional Development Opportunity in Butler County
February 6, 2015 | Butler County Educational Service Center
CEUs available. Topics include: communication skills, collaboration, stress management, time management. Click here for information.
Healthy-U Chronic Disease Self Management Workshops
January 14, 2015 at the Mayerson JCC
January 26, 2015 at Triple Creek Retirement Community
February 9, 2015 at Springdale Community Center
March 6, 2015 at Sycamore Senior Center
March 19, 2015 at Hyde Park Senior Center

Aging and Disability Resource Directory Tip
COA Provider Network
COA relies on a network of service providers to deliver in-home care services and long-term care supports to some 20,000 older adults and people with disabilities in our region.  These providers have contracts with us - and often with the state of Ohio - to deliver services including personal care, medical transportation, home repairs and more.  These contracts - along with a competitive bidding process - ensure that our clients get the best service possible at the lowest cost to the taxpayers. 

People who are paying privately for in-home care or other long-term care services often contact us to request a list of our contracted providers. Each of our providers is listed in our Resource Directory.  Users can view the complete provider list or search for specific types of providers using keywords such as homemaking, personal care, medical transportation, or adult day care. If you search by keyword, look at the "Contracted Provider" field to make sure the organization is a provider (see example below).  If you see "N/A" in that field, that organization is not a COA provider. 
This is an example from our Resource Directory.  Look at the "Contracted Provider" field to verify that the business is a contracted provider of COA.  If you see "N/A" in this spot, the business is not a COA provider. 
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