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COA participates in national research on older adults

For the third year, the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) is partnering with UnitedHealthcare and the National Council on Aging to conduct the United States of Aging survey.  Survey results will be released this summer at events in Cincinnati and Denver.


Previously, the national survey focused on the opinions of older Americans, but to achieve an even deeper understanding of how older adults and their communities are addressing aging issues, the research has been expanded to include professionals who work closely with the older adult population, including staff from Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) along with physicians, pharmacists and credit union staff.  Interviews with Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio (COA) staff, as well as other aging experts and practitioners in Cincinnati, recently concluded.  Learn more

Council on Aging Updates
Watch Caring for Mom & Dad online and local PBS stations
Caring for Mom & Dad | PBS | Trailer
Caring for Mom & Dad | PBS | Trailer

A new national television documentary shares an intimate view of adults caring for their aging parents and explores the emotional, health, and financial challenges that caregivers face every day.  The documentary, Caring for Mom & Dad,  aired locally for the first time on local PBS affiliate CET 48 on Mother's Day and is now available for online viewing.  Learn more

COA whittles back wait list for HCESP
Several months ago, more than 1,000 seniors were on the waiting list for the Hamilton County Elderly Services Program. Today the list is less than 350. Learn more

Care Transitions recognized as top performer - again
For the second time in two years, Council on Aging's Care Transitions program has been recognized as a top performer nationally in reducing hospital readmissions among at-risk Medicare beneficiaries.  Learn more

Call Center adjustments result in higher customer service standards
COA's Call Center has made improvements that have dramatically reduced the time individuals must wait to speak to an Information and Referral Specialist.   Learn more 

Ken Wilson wins award from Miami University's Scripps Gerontology Center
Ken Wilson, Council on Aging's Vice President of Program Operations, received the W. Fred Cottrell Distinguished Alumni Award from the Miami University Scripps Gerontology Center. The award recognizes outstanding leadership in the field of aging.  Learn more

Efforts to bring paramedicine model to Ohio continue with August seminar
In Ohio, EMS personnel cannot provide services in people's homes unless they are called to respond to an emergency.  But efforts are underway that would move Ohio toward a Community Paramedicine model - one in which EMS personnel and social service agencies work together to help vulnerable community members and prevent costly overuse of the 911 system. The next community paramedicine conference is Aug. 21 at Maple Knoll Village.  Learn more
Aging & Disability Resource Network Updates
Older Americans Month 

Each year, Ohio and the nation recognize May as Older Americans Month to celebrate our elders as vital members of society who continue to grow, thrive, and contribute. Ohio's 2015 Older Americans month theme, "Well Beyond 60!" raises awareness of the many ways older adults can and are living longer, healthier, and more active lives.  Learn more


Springdale man to be inducted into Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame
COA congratulates Springdale resident John Hughes for his induction into the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame.   Learn more

Launch of Ohio Benefits Long-term Care postponed
The launch date for Ohio Benefits Long-Term Care has been postponed until after August.  Learn more

Transitions Carve-Out Waiver ends June 30
Ohio will phase-out and end the Transitions Carve-Out Waiver (TCOW) program by June 30.  Learn more
News You Can Use
Host a free Fraud Watch presentation in your community

Every two seconds someone's identity is stolen. That's why AARP launched the Fraud Watch Network--a free resource to help you protect yourself and your family from identity theft and avoid scams. 


Among other resources, Fraud Watch Network experts are available in the Cincinnati area to provide free, one-hour presentations to community groups, associations, churches, etc. These presentations focus on tips and tricks to protect older adults from scammers - both online and in the community.  Learn more

National Consumer Law Center hosts free webinar on scams and reverse mortgages
Hear the latest from DOJ attorneys on fraud schemes targeting older Americans, including lotteries and psychic schemes. Participants will also receive an update on changes to reverse mortgage rules.  Register

Fight fraud at free shred and recycle event
Bring documents for shredding and discarded electronic devices for destroying to a free shred event, May 23 at UC Blue Ash.  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.  Unless otherwise noted, the following events are NOT in any way affiliated with Council on Aging.  Please use the links included with each event to get or request additional information. 
Free Shred/Recycle Event | May 23, 2015 | UC Blue Ash Campus | Click here for details 

Webinar: Fraud Schemes Targeting Older Americans & Reverse Mortgage Update | May 27, 2015 | Free, registration required | Click here for details

Health and Wellness Fair | May 27, 2015 | Triplecreek Retirement Community | (513) 851-0601 for information

Power and Faith Medical Ministries Health Fair | June 6, 2015 | Fairfield, OH | Click here for details 

Diogenes Syndrome & Hoarding Disorders in the Elderly | June 11, 2015 | Union Township Civic Center | Information: (513) 947-7333

APA Advocacy Luncheon: Frauds and Scams Against Seniors | June 11, 2015 | Registration Fee | Click here for details

Caring Like Karen Third Annual Awards Luncheon | June 11, 201| Marriott Cincinnati North | Click here for details

2015 African American Caregiver Forum - Free | June 30, 2015 | Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency | Registration required.  Click here for details 

25th Anniversary ADA Celebration | July 27, 2015 | Fountain Square, Downtown Cincinnati | Click here for details 

Community Paramedicine Conference | August 20, 2015 | Maple Knoll Village |  Click here for details 
Resource Directory Tip
May is Older Americans Month
Search our Resource Directory for ways to live "Well Beyond 60!"
Would you like to be sicker or frailer? Of course not! Did you know that what you do to and for yourself throughout your lifespan has a greater impact on your wellbeing than genetics. Even as your abilities change with age, there is ALWAYS something you can do to be healthier, keep chronic conditions in check and live "Well Beyond 60!"  Visit the Work, Education and Leisure section of our Resource Directory for information on ways to get healthy, get active, and get involved in the community.  
About Council on Aging

Council on Aging is a state-designated Area Agency on Aging, serving a 21-county region.  Our mission: Enhance people's lives by assisting them to remain independent at home through a range of quality services. One call to COA links people to the wide variety of agencies, information and programs that serve older adults and people with disabilities.   Learn more about COA