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Council on Aging workshop helps people plan for long-term care

It's a fact:  70 percent of us will need some form of long-term care during our lifetimes.  Yet it is only after a crisis occurs, that we wish we'd taken the time to plan ahead. 


Council on Aging's Own Your Future workshop can help. Since 2010, COA has offered Own Your Future to help people plan for long-term care, protect their assets, and understand what living options and services are available to them as they age.  At the workshop, experts cover topics such as estate and financial planning, Medicare and Medicaid, advance directives, and long-term care options.


Click here to learn more about and register for our Own Your Future workshop series. A one-day workshop will be offered August 22 at Sycamore Senior Center and a two-day workshop will be offered October 6 & 13 at the West Chester Activity Center.  Registration required. 

Council on Aging Updates
Council on Aging to host event: A Conversation on Aging

On July 29, Council on Aging will host "A Conversation on Aging: Are we Prepared?" - a presentation and discussion about individual and community preparedness for our region's growing aging population. 


The event will provide highlights from the Cincinnati results of the fourth annual United States of Aging Survey, and is an opportunity for local leaders to discuss ways to prepare for the coming "age wave."


Limited seating available, reservations required. Learn more 

Stan Smith joins COA as Accounting Manager
Council on Aging is pleased to welcome Stanley (Stan) Smith as the agency's new Accounting Manager.  He began work at COA on July 6.  Learn more

Butler Commissioners approve senior services levy for ballot
Butler County Commissioners voted July 13 to place a senior services levy on the ballot in November. The 1.3-mill levy is a five-year renewal of the 2010 levy and represents no increase for taxpayers.  Learn more

COA to continue care management services for Ohio Home Care Waiver
Effective July 1, Council on Aging was awarded a contract with the Ohio Department of Medicaid to provide care management for people enrolled in the Ohio Home Care Waiver.  Learn more
Aging & Disability Resource Network Updates
Celebrating the policies and programs that have changed the lives of older Americans and Americans with disabilities

July marks several important anniversaries for older adults and people with disabilities in this country. 

Fifty years ago this month, President Lyndon Johnson signed three life-changing pieces of legislation that dramatically improved the outlook for older Americans: Medicare, Medicaid, and the Older Americans Act. Twenty-five years later, on July 26, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act, committing the US to eliminating discrimination against people with disabilities.   Learn more 

Ohio adopts community paramedicine legislation; August seminar highlights opportunities for communities
Under new legislation passed with Ohio's Biennium Budget earlier this month, local fire and EMS departments are now permitted to practice community paramedicine. Previously, EMS personnel could not provide services in people's homes unless they were summoned there to respond to an emergency.   Local fire and EMS departments are invited to attend a community paramedicine conference August 21, 9am to 3pm, at Maple Knoll Village.   Learn more
Ohio long-term care study points to progress, work ahead
A new report from Miami University's Scripps Gerontology Center documents two decades of progress in delivering long-term services in Ohio. In 1992, more than nine of the 10 older people in Ohio supported by Medicaid were in nursing homes. Today, the ratio is approaching 50/50.  Still, there is more work to do.  Learn more
Don't miss Cincinnati's ADA 25th Anniversary Celebration July 27
The Silver (25th) Anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act will be celebrated on Fountain Square on Monday, July 27, 2015! Exhibitors and activities will begin at 10am; speakers, entertainers, advocates, and officials will gather from 11:30am - 1:30pm in celebration of the ADA Anniversary. Council on Aging is a sponsor.  Learn more
News You Can Use
Guest Voice: Extending an older driver's SAFE driving career
Nancy Schuster

With each passing year, each of us knows that the day may be coming when we might lose some of our personal independence. Driving an automobile is one of the most important privileges of being an independent adult. And it is a privilege most of us never want to give up.

Weighing the factors about whether it is time to retire from your driving career can be an extremely complex task. However, from the simplest of perspectives, the key to extending one's safe driving career can be summed up in just two words: self awareness. Each of us must have the self-awareness to recognize any physical or mental decline that might adversely affect our ability to drive safely. 
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. 
Featured Events
Free expo showcases Butler County social services agencies
Do you want to know more about the breadth of social service resources available in Butler County?  Plan to attend the free Butler County Social Services Expo, August 7 at Fairfield High School.  Click here for more information and registration details.
August 4 is Senior Day at Ohio State Fair
August 4 is Senior Day at the Ohio State Fair, and the Ohio Department of Aging invites all fairgoers to visit the "Well Beyond 60!" EXPO to take advantage of free health screenings and educational demonstrations. Senior Day admission is just $4 for adults age 60 and older.  Learn more

Other Events
July 17 - August 19Blue Ash YMCA
Healthy U Chronic Disease Self Management Program (Diabetes)July 22 - August 26Middletown Senior Center
Healthy U Chronic Disease Self Management Program
July 24 - August 28Union Township Civic Center
25th Anniversary ADA Celebration
July 27Fountain Square - Downtown Cincinnati
Senior Day at the Ohio State FairAugust 4Ohio Expo Center
Butler County Social Services Resource ExpoAugust 7Fairfield High School
Healthy U Chronic Disease Self Management ProgramAugust 15 - September 19Greater Emanuel Apostolic Temple
August 20Maple Knoll Village
Own Your Future Long-term Care Planning WorkshopAugust 22Sycamore Senior Center
August 22American Red Cross
Healthy U Chronic Disease Self Management ProgramSeptember 1 - October 6741 Center
Healthy U Chronic Disease Self Management ProgramSeptember 11 - October 16Countryside YMCA
Healthy U Chronic Disease Self Management Program (Diabetes)September 24 - October 29Springdale Community Center
Own Your Future Long-term Care Planning WorkshopOctober 6 & 13West Chester Activity Center

Resource Directory Tip
Resource Directory connects older adults, people with disabilities to information, services, and supports
This month, Americans celebrate programs and services that were put in place to protect and support some of the most vulnerable people in our society.  July marks the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Older Americans Act and the creation of Medicare and Medicaid, as well as the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  

Whether you are looking for information about Medicare, Medicaid, disability resources, caregiver support, transportation, or housing, Council on Aging's Aging and Disability Resource Directory has something for you. 
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