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Registration deadline for long-term care planning workshop is Aug. 20
Elder law expert, Dennison Keller, discusses Medicare and Medicaid with Own Your Future participants
Own Your FutureCouncil on Aging's long-term care planning workshop, helps people plan for long-term care, save money, and understand their care options as they age.  It's a no pressure environment where experts lead participants through discussions on Medicare and Medicaid, options for care, and financial considerations.  You walk away with the tools and knowledge to get started on a plan of your own.

 

Workshops are scheduled for August 22 at the Sycamore Senior Center in Blue Ash, and in October

at the West Chester Activity Center. 

 

The deadline to register for the Aug. 22 Blue Ash workshop is August 20.  Click here for information and to register.  There is still plenty of time to register for the October workshop. 

Aging & Disability Resource Network Updates
Guest Voice: 
Celebrating 80 years of the Social Security Act
In 1935, the newly created Social Security board had a staff of zero and a budget to match.  

August 14, 2015 marks the 80th anniversary of the signing of the Social Security Act. Today the Social Security Administration has a staff of more than 60,000 dedicated employees and a proposed annual budget of $12.5 billion.  
 
In this month's Guest Voice we hear from Susan Denny, Public Affairs Specialist for the Social Security Administration's Cincinnati region.  She explains how Social Security has expanded its safety net to provide benefits for retirees, people with disabilities and the chronically ill, and spouses and children of deceased workers.  Read more
COA joins community partners to support resource portal for veterans
Military veterans face many challenges during their transition from military to civilian life.  In the Greater Cincinnati area, dozens of local organizations - including Council on Aging - are teaming up to make sure finding and connecting to community resources isn't one of them.

A new Veteran and Family Resource Portal aims to serve as a clear path to support services for veterans and their families in our region.  Read more
News You Can Use
Looking Ahead: September is Fall Prevention Awareness Month
Sept. 23 is Falls Prevention Awareness Day. You can help raise awareness that falls are not a normal part of aging by helping Ohio take 10 Million Steps to prevent falls.

Ohio is encouraging community organizations to host fall prevention awareness walks of at least one mile on Sept. 23.   Click here for information or to register your walk event.  

If you'd like to participate in a local 10 Million Steps walk event, visit Ohio's Steady U website in September for a list of events near you.
Long-term Care Corner
The cost of caregiving for working women
It is estimated that 20 percent of working women are caregivers.  Working women who serve as caregivers are more likely than their male counterparts to make changes in their professional lives to accommodate for their caregiving responsibilities. These changes often result in a significant loss of income, benefits, and retirement savings. Increasingly, long-term care and financial planning experts are acknowledging - and warning about - the financial crisis that many female caregivers will face in retirement.  Read more
For Your Health
Important vaccines for older adults
According to a new report, only 22 percent of adults age 65+ get vaccinated against shingles, despite the fact that half of all people who live to be 85+ are at risk for the painful, long-lasting disease.  Shingles is just one example of the overall low vaccination rate among older adults.  While most people associate vaccines with children, they are an important part of healthy aging, protecting older adults from complications that can arise from the flu, pneumonia, shingles, tetanus, and more. August is Immunization Awareness Month.  Visit vaccines.gov to complete a questionnaire that will tell you what vaccines are appropriate for your age and health status.

Schedule your Medicare "check up"
Do you need accurate, unbiased information about Medicare and the Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit? Get the answers you need this fall with Medicare Check-Up Days, a series of community events presented by the Ohio Department of Insurance and its Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP).

Report: Medicare Part D is extending lives
Area Agencies on Aging, including Council on Aging, played a critical role in helping older adults understand and enroll in Medicare's Part D prescription drug coverage when it was first implemented in 2006.  Today, new research indicates that by bringing prescription drug coverage to 36 million Americans, beneficiaries are living longer, healthier lives.   Read more

AARP Cincinnati, Google, Pro Seniors team up to offer free workshop on online security
With online scammers growing more savvy and new reports of data breaches popping up all the time, there are more risks to your personal information every day. Join AARP, Google, and Pro Seniors on Aug. 17 to learn how you can protect yourself and your family online.  Registration required - limited space available. 
Council on Aging Updates
COA brings leaders together to discuss preparation for "age wave"
COA invited community leaders to two recent meetings to discuss ways our region can prepare for the aging of its population.  Participants helped identify priorities for community planning and spending of Older Americans Act funds.  Read more
Who cares? Preparing for the age wave of the future
In a recent article for the online magazine, Transformation, COA's VP of Communications, Laurie Petrie, writes that when it comes to planning for long-term care, where you live really matters. Ohio may be better prepared than other states for the coming age wave because 70 of 88 counties have property tax levies dedicated to care and/or services for older adults.  Still, there is work to do. Read more
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
Make time this fall for a Healthier-U!
Healthy U is a small group program that helps adults and caregivers of any age gain confidence in their ability to manage symptoms and understand how their health problems affect their lives. Over the course of six weeks, individuals participate in interactive workshops led by a pair of leaders, one or both of whom live with a chronic disease themselves. Healthy U was developed by researchers at Stanford University, and is effective in improving health outcomes and reducing health care costs.  Workshops will begin this fall across the Greater Cincinnati region. Visit the Events page of our website to find a workshop near you.
Resource Directory Tip
On 80th anniversary of Social Security, find out what SSA can do for you
On August 14, 1935, President Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law, which established a national plan to provide economic security for the nation's workers.  The act has evolved over the years to keep up with a changing America.  

Our Resource Directory includes information on Social Security benefits, including how to apply, appealing a Social Security decision, getting Extra Help with prescription costs, applying for Medicare, and more. 
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