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Ohio Department of Aging Aging Connection - January 2010

In This Issue...
  • Expansion of Home First Eligibility: Allowing More Older Ohioans to Receive Supports in their Communities
    Recently introduced state legislation would increase the number of cost-effective, long-term care options available to older Ohioans by expanding Home First eligibility. The current Home First option, which the legislature passed in 2005, allows individuals in nursing homes to bypass waiting lists for the PASSPORT and Assisted Living Medicaid waiver programs and receive supports immediately.
  • Tax Season Can Be a Financial Squeeze: Various Programs Help Older Ohioans File Taxes at No Cost
    Tax laws can be complicated and are constantly changing. How much to you have to earn before you must pay taxes? Do you have to pay taxes on your pension? What is the standard deduction for seniors? Various programs offer trained community volunteers to help qualifying Ohioans with free tax return preparation. They even can help consumers receive special credits, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit and Credit for the Elderly.
  • Poor Health Does Not Have to Come With Aging: Simple Changes Can Improve Physical Health and Mental Well-Being
    research has determined simple interventions that can help older people improve their health by better managing their chronic diseases. These tested methods include being more physically active, avoiding falls by learning balance exercises, improving mental well-being by combating inactivity and eating healthier foods.
  • Grant Writing: Time-consuming, Possibly Frustrating and Worth It
    Grants are sums of money awarded to finance a particular activity or facility and most do not need to be paid back. While all come with rules and expectations, and some require matching funds or maintenance of effort activities, grants can help any organization, especially a non-profit, afford programs that would be impossible without outside funding.
  • Blood Donors Give Life: The Need Is Greater than Ever
    Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood. More than 38,000 blood donations are needed every day. Just one blood donation can help save up to three lives. According to the American Red Cross, there is a 97 percent chance that someone you know will need a blood transfusion. However, while the need for blood is increasing dramatically as the population ages, blood donations are down.

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