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At Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley, aging is our business!

Serving and providing opportunities for area elders since 1984

May 9, 2016
By Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley

This month, people all over Ohio are proclaiming that aging is everybody's business! It is definitely OUR business! We at Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley (CSSMV) take our responsibilities to the older population seriously. A test site and then an administrative agency for the PASSPORT Medicaid home care waiver since 1984, CSSMV loves seniors. Members of our dedicated staff make life easier for thousands of seniors every month of the year.

Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley"Who can say they go to work every day and help someone? That is what I do at Catholic Social Services," said Dianne, one of our staff members. "My job involves interaction with one of our most vulnerable populations, the elderly who need help to stay in their homes. By helping them do this, we are empowering them to live fuller and happier lives."

Dianne tells this story: "One of my most enjoyable weekly visits is with Don, an 82-year old gentleman who has lived on the same property his entire life."

"Don's wife Donna was struggling. Don did the best he could to care for her, but when he started having heart issues himself, he needed help. Through our senior program, we were able to contract providers for a lifeline, home-delivered meals, and an aide who could address Donna's personal care needs like dressing and bathing."

"Donna developed an infection and Don was heartbroken when she died in May of 2015. We had many conversations about his grief and his loneliness. He says without Catholic Social Services, he would never have been able to care for his wife at home. Now he is getting services himself."

"After his wife died, Don was hesitant to attend family gatherings or even leave the house. You need to go, I say. Finally at Christmas, he did. Now he tries to get out of the house every Tuesday, if for nothing more than a haircut. Just that small act lifts his spirits and makes life worthwhile."

So as you can see, aging is our business. More importantly, aging well, staying active, and feeling productive is our business. We will all age. Let us make sure we all have the opportunity to age with dignity and to "live well" beyond 60!

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Aging. It's Everybody's Business.

The Ohio Department of Aging is celebrating Older Americans Month with the theme: "Aging. It's Everybody's Business." All month long, we are turning our blog over to our many and various partners, from our sister state agencies to organizations and individuals working every day in our communities to build a stronger Ohio for all generations.

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