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News and Articles

News and articles from the Ohio Department of Aging.

State agencies encourage older adults to be safe with medications Bookmark

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Older adults are at increased risk of complications from medication misuse and abuse. Research has shown that three out of five older adults take their prescriptions improperly. Misuse includes skipping doses, not filling prescriptions, and not following the prescriber's directions. The Ohio Department of Aging and the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services are using National Substance Abuse Awareness Month to alert older Ohioans of the risk and share tips to take, store, and dispose of their medications safely.

Nominate an outstanding older Ohioan in your community for the Senior Citizens Hall of Fame Bookmark

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The Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame honors native-born or long-time Ohio residents age 60 and older who are defined by their actions, not their age. The Ohio Department of Aging is currently soliciting nominations of older adults to be considered for 2020 induction.

State agencies encourage older adults, families, to take advantage of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Bookmark

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The Ohio Department of Aging and the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services encourage all Ohioans to take advantage of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019. Locations around the state will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to accept pills for proper disposal. The service is free and anonymous.

As Medicare Open Enrollment approaches, state agencies help older Ohioans understand their health and medical insurance options Bookmark

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Medicare’s annual Open Enrollment period begins Oct. 15 and ends on Dec 7, 2019. The Ohio Department of Aging and the Ohio Department of Insurance encourage all Ohioans with Medicare to review their coverage options and ensure they are choosing the best plan to meet their needs and their budgets.

“10 Million Steps to Prevent Falls” exceeds statewide goal to raise awareness of older adult falls Bookmark

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Throughout September, the Ohio Department of Aging partnered with individuals, groups, and organizations around the state to raise awareness of the epidemic of older adult falls and the many things older adults can do to reduce their risk. The fifth-annual “10 Million Steps to Prevent Falls” campaign boasted...

Ohio Department of Aging, State Fire Marshal encourage older Ohioans to have and practice a fire escape plan Bookmark

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Older adults can be at higher risk for death from a home fire due to physical changes and homes that were not designed for their changing needs, among other factors. Oct. 6-12 is National Fire Prevention Week. The Ohio Department of Aging and the State Fire Marshal’s office encourage older Ohioans to create and practice a plan for surviving a fire in their homes.

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