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News and articles from the Ohio Department of Aging.

Ohio Department of Aging Announces $440,000 in Grants to Increase Access to Healthy, Local Produce for Older Ohioans Bookmark

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The Ohio Department of Aging (ODA) today announced it is awarding 11 grants totaling $440,000 to Ohio’s area agencies on aging to build or expand partnerships increasing access to nutritious food for low-income older Ohioans. Three $40,000 grants were awarded today to area agencies serving portions of the Mahoning Valley.

Don’t miss your opportunity to honor an older adult in your community with a nomination to the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame Bookmark

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The deadline to nominate an outstanding older adult for the 2020 Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame is Friday, Nov. 29, 2019. Eligible nominees are native-born Ohioans or long-time Ohio residents age 60 and older who have contributed significantly to their communities, their lines of work, or other endeavors.

Older adults have special considerations when preparing for winter weather Bookmark

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Ohio has already gotten a preview of winter weather this year. The Ohio Department of Aging and the Ohio Emergency Management Agency (EMA) remind older Ohioans and their families that preparation is key and older adults may have special considerations as they get ready for another Ohio winter.

Ohio Department of Aging director addresses House Aging and Long-Term Care Committee about the state of older Ohioans and services and supports for them Bookmark

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Ursel J. McElroy, director of the Ohio Department of Aging, addressed the members of the Ohio House Aging and Long-Term Care Committee today. Speaking on the invitation of Committee Chair Ginter, Director McElroy described the current state of older adults in Ohio and the critical issues they face. She also outlined the administration’s priorities for evolving the state’s system of services and supports to fully meet the needs of older Ohioans and their caregivers.

State agencies urge older Ohioans and those who spend time with them to avoid getting and spreading the flu Bookmark

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With flu season underway, the Ohio Department of Aging and the Ohio Department of Health urge Ohioans to take steps to avoid getting and spreading the flu. Older adults are at increased risk of complications from the flu. Infections are highly contagious and spread by coughing and contact. By protecting yourself, you are also protecting those around you.

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.

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