WHO WE ARE
Lorain County Office on Aging improves the health, well-being and independence of Lorain County residents by serving vulnerable aging individuals & other adults with special needs.
WHAT WE DO
The Lorain County Office on Aging strives to improve the health of seniors & disabled adults through: assessment, benefits assistance, support services to remain independent for as long as possible, linkage/referral, transportation assistance, home food delivery, housekeeping, chore assistance, food pantry services, volunteer placement, kinship services and Senior Years newspaper.
Join Us For
SENIOR LIVING FAIR
October 4, 2014, 10:00a – 3:00p
Lorain County JVS
You are cordially invited to participate in our 9th annual Senior Living Fair, to be held at the Lorain County JVS. This event is hosted by the Lorain County Office on Aging’s Southern Satellite Office (SSO), the Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce and the Lorain County JVS. This year’s fair will be an intergenerational event. The Fair will be held along with the Lorain County JVS Community Appreciation Day.
Please join us for fun, food and information about how to improve your health and well-being! For more information, please call Carolyn at (440) 647-0777.
register today for
Healthy Ideas: Chronic Disease Management Classes
Wednesdays, 2 to 4:30p -- October 15 - November 22, 2014
Penfield Township Hall
Lorain County Office on Aging will be offering FREE Healthy Ideas Classes (aka: Chronic Disease Management) at the Penfield Township Hall, Wednesdays, from October 15 – November 22, 2014 . The classes are free to older residents (55+ years), weekly, from 2-4:30 pm.
As mentioned in earlier sessions, the goal of the 6-week free class is to help older adults to manage chronic health condition (e.g., diabetes, heart disease, COPD, arthritis, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, pain, cancer, dementia, etc.). This program is designed for older adults who are either struggling with a chronic health condition or are dealing with the stress of taking care of someone struggling with a chronic health condition. It is designed to provide helpful tips, support and encouragement to develop and implement plans to take control, better manage health conditions and feel better, from the first day of classes!
The 6-week Healthy Ideas classes is a best practice that addresses recent national study noted that 92% of seniors have at least 1 chronic health condition. The same study found that 72% of older adults struggle with multiple chronic health conditions that are interfering with daily life. Healthy Ideas is designed to help individuals better manage health conditions, to allow them to stay healthy, active and engaged in their communities. They have also been demonstrated to help seniors manage chronic health conditions so they can maintain their independence and dignity.
If you or someone you know is interested in attending the Free, 6-week, KEY: Healthy Ideas classes, at Penfield Township Hall (Wednesdays from Oct 15 – Nov 22 , 2-4:30p), please register today by calling Lorain County Office on Aging’s Southern Satellite Office at (440) 647-0777.
Common Situations to Consider When Enrolling for Medicare Part D Coverage
You might want to…
Currently taking specific prescription drugs.
Look at Drug Plans that have included your medications in their formularies. The compare the costs.
Want extra protection for high prescription drug costs.
Look for plans that offer coverage in the coverage gap (Doughnut Hole), and then check with those plans to be sure your prescribed medications would be covered during the coverage gap (note: come plans may charge a higher monthly premium).
Want you’re your expenses to be balanced throughout the year.
Look at plans with low and no deductibles or additional coverage in the coverage gap.
Use a lot of generic prescriptions.
Look at plans with tiers that charge you nothing or low co-payments for generic prescriptions.
Do not have many drug costs now, but want coverage for peace of mind, and to avoid future penalties.
Look for plans with low monthly premiums for drug coverage. If you need prescriptions in the future, all plans must still cover most drugs used by people with Medicare.
Like the extra benefits and lower costs that are available by getting your health care and prescription drug coverage from one plan, and are willing to accept the plan’s restrictions on what doctors, hospitals and other health care providers you can use.
Look at Medicare Advantage Plans with prescription drug coverage.
If you already have drug coverage, you probably do not need to sign up for Medicare, Part D coverage. However, it is wise to check.
To learn more about Medicare Part D plans and choices that are best for you:
Contact Lorain County Office on Aging’s Benefits Counselors
at (440) 326-4800.
Save the Date
SENIOR FEST 2014
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 – Midway Mall
Lorain County Office on Aging will be hosting Senior Fest 2014, at Midway Mall, on Tuesday, November 18th. The event will run from 10:00am – 2:00pm, in front of Macy’s. Vendors and presentations will offer tips on ways you can maintain and improve your health and well-being as you age. Join us for good musical entertainment, presentations, tips for staying healthy as you age and door prizes galore! We hope to see you there!
For more information about the November 18, 2014, Senior Fest 2014, please contact Lorain County Office on Aging at (440) 326-4800.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR
LORAIN COUNTY RESIDENTS
RECEIVING BOTH MEDICARE & MEDICAID SERVICES
MyCare Ohio– a new managed care plan designed for adults 18 and older receiving services from BOTH Medicare and Medicaid is coming to Northeast Ohio.
If you currently participate in a wavier program including, PASSPORT, CHOICES, Ohio Home Care or Assisted Living, if you reside in a nursing home, if you need behavior health or drug and alcohol services or live in the community and receive Medicare and a Medicaid card each month for full Medicaid services, you will be required to make a decision about MyCare Ohio.
Individuals will now have until December 2014 to decide which Medicare plan best fits their health care needs. This may include selecting one of the three Medicare Managed Care Plans or deciding to “opt out” of Medicare managed care. The choice is yours, depending on which plan best meets your health care needs.
Beginning in January 2015, individuals who have not yet selected a Medicare plan will be enrolled in one of the MyCare Ohio managed care plans to ensure the full coordination of their care. These individuals will have the option “opt out” of Medicare managed care and to continue to receive their Medicare benefits through traditional Medicare fee for service or through a Medicare Advantage Plan.
For questions and information about MyCare Ohio, please call:
LORAIN COUNTY OFFICE ON AGING’S
BENEFITS ASSISTANCE COORDINATOR
Interested in Helping Isolated Seniors in Need?
CONSIDER BECOMING A TRANSPORTATION TO HEALTHCARE APPOINTMENT VOLUNTEER DRIVER
To address the transportation needs of sick, isolated & homebound seniors living in Lorain County, Lorain County Office on Aging operates a Transportation Assistance to Healthcare Appointments Program at our Elyria and Wellington offices.
We are always looking for caring, reliable individuals who want to make a difference in the lives of others, and are interested in protecting the health and independence of older Lorain County residents in need.
Flexible schedules are available. Training and mileage reimbursement are provided.
INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING WITH OUR TRANSPORTATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM?
Please contact Carrie, at (440) 326-4826, today