Did you know that May is Older Americans Month, a month where the nation honors and celebrates the senior members of our communities? This year, taking care of our seniors should be of the utmost importance as the COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked such havoc on their health and their day-to-day lives. In Ohio, the population is aging rapidly and, by 2025, more than 1 in 4 Ohio residents will be age 60 or older. In honor of Ohio’s seniors, and to celebrate Older Americans Month, let us take a look at 8 resources for more information and a variety of ways to help.
1. Ohio Department of Aging: This state agency administers a variety of programs to assist Ohio seniors and their families and is a hub for resources and programs available for seniors.
2. Area Agency on Aging: There are 12 agencies funded by Ohio’s Department of Aging to cover particular areas of Ohio. These agencies offer an array of services, including providing nutrition and health classes, fostering connections between older Ohioans and volunteers in their communities, and helping seniors plan for their long-term care needs.
3. AARP: The AARP is a nonprofit organization that focuses on helping seniors in many ways, including providing discounts for seniors and publishing useful information on important issues such as healthcare, nutrition, and service programs.
4. Ohio Elderly Service Program: This program assists seniors with paying for their care when they do not qualify for Medicaid due to income or disability levels, but they still cannot afford the sometimes exorbitant cost of their daily care.
5. Administration for Community Living: This organization manages a wide range of services and programs for seniors throughout the country and can be a great resource for providing support and protection for Ohio’s older adults.
6. Council on Aging: The Council on Aging provides services and care for Ohio seniors with the goal that they are able to remain in their homes as long as possible.
7. Golden Buckeye: Ohio’s Golden Buckeye Program is available to all Ohio residents age 60 or older who register, and it provides a variety of discounts and benefits to connect program members to Ohio businesses and other community organizations.
8. Elder Law Attorney: A final important resource for Ohio seniors is a certified elder law attorney who can help protect the rights of our seniors and ensure they have proper plans in place for long term care.
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