News for Ohio Seniors
New! Catch up on daily news affecting seniors. Scroll down to see daily news clips. From insurance to gardening, from crafts to preventive care, from cooking to crooks, we offer something for everyone. Check back often for new articles and resources. And if you have something you would like to share, be sure to contact us with your request.
Ohio Department of Aging awards $5.3 million in relief funds to support nutrition programs at senior centers and adult day services providers
Coronavirus relief funds help offset additional costs of senior services during pandemic.
Getting Free Help with Your Taxes
We recently had a question from one of our visitors, Annette, who had questions about information on assistance for disabled seniors. Since we don’t provide consultation, we can only suggest organizations that might help. (We’re also going to post this message on our Facebook page for possible recommendations.) There are a number of organizations that can provide assistance including:
• AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Service,
• IRS’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs,
• IRS Tax Information for Elders,
• Area Agencies on Aging (Ohio)
This Year’s Biggest List of Senior Discounts
We know how difficult, and expensive, it can be to get through the holiday season. Gifts for your kids and grandchildren can add up quickly, and living on a limited budget can be very stressful and challenging. Click this link to find out about Senior Discounts for restaurants, grocery stores, retail stores, travel, prescriptions, and more!
Older adults have special considerations when preparing for winter weather
Another Ohio winter is upon us. Wintry conditions can be particularly challenging for older Ohioans. Ursel McElroy, director of the Ohio Department of Aging, and Sima Merick, executive director of the Ohio Emergency Management Agency, urge all Ohioans to be prepared, keep warm, prevent falls, and stay connected this winter. Watch the video for a special message from the Ohio Department of Aging.
Healthy Homemade Pizza
Give Friday pizza night a healthy makeover with our recipe for whole wheat dough, simply-seasoned sauce, and loads of fresh toppings you can customize for your picky eaters. Our tips and tricks teach you how to be a homemade pizza pro!
The Alex and Ronni Show – Labor Day Edition 2019
Here is a Monday holiday break for you. Well, we don’t actually mention the holiday in this episode of the show. As usual, it’s a casual chat between two people who were married once upon a time about half a century ago. This was recorded on Wednesday 28 August. We both hope you are having a happy and pleasant holiday weekend.
Everyone likes to save a bit of money, even senior citizens. Senior discounts can help to make that possible. Many organizations offer significant discounts to those who come in to use their services if they are over a specific age. By taking advantage of these discounts, you can extend your income to go further. You may be able to enjoy a higher quality of life as a result of using them, too.
State Budget Continues Support for older Ohioans by Increasing Funding for Proven Programs and Services
Columbus, Ohio – “In addition to maintaining crucial supports to help older Ohioans remain in their homes and communities, the State Operating Budget for fiscal years 2020-2021 includes strategic investments in proven, effective programs to improve their health and access to services, support caregivers, and protect consumers of long-term services and supports.”
“We uphold the basic principle that older adults can live where they choose, with the people they choose, and with the ability to participate fully in their communities.
This budget continues to fund essential home and community-based services, caregiver supports including respite programs, and initiatives aimed at helping older adults make healthy choices in nutrition, chronic disease self-management, and injury prevention.”
“We are grateful to Governor DeWine and the 133rd General Assembly for their wisdom in strengthening long-term care consumer protections as our state’s population grows older and more diverse. The budget includes an increase in GRF funding of $2.7 million by the second year of the biennium for the Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman, giving them the tools they have long needed to fully support consumers wherever they live. This investment means Ohio is now better positioned to advocate for the rights and protections that vulnerable individuals need and deserve.”
“Expansion of the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program in this budget puts healthy, locally grown, fresh fruits and vegetables on the tables of older adults and supports Ohio’s farmers, many of whom are older adults themselves. We are investing $2.4 million over the biennium to eliminate waiting lists and expand this popular and successful program statewide.”
“This budget also trusts us with $3.7 million to continue to align systems for administrative efficiencies, support a single IT system, and house a universal assessment tool for all Ohioans seeking facility and home and community-based services. This will lead to more responsive services and supports that respond to and evolve with consumers’ changing needs.
How Ohio's 88 Counties Got Their Name
CLEVELAND, Ohio — The State of Ohio is made up of 88 counties, and each county has its own unique story as to how it was created and named.
While many of Ohio’s counties were named after presidents, Native Americans or key figures from the American Revolution, some are named after faraway regions such as Lorraine, France.
You never know when your local trivia night host will surprise you with random questions about the Buckeye State. You’re never too old to learn!
Information source: Ohio History Central. Nathan Paige, cleveland.com
NEW! Check out our Retirement page for information and resources on planning for retirement.
How is your retirement plan coming along? Do you have enough money set aside to help cover expenses when your retire? Below are different resources offering advice on creating a retirement plan, determining the best path to follow, planning for social security, and more. LEARN MORE
Ohio Department of Aging inducts 12 to the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame
The Ohio Department of Aging celebrates outstanding older Ohioans for their achievements and contributions to others; for the roles they play in their communities, state and nation; and for what they do to promote productive and enjoyable lives. LEARN MORE
19 Exciting Activities for Senior Citizens
Active seniors know how to keep the good times rolling with senior citizen activities for the body, mind, and spirit. No one type is more important than another. A full, vibrant, and independent life demands all three. Whether you are a healthy retiree or in need of a little physical, mental, or emotional “tune-up,” there are plenty of fun activities for seniors to suit your needs. Now, find events for seniors near you. LEARN MORE
Together We Celebrate Older Americans Month. The 2019 theme is Connect, Create, Contribute. The month of May was Older Americans Month, and each year, older adults are making positive contributions in Ohio. As dedicated volunteers, employees, employers, educators, mentors, advocates, caregivers and more, they offer insight and experience that benefit the entire community. We must celebrate and recognize their impact each and every day – especially during the month of May which is Older Americans Month. LEARN MORE
Get outside and enjoy one of the simplest, most reinvigorating hobbies there is: hiking.
If you’re new to hiking, read on to learn what you need to know before you hit the trails, whether you’re planning a stroll through the woods or a multi-day backpacking trip. And discover the 11 health benefits of hiking! LEARN MORE
If your household earned less than $66,000 in 2018, you can file both your federal and state returns for free using MyFreeTaxes.com. This is the only free, national, online tax filing product offered by a United Way and H&R Block. United Way has made it available to over 100 million U.S. taxpayers as part of our fight for the financial stability of every person in every community. LEARN MORE
Secret DIY House Cleaning Products
Although it is laudable to be able to keep a secret, I don’t see any reason to keep these DIY house cleaning products a secret. I am actually busting at the seams to tell you all WonkyWonderful.com about them. They are such juicy secrets that I don’t think any blabbermouth blogger could keep them to his-or-her-self for very long. Can they help you to save money? Check. Can they help you to dissolve spots and grease on surfaces in your house? Check. And are they environmentally friendly? OK, three out of four are, and the other is a major time saver, and that counts for something, doesn’t it? LEARN MORE
Never Too Old to Get a Shot
Exercising your green thumbs helps seniors reap mental and physical rewards. “NO ONE SHOULD MISS the satisfaction of digging their hands into sun-warmed dirt,” says horticultural therapist Patty Cassidy—even when turning a spade isn’t as easy as it used to be. Author of The Illustrated Practical Guide to Gardening for Seniors, Cassidy learned to “garden smarter” with age and now teaches gardening techniques that can promote better health among older adults
Still, lifting, bending, weeding and pruning can take a toll. “Once you start feeling physical limitations,” says Cassidy, “you should begin modifying your gardening habits.” To help ease the way, Cassidy offers some very helpful tips which you can read in her article on The National Wildlife Federation website. To find out more plus information on how to receive their very informative FREE newsletter, CLICK HERE
Garden Tips From Connie & Diana – Roscoe Village Landscaping: Most Spireas are done blooming, so they can be cut back 8″ to 12″ to keep their growth under control. You might even get a second set of blooms later this summer! As a general rule, flowering shrubs should be cut back within 2-3 weeks after blooming.
Garden Tips From Connie & Diana – Roscoe Village Landscaping: The holes found in Hosta leaves are from slugs — use snail/slug bait to control. To help prevent slug damage do no spread bark mulch around and under Hostas, trim leaves that tough the ground and lightly cover the soil under leaves with “Gran-I-Grit” (‘Granny Grip’ is for chickens) — can be purchased at local feed stores.
Garden Tip from Diana – Roscoe Landscape Department: As the perennial Crane’s Bill (true geranium) finished blooming and begins forming seed heads – trim off about one-third of the plant. This encourages new growth and a few blooms later. Hydrangea ‘Snowball’ and ‘Oak Leaf’ are in bloom. We are cutting lavender for small bundles to hang dry.ake your own website in a few clicks!