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News and articles from the Ohio Department of Aging.

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

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

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

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.

Ensuring proper nutrition for older adults Bookmark

Sept. 23-27, 2019 is Malnutrition Awareness Week. Older adults are at increased risk of developing malnutrition. Ursel McElroy, director of the Ohio Department of Aging, talks about the importance of eating a well-balanced diet as we age and provides resources for nutrition advice and services.

Supporting older adults in recovery Bookmark

September is National Recovery Month. Lori Criss, director of the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, and Ursel McElroy, director of the Ohio Department of Aging, discuss how to support recovery for yourself or an older loved one.

National Falls Prevention Awareness Day, Sept. 23, 2019 Bookmark

Monday, Sept. 23, 2019, is the first day of Autumn. It's also National Falls Prevention Awareness Day. One in three older Ohioans will fall this year, but most falls can be prevented. Ursel McElroy, director of the Ohio Department of Aging, offers tips to prevent falls for yourself or a loved one.

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