October/November GCCOA Newsletter


October/November 2018, Vol. XIX, No 2

Your Help is Needed

This is a critical time for your Council, the seniors and caregivers with whom we are involved, and the senior centers and other providers of senior services and programs. The Council’s primary funding source, the senior services levy, expires at the end of 2019. On Nov 6th, Greene County residents will be asked to vote on Issue 7, the renewal of the current 1.4 mill senior services levy.

Volunteers have been meeting, materials have been prepared and shared, presentations to groups of all sizes have and continue to be made, and seniors, caregivers and supporters have been sharing the importance of what is being done with these precious tax dollars.

The response has been very positive and many have offered words of assurance as to how the election will go. But there are no guarantees and it is crucial to share with as many people as we can the message that ‘every vote counts’!

The educational materials being shared via flyers, e-mails, newsletter and newspaper articles, Friends of the GCCOA website, and Friends of GCCOA Facebook group include information about why the levy is needed, what it will provide and what it will cost.

Some of the highlights include a 16% growth in Greene County’s 60+ population by 2020 and 29% by 2025; nearly half of

those 85+ have Alzheimer’s disease or some other type of dementia and they & their families need help; the Council provides 1,100 seniors with services each month through Partners in Care, an increase of 19% over 2014, with another 300 receiving check-in calls for support.

Key 2017 statistics to note include providing over 77,000 home-delivered meals, more than 58,000 hours of homemaking and 13,100 hours of personal care, and 740 emergency response systems. This equates to a great deal of support for our seniors & their families.

The levy is a renewal of the current 1.4 mills, costing $42.98 a year per $100,000 valuation which means NO increase in taxes. The passage of Issue 7 will make it possible to continue critical services to seniors and caregivers through 2024.

Your help is needed with talking about Issue 7 and the importance of voting — whether at the polls or absentee. Positive thoughts are lovely, but reaching at least the 51% mark “FOR” Issue 7 is needed to continue senior services in Greene County. 


It's Your Money: What's In Your Wallet?

When I was a kid my dad always carried a wallet that was about an inch thick. I never stopped to wonder what he had in there, but now I understand. All too often adults, and especially older adults, tend to carry way too much personal information in their wallets or purses, ‘just in case’ they need it someday. The problem with this is your personal information is getting less and less safe. If you lose your bulging wallet or purse, identity thieves could wreak havoc.

With just your name and Social Security number, identity thieves can open new credit accounts in your name. With your government-issued photo ID they can open a new bank account, file a tax return or commit health care fraud. Consumer-protection advocates have identified several things retirees should purge from their wallets immediately:

·     ID-theft experts say your Social Security card is the absolute worst item to carry around. Once you've removed your card, look for anything else that may contain your SSN -- or your spouse's or children's SSN. Make sure none of your miscellaneous ID cards still use your SSN on the card.

·     Carrying your ATM card's PIN number and a collection of passwords (especially those for online access to banking and investment accounts) on a scrap of paper in your wallet is a prescription for financial disaster. If you must write them down, keep this paper in a locked box at home.

·     It’s old school, but wallets used to have a special slot for your house key (perhaps some wallets still do). If you lose your wallet and it has a spare key in it, burglars can do much more harm than just opening an account in your name. Take the spare keys out of your wallet NOW.

·     If you still like to use paper checks, you are not alone, but you are becoming part of a smaller crowd each year as online banking continues to grow. You probably use paper because you don’t like the risks associated with online banking. If so, why do you carry a blank check in your wallet or purse? If a crook gets his hands on that check, they now have your bank account and routing number, and they can withdraw funds from your account electronically. Take that blank check out of your wallet! (And don’t carry your entire check book in your purse either.)

·     Although you don’t have to stop using credit cards, consider carrying a minimum number. After all, the more cards you carry, the more you'll have to cancel if your wallet is lost or stolen. Carry just one or two cards, depending on how you use the cards (rewards cards, gas only, etc). Keep a list, someplace other than your wallet, with all the contact phone numbers for your credit cards. The phone numbers are typically listed on the backs of cards, but that won't do you much good when your wallet is lost. Notify the card companies immediately if your cards go missing.

·     Retirees, double check your Medicare card.  If it was issued before April 2018, it has your Social Security number on it. A law signed in April 2015 requires the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to remove SSNs from Medicare cards, but the change is being implemented gradually by geographic region. It will take until April 2019 before SSNs are removed from all cards. Photocopy your Medicare card (front and back) and carry the copy with you instead of your real card. Black out the SSN on the copy. If a medical appointment requires your full SSN, you can provide it upon request from memory. Keep your real Medicare card in a safe place at home.

When you’ve finished purging your wallet or purse, take a moment to photocopy everything you have left inside your wallet, front and back. Store the copies in a secure location at home. You want to be able to impress the Police department with your response to “What exactly did you have in your wallet?” 


Medicare Open Enrollment

The 2019 Open Enrollment for Medicare beneficiaries runs from October 15th through December 7th. No matter how satisfied you may be with your current prescription and health insurance coverage, we encourage you and your loved ones to review your options for 2019.

There will be changes to Advantage plans and Medicare D prescription plans in terms of premiums, co-pays, and coverage, which will be announced just prior to Open Enrollment. Additionally, your personal health situation may have changed, including the medications you are taking, so reviewing what your current plan or plans will cover and the other options available to you is extremely important.

Your Council has team members and volunteers available to review your options so you can make the best decision for your personal situation. And we cannot impress upon you enough that what is best for your neighbor, friend or even your spouse may not be the best for you! There is no charge for this review and we are not affiliated with any provider. For many of you with whom we have worked before, this review may take a simple phone call. Others, and those new to the Council for this annual review, may be better served with an in-person appointment. You can also review your options by going to www.medicare.gov.

We also invite you to join us for the October 24th Medicare Check-Up & Wellness Event at the Xenia Community Center (1265 West Second St). Medicare reviews will be offered from 11am to 5pm and the Wellness Event will be in the gym until 4pm. The Wellness Event is open to adults of all ages and we encourage everyone to at least plan on stopping by to drop your old papers/records into the secure shredding bins provided by Greene Inc. For a printable flyer, click here.


Holiday Gift Soiree and Open House

Preparations are well underway for the Council’s Holiday Gift Soiree & Open House at the Xenia Community Center next to the Council’s office. We will have a preview Tuesday evening, December 4th from 6 to 8pm and the main event is Wednesday, December 5th from 11am to 6pm. We will once again transform the hallway and several classrooms into something quite special and we hope you will plan on stopping in. Check the Council’s website by early November for more info!

For Your Consideration

A growing number of us are caregivers to one or more loved one, whether a parent, spouse or partner, aunt/uncle, sibling, neighbor, or friend. Our caregiving responsibilities vary, as do the support systems we have available and we can all benefit from a bit of help.

We encourage you to seek out the support of others, including those offered through the Council, senior centers, churches, and other agencies. And when help is offered … say yes! The support received will not only impact our quality of life but that of our loved ones. Please contact the Council to talk with a caring team member and to learn more about support groups/services.

An Invitation

The Friends of GCCOA invite you to check out their website for more information on Issue 7 ~ the renewal of the Senior Services Levy and to request to join Friends of Greene County Council on Aging on Facebook. Yard signs, absentee ballot applications and printed materials are available at the senior centers and Council. (www.friendsofgccoa.org)

Creativity Expo

Brain fitness options are plentiful, with one of the best being creative expression. We encourage people of all ages to take advantage of the many creative outlets available in Greene County, including those offered through the senior centers, library, or local businesses. Your Council also includes creative expression in many of our programs and events, including our Creativity Expo held twice a year.

The Fall Creativity Expo is Friday, November 2nd, 10am to 2pm, at the Xenia Community Center (next to the Council’s office). You will select two of the four sessions, led by our patient instructors, enjoy a grab n’ go lunch, and spend time with a terrific group of people. For a printable flyer including registration form, click here. Registration is required and the deadline is October 26th.


Homemade Treats and Jam Fest a Success

We want to share our appreciation to all the individuals and organizations who supported the August 15th Homemade Treats & Jam Fest. It was the best one yet! We raised over $7,000 for our Charitable Account with the Greene County Community Foundation.

Congratulations to Dave Matteson who took home the coveted Cloud Race trophy and thanks to our announcer Paul Newman Jr. who kept us ’on track’! In addition to great food, our Country Store, family-friendly games hosted by our sponsors, and music by Mack & the Rockets, the highlight was the Live Auction of pies, cakes, cookies and jams, led by our favorite auctioneer Lee Duteil, his ‘trusty sidekicks’ Ed Marrinan & Jim Barney.

Mark your calendar for August 14, 2019!


Donor Spotlight

Please join us in thanking these generous donors who shared a gift since the last newsletter. All financial donations go to our charitable account with the Greene County Community Foundation, for future services/programs.


In Memory Of:
Don Brezine                 
Elaine Harsanyi
Imolee Jenner                
Edith Leonard
Roberta Shiverdecker      
Freda Thompson

Gwen Bennett                
Ken Johnson
Betty Lentz                    
Sonia Marburger
LuAnn McHarg                
Chuck Moser
Lauren Myer                   
Marylou Somogyi

Organizational Donors:
Greene Memorial Hospital/Soin Medical Center
United Way of Greater Dayton

A Special Thank You To Our
JamFest Bakers, Jam Makers, Volunteers, and Supporters:
Phyllis Beck     
Lou Brannigan   
Deborah Brickey
Irene Dalichau  
Jerri DeVoe          
Leah Donohue
Marty Heide    
Rika Henderson  
Karen Jonas
Jean Lockwood 
Sherry Matsel          

Sandi Porter
Ellen Slone      
Gwen Tonne      
Polly Werth
Jacqueline Maccaw  
Sue Vuckovich 
Added Touch
Lavender Home Care
Legacy Village
Greene County Senior Centers:
Beavercreek, Cedarville, Fairborn, Jamestown
Spring Valley, Xenia, Yellow Springs

GCCOA Energizers
Sharing Time & Talent:
Jim & Ina Barney
Pat Beal
Linda Bullock
Dorothy Douglas
Evelyn Ferguson
Betty Gibson
Cecilia Hightower
Alforetta Hughes
Letha Kimball
Jackie Markunes
Barb McKown
Frannie McPherson
Christine Middleton
Sondra Morckel      
Nancy Mullins
Foy Neff
Sherry Newcomer
Ruby Norman
Joe Radin    
Ken Richardson
Chuck Ryan  
Pam Sowder
Priscilla Stephens
Ginny Vikmanis
Barb Werth  
Dee Willis

Thank You to ALL!


Upcoming Programs & Meetings

Medicare 101 (offered every other month)
Thursday, October 10th ~ 5:30pm—7:00pm
3095 Dayton-Xenia Rd, Beavercreek/Dark Brown Building

Medicare Check-Up & Wellness Event
Wednesday, October 24th ~ 11am — 5pm
Xenia Community Center ~ 1265 W. Second Street, Xenia

Creativity Expo
Friday, November 2nd ~ 10am — 2pm
Xenia Community Center ~ 1265 W. Second Street, Xenia

Tuesday, November 6th ~ ELECTION DAY
Every Vote Makes a Difference ~ Please VOTE FOR ISSUE 7

Memory Loss, Dementia & Alzheimer’s Disease (offered every other month)
Wednesday, November 7th ~ 2:30pm—4:30pm
GCCOA Office ~ 1195 W. Second Street, Xenia

GCCOA Holiday Soiree
Tues, December 4th ~ 6—8pm & Wed, December 5th ~ 11am—6pm
Xenia Community Center ~ 1265 W. Second Street, Xenia

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