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Senior News and Resources for May 2021

Released: 5/1/2021

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Resources to meet the needs of older adults, their families, caregivers and other service providers within the community, health and elder care network.

 1.)  Why COVID-19 Has Made Universal Design More Important for Seniors, Home-Based Care Providers

Seniors overwhelmingly prefer to age in place. That preference has only grown following the COVID-19 pandemic and a general shift toward home-based care, making home safety more important than ever. Learn more:

 2.)  Ohio Department of Aging Announces Meal Funding

The Ohio Department of Aging recently announced additional funding to support home-delivered meals services during the pandemic. Learn more:

 3.)  Extra Funding Will Benefit Seniors Throughout Ohio

For many Ohio seniors, the past year has been frightening in more ways than one. For those who relied on outside support to get healthy meals every day, the agencies that specialize in delivery of food to those who are housebound have been a life-saver. Learn more:

 4.)  Cuyahoga County Commits $1 Million of Federal Funding for Legal Assistance to Tenants

As part of a countywide system to provide emergency rental assistance to prevent evictions and maintain housing for eligible County residents, Cuyahoga County will distribute $1 million in federal funding to The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland to provide legal assistance to County renters who are facing eviction due to lost income from COVID-19. Learn more:

 5.)  COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility and Appointment Tool

Currently, adults age 16 and over are eligible to receive the vaccine. Use this tool to verify your eligibility and book your appointment. Ohio is currently in Phases 1B, 1C, 1D, 1E, 2A, 2B, 2C and 2D of its COVID-19 vaccination program. Learn more:

 6.)  Still Can't Schedule a Vaccine Appointment? This May Help

'Access Codes' offer reserved slots. Access codes can be obtained in-person at any library branch or by calling any branch. Learn more:

 7.)  FEMA Provides COVID-19 Funeral Assistance

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought overwhelming grief to many families. Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, FEMA is providing financial assistance for COVID-19 related funeral expenses incurred after January 20th 2020: Learn more:

 8.)  Omega-3 Supplementation May Slow Stress-Related Accelerated Aging

Omega-3 supplementation may slow accelerated aging by altering the body's response during and after a stressful event, according to study results published in Molecular Psychiatry. Learn more:

 9.)  Aging Expert Lisa M. Cini Shares Five Tips to Destress for National Stress Awareness Month

According to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll, 53% of U.S. adults ages 65 and older felt worried and stressed due to the pandemic. As senior citizens were urged to stay at home and limit physical contact to protect themselves from severe illness, it also deprived them from companionship and social interaction. Lisa shares 5 tips to help older adults alleviate stress levels. Learn more:

 10.)  Cuyahoga County Releases COVID Rescue Report (Video)

Cuyahoga County's Report to the community highlights the county's emergency response to the pandemic. Learn more:

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