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Senior News and Resources for January 2021

Released: 1/1/2021

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

1) See Who Would Get Vaccinated First Under Ohio's COVID-19 Vaccination Draft Plan

Ohio has submitted its COVID-19 Vaccination Draft Plan to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Learn more:

2) Getting To Treatment Should Be The Least Of A Patient's Worries

Medicare's annual open enrollment period has begun. Still, as seniors consider their options for the coming year, one need that likely won't be met by their chosen plan is transportation for routine care. Learn more:

3) About The Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund

A coalition of Northeast Ohio philanthropic, corporate and civic partners have joined together to launch the second phase of the Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund for continued support to nonprofit organizations dealing directly with the ongoing effects of the pandemic in Cuyahoga, Lake and Geauga counties. Learn more:

4) 8 Tips for How Seniors Can Protect Themselves From Money Scams

Millions of older adults fall prey to financial scams every year. Use these tips from NCOA and the Women's Institute for a Secure Retirement to protect yourself or an older adult you know. Learn more:

5) PCs For People is Helping Older Adults Get Connected

The Cuyahoga County Division of Senior and Adult Services is partnering with PCs For People to help older adults get connected! Are you a Cuyahoga County resident age 60 or older without a computer? Are you low-income or receiving government assistance? You may be eligible for a free computer through this program, designed to help low-income seniors bridge the digital divide. Here's how it works. Learn more:

6) DOJ's New Elder Fraud Hotline Fields 500 Calls a Month

About 500 calls per month are coming into the National Elder Fraud Hotline, launched in March 2020, which offers free help to people age 60 and older who may have been victims of financial fraud. Learn more:

7) Protecting Seniors From Online Scams

A challenge for senior citizens who embrace the computer age is knowing how to avoid online fraud. Although people of all ages are at risk, statistics show that when it comes to online safety, seniors are more vulnerable. Learn more:

8) New Program to Check on Ohio Senior Citizens, Connect Them to Services

The Ohio Department of Aging is now offering a free, daily check-in by phone for Ohioans age 60 or older. Learn more:

9) $2 Million of CARES Funding for Utility Assistance Approved. Financial Relief Available for Residents Impacted by COVID-19 Pandemic. Apply Now

Cuyahoga County has announced a new program to help eligible residents with utility payments. A grant agreement put forth by County Executive Armond Budish requesting approval to use $2 million of CARES Act funding to provide utility assistance to residents who have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic was approved by County Council. Learn more:

10) Community Housing Solutions (CHS) Offering Grants Geared Toward Furnace Repairs and/or Replacement Qualifications and How To Apply

Community Housing Solutions (CHS) is a non-profit that can assist income-qualified residents with needed home repairs. The work is done at no cost to qualified residents. If you have such a need and feel you qualify, learn more today:

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