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SourcePoint Offers Free Workshop Series to Empower Caregivers

SourcePoint will provide a nationally known program, Powerful Tools for Caregivers, Oct. 1 through Nov. 5. This free, six-week workshop helps caregivers develop self-care tools and strategies to face the challenges of caregiving.

Workshops will be Mondays from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at SourcePoint’s headquarters at 800 Cheshire Road, Delaware, or 6 to 7:30 p.m. at SourcePoint’s south office at 1070 Polaris Parkway, Suite 200, Columbus. Registration is required at MySourcePoint.org/caregiver or by calling 740-363-6677 by Sept. 24. To participate, either the caregiver or the care recipient must reside in Delaware County. Each caregiver will receive a copy of “The Caregiver Handbook” and a $25 gift card upon completion of the series.

SourcePoint’s caregiver programs are funded in part by the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging.

Medicare Open Enrollment Begins October 15

COLUMBUS – As the 2019 Medicare open enrollment period approaches, Jillian Froment, Director of the Ohio Department of Insurance (ODI) is encouraging those on Medicare to review their drug and health insurance coverage options and select a plan that fits their needs and budget. The Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP), a division of ODI, will host Medicare Check-Up Day events throughout the state to help consumers compare and select the best plan that meets their unique needs. Medicare Open Enrollment for 2019 runs from October 15 through December 7.

“Medicare Open Enrollment is a once-a-year opportunity for Ohioans who are enrolled in Medicare to compare plans and find one that fits their needs at a price that’s right for them,” said Froment. “Medicare health and prescription drug cost-sharing can vary between plans for the same drug or service, so it is important to look at your options each year and make changes if necessary.”

Before making any changes to an existing health plan, it is important for Ohioans who are Medicare eligible to know what their current coverage provides and compare that to available choices offered, including the benefits, cost of premium, and out-of-pocket costs. Consumers should also confirm their physicians participate in the plan they select.

During Medicare’s annual open enrollment, Ohioans can:

• Stay on or return to Original Medicare and shop for a stand-alone Part D prescription drug plan.

• Select a Medicare Advantage Plan, which provides comprehensive health benefits, typically including drug coverage.

• Determine if their existing coverage will continue to meet their health insurance needs.

• Attendees can also learn more about recent Medicare plan changes and financial assistance programs that help pay prescription drug costs and Part B premiums.

Protecting Against Fraud and Identity Theft

Froment advises Ohioans to be aware of predatory sales practices during open enrollment. The Ohio Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) will be present at Check-Up Day events to encourage Medicare enrollees to protect their Medicare card, explain how to detect fraudulent behavior, and how to report issues. If a consumer suspects wrongdoing, they should call the department’s Fraud and Enforcement hotline at 1-800-686-1527 or the SMP at 1-800-488-6070.

Those unable to attend a Medicare Check-Up Day event can contact OSHIIP at 1-800-686-1578, Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., or call Medicare at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227), 24 hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week. Information, including specific plan details, is available at www.medicare.gov.

To view a complete listing of Medicare Check-Up Day events, visit OSHIIP’s Medicare Check-Up and Annual Enrollment page at www.insurance.ohio.gov/Consumer/OSHIIP/SitePages/CheckUpDays.aspx.

All Voting is Local Announces Campaign to Recruit Poll Workers for Election Day

‘Be the Difference, Be a Poll Worker’ aims to confront chronic shortage of Election Day workers

WASHINGTON – A critical shortage of election workers nationwide causes long lines and frustration at the polls, endangering the democratic process. All Voting is Local is tackling that challenge by launching today a campaign to recruit poll workers for Election Day.

“Be the Difference, Be a Poll Worker,” highlights the vital role that election workers play and aims to recruit people to meet the demand. The campaign includes digital, radio and billboard ads to recruit a diverse group of poll workers to serve in locations with the greatest needs in four target states: Arizona, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. The effort is a core piece of All Voting is Local’s mission to identify and fix systemic barriers that stand between voters and the ballot, particularly for communities of color.

“Poll workers are the backbone of our elections,” said Hannah Fried, Campaign Director for All Voting is Local, a collaborative campaign of national civil rights organizations. “But a critical shortage of trained election day workers threatens the integrity of the voting process. When polling places don’t have enough trained workers, voters face long lines and burdensome delays that threaten their ability to cast a ballot. Together, we can fix this problem by ensuring this vital position is properly staffed at every polling location, no matter who votes there, so our democracy can work for us all.”

Election administrators nationwide report that recruiting poll workers is a major concern to running effective elections. During the 2016 election, nearly 65 percent of jurisdictions nationwide reported that it was “very difficult” or “somewhat difficult” to recruit enough poll workers, according to a study by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission.

All Voting is Local’s poll worker recruitment campaign at www.beapollworker.com urges people to give voice to their community by serving as election workers. The website directly links interested workers to their local jurisdiction to sign up for the job, describes the essential tasks involved in being a poll worker and offers resources for more information.

To learn more, please visit: www.beapollworker.com.

All Voting is Local fights for the right to vote through a unique combination of data-driven organizing, advocacy and communications. It is a collaborative campaign housed at The Leadership Conference Education Fund, in conjunction with Access Democracy; the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation; the American Constitution Society; the Campaign Legal Center; and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

Play groups, consultations available

Strengthening Families – United Way of Delaware County and the Delaware Speech and Hearing Center offer free speech/language and occupational therapy play groups and consultation each month at the Willis Education Center, 74 W. William St., Delaware.

No appointment is necessary to take part in the following activities:

• Play group facilitated by speech-language pathologists. Ages 18 to 35 months meet from 5 to 5:30 p.m. every Wednesday. Ages 36 months to 6 years old meet from 4 to 4:30 p.m. every Tuesday.

• Consultation by speech language pathologist from 1:30 to 4 p.m. every Tuesday and 2 to 5 p.m. every Wednesday.

• Consultation by occupational therapist from 4 to 6 p.m. every Thursday.

• Sensory play group facilitated by occupational therapists from 4:30 to 5 p.m. every fourth Thursday. Open to children 18 months to 5 years old.

• Picky eater play group facilitated by occupational therapists from 4:30 to 5 p.m. every first Thursday. Open to ages 2 to 7 years old.

Fall program guides now available

The Preservation Parks of Delaware County guide to autumn programs and events is now available in all district parks, at the three county chambers of commerce, Destination Delaware County Ohio, all Delaware County libraries, and the Delaware and Powell YMCAs. It also is available online at www.preservationparks.com.

The guide highlights nearly 50 nature and farm programs that will be held in the parks during the months of September, October and November. Most programs are free to the public and require no advance registration; some have age restrictions, a registration deadline or a fee.

For more information or to receive a guide in the mail, call 740-524-8600, ext. 5.

2018-2020 SourcePoint Services Directory available

The 2018-2020 SourcePoint Services Directory is now available. Published by SourcePoint every three years, the directory is a guide to Delaware County resources relating to the health and wellness of older adults and family caregivers. It includes local sources of educational and volunteer opportunities, financial assistance, health services, in-home services, housing, insurance education, legal and financial planning, mental health support and more.

The cost of printing the directory was covered by the sale of advertisements, and the book is available at no charge to local residents. Directories currently are available for pick up at SourcePoint, 800 Cheshire Road, Delaware, during normal business hours, and will be available at local libraries and community events throughout the year.

Bridges helping with utility bills

For Delaware County residents who would like to see their utility bills decrease, Bridges Community Action Partnership may be able to help homeowners or renters.

The Home Weatherization Assistance Program (HWAP) provides services such as insulation, heating unit and water heater repair/replacement, reduce air leakage, install CFL light bulbs and low-flow shower heads. Bridges may be able to assist with other repairs such as electrical and plumbing. Income eligibility is 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines ($49,200 per year for a family of four).

The following list includes those documents required for assistance: Social security numbers for every household member; All pages of your current electric and gas bill or information on your bulk fuel; Birthdates for every household member; Proof of any and all income received within the last 13 weeks or 12 months for all household members; Proof of home ownership or title for mobile home; If renting, landlord’s name, address and phone number

For further information regarding guidelines and to schedule appointments, contact Bridges Community Action Partnership 740-369-3184.

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