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From The Community Partnership on Aging

Original Release: 10/24/2016
 
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Older adults are at increased risk of experiencing feelings of loneliness, especially as they age. AARP and the National Institute of Health both tie feelings of loneliness to poor health and mental health outcomes, making it an important issue to address! In the 2010 AARP report titled, "Loneliness among Older Adults: A National Survey of Adults 45+," loneliness was found to be more often experienced by unmarried persons and those with small, unsupportive social networks. It also increases as one ages, with those over 80 experiencing higher levels.
 
The holiday season is a time when feelings of loneliness may be magnified. Building relationships later in life can be challenging for a variety of reasons. Fortunately, we're here to help! Community Partnership on Aging offers a variety of services and activities that help to combat feelings of loneliness. If you haven't interacted with our staff in the past, please consider it during the holiday season, or make it your New Year's resolution. Be sure to read our monthly newsletter, which is sure to offer something you might be interested in!
  • Our transportation service ensures that people who no longer drive can make social connections

  • Our congregate meal and other nutrition programs focus on socialization as an important aspect. Stop by if you haven't - you're sure to meet someone with whom you have something in common

  • Hillcrest Meals on Wheels offers a meal delivered to your home each weekday by a volunteer. It serves as a great way to have regular contact with someone

  • Programs and activities are offered weekdays and include educational information, exercise, and recreational activities.

  • Volunteer opportunities offer a way for people to stay connected to their communities. For those who prefer to receive volunteer services, Community Partnership on Aging offers a friendly visitor service.

  • For those eligible to receive light housekeeping services, our Homemaking program will ensure a staff member sees you at least monthly
Community Partnership on Aging hopes to offer a new program in 2017, which will help introduce people who would like to make new friends. Stay tuned to our newsletter for details!
 
4th Annual CPA 5 City 5 Alarm Chili Cook-Off Benefits the CPA Safe at Home Program!
 
Fire Department staff from South Euclid, Lyndhurst, Mayfield Village, Highland Heights, Mayfield Heights come together once again to raise money and vie for the title of Best 5 City Chili at the 2016 Chili Cook-Off! The event will take place Saturday, November 5 at Lyndhurst Community Center (doors will open at 11:00 AM). The ticket price of $15/person (or 2/$25 or a table of 8 for $90) includes a full lunch of chili samples, pizza, salad, cornbread, dessert and beverages. Also included this year is a Chinese Raffle of gift baskets and prizes. All proceeds will benefit the CPA Safe at Home Program. For ticket information or information about the Safe at Home Program, call CPA at 216-291-3902.
 
Fire Department staff (left to right) from Mayfield Heights, Lyndhurst, South Euclid, Highland Heights and Mayfield Village take a moment to pose for a photo at the 2015 Chili Cook-Off. South Euclid Fire Department took the Judges' Choice Award for the second year in a row. Can they make it three?
 
Medicare Open Enrollment
 
Medicare Open Enrollment will take place again this year from October 15- December 7. During this time, you can change your Medicare plan and/or your prescription drug plan. According to My Medicare Matters (myMedicarematters.org), Medicare users will get lots of mail starting in October in an attempt to get consumers to change plans. To make decisions about whether to keep your current plan or make a change, consider what is working well with your current plan. My Medicare Matters recommends you review your current health needs, any prescription changes over the last year (your own or the formulary of your current prescription plan), and the flexibility of your plan in allowing you to see the providers of your choice. Be sure to evaluate all your options long before the deadline. If we can help you do so, our OSHIIP certified counselors and other outreach staff are standing by! Call 440-442-2626 for an appointment.
 
Seasonal Volunteers Needed!
 
Individuals and groups of all ages are urgently needed to assist older adults, many of whom are on a fixed income, during the fall and winter months. Leaf-raking projects will take place during the month of November. Individuals, families, and/or groups are encouraged to bring their own rakes and assist for a two-hour time frame which fits into their schedules.
 
Then, beginning in December, individuals, families, and groups are invited to conduct light snow shoveling (walkways and steps only) and/or trash can removal as part of the Adopt an Older Adult Program. Volunteers will be matched with an older adult in need throughout the winter. If you would like to help with either of these valuable services, please call Corinne Dunn, Volunteer Coordinator, at 216-291-3902, ext. 213, for more information.

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