The Marion County Council on Aging is sponsoring a free Memory Screening Day on Thursday, April 19, 2018, beginning at 9 am. Council on Aging staff will be administering a mini-memory exam, which consists of a series of questions and tasks designed to gauge thinking, language, and memory skills. While this 30 point screening tool is not used as a diagnosis for dementia, it can give a signal of early problems, and be used as an indicator that someone should follow up with a physician for a full evaluation. Studies have shown that the early diagnosis of dementia makes treatment much more effective. This free and confidential screening, which takes place at the Council on Aging office, takes approximately 15 – 20 minutes to administer and is by appointment only. Other information about dementia and Alzheimer’s disease will also be available to interested participants. Call the Council on Aging, located at 125 Executive Dr. Suite 102, at 740-387-0401 for further information and appointment times.
There are many good reasons to create your own personal Social Security account. Through this account, you can apply for social security retirement and disability benefits; apply for Medicare; apply for Extra Help with your prescription drug costs; check your annual earnings record and potential benefit amounts; get a replacement Medicare card, and much more! Get more information and answers to frequetly asked questions at www.socialsecurity.gov/faq
Partnering with Interim HealthCare, the Marion County Council on Aging is pleased to announce that limited funding is now available to assist with in-home respite care services. Respite care is available for temporary, non-emergency caregiver relief, and is designed to decrease stress and isolation for the caregiver. Services must be provided in the client’s home and is to be used by those full-time caregivers who can be best served by this short term assistance. The person receiving the care must be over the age of 60, a resident of Marion County, and living in an independent living situation. Qualification for Respite Care Services is by a written standardized assessment, which shall determine the appropriateness for client enrollment in this program. The type and extent of care will vary, depending on the circumstances.
For further information on this new service, please contact the Marion County Council on Aging at 740.387.0401 or Interim HealthCare at 740.387.0301
Trained volunteers for the Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP) are available to answer your questions about issues concerning Medicare options, prescription plans and other supplement insurance plans. Contact the Marion County Council on Aging at 740-387-0401 for additional information or to schedule an appointment for consultation.