South Side Senior News & Notes
Search is on for outstanding senior volunteers
GREATER AKRON — The Salute to Senior Service program is looking for outstanding volunteers for possible state and national honors.
Friends, co-workers, family members and nonprofit organizations may nominate deserving seniors, according to officials from Home Instead Senior Care, the sponsor of the contest.
The Salute to Senior Service program honors the contributions of adults 65 and older who give at least 15 hours a month of volunteer service to their favorite causes, according to Home Instead officials.
Nominations opened Feb. 1 and will be accepted through March 31.
State winners will be selected by popular vote at SalutetoSe niorService.com. Online voting will take place April 15-30. From those state winners, a panel of senior care experts will pick the national Salute to Senior Service honoree.
Home Instead Inc. will donate $500 to each of the state winners’ favorite nonprofit organizations, and their stories will be posted on the Salute to Senior Service Wall of Fame. In addition, $5,000 will be donated to the national winner’s nonprofit charity of choice.
“We all know seniors who do so much for our community,” said Pam Myers, owner of the Home Instead Senior Care office serving Summit, Medina and Northern Wayne counties. “These silent heroes give selflessly, expecting nothing in return. And, yet, their contributions often make a difference not only to the organizations they serve, but in changing how the public views growing older.”
Senior care professionals and those who work at hospitals, senior care facilities and other places where seniors volunteer are encouraged to nominate older adults, according to Home Instead officials, as well as family caregivers and the adult children of aging parents. Older adults also may self-nominate.
To complete and submit a nomination form online and to view the contest’s official rules, visit SalutetoSeniorSer vice.com. Completed nomination forms also can be mailed to Salute to Senior Service, P.O. Box 285, Bellevue, NE 68005.
For more information about Salute to Senior Service, call 330-334-4664.
ODI announces it saved Ohioans $5.5 million
COLUMBUS— Ohio Lt. Gov. and Department of Insurance Director Mary Taylor announced the department’s Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP) helped 38,276 Ohioans with Medicare save a record $5.5 million during fall open enrollment, the period to select coverage for 2013.
OSHIIP is the state’s designated Medicare educational and enrollment assistance program, according to Taylor’s office.
“One of my top priorities is protecting Ohio consumers and providing high-level customer service,” Taylor said. “The savings realized by Ohioans last year demonstrate the importance of our work at the department.”
Taylor said those on Medicare saw savings due to OSHIIP helping them enroll in financial assistance programs if they were deemed eligible.
In addition to the savings realized by those helped during open enrollment, OSHIIP assisted 159,000 Ohioans through nearly 2,000 statewide public events, its toll-free hotline and face-to-face counseling in 2012, according to Taylor’s office.
We Honor Veterans seeking volunteers
AKRON — The We Honor Veterans program through Senior Independence Hospice is seeking service veterans and military service personnel to provide companionship and recognition to older veterans facing life-limiting illnesses.
According to Senior Independence Hospice officials, volunteers for the We Honor Veterans program support veterans who are in their final journeys of life by participating in pinning ceremonies, in-home Veterans Day celebrations and veteran-to-veteran companionship visits.
We Honor Veterans is a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs that focuses on respectful inquiry, compassionate listening and grateful acknowledgment, according to Senior Independence Hospice officials.
Volunteer opportunities are flexible, and training is provided by Senior Independence Hospice, according to hospice officials. Many of the We Honor Veterans program activities are held in the patients’ homes and can be done during the day or evening and on weekdays or weekends.
“The We Honor Veterans program of Senior Independence Hospice is all about uniting with our community to provide those that served our nation with special recognition for their sacrifice,” said hospice nurse and retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Nancy Miller.
For more information or details, call David Wilson, Senior Independence Hospice volunteer coordinator, at 330-873-3468 or visit the website at www.seniorindependence.org.
Ariel Hakim contributed to these reports.
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