West Side Senior News & Notes
Job fair targets older workers
FAIRLAWN — The Mature Workers’ Job & Career Fair will take place April 11 at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the event will offer older adults exposure to potential employers, with opportunities to network and fill out applications. Four workshops also will be offered, and admission and parking are free.
Employment & Training Solutions, a division of Mature Services Inc., is putting on the event for the 23rd year, according to organizers. Mature Services, headquartered in Akron, is a nonprofit organization that has been serving older adults since 1975.
“The object of this job fair is to bring together employers who are interested in hiring mature workers because they appreciate the strong work ethic they possess,” according to Paul Magnus, vice president of workforce development for the agency.
Four free workshops will be offered during the fair, beginning with “Secrets of the Online Application” at 10 a.m.
“In the last few years there has been an increase in the number of companies that require an online application, so one of the free workshops will focus on techniques needed to successfully complete that process,” said Don Zirkle, training and placement supervisor at Mature Services.
At 11 a.m., the Small Business Development Center’s Jim Griggy will present “Doing Your Own Thing!”
“Social Media, LinkedIn, Job Search and You” will take place at noon, followed by “Financial Strategies for the Unemployed” at 1 p.m.
Professionals from Employment & Training Solutions will be available to review résumés and provide job search guidance, according to event organizers. Also, a computer application station will be available.
Also at the event, interns from The University of Akron again will collect surveys for a series of studies they are doing on the challenges and issues facing mature workers, according to event organizers.
The Hilton Akron/Fairlawn is located at 3180 W. Market St. For more information on the event, go to www.matureservices.org or call 330-762-8666, ext. 174 or ext. 178.
Ohio Department of Insurance holding Medicare events
GREATER AKRON — Lt. Gov. and Ohio Department of Insurance (ODI) Director Mary Taylor announced the Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP), the state’s official source for free and unbiased Medicare information and counseling, will hold “Welcome to Medicare” events in 17 counties running April through May.
“In 2012, we saved consumers $5.5 million by helping them identify the coverage best suited for their needs,” Taylor said.
At the events, people can learn about the important deadlines and benefits Medicare provides, Medicare Advantage plans, supplemental health insurance and prescription drug coverage, according to ODI officials. There also will be information regarding financial assistance programs that help pay for Medicare’s Part B premium and out-of-pocket expenses associated with prescription drug costs.
Locally, no events are planned in Summit County. The closest events will take place: April 18 at 6 p.m. at the Ehrnfelt Senior Center, 18100 Royalton Road in Strongsville, and April 23 at 6 p.m. at Mercy Medical Center, Mercy Hall, 1320 Mercy Drive N.W. in Canton. The Canton event requires registration by calling 800-223-8662.
For more information about these events and Medicare, call OSHIIP at 800-686-1578 or visit www.insurance.ohio.gov.
Older Americans Month celebrated in May
COLUMBUS — Each May is observed nationwide as Older Americans Month. Together with Senior Citizens Day (May 21), Older Americans Month is a celebration of the contributions older citizens have made and continue to make.
Ohio’s theme for Older Americans Month is “Unleash Your Power: Be a Golden Buckeye.” More details on the month’s events will be posted on www.aging.ohio.gov.
In conjunction with Older Americans Month, the Administration on Aging, an agency of the U.S. Administration for Community Living (ACA), invites organizations to celebrate the achievements of older Americans by nominating a leader who is using his/her talents and expertise to make a positive impact in his/her community or beyond. The “Unleash the Power of Age in Your Community Challenge” is an opportunity to recognize these individuals, according to ACA officials.
Nominees must be at least 60 years old and reside in a U.S. state or territory. Their community involvement (through work or volunteerism) must have a significant and positive impact on the community. Nominees should be positive role models who can inspire other older adults to continue to be active, vital members of their communities, according to ACA officials.
Nominations must be submitted via www.Challenge.gov by 11 p.m. April 22. Nominations must be made by representatives of a domestic, private nonprofit or public entity, such as a state or local government, an Indian tribal government or organization, faith-based organization, community-based organization, hospital or institution of higher education.
The finalists will be posted on www.Challenge.gov, where the public will be invited to vote for their favorite entry. Voting will take place during the month of May, and the three entries receiving the most votes will be declared the winners of the challenge.
Winners will receive a certificate of recognition, and their profiles will be highlighted on www.OlderAmericansMonth.ACL.gov. For more details on the contest, visit the Older Americans Month website.
Kathleen Collins and Stephanie Kist contributed to these reports.
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