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5/1/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Mature Services hosting annual Job & Career Fair

FAIRLAWN — The 24th annual Mature Workers’ Job & Career Fair will be held May 15 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn, 3180 W. Market St.

The event, presented by Mature Services’ Employment and Training Solutions program, offers mature workers the opportunity to find a job from employers who are specifically seeking older workers, according to event officials.

“Many older job seekers worry about age bias when applying for a job, but this is one place where they know that will not be an issue because only employers who are interested in hiring older workers attend the event,” said Don Zirkle, training and placement specialist for Employment and Training Solutions at Mature Services.

Employers interested in registering for a booth should visit www.matureservices.org and click on the “Job Fair” icon or contact Zirkle at 330-762-8666, ext. 174.

Volunteer wins multiple service awards from United Way and Western

Shown are Western Reserve Hospital volunteers Margaret Deacon and Harvey Huebner.
Photo courtesy of Western Reserve Health System
CUYAHOGA FALLS — Margaret Deacon, an 87-year-old volunteer at Western Reserve Hospital, was honored with the United Way of Summit County’s “Outstanding Volunteer” award at the 13th Annual Volunteer Celebration event at the hospital April 10.

During the 1950s-themed event, the hospital also recognized Deacon, of Cuyahoga Falls, as the “Prom Queen,” along with Prom King and fellow volunteer Harvey Huebner, of Akron.

“We strive to cultivate strong, healthy relationships with the community, and nowhere is that relationship more apparent than in our wonderful, dedicated volunteers,” said Dr. Robert Kent, president and CEO of Western Reserve Hospital. “They play an integral role in shaping the patient experience at Western Reserve.”

According to hospital officials, serving more than 800 hours annually, Deacon has volunteered over 10,000 hours of her time at Western Reserve throughout her many years of service. As a volunteer department assistant, she helps maintain more than 100 active volunteer files and hundreds of inactive files. She also keeps the department neat and efficient by reporting call-offs, scheduling issues and the supply inventory status.

Western Reserve Hospital volunteers assist in a variety of roles, ranging from clerical support in areas such as medical records, human resources, administration and patient transportation and guest services to helping usher patients to appointment locations, according to hospital officials. Volunteers also provide assistance on nursing floors, surgical wings and outpatient departments.

During the volunteer celebration, guests were treated to a special dinner presentation that included profile videos chronicling volunteer service stories.

ODI holding ‘Welcome to Medicare’ events

COLUMBUS — Lt. Gov. and Department of Insurance (ODI) Director Mary Taylor announced the Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP) will hold a total of 19 “Welcome to Medicare” events across Ohio in April and May.

The events will help consumers and their families understand the basics of Medicare, according to Taylor’s office.

“In 2013, the department’s OSHIIP program helped Ohioans save more than $16 million,” Taylor said. “I encourage Ohioans who recently enrolled in Medicare or those becoming eligible later this year to attend and learn more about their coverage options.”

According to Taylor’s office, OSHIIP is the state’s official source for free and unbiased Medicare information and counseling. OSHIIP helped more than 160,000 Ohioans with Medicare save a record $16.4 million in 2013. The figure includes a record $8.96 million saved during the fall open enrollment period.

The events provide an opportunity for consumers to learn about the benefits provided by Medicare and important deadlines that must be met, according to Taylor’s office. In addition, specifics about Medicare Advantage plans, supplemental health insurance, prescription drug coverage and financial assistance programs to help beneficiaries pay Medicare’s Part B premium and prescription drug out-of-pocket expenses will be provided.

While no events are scheduled in Summit or Medina counties, a regional event will take place in Stark County May 7 starting at 6 p.m. at the Mercy Medical Center Mercy Hall, 1320 Mercy Drive N.W. in Canton. To register, call 800-223-8662.

For more information, call OSHIIP at 800-686-1578 or visit www.insurance.ohio.gov.

May is Older Americans Month

COLUMBUS — Each Ohioan has the power to stay safe and remain a vital member of society by taking steps to prevent falls and fall-related injuries, according to Ohio Department of Aging (ODA) officials. May is Older Americans Month, and the 2014 theme for Ohio is “Safe Today. Healthy Tomorrow.”

The ODA encourages all Ohioans to use the month to gain awareness of the impact of falls and learn about the state’s falls prevention initiative, STEADY U Ohio.

According to ODA officials, STEADY U Ohio is the state’s comprehensive falls prevention initiative led by the ODA and supported by Ohio government and state business partners. Visit www.steadyu.ohio.gov to take a falls risk self-assessment, find easy steps to prevent falls and learn about A Matter of Balance, a free, community-based education program to help participants see falls as something they can control.

Kathleen Collins contributed to these reports.

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