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9/4/2008 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Summit Senior Expo coming to John S. Knight Center

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Mature adults and those looking for information for healthier lifestyles can attend the Summit Senior Expo Sept. 24 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the John S. Knight Center.

The expo, sponsored by The Health Plan SecureCare Medicare Advantage Plan with support by the city of Akron, will be filled with exhibits and experts in senior housing, finances, health and wellness, home improvement, travel and more, according to event officials.

Entertainment, sponsored by Altercare of Ohio, will feature bingo from 1 to 3 p.m., the Bob Hill Band and ballroom dancing instructions by In-Flight Ballroom Dance Co. from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the Laughter Lady from 1 to 1:45 p.m.

Free health screenings will be provided by Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy, and massotherapy will be provided by The Health Plan SecureCare Medicare Advantage Plan.

Also during the expo, WAKR will celebrate its anniversary with cake for all who attend. Door prizes and a Carnival cruise for two also will be given away.

Admission is free. Akron Metro Regional Transit Authority will provide free transportation to and from the Summit Senior Expo by coupon only.

For more information about the expo, call (330) 484-6622.


Ohio Benefit Bank offering online services

COLUMBUS — Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland recently announced the Ohio Benefit Bank is offering online services to connect Ohioans with economic stimulus payments and Ohio’s Best RX, Golden Buckeye and Senior Community Service Employment programs.

“The addition of these new Benefit Bank services will help Ohioans, especially senior citizens, veterans and disabled members of our community, who are most likely to be on a fixed income,” Strickland said.

According to Strickland’s office, the Benefit Bank now offers eligibility screening and application assistance for Ohio’s Best Rx, a state-sponsored prescription drug discount card program; Golden Buckeye, a state-sponsored discount card for senior citizens and disabled Ohioans; and the Senior Community Service Employment Program, which offers paid job training and work experience for low-income, older adults. The Benefit Bank offers a self-service Web site, www.OBB.ohio.gov, and counselor assistance at community sites across the state to help Ohioans determine their eligibility for these programs and claim their economic stimulus payments.

According to Strickland’s office, the Internal Revenue Service estimates more than 250,000 Ohioans are still eligible to claim economic stimulus tax rebates of up to $300 but have not filed the federal income tax returns needed to claim these payments. That’s because these senior citizens, veterans and disabled Ohioans only receive nontaxable income, such as Social Security, and are typically not required to file tax returns. They have until Oct. 15 to file their taxes and claim the stimulus payments, according to Strickland’s office. To be eligible for the stimulus payment, individuals must have at least $3,000 in qualifying income — such as wages, Social Security, railroad retirement benefits, veterans’ pension and benefits, and nontaxable combat pay — for 2007 and cannot be claimed as a dependent on another’s tax return.

For more information on any of the Benefit Bank’s programs, including how to claim an economic stimulus payment, visit www.OBB.ohio.gov or call (800) 648-1176.


Sheriff’s Office hosting senior safety academy

GREEN — The Summit County Sheriff’s Office will host a one-day academy for the seniors of Summit County Sept. 10 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Robert D. Campbell Training Center, 2825 Greensburg Road.

The free program will offer an overview of all divisions and bureaus of the sheriff’s office, as well as live demonstrations from the SWAT team, K-9 unit, bomb squad and mounted unit.

There also will be a senior safety discussion with Community Policing Deputy Mark Carroll.

Free lunch will be provided by the Sheriff’s Office.

There is limited seating. For more information or to register, call Pam Moore at (330) 643-8723. The last day to register is Sept. 8.

    — By Stephanie Kist

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