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September 16, 2019

Many of Ohio’s older adults are actively engaged in the workforce

Earlier this summer, the Associated Press released a poll that showed 1 in 4 Americans do not plan to retire. This got me thinking about what older adults in Ohio are thinking about their own employment. Fortunately, we have some data about this very issue handy to look at. In the past four years, The Center...

February 11, 2019

A lifetime of lead exposure

When elevated blood lead levels are in the news, it is typically related to the youngest members of our community. Children aged 5 and under tend to suffer the most devastating and permanent consequences of lead poisoning. Reporters at Cleveland’s Plain Dealer newspaper have consistently reported on the conditions that result in elevated blood levels...

November 19, 2018

Senior levies in Ohio are popular…once they pass: Senior tax levy update

Earlier this year, I wrote an analysis of senior tax levies in Ohio. Seventy-four of Ohio’s 88 counties have tax levies that provide various services to support older adults. These communities rely on levy funding to provide both basic need services, such as congregate meals, and more robust health and wellness programming including well-appointed senior...

September 17, 2018

60 or 65? How old is old?

When you hear the phrase older adult, whom do you picture? This phrase can be used to describe a population composed of many different people, depending on the purpose of the conversation.  Sometimes when we say older adult, we may be referring to a stage of life rather than a specific age range. In our...

July 2, 2018

Elder Abuse: Who is most at risk of Self-Neglect?

Elder Abuse Awareness Month may be over for 2018, but the impact of elder abuse lasts all year. Elder abuse is defined by the U.S. Administration for Community Living as “any knowing, intentional or negligent act by a caregiver or any other person that causes harm or serious risk of harm to a vulnerable adult.”...

May 21, 2018

Center for Community Solutions Consulting Services: Direction Home Akron Canton Area Agency on Aging and Disabilities

The Center for Community Solutions provides consulting services to help organizations adjust to the ever-changing environment of health and human services. As the population of Ohio continues to age, communities will need to adapt. Direction Home Akron Canton Area Agency on Aging approached us last year, seeking help to analyze the current state of older...

April 30, 2018

Hungry for Policy: A Deeper Dive on Older Adults

The Center for Community Solutions Public Policy Fellow Loren Anthes recently authored an issue brief on the relationship between food insecurity and Medicaid. One of the key takeaways from the brief is that “as a social determinant of health, food insecurity increases cost and diminishes outcomes in health care.” With a high number of older...

March 29, 2018

Poverty: When one age group is different from the rest

The Center for Community Solutions recently released Community Fact Sheets for each municipality in Cuyahoga County and the eight most populous cities in the state; Cleveland, Toledo, Cincinnati, Columbus, Akron, Youngstown, Canton and Dayton. Among other measures, the fact sheets include the overall percent of the population living in poverty as well as the percent...

March 19, 2018

Does higher senior poverty equal more levy funding?

I recently presented an analysis of senior levy funding across the state of Ohio to the Council of Older Persons, a regularly convened group of aging network professionals and advocates working or living in Cuyahoga County. One of the many insightful questions posed was whether the seniors most in need of publicly funded supportive services...

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