2017 Editions Aging Answers February 2017 Health Magazine

Aging Answers Resource Directory

There are many area agencies that provide services as well as volunteer opportunities. Here are some resources for seniors and caregivers.

Area Agencies and Centers

Akron Canton Area Agency on Aging
Serving Portage, Stark, Summit & Wayne counties
1550 Corporate Woods Pkwy.
Uniontown, OH 44685

Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging
11890 Fairhill Road
Cleveland, OH 44120

Community Partnership on Aging
Serving South Euclid, Lyndhurst, Highland Heights, Mayfield Heights and Mayfield Village
South Euclid: 216-291-3902
Lyndhurst: 440-473-5138
Mayfield Heights: 440-442-2628

Cuyahoga County Division of Senior and Adult Services
13815 Kinsman Road
Cleveland, OH 44120

Geauga County Department on Aging
12555 Ravenwood Drive
Chardon, OH 44024

Lake County Council on Aging
8520 East Ave.
Mentor, OH 44060

Lorain County Office on Aging
320 N. Gateway Blvd., 2nd Floor
Elyria, OH 44035

North Ridgeville Office for Older Adults Senior Center
7327 Avon Belden Road
North Ridgeville, OH 44039

Ohio Department of Aging
246 N. High St., 1st Floor
Columbus, OH 43215

Solon Senior Activities Center
35000 Portz Pkwy.
Solon, OH 44139

Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging
Serving Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain & Medina counties
925 Euclid Ave., Suite 600
Cleveland, OH 44115

Family Caregiver Support Services

AARP Ohio Office
17 S. High St., Suite 800
Columbus, OH 43215

A Place for Mom

Alzheimer’s Association
Cleveland (Beachwood):
23215 Commerce Park Drive, Suite 300, 216-342-5556
Avon: 38440 Chester Road, 800-272-3900
Mentor: 8522 East Ave., 800-272-3900
Greater East Ohio Area Chapter
Serving Summit, Medina & Portage counties
Hudson: 70 W. Streetsboro St., Suite 201, 330-650-0552

Homewatch Caregivers of Beachwood
23811 Chagrin Blvd., Suite 114
Beachwood, OH 44122

Better Business Bureau
Serving Cuyahoga, Lake, Lorain, Geauga & Ashtabula counties
2800 Euclid Ave., 4th Floor
Cleveland, OH 44115
24-Hour Help Line: 216-241-7678

Catholic Charities

Cherished Companions Home Care, LLC
7181 Chagrin Road, Suite 200
Chagrin Falls, Ohio 44023

Cleveland Hearing and Speech Center
11635 Euclid Ave.

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2017 Editions Aging Answers February 2017 Health Magazine

Planning for the Unexpected

What would happen to your family and financial affairs if you suddenly became incapacitated? If you don’t know the answer, you could be subjecting your family to the unnecessary heartache, complications, and expense of a guardianship.

To illustrate how a guardianship works, let’s look at the case of Mr. Green, a 67-year-old widower who suddenly suffers a stroke. Mr. Green is left partially paralyzed, of diminished mental capacity and unable to handle any of his own affairs. He took no steps during his lifetime to guard against this possibility. His assets are in his name alone.

Mr. Green has a son, John, who is notified when the stroke occurs. John rushes to his father’s side to assist him in the hospital and ultimate placement into a nursing home. John finds that the doctor is unable to discuss with him any of the aspects of his father’s case because he has no legal authority to act on his father’s behalf. As Mr. Green’s income checks begin to accumulate, John cannot cash them nor pay the bills, which also are accumulating. When it is time for Mr. Green to move to a nursing home for rehabilitation, the nursing home is reluctant to deal with him and requests him to file for a guardianship.

Ultimately, John is forced to hire an attorney and apply in probate court to be appointed guardian of his father’s person and estate. As the process unfolds, John must make an inventory of all of his father’s assets, even though he knows little about them.

John now has the authority to speak to doctors and to deal with the nursing home in order to make decisions about his father’s health and physical well-being. However, he cannot pay his father’s bills without prior approval from the probate court. Additionally, John must formally account to the court as to the receipts and disbursements of the guardianship every two years for the rest of Mr.

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Health Special Needs

What is a Hearing Communication Disorder?

Learn the differences between a communication disorder and a hearing disorder, both of which affect an individual's speech or their ability to communicate. Each also can range in severity, resulting in many options for treatment or therapy. ...
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‘Wear Red Day’ Supports American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women Effort

The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women supporters, along with the campaign’s national founding sponsor, Macy’s, encourage the community to celebrate National Wear Red Day on Friday, Feb. 3. during American Heart Month.

Why Go Red? Cardiovascular diseases kill nearly 1 in 3 women each year, killing approximately one woman every 80 seconds. Fortunately, 80% of cardiac and stroke events may be prevented with education and action.

The American Heart Association uses American Heart Month to remind Americans to focus on their hearts and encourage them to get their families, friends and communities involved.

“That’s why we ask that you to wear red on National Wear Red Day and encourage women to make the time to ‘Know Your Numbers,’ which include: cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar, and body mass index (BMI),” the association said in a statement.

Also, on National Wear Red Day, the American Heart Association has set a goal to raise $800,000 to support essential educational programs and critical research that can save more lives. Here’s how you can help:

1) Wear something red
2) Go to and give to the American Heart Association on Feb. 3
3) Encourage your friends and family to do the same

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Ages & Stages Featured Health Parenting

New Recommendation Calls for Infants to Share Room with Parents

New guidelines recently issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) call for infants to sleep in the same room, but not the same bed, as mom and dad.

Rooming with Mom and Dad
Kitty Russ, RN, BSN, MSHA, a birthing specialist at Cleveland Clinic, said the recommendation is aimed at reducing the number of sudden deaths of infants that sometimes occur within the first months of life, often due to unsafe sleeping environments.

The idea behind the AAP’s recommendation is to create a heightened sense of awareness and for parents to be able to react to the baby immediately if he or she is in distress.

“Infants don’t have as much neck control and once they get past the six month mark, they’re able to move,” said Russ. “Once infants are rolling over, we find a decrease in the sleep-related deaths.”

The AAP recommendation calls for babies to sleep in their own crib within their parents’ bedroom for at least the first six months of life, or in some cases, the entire first year.

Russ said that the age at which a baby is at less risk for sudden unexplained death varies based on the gestational age of the baby. Babies who are born premature are at risk for a longer period of time than babies who are born at full term.

Safe Sleep Environment
Russ said the most important thing that parents can do to minimize the risk of sudden infant death is to make sure their baby has a safe sleep environment, which includes:

  • Placing baby in a crib or bassinet with only a fitted sheet
  • Making sure the crib does NOT have bedding, blankets, stuffed animals or crib bumpers
  • A smoke-free home
  • Comfortable temperature (not too hot or too cold)
  • Laying baby on his/her back to avoid obstruction of airway

It’s Difficult, but Necessary
Russ cautions parents against holding their baby to get them to sleep even if they are crying, and said it’s especially dangerous for parents to fall asleep while holding a baby, as the baby can easily suffocate.

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Featured Health

Know the Dangers of Carbon Monoxide

When the temperature drops to dangerous lows outside, sometimes the greatest danger can be lurking in our own homes.

Carbon monoxide, or CO, is a deadly odorless and colorless gas that is produced from the burning of fuels and can build up in indoor spaces, poisoning the people and animals who breathe it.

Common Causes
According to Baruch Fertel, M.D., of Cleveland Clinic, emergency physicians usually see carbon monoxide poisoning as a result of one of two main culprits.

“People have a remote starter and they’ll start the car in the garage and the garage is attached to their house,” said Fertel. “Or during this time of year, we start seeing it when people have space heaters that are un-vented or that are fuel-burning in an area that doesn’t have ventilation.”

Carbon monoxide is responsible for more than 20,000 visits to the ER and more than 400 deaths each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Fertel said the cure for CO poisoning is fresh air, but oftentimes, it’s difficult to know when there is a problem. Because the symptoms of CO poisoning are often vague, people don’t realize they are becoming sick.

Fertel said it’s important to take note of your symptoms, especially if you have others in the house who are experiencing the same problems.

“The important thing for people to know about carbon monoxide poisoning is if you start feeling these kind of symptoms — headache, nausea, dizziness, lightheadedness, just feeling a little ‘off’ — it’s important to get outside into fresh air,” Fertel said.

It’s important for people who are using a space heater to make sure it has been inspected for safety.

Always check the cords to make sure they are not frayed and only purchase heaters that have been laboratory approved with an automatic shutoff feature should the heater tip over.

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Top 10 Tips for a Healthy Voice

There are many actions that can be taken to care for your voice and avoid vocal strain. Consider these tips, which include eliminating background noise, trying not to shout or scream, warming up your vocal chords before speaking, and more. ...
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