Area Agency on Aging 2013-2014 Highlights

Senior Medicare Patrol

On March 12th, 2014, the State Unit on Aging awarded the AAA a $10,000 grant with the Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP). The SMP is a volunteer program designed to educate Medicare beneficiaries about the dangers of Medicare fraud and to show them how to protect themselves from becoming victims. In Oregon, the SMP contracts with the office of the Long-Term Care Ombudsmen and Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance (SHIBA) program to train their volunteers in SMP and talk about Medicare fraud with their consumers.

Learning To Live Well

The Area Agency on Aging (AAA) partnered with Living Well With Chronic Conditions to provide a class developed by Stanford University, to motivate people and teach them how to take control of their health and their lives. Classes have been taught by trained volunteers in all five of our counties. In addition, the AAA received a grant from the State Unit on Aging to develop the Arthritis Foundation, evidenced based program

Walk With Ease (WWE).

WWE is a multi-component program that includes health education, stretching, strengthening exercises, and motivational strategies. Though developed for people with arthritis who want to be more physically active, it is also appropriate for people without arthritis, particularly those with diabetes, heart diseases and other chronic conditions who need to be more active.

Oregon Program Money Management Grant

With a new grant from Easter Seals in partnership with Department of Human Services our Region 9 AAA expanded the Money Management Program. The Oregon Money Management Program offers support to people ages 60 and over with limited incomes and assets who need help with money management tasks. Services are provided by trained and supervised volunteers, screened to ensure suitability to work with vulnerable individuals.

Oregon Project Independence

Region 9 AAA, along with AAA’s statewide received a significant increase in funding to the program from the 2013/14 Oregon Legislative session. This allowed the AAA to increase the program that helps seniors in our region stay in their home or apartments. This is the first time that we have a waiting list for the program.