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Brenda Gibson

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When Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast in October, causing massive destruction up and down the coast, Area Agency on Aging District 7 (AAA7) employees wanted to help those in need. The AAA7 is a non-profit organization providing home and community-based long-term care options for ten Ohio counties including Adams, Brown, Gallia, Highland, Jackson, Lawrence, Pike, Ross, Scioto and Vinton.

As a group, AAA7 staff raised $326.00 to send to Hurricane Sandy victims through Community Services, Inc. of Ocean County in Lakewood, New Jersey. Community Services, Inc. is an agency, like the AAA7, that provides 16 Older Americans Act Title III services (social services, congregate and home-delivered meals, disease prevention and health promotion, and caregiver support) to seniors, serving as the largest Title III provider in the state with over 10,000 senior citizens. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Community Services, Inc. has incurred a number of unexpected expenses, and lost one of their two prep-kitchens. The money raised by AAA7 staff, and given to Community Services, Inc., will go toward food for their meals programs (both home-delivered and congregate). Community Services, Inc. was very appreciative and thought it was wonderful that AAA7 employees wanted to contribute in this way.

Your local Area Agency on Aging District 7, Inc. provides services on a non-discriminatory basis. These services are available to help older adults and those with disabilities live safely and independently in their own homes through services paid for by Medicare, Medicaid, other federal and state resources, as well as private pay. The AAA7’s Resource Center is also available to anyone in the community looking for information or assistance with long-term care options. Available Monday through Friday from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm, the Resource Center is a valuable contact for learning more about options and what programs and services are available for assistance.

Those interested in learning more can call toll-free at 1-800-582-7277 (TTY: 711). Here, individuals can speak directly with a nurse or social worker who will assist them with information surrounding the programs and services that are available to best serve their needs. The Agency also offers an in-home assessment at no cost for those who are interested in learning more. Information is also available on www.aaa7.org, or the Agency can be contacted through e-mail at info@aaa7.org. The Agency also has a Facebook page located at www.facebook.com/AreaAgencyOnAgingDistrict7.

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