10 Products or Services Seniors Can Get for Free

*Updated March 4, 2024 Why spend money if you can get products and services for free? Whether through the federal, state, or local government or churches and non-profits in your area, there are many options. Do your research and start saving money and enjoying retirement. Another way to find free services specifically is through the Eldercare Locator website. This program…

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10 Products or Services Seniors Can Get for Free

Artificial Intelligence: How to Spot AI in Images and Videos

As technology has grown in complexity, it has become hard to tell if images and videos are real or computer generated. These new computer systems, called artificial intelligence (AI), are able to perform tasks that normally require human intelligence, such as mimicking movement, recognizing speech patterns, making decisions, and translating languages. With society’s newfound ability…

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Artificial Intelligence: How to Spot AI in Images and Videos

Our 2023 Recap: Nourishing Hearts and Communities

Dear friends, donors, volunteers, and supporters, As we approach the end of the year, I wanted to share with you our 2023 recap and the tremendous impact and progress we have made at the Council on Aging of Central Oregon thanks to your unwavering support and dedication to our mission. From January through October 2023,…

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Our 2023 Recap: Nourishing Hearts and Communities

Watch Out for the Latest Scams!

In the digital age, hacking and fraud are increasing, and seniors are especially vulnerable to the latest scams. Protect yourself by being aware of the newest ways scammers will try to trick you. Medicare Medicare scams are rampant during open enrollment. Here are signs to be aware of: If you are unsure if the person who…

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Watch Out for the Latest Scams!

How to Avoid Home Health Care Fraud

Home health care fraud involves home health agencies  and individual fraudsters billing for services that were not provided or not medically necessary, which negatively impacts seniors and our health care system.  According to Social Science & Medicine, home health care fraud has been rapidly increasing since the early 2000s. Medicare Parts A and B cover…

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How to Avoid Home Health Care Fraud

Aging Good … Ageism Bad

By Barbara Croyle “There are six myths about old age: 1. That it’s a disease, a disaster. 2. That we are mindless. 3.That we are sexless. 4. That we are useless. 5. That we are powerless. 6. That we are all alike.” Maggie Kuhn, Founder of the Gray Panthers “It is not true that people…

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Aging Good … Ageism Bad

We Believe in Food Fur All

For someone who is homebound, their pets can be the most important companion in their life. These furry friends ensure that people have something that brings them delight and love.  As animal lovers, we are committed to helping homebound people and their pets thrive in their homes. That’s why the Council on Aging has a…

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We Believe in Food Fur All

New Partnership Provides Fresh Harvest Kits to Central Oregon Seniors

Summer is produce season, and the Council on Aging of Central Oregon (CoA) is celebrating the harvest bounty with a freshly established partnership with High Desert Food and Farm Alliance (HDFFA). HDFFA and CoA are coordinating the preparation and distribution of twenty weekly Fresh Harvest Kits to Meals on Wheels clients in Sisters, OR. These…

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New Partnership Provides Fresh Harvest Kits to Central Oregon Seniors

How to Lower Your Prescription Drug Costs

Prescription drug costs increase every year and have become unaffordable for many Americans. The United States Department of Health and Human Services monitors drug price increases and has some staggering findings from 2022: The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 aimed to address some of these price increases by requiring manufacturers to pay rebates, but many…

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How to Lower Your Prescription Drug Costs