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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Five new members join Advisory Council for Butler County Elderly Services Program

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Community leaders in the areas of gerontology, health care, and social services have joined the advisory council for the Butler County program that provides in-home care services for seniors.

The Butler County Elderly Services Program is provided via a county tax levy. Council on Aging manages the program via contract with Butler County Commissioners. The advisory council is made up of volunteers who represent consumers of services and individuals with interest and expertise in the field of aging and services to older adults.

In 2013, the Butler County Elderly Services Program served more than 4,000 older adults and their families with basic assistance such as home-delivered meals, medical transportation, emergency response buttons, and personal care (help with bathing and grooming.) These services prevent unnecessary placement in nursing homes and supplement the help that family caregivers provide. They also help many seniors who have no family nearby.

Butler County’s 1.3-mill tax levy for senior services was renewed by the voters in November 2010 by a margin of nearly 66 percent. The levy expires at the end of 2015 and must go before the voters by November 2015 in order for the program to continue.

The new Advisory Council members bring professional expertise and histories of community involvement to the advisory council. All are serving because they want to help enhance quality of life for Butler County seniors.

New members are:

  • Katy Abbott, PhD., of Oxford. Assistant Professor of Gerontology at Miami University
  • Mag Baker, of Hamilton. President and CEO of Butler County United Way
  • Marc Bellisario of Fairfield. CEO of Primary Health Solutions
  • Kim Gay of Middletown. Retired, Butler County Department of Job and Family Services.
  • Elizabeth Patterson, M.D. of Middletown. Retired physician

Other advisory council members are:

  • Kathy Becker, of Hamilton. CEO of Transitional Living Inc.
  • Bart Drake of Hamilton. Retired, Assistant Director Fitton Center for Creative Arts (term ends in February)
  • Don Eberwine, of Ross. Retired, Director of D. Russell Lee Career Center
  • Debbie Hauenstein, of Hamilton. Senior Account Executive, Hospice of Cincinnati/Hamilton (term ends in February)
  • Kevin Kurpieski, of Monroe, Social Services Supervisor (Adult Protective Services), Butler County Department of Job and Family Services.
  • Geraldine Bess Maddox of Middletown
  • David Mancuso, of Hamilton. Director of Development and Community Relations, LifeSpan, Inc. 
  • Cynthia Stever of Hamilton, Retired, President of LifeSpan, Inc.
  • Mindy Wendling of Fairfield, Director of Business Development, SW Ohio, Home Care by BlackStone

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