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Senior resources

January 5, 2008
Marietta Times

Prescription Assistance

O'Neill Senior Center, 333 Fourth Street, Marietta, OH 45750 (740) 373-3914. Prescription Assistance for Seniors (PAS) helps older adults access patient assistance programs which provide prescription drugs free or at substantially reduced costs. Seniors must meet guidelines established by the pharmaceutical companies. Over 800 seniors have already been assisted. Call for an appointment to see if you qualify.

Caring Connection, 403 Scammel St., Room 200, Marietta, (740) 376-9903 - Assists with utility shut-offs, rent, court eviction and/or deposits, gas, food and emergency prescriptions.

Discount Resources Limited,
864 Stradford Circle, Buffalo Grove, Ill., (847) 808-8609 - Offers prescription drugs, corrective lenses, dental work, chiropractic health and in-home health discount programs, with a prescription discount card accepted at more than 35,000 locations; $19.95 annual fee for prescription card; $79.95 annual fee for prescription/dental/hearing/chiropractic/vision card.

Hoffman-LaRoche Inc.,
Medical Needs Program, 340 Kingsland St., Nutley, N.J., 1-800-285-4489 - Private practice outpatients who are considered by the physician to be medically indigent and who are not eligible to receive drugs through any other third party reimbursement program. A physician's signature and DEA number are required for all applications.

Janssen Pharmaceuticals,
Patient Assistance Program, 1800 Robert Fulton Drive, Reston, Va., 1-800-544-2987 - Patient must have less than $25,000 total annual household income and can have Medicare or private insurance, but cannot have prescription coverage.

Marion Merrel Dow Inc., 10236 Marion Park Drive, Kansas City, Mo., 1-800-221-4025 - Company provides a limited supply of prescribed medication to patients who meet the criteria upon receipt of an Indigent Patient Eligibility form properly filled out and signed by a licensed practitioner. Prescription medication will be dispensed and sent out to eligible patients through their physician. There is no fee for the service.

Novartis Pharmaceuticals,
Patient Assistance Program, 59 Route 10, Building 502, Room 306, East Hanover, N.J., 1-800-257-3273 - Patients who meet preliminary screening eligibility will receive an application form that must be returned within 30 days. Applicants are considered on a case-by-case basis. A physician must complete part of the application. People who do not have or qualify for insurance, government assistance or other sources of funding are eligible. Temporary assistance while the patient pursues long-term support is available. The patient is required to pay a $5 co-payment to cover dispensing fee and any additional cost share they may incur.

Proctor & Gamble Pharmaceuticals Inc.,
17 Eaton Ave., Norwich, N.Y., 1-800-448-4878 - The patient is entitled to a six-month supply of products, which is given in two intervals. Physicians are entitled to enroll six patients each year in the program. Participants are required to fill out a completed application and certification form and send a written prescription for the drug to Product Information Department. Patients must not exceed 125 percent of the federal poverty level. The patient cannot be enrolled or qualify to be enrolled in any form of medication reimbursement program, including city, county, state or federally-funded programs or any private insurance plans.

Searle, Patients in Need Foundation,
5200 Old Orchard Road, Skokie, Ill., 1-800-542-2526 - The Patients In Need program is designed to aid needy patients by providing cardiovascular and other products. These medications are made available through participating physicians and pharmacists. Patients are eligible if they suffer from conditions for which an eligible product may be appropriate, have an annual household income of $12,000 or less for one or two people, $16,000 or less for three to five people or $25,000 or less for six or more people and do not qualify for any private insurance, government assistance or other assistance which pays in whole or in part for prescription drug purchases.

Smithkline Beecham, 1 Franklin Plaza-FP1320, Philadelphia, Pa., 1-800-546-0420 (Access to Care Program), (215) 751-5722 (Physician requests) and 1-800-866-6273 (Compassionate Care Program).

Wyeth-Ayerst Laboratories,
Indigent Patient Program, 555 E. Lancaster Ave., St. David's, Pa., 1-800-568-9938 - The indigent patient must request a form to be completed. A copy will be held at the I&R desk. The doctor and patient must sign the request form. To be eligible, the patient must be financially indigent and not eligible for any third-party payment for medication. There is no fee for the service.

Emergency help
Caring Connection, 403 Scammel St., Room 200, Marietta, (740) 376-9903 - Assists with utility shut-offs, rent, court and court eviction and/or deposits, gas, food and emergency prescriptions.

Medicare Prescription Discount Cards and $600 credit, for information about which card would be best for you and to see if you qualify for $600 transitional assistance to help pay for prescriptions call 1-800-MEDICARE or call the Ohio Dept. of Insurance at 1-800-686-1578

Support groups

Alzheimer's Association Disease Support Center, 508A Columbia Ave., Williamstown, W.Va., (304) 375-4700. Toll free numbers: 1-800-491-2717 or in Ohio 1-800-441-3322, or (304) 375-4700. - Voluntary organization that sponsors public education programs and offers supportive services to patient families who are coping with Alzheimer's disease.

Monthly Marietta Alzheimer's Support Groups:
meets at Harmar Place, 401 Harmar St., call (740) 376-5600 for more information. Second Saturday of the month 2 p.m. at O'Neill Senior Center. Call Lois at 374-8304 Second Thursday of the month 6:30 p.m. at Marietta Center for Health and Rehab. Call Brenda at 373-1867

Mended Hearts Support Group: support for persons recovering from heart surgery; sponsored by Marietta Memorial Hospital. This group meets each 3rd Thursday of the month at O'Neill Senior Center 6:00 p.m. Contact Janet Yeager at 374-1470 for more information.

Multiple Sclerosis Support Group:
meets 1st Tuesday of each month at O'Neill Senior Center 6:15 pm. Contact Janice at 896-2380 for more information Marietta Memorial Hospital, 401 Matthew St., Marietta, (740) 374-1450 or (740) 374-1634 (55 Plus) - Offers information, workshops, activities and support groups to the community.

Wood County Senior Citizens Association Inc.,
925 Market St., Parkersburg, (304) 488-1897 or 375-4700 (1 p.m. first Thursday of each month) - Offers mutual support groups for Alzheimer's disease.

Adult Day Care Services

O'Neill Senior Center, 333 Fourth St., Marietta, (740) 373-3914 - O'Neill's Adult Day Center is available for those age 60 and over. Services include assistance with personal care, educational enjoyable activities, balanced hot and tasty noon meal, morning and afternoon snacks, psycho/social enrichment and supervised nursing care. Transportation to and from the program can be arranged within Washington County. Call (740) 373-3914 for application more information, referral procedures and various funding available to assist families with fees. Payment programs; One free day to all new participants.

Washington County Home, Marietta Route 6, County House Lane, (740) 373-2028 - For Washington County residents age 18 and over who are not eligible for nursing home care, Medicaid and ambulatory care; capacity 100; $55 per day.

O'Neill Senior Center, 333 Fourth St., Marietta, (740) 373-3914 - O'Neill's transportation program can provide s transportation for senior citizens (age 60 and older) to local and out-of-town medical appointments. Call (740) 373-3914 between 8 a.m. and 12:303 p.m. to schedule. your transportation driver. Please give as much notice as possible. Donations accepted.

Wood County Senior Citizens Association Inc.,
925 Market St., Parkersburg, (304) 4885-18978600 - Offers transportation to a medical facilities. For medical appointments only (doctor, lab, X-ray, hospital, therapy); $20 for first 30 miles, 75 cents for each mile thereafter. Call to schedule trip and inquire about fee schedules and available funding.

Ohio Valley Cab Service,
2201/2 Putnam St. 330 B Franklin Street., Marietta, (740) 374-8294.

Washington County Veterans Service,
706 Pike Street, Marietta, (740)568-9009. Provides transportation for veterans to and from veterans clinics and hospitals in the tri-state area. First come, first served. Call to schedule trip.

Home-delivered meals
Franciscan Community Meals,
318 Front Street, Marietta, (740) 373-7998 - Lunch Monday through Friday; call for fees and information.

Washington/Morgan Counties Community Action,
218 Putnam St., Marietta, (740) 373-3745 or (740) 373-3455 in Washington County, and (740) 962-6696 in Morgan County, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Meals for people age 60 and over and those eligible for Title III.


The Marietta Family YMCA, 300 Seventh St., Marietta, A(740) 373-2250 Active
Older Adults fitness programs

O'Neill Senior Center, 333 Fourth St., Marietta, (740) 373-3914 - Low impact aerobics, Tai Chi, chair yoga, walking club.

The Betsey Mills Club,
300 Fourth St., Marietta, (740) 373-4981 - Offers classes in warm water arthritis exercise , tai chi, and yoga.

Ewing School,
1701 Colegate Drive, Marietta, (740) 373-3781 Warm water arthritis exercise. Must have prescription from physician

O'Neill Senior Center,
333 Fourth St., Marietta, (740) 373-3914 - Multi-purpose senior center provides exercise programs, including Seniorcise and Stretch & Tone; and health screenings.

The Marietta Family YMCA, 300 Seventh St., Marietta, (740) 373-2250.

Volunteerism and Employment
Green Thumb Inc.
, 9963 Chillicothe Pike, Jackson, 1-800-338-7032. Participants earn minimum wages for 20 hours per week during training and work experience. Participants perform a variety of community services. Offers assistance to people age 55 and over. Develops part-time work opportunities, job search assistance and on-the-job training.

Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Washington County
333 Fourth Street, Marietta, OH (740) 373-3107 Coordinates volunteer opportunities throughout the county including the tourist information center.

Washington County Citizen Corp
Uniting Communities, Preparing the Nation. For more information or to join call (740) 373-3107.

The Senior Aide Program of Washington/Morgan Community Action, 218 Putnam Street, Marietta, OH (740) 373-3745 provides part-time temporary pays minimum wage to people over the age of employment for people over age 55 who meet certain income requirements. This program is designed to help while they are getting program participants gain the experience and training while they find a better job needed to obtain suitable employment in the private sector.

Home maintenance
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, D.C.
- Offers services to improve living conditions and assist very low-income applicants in rural areas. Loans are available to modernize the home or to remove health and safety hazards. Grants are available for repairs that remove health and safety hazards. Applications are available at local origination office.

USDA Rural Development, 618 Colegate Drive, Marietta, 472-0781 or (740) 373-0851 - Offers loans and grants for rural housing repair and ownership.
Washington/Morgan Counties Community Action, 218 Putnam St., Marietta, (740) 376-2796 - Offers funds for low-income homeowners (home must be current on taxes). The Housing Trust Fund is available for repairs not to exceed $5,000 and for the installation of handicap ramps and equipment. Applications are available at 698 Wayne St., Marietta, (740) 373-7671.

Social opportunities
O'Neill Senior Center,
333 Fourth St., Marietta, (740) 373-3914 - Multipurpose senior center provides wide variety of special programs and activities; trips, crafts, bridge, euchre, discussion and exercise groups; line dancing. and more.

Belpre Senior Citizens Center, 1614 Washington Blvd., Belpre, (740) 423-6022 - Senior citizens center offers variety of special programs, events, speakers and activities; potluck lunches.

Senior Clubs
many senior clubs throughout Washington County offer social opportunities for members. To locate a senior club in your area contact O'Neill Senior Center at (740) 373-3914.

Homemaker and Chore services

O'Neill Senior Center, 333 Fourth St., Marietta, (740) 373-3914 - O'Neill's Homemaker Service provides services to seniors who need assistance with light housekeeping, errands and meal preparation. Homemaker supervisor can make a home visit to determine individual needs. Chore Service provides help with heavier household chores and home maintenance. Call (740) 373-3914 for more information.

Washington/Morgan Community Action,
218 Putnam Street, Marietta, 218 Putnam Street, Marietta, OH (740) 373-3745, provides services to seniors who need assistance with light housekeeping, errands and meal preparation.

Comfort Keepers, 517 Warren Street, Marietta, OH (740) 373-7125

Washington County Job and Family Services,
1115 Gilman Avenue, Marietta, (740) 373-5513. Chore service available to eligible seniors provides limited assistance with household chores.

PASSPORT, PO Box 368, Reno, OH 1-800-331-2644. PASSPORT is a program funded jointly by Ohio Medicaid and the federal government. The program offers a cost-effective, in-home alternative to nursing home care for Ohio residents age 60 and older and may include the following: personal care, homemaker, home medical equipment, respite care, home delivered meals, minor home modifications, adult day services and more. Call for more information.

Legal services
O'Neill Senior Center,
333 Fourth St., Marietta, (740) 373-3914 - Limited legal services provided by Southeastern Ohio Legal Services. are available by appointment at theContact O'Neill Center by an attorney from Southeastern Ohio Legal Services. Call the center to receive an application for legal services.

Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation,
1-800-877-9772 if eligible, volunteers from the Ohio Attorney General's Office can provide you with: general will, general POA, living will, health care POA. Supportive services

Caregiver Advocacy and Support Program
Administered by Area Agency on Aging. Contact Mechelle Adams for more information at (740) 374-9436.

Golden Buckeye Card applications -
Applications for Buckeye Card are taken at the O'Neill Senior Center, 333 Fourth St., Marietta. Seniors age 60 and over, and those with permanent and total disabilities, can receive a free senior discount card good all over Ohio.

HEAP Home Energy Assistance Program helps low income residents with heating costs. For application or assistance in completing forms contact O'Neill Senior Center, 333 Fourth Street, Marietta (740) 373-3914

Insurance and Medicare paperwork assistance OSHIP trained volunteers are available to answer your questions regarding Medicare and Supplemental Insurance. Contact either O'Neill Senior Center at (740) 373-3914 or Marietta Memorial Hospital Outreach at (740) 374-1634 to schedule an appointment.

Monthly Food Assistance Commodity Program, for more information and applications call (740) 373-5741

Helpful Senior Web sites

O'Neill Senior Center
Area Agency on Aging
Ohio Department on Aging
American Association of Retired Persons
NCOA Benefits Checkup .


One of the state's better Golden Buckeye bargains can be found at Ohio's 73 state parks, where Golden Buckeye cardholders receive a 50 percent discount on campsites, Monday through Thursday, at all state parks throughout the year.

Ohio license applications
- Applications for various Ohio licenses can be picked up at the O'Neill Senior Center, 333 Fourth St., Marietta. Ohioans age 66 and older are eligible for free hunting, fishing, fur taking permit, deer permit, turkey permit and wetlands habitat stamp.

Information provided in cooperation with O'Neill Senior Center



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