Oneida County Department on Aging

Friday is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

Organizers say the day is designed to raise awareness of elder abuse and neglect, and to renew the commitment to preserving the rights of older adults. Physical, emotional, and sexual abuse, neglect and abandonment are areas where elder abuse is most common.

Oneida County Department on Aging Director Dianne Jacobson says a principal form of abuse isn't the first one that comes to mind...

Local professionals will speak soon on a topic most people tend to put off: putting their affairs in order before they pass on.

The Oneida County Department on Aging, the Vilas County Commission on Aging and the Caregiver Alliance of the Northwoods are sponsoring the "Final Affairs" seminar November 8 in Rhinelander.

Joel Gottsacker is Assistant Director of Oneida County Department on Aging says the speakers will cover core topics...

No one welcomes thinking about their own death, but seminars coming up in Woodruff and Rhinelander this month might give those handling your affairs an easier time of it. Adults of any age are invited to the free "Final Affairs" seminars.

Oneida County Department on Aging Director Dianne Jacobson outlines the event..

Senior Farmers Market Vouchers Still Available

Aug 15, 2016

The Oneida County Department on Aging says there are still vouchers available to area residents age 60 or older.

Director of Oneida County Department on Aging Dianne Jacobson says an individual must have a monthly income less than $1,800 or $2,400 for a household of two to qualify for the Senior Farmers Market Vouchers. Eligible residents will receive a $25 voucher to use at any certified farmer’s market.


Nicolet Area Technical College

Northwoods Seniors are getting free help filling out their federal and state tax forms from local volunteers, one of whom is getting real-life experience as she gets an accounting degree.

Angie Payfer helps two mornings per week at the Oneida County Senior Center in Rhinelander. She's a Nicolet College Accounting student. She and other volunteers do the federal and state paperwork and will e-file the returns.

Payfer says many Seniors are relieved to find out the paperwork is done and their taxes are filed..

A need to find workers who can go to homes of seniors who need some care is the motivation for free classes going on in Rhinelander through May.

The College of the Menominee Nation and the Oneida County Health Department are sponsoring the Home Health Care sessions.

College spokesperson Debra Norton says they're offering a three-credit college personal care workers course. She says they found a need in the Northwoods for this type of training...

The county boards in Oneida, Vilas and Forest counties will soon vote whether to form a Transit Commission in the Northwoods. It could mean more transportation options for all citizens.

Oneida County Department on Aging Director Dianne Jacobson says the three county departments  have had transportation for elderly and disabled citizens for many years. But a Transit Commission could be grant funded and provide rides for anyone.

Jacobson says after years of discussion, action could happen next month...


Much was debated in Congress about mandatory across the board  budget cuts called sequestration. The impacts the federal sequester made in areas such as air traffic controllers and military bands were widely reported,  but the  cuts are having an impact on meals delivered to senior citizens.  

Ken Krall talks with Dianne Jacobson, the Director of the Oneida County Department on Aging about tough times for the Senior Nutrition Program.

Oneida County Department on Aging Director Dianne Jacobson. More information is available at the office in Rhinelander.