State Fiscal Year 2013
Albert Einstein once said: "The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking." Here in the Department of Aging, we are able to support and promote deep system change because we are thinking about older adults in new ways and through a new lens. Everything we do, day-in and day-out, is in support of a new vision of elderhood that was articulated so well by Barry Barkan, a national leader in long-term care culture change:
- An elder is a person who is still growing, still a learner, still with potential and whose life continues to have within it, promise for, and connection to the future.
- An elder is still in pursuit of happiness, joy and pleasure, and her or his birthright to these remains intact.
- Moreover, an elder is a person who deserves respect and honor and whose work it is to synthesize wisdom from long life experience and formulate this into a legacy for future generations.
There remains a pervasive, declinist view of aging in society, but we are begining to change those attitudes in Ohio. It is our mission to ensure that elders are respected as vital members who continue to grow, thrive and contribute. It is our duty as the state unit on aging to ensure that our Golden Buckeyes have access to the opportunities and resources they need to unleash their power.
Innovation is key; we cannot fully meet our elders' needs by simply doing the same things better. This is why right now is such an exciting time to be a part of Ohio's aging network. As you will see in this report, Ohio is blazing new trails to create a better future for all Ohioans, and the nation is taking notice.
We appreciate the opportunities we have been afforded this year to serve our elders and our state. We look forward to continuing our work on their behalf in the years ahead.
Bonnie K. Burman
Ohio Department of Aging
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