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The Ohio Department of Aging

Ohio Department of Aging Annual Report

State Fiscal Year 2015

Introduction

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Dear Partner in Serving our Elders:

Under the leadership of Governor John Kasich, Ohio has made important strides toward preparing Ohio for the reality of an aging population. More than just bracing for the inevitable "age wave," Ohio rightfully saw opportunities in the growth of our elders. We continue to transform our state into one that harnesses the combined power of our elders and provides opportunities for them to grow, thrive and contribute, while also ensuring that they have access to the care they require as their needs change.

Benjamin Franklin once said, “Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.” That is why, at the Department of Aging and throughout our aging network, we are not resting on our successes, but rather using them as launching points for the next leg of our journey. We know that being prepared is not the same as being ready, and we work hard every day to make sure that we are ready to improve the lives of all Ohioans.

Our Golden Buckeyes are changing what it means to be aging. Today’s elders are more involved in their communities than ever, thanks to more resources and support to remain safe and healthy in their own homes, coupled with opportunities to work, learn, serve and mentor. However, they continue to face a significant challenge: Maintaining a level of health and wellness to sustain the level of independence they enjoy.

In this report, you will learn about continued and new efforts to help all Ohioans live “Well Beyond 60!” in a variety of ways. Together with our aging network, state agency and community partners, we are traveling the road to balance - a road that will take us to a place where all Ohioans enjoy opportunities to grow, thrive and contribute, while also having the peace of mind that they will be able to access high-quality, person-centered services and supports should they need them.

Bonnie K. Burman

Bonnie K. Burman, Sc.D.
Director
Ohio Department of Aging

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