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Ohio Department of Aging Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jan. 8, 2010

"Finer With Age" Discusses Importance of Seniors as Blood Donors
January is National Volunteer Blood Donor Month

COLUMBUS - In the January episode of "Finer With Age," the Ohio Department of Aging's monthly television talk show for older adults and their caregivers, Director Barbara E. Riley chats with experts about the importance of blood donation at a time when blood supplies are typically low. Rodney Wilson and Leah Santalucia, with the Central Ohio Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross, describe the donation process and encourage viewers to consider giving blood regularly.

"Approximately 40,000 pints of blood are used each day in the United States," Riley said. "January is National Volunteer Blood Donor Month and a great time to learn more about blood, the need for it and the donation process."

In the show's second segment, Director Riley talks with Duana Patton and Sally Blue, from the Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging in Mansfield, which was chosen out of hundreds of agencies across the country to decorate ornaments for the White House Christmas tree. The ornaments were designed by senior artists and each one paid tribute to a building or site with historical significance or cultural importance in Ohio.

"Finer With Age" is produced monthly by the Ohio Department of Aging, through a partnership with Ohio Government Television. The show is broadcast on select cable access and public broadcasting stations throughout the state. Check your local listings or contact your cable provider for air times. Viewers also may watch current and recent episodes on the program's Web site, FinerWithAge.com.

About ODA

The Ohio Department of Aging provides leadership for the delivery of services and supports that improve and promote quality of life and personal choice for older Ohioans, adults with disabilities, their families and their caregivers. Working with 12 area agencies on aging and other community partners, the department offers home- and community-based Medicaid waiver programs such as PASSPORT, the long-term care ombudsman program, the Golden Buckeye Card and more. Visit www.aging.ohio.gov.