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Ohio Department of Aging Press Release

March 5, 2010

National Officials Answer Seniors' Questions about Census 2010

Ohio Needs a Complete Count to Secure Representation, Funding

COLUMBUS - In the March 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 talks with state and national officials about the 2010 U.S. Census. Rose Simmons, the Census Bureau Team Leader for Central and Northwest Ohio, and Kevin Boyce, the Treasurer for the State of Ohio, join Director Riley to discuss the importance of the Census, particularly its potential impact on funding for senior services, and answer some common questions seniors may have.

"Participating in the census is easy and quick. You simply answer 10 short questions and mail the form back in the postage-paid envelope provided," Director Riley said. "But, as simple and straight-forward as the process is, many do not complete the census. It is vital that Ohio gets an accurate count of its citizens to preserve congressional representation and funding for certain state and federal programs."

In the second segment, Assistant State Tourism Director Alicia Reece returns to "Finer with Age" to share some excellent springtime getaways that will help viewers shake off the grip of a long, harsh winter.

"Finer With Age" is produced monthly by the Ohio Department of Aging and 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.