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Ohio Department of Aging Press Release

April 8, 2010

April Episode of "Finer With Age" Features Trio of Health Topics

Experts Discuss Wound Care, Organ Donation and Unique Role for Hairdressers

COLUMBUS - In the April 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 addresses a variety of health-related topics with guest experts. "Finer With Age" airs on local cable access stations and can be viewed online.

First, Director Riley meets Dr. Richard Schlanger, the medical director of the Comprehensive Wound Center at The Ohio State University, who talks about the public health impact of chronic wounds and the challenges of caring for them. Joining Riley and Schlanger is Stanley Fisher, a patient at the center, who shares his personal experience with chronic wounds.

Then, Director Riley is joined by Marilyn Pongonis, the director of communications for Lifeline of Ohio, who helps dispel some of the myths about older people as organ donors and provides resources for those who wish to donate.

Finally, Dr. Keith Anderson, assistant professor in social work at The Ohio State University, sits down with Director Riley. Dr. Anderson has been studying the close relationships that stylists have with their clients and how these relationships might benefit older adults and is co-author of the report "Hairstylists can help identify older clients who need health services."

"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.