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Ohio Department of Aging Press Release

April 28, 2010

Governor Recognizes May as Time to Celebrate Older Ohioans

2010 Older Americans Month Theme is 'Age Strong! Live Long!'

COLUMBUS - Governor Ted Strickland has recognized May 2010 as Older Americans Month in Ohio and Tuesday, May 18, as Senior Citizens Day. The Ohio Department of Aging supports and promotes celebrations for Older Americans Month and Senior Citizens Day in communities all over the state. The theme for 2010 is "Age Strong! Live Long!"

"Today's older Ohioans span three generations and have lived through hard times, as well as periods of unprecedented prosperity," said Governor Strickland. "They have pioneered technologies in medicine, communications and industry while spearheading a cultural revolution that won equal rights for minorities, women and disabled Americans. It is important and very fitting to celebrate the history and heritage of older Americans during this month."

"These remarkable achievements demonstrate the strength and character of older Americans, and underscore the debt of gratitude we owe to the generations that have given our society so much," added Barbara E. Riley, director of the department.

The department encourages communities, senior centers, organizations and individuals to host public events to celebrate seniors in their communities. Local events traditionally include health fairs, luncheons, dances, outings, day trips and more. The department's Web site, www.aging.ohio.gov/news/olderamericansmonth/, lists activities throughout the month from across the state and also provides resources to help organizations and individuals plan and promote events.

The department also is holding an Older Americans Month photo contest to launch its new page on Facebook, the popular social networking Web site. To enter, Facebook members can visit the department's page on Facebook, become a fan and post their photo (limit one entry per individual) by May 9, 2010. Department staff will select the top three submissions, which will be featured on the department's Older Americans Month Web page, as well as on the department's page on Facebook.

About Older Americans Month - Older Americans Month was established in 1963 and is sponsored nationally by the U.S. Administration on Aging. The Ohio Department of Aging supports the statewide observation in cooperation with area agencies on aging, local senior centers and the entire aging network.

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.

State of Ohio
Executive Department
Office of the Governor


MAY 2010

Older Americans Month is observed nationally each May to celebrate the accomplishments of our older citizens and to express our gratitude for the contributions they have made, and continue to make, to our communities.

The Ohio Department of Aging promotes Older Americans Month and supports local organizations that host activities. The theme for Older Americans Month 2010 is "Age Strong! Live Long!"

Older Ohioans are among our most treasured resources, united by historical experiences, strengthened by diversity and interpreting events through varied perspectives and backgrounds to bring wisdom and insight to their communities.

Increasing numbers of adults are reaching retirement age and remaining strong and active for longer than ever before. They deserve recognition for the contributions they have made and will continue to make to the culture, economy and character of our community and our state and our nation.

FOR ALL OF THESE REASONS, I, TED STRICKLAND, Governor of the State of Ohio, proclaim May 2010, as Older Americans Month and May 18, 2010 as Senior Citizens Day.

I urge all Ohioans and communities to celebrate the many ways older Ohioans are aging strong and living long.


Ted Strickland