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Ohio Department of Aging Press Release

May 3, 2010

Governor Strickland Discusses What Makes Ohioans "Finer With Age"

Department Celebrates Older Americans Month on Monthly TV Show

COLUMBUS - Governor Ted Strickland sits down with Barbara E. Riley, director of the Ohio Department of Aging, on the May episode of "Finer With Age," the department's monthly television talk show for older adults and their caregivers. Gov. Strickland shares his perspective on being a fully engaged older Ohioan who believes Ohio seniors are one of our state's great assets.

"Each May we celebrate Older American's month to commemorate the accomplishments of our older citizens, thank them for their contributions, and encourage them to live vibrant, meaningful lives," said Director Riley. "It's only fitting that we hear from one of our most prominent Ohioans about why senior citizens are among our state's most valuable assets."

In the show's second segment, we go on-location to Schnormeier Gardens, in the gently rolling hills of Gambier, Ohio, to get an exclusive glimpse of an amazing private estate that is open to the public only one weekend each June. The 75-acre estate features exquisite gardens with a distinct Asian flavor, featuring a variety of plantings that are rich in color and texture accented by boulders, stone walls, waterfalls, unique sculptures and structures.

"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.