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Ohio Department of Aging Press Release

May 19, 2010

Department of Aging Recognizes Elder Caregivers for Their Selfless Contributions

Twelve Ohioans To Be Honored in Columbus at Annual Award Ceremony

COLUMBUS - Barbara E. Riley, director of the Ohio Department of Aging, and members of the Ohio General Assembly will honor 12 outstanding elder caregivers at the 17th annual Elder Caregiver Awards ceremony at the Capitol Theatre in Columbus from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on Monday, May 24.

"These special men and women exemplify the challenges faced by caregivers and the need to find ways to help family caregivers and neighbors as our population ages," said Riley. "Most of our honorees expressed surprise at receiving an award. In their opinion, they were just doing what they naturally would do for their loved ones. These caregivers demonstrate the dedication, determination and love for their family members that we all try to emulate."

Among those honored this year are members of the "sandwich generation" who have cared for parents, spouses and children, husbands and wives who provide care for their spouses and loving daughters who have taken care of their parents.

2010 Ohio Caregivers of the Year:

  • Terry Brown, Dayton
  • Thomas Brown, Dalton
  • Mary Camp, Wilmington
  • Lin-Yen Chang, Sylvania
  • Daris Dolan, Toledo
  • Ellen Eichenberger, Mayfield Heights
  • Olivia Eickholt, Cloverdale
  • George Gray, West Portsmouth
  • John Logan, Barnesville
  • Martha Osborne, Mt. Gilead
  • Penny Pearce, Warren
  • Elizabeth Ziegler, Westerville

Biographies and photos of the 2010 Elder Caregivers of the Year are on the Department of Aging's Web site at www.aging.ohio.gov/news/eldercaregiveraward/.

Thirteen outstanding individuals also will be inducted into the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame at the event.

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.