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Ohio Department of Aging Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 8, 2010

Elder Law Expert Answers Seniors' Questions about Advance Directives

It's Your Will to Designate, "Finer With Age" Looks at How to Do It

COLUMBUS - In the July 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 and William Browning, a certified elder law attorney and partner with Browning, Meyer and Ball, discuss advance directives, living wills and durable health care powers of attorney. Browning, the past-president of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, shares why everyone should have advance directives, regardless of age or health. Advance directives and a living will allow you to select the person who will make decisions about your health care if you are unable to do so. This information can be especially important to same sex partners and for those who wish to name someone other than their next of kin as their designee.

"Most folks don't want to think about what would happen if they or a loved one were admitted to a hospital. But thinking about and planning for that possibility allows you to make sure your wishes are known. Do you know who would make your medical decisions if you were unable? Whom do you want to make these decisions?" Director Riley said. "If you have not taken the proper legal steps in documenting your choice, that person may not be the one making those important calls."

In the program's second segment, State Tourism Director Amir Eylon joins "Finer with Age" to share destinations for summer fun in the sun or in cool, air-conditioned comfort, right here in Ohio.

"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.