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Ohio Department of Aging Press Release

March 7, 2011

Experts discuss Alzheimer's disease and dementia on "Finer With Age"

March episode also features an artistic view on positive aging

COLUMBUS - In the March episode of "Finer With Age," the Ohio Department of Aging's monthly television talk show for older adults and their caregivers, Deputy Director Roland Hornbostel, sits down with Salli Bollin, the Executive Director of the Northwest Ohio Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, and Heather Menne, a research scientist with the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging. Millions of Americans now have Alzheimer's disease or another dementia and early onset is on the rise, if not in prevalence, at least in diagnosis.

"More Ohioans are turning 60 every year. And as we age there are few words that elicit the same concern and fear as the phrase 'Alzheimer's Disease,'" said Hornbostel. "A diagnosis of dementia doesn't have to be the beginning of the end, but it should be an opportunity to plan for the future if you haven't already devised a long-term health plan."

In the program's second segment, Sarah Jane Duffy, the executive producer of "Finer With Age," travels to Beachwood, a suburb of Cleveland, to meet an artist and sculptor who not only defies aging stereotypes, but also has overcome a disability that would have sidelined others with less determination and passion. Hy Snell is doing what he loves, and seeing some acclaim with a number of gallery exhibitions.

"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 website, 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.


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