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Ohio Department of Aging Press Release

March 10, 2011

Department of Aging, OAGE accepting Practitioner of the Year nominations

Annual award honors excellence in gerontology research and partnerships

COLUMBUS - For the seventh consecutive year, the Ohio Department of Aging has partnered with the Ohio Association of Gerontology and Education (OAGE) to present the OAGE Practitioner of the Year Award. The award recognizes individuals and organizations that either have improved services to older adults through research and evaluation or have developed noteworthy partnerships with institutions of higher learning for the betterment of Ohio's older population. Nominations will be accepted via the OAGE Web site, www.oage.org, through March 25, 2011.

"At the Department of Aging, we believe in preventive gerontology, or the concept that a proactive health strategy is important for an individual throughout his life, not just after he has reached a milestone age," said Bonnie Kantor-Burman, Sc. D, director of the department. "As a state, our residents are changing: we are living longer, more active lives, but dealing with more chronic disease, starting earlier in life. As a result, we need to seek and reward innovative approaches to gerontology that meet the needs of all our citizens and promote personal responsibility."

Examples of initiatives eligible for the Practitioner of the Year Award include student intern and mentorship programs; intergenerational programs that benefit students and older adults; use of performance measures to improve services; partnerships with institutions of higher learning to improve or expand services; research that results in improved practices or new services; and partnerships aimed at expanding the health and long-term care labor forces.

The winner will be announced at the OAGE annual spring conference, April 15, in Columbus.

About OAGE - The Ohio Association of Gerontology and Education (OAGE) is a membership organization comprised of gerontology educators, researchers, practitioners and students. OAGE supports Ohio's aging network as a resource for research and practice, and provides professional development opportunities. Visit www.oage.org.

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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