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Ohio Department of Aging Press Release

April 30, 2013

During Older Americans Month, Ohio Department of Aging asks, "Are you a Golden Buckeye?"

Officials encourage each Ohioan to find and share ways to unleash the power of age

COLUMBUS - Are you a Golden Buckeye? That's the question the Ohio Department of Aging is asking all Ohioans as the state celebrates Older Americans Month in May, with the theme, "Unleash Your Power: Be a Golden Buckeye!" During Older Americans Month, the state celebrates the potential of older adults and baby boomers and promotes opportunities for them to unleash the power of age.

Unleash Your Power: Be a Golden Buckeye!"Golden Buckeyes live lives not defined by their age, but rather inspired by it. They choose to be respected and vital members of society and take advantage of opportunities to grow, thrive and contribute," said Bonnie Kantor-Burman, director of the Ohio Department of Aging. "There are more than 2.3 million Ohioans age 60 or older and another two million baby boomers living in our state today and comprising more than 40 percent of our state's total population. Imagine the potential we will unleash when these Golden Buckeyes make healthy decisions, share their knowledge and experiences, mentor others, expand their minds and more."

Throughout the month, the department encourages Ohioans of all ages to submit brief written, photo or video essays that complete the thought "I am a Golden Buckeye and I unleash my power by..." Submissions will be accepted through May 31 via the department's Facebook page or by mail to: Ohio Department of Aging, Attn: Communications Unit, 50 W. Broad St./9th Fl., Columbus, OH 43215-3363.

Visit the department's Older Americans Month Web page to learn more about the essay project, find resources and discover ways to unleash your power and be a Golden Buckeye. You'll also find tools to tell your friends that you are a Golden Buckeye, and invite them to do the same.

Since 1963, people in towns and cities across the nation have used the month of May to celebrate the contributions of older Americans. The Ohio Department of Aging has sponsored Older Americans Month in the state since 1977 and sets a state theme. The national theme for 2013, established by the federal Administration for Community Living, is "Unleash the Power of Age!" Ohio's theme builds on that with a personal call to "Unleash the Power: Be a Golden Buckeye!"

Governor's Resolution: Older Americans Month 2013

About ODA - The Ohio Department of Aging works to ensure that Ohio is on the leading edge of innovation in responding to the growing and changing aging population. We work with state agencies, area agencies on aging and other local partners to help integrate aging needs into local plans and ensure that aging Ohioans have access to a wide array of high-quality services and supports that are person-centered in policy and practice. Our programs include the PASSPORT Medicaid waiver, the long-term care ombudsman program, the Golden Buckeye Card and more. Visit www.aging.ohio.gov.


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