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Ohio Department of Aging Press Release

March 21, 2014

Governor Kasich reappoints Heath Hughes to Ohio Advisory Council for Aging

Central Ohio resident has proven record of advocating for Ohio elders

COLUMBUS - Governor John R. Kasich recently reappointed Heath Hughes of Columbus to the Ohio Advisory Council for Aging. The advisory council reviews plans, budgets and issues that impact older Ohioans, and advocates specific administrative and legislative actions. Mr. Hughes serves as one of the council's 12 appointed members, and his term will end in November 2016.

Heath Hughes "Heath Hughes is a tireless advocate for older Ohioans, and he brings valuable insight, innovative thinking and real life experience to the advisory council," said Bonnie K. Burman, Sc.D., director of the Department. "We are fortunate to have his fresh perspective on the council as we work to provide more opportunities for the state's older adults to grow, thrive and contribute."

Mr. Hughes chose a career of caring for our elders after watching his grandmother have difficulty navigating the long-term care process when she needed personal care. He founded Senior Home Choice, which offers assisted living care in real homes and in real neighborhoods for elders who don't want to live in institutional facilities. The company operates in the Cincinnati, Columbus and Dayton areas.

Mr. Hughes spends his free time advocating for young women with breast cancer. After the war in Kosovo in the late 1990s, he traveled there to volunteer to help locals. He is always looking for ways to solve problems and contribute to the lives of others. In 2011, he received Columbus Business First's Forty Under 40 award.

In addition to the 12 members appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate, the Ohio Advisory Council for Aging also includes a number of ex-officio members: four members of the Ohio General Assembly and the directors of the state departments of Aging, Mental Health and Addiction Services, Developmental Disabilities, Health, Medicaid and Job and Family Services. For more information, visit www.aging.ohio.gov/information/advisorycouncil/.

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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