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Ohio Department of Aging Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 30, 2015

Ohio Scholars in Aging Program provides opportunities, experience for future leaders

Students helping Ohio prepare for an aging population

COLUMBUS - The Ohio Scholars in Aging Program cultivates future decision-makers and designers of aging services in Ohio, while ensuring that Ohio communities and businesses design and implement solutions that address the issues, opportunities and impact of an aging population. During the spring semester, five students are helping to prepare and build a responsive statewide infrastructure for our aging population.

Ohio Scholars in Aging logo"These students are the future leaders in the field of gerontology, they will help Ohio prepare and build a responsive statewide infrastructure for our aging population, while providing valuable support and advocacy for our elders," said Bonnie K. Burman, Sc.D., director of the department. "They promote the kind of care and caring that we would each want for our loved ones as they age. We are inspired by their commitment to creating a better life for our elders."

The internships vary, but all contribute to the development of innovative approaches to elder services while providing unique experience and knowledge from existing policy makers and advocates that participants will use to help Ohio respond to its growing and changing aging population.

  • Rachel Briceland, originally from Columbiana, Ohio, is a senior majoring in exercise science and gerontology at Youngstown State University (YSU). She is interning with YSU at St. Joe's at the Eastwood mall, a satellite location of St. Joseph's Hospital in Warren, Ohio. She works out with older adults while teaching them the benefits of physical activity and exercise, as well as performs a variety of health screening tests.
     
  • Cayleigh M. Crook, originally from Wellsville, Ohio, is a senior majoring in nursing home administration at Kent State University. She is interning with Covington Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation in East Palestine, Ohio, where she is gaining hands-on experience in all facets of person centered care in a facility setting.
     
  • Mitchell Eyerman, originally from Rocky River, Ohio, is a junior double-majoring in microbiology and pre-medical studies with a minor in gerontology at Miami University. He is interning with Ohio's Office of the State Long-term Care Ombudsman and developing a nursing home quality improvement project to reduce falls and fall related risks.
     
  • Emily Kowal, originally from Kettering, Ohio, is a senior majoring in social work at The Ohio State University she will also be studying occupational therapy at OSU beginning this summer. She is interning with Goodwill Columbus in the Health and Wellness Department working with older adults with developmental disabilities. Her honors thesis looks at the intersections of age, developmental disability and familial relationships.
     
  • Sophia Postich is a senior majoring in human development and family studies at Bowling Green State University. She is a marketing intern with Otterbein Portage Valley, assisting them with the promotion and coordination of events while learning administrative tasks and daily operations.

The Ohio Department of Aging (ODA) has partnered with the Ohio Association of Gerontology and Education (OAGE) to create the Ohio Scholars in Aging program. The program is for students who are enrolled in an internship or practicum that involves older adults or their caregivers. The program links students' hands-on experience to aging-related policy at the state level while providing scholars the opportunity to establish career-long professional contacts and gain valuable career knowledge and skills in the field of aging.

ODA and OAGE are accepting applications for the summer 2015 Ohio Scholars in Aging Program through May 8, 2015. Visit www.oage.org/new/index.php/students/scholars-program for more information and to apply.

Photos
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Rachel Briceland with Department of Aging Director Bonnie K. Burman
Rachel Briceland with Bonnie K. Burman,
director of the Ohio Department of Aging

Cayleigh M. Crook with Department of Aging Director Bonnie K. Burman
Cayleigh M. Crook with Bonnie K. Burman,
director of the Ohio Department of Aging

Mitchell Eyerman with State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Beverley Laubert (left) and Bonnie K. Burman, director of the Ohio Department of Aging (right)
Mitchell Eyerman with State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Beverley Laubert (left) and Bonnie K. Burman, director of the Ohio Department of Aging (right)

Emily Kowal with Department of Aging Director Bonnie K. Burman
Emily Kowal with Bonnie K. Burman,
director of the Ohio Department of Aging

Sophia Postich with Department of Aging Director Bonnie K. Burman
Sophia Postich with Bonnie K. Burman,
director of the Ohio Department of Aging

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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