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May 2011

OhioMeansGenerations.com - Because 50+ Matters
Aging network gets preview of new resource

Ohioans age 50 and older represent the fastest growing segment of the state's population, as well as the largest group of active workers, learners and volunteers. With longer lives and healthier lifestyles, older adults will stay active, engaged and employed well beyond retirement age. This means that older Ohioans will affect the state in some very powerful ways and enjoy exciting opportunities to just keep getting better and better.

Ohio Means Generations

Businesses, organizations and schools, are adapting to make the most of our older population's skills, experience and values. They are providing jobs, classes and opportunities with more flexibility and supporting diverse lifestyles with expanded benefits.

Ohio Means Generations is a multi-agency initiative to help people of all ages, but particularly Ohioans age 50 and older, realize their full potential as workers, students and volunteers, while assisting employers, schools and civic organizations to achieve more in their communities. The companion website, OhioMeansGenerations.com, is a collaboration of the Ohio Departments of Aging, Development and Job and Family Services, the state Workforce Development Board, the Ohio Board of Regents, the Ohio Community Service Council, area agencies on aging, as well as other organizations devoted to promoting civic engagement for adults age 50-plus.

On OhioMeansGenerations.com, Ohioans can seek opportunities to remain in or return to the workforce, acquire new skills and continue a lifetime of learning, or put their time and talents to good use serving their communities. Job seekers will be able to search for jobs on OhioMeansJobs.com or discover if they qualify for the Senior Community Service Employment Program. They can find help to create or grow a small business and links to more information sources. They also can find a local one-stop center, available in all 88 Ohio counties, which provides services to local businesses and job seekers. The one-stops work with county agencies and other partners to deliver a variety of employment and training services, such as skills assessments, career counseling, computer training labs, resume writing assistance and more.

Employers who visit OhioMeansGenerations.com will find help to recruit and retain 50-plus workers and will be able to post jobs and find workers on OhioMeansJobs.com.

Regularly engaging in the workforce, in volunteer activities or in the classroom will help keep minds active and prolong healthy brain function, as well as promote physical wellness. For example, people who volunteer have been shown to have lower rates of heart disease than those who do not. The physical activity that comes from working, learning and volunteering can reduce the risks for chronic disease and disability as people age.

Ohio Means Generations celebrates diversity and uses it to maximize Ohio's impact in a global economy. Visit OhioMeansGenerations.com for news, resources and links that can help older Ohioans make the most of the opportunities available.

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Ohio Veterans Bonus
Veterans or people currently serving in the U.S. armed forces may be eligible for the Ohio Veterans Bonus, a monetary award to veterans of recent wars. Although 33,572 Ohio veterans have received bonuses from the state, more than three times that many who are eligible haven't applied. Former and current personnel who served at least 90 days on active duty are eligible to receive $100 per month of service for duty in the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan or Iraq, up to a maximum of $1,000. Veterans who served elsewhere in the world during those conflicts can receive $50 a month of duty, up to $500. Veterans with medical discharges and families of those killed in action or who died of disease related to service are eligible for larger bonuses. For more information or to apply, call toll-free 1-877-644-6838, visit www.veteransbonus.ohio.gov or visit any county veterans service office.


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