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Public comments on state plan on aging welcomed through June 26

June 13, 2014

From Choice to Voice: Ohio's State Plan on Aging, FFY 2015-2018The federal Older Americans Act (OAA) requires the Ohio Department of Aging to submit periodic plans that establish our strategic framework for delivering OAA services in our state. OAA services in Ohio include nutrition programs, disease prevention and health promotion, supportive services, caregiver support, civic engagement and other special projects.

We are seeking public review and feedback on our draft state plan for federal fiscal years 2015-2018. This plan is built on the fact that we can't meet the needs of our growing and changing aging population by simply doing the same things better. Innovation is a must. The theme of the plan is "From Choice to Voice" and reflects our ongoing commitment to person-centered approaches that put the individual at the center of all decisions.

We are committed to improving the health outcomes of our Golden Buckeyes and continue to operate under the guiding principles of the Governor's Office of Health Transformation. The report outlines our approaches to foster innovation not just at the Department of Aging, but also among all the providers and advocates in Ohio's aging network. Together, our strategic plan and this state plan drive us toward a mission to ensure that Ohio stays on the leading edge of innovation and is responsive to our elders' changing needs.

Our five state plan goals for OAA services are:

  1. Intensify reach of ombudsmen to home- and community-based consumers.
  2. Create a person-centered informal caregiver support system.
  3. Develop a sustainable approach to assuring the values and priorities of care recipients are considered and respected.
  4. Equip communities to adapt and respond to the changing needs of people living with dementia.
  5. Encourage all Ohioans to engage in health promotion and disease prevention activities.

The comment period for the State Plan on Aging ended on June 26, 2014.
Please watch our State Plan web page for the final plan when published.

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