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Ohio Department of Aging Press Release

March 30, 2010

Department of Aging Announces Theme for Older Americans Month

Annual Celebration Encourages All Ohioans to Age Strong and Live Long

Older Americans Month 2010: Age Strong! Live Long!COLUMBUS - The Ohio Department of Aging announced today that the theme for Older Americans Month 2010 is "Age Strong! Live Long!" Each May is observed across the nation as Older Americans Month, a time to celebrate the contributions seniors make to their communities. The department establishes a theme each year to promote awareness of issues unique to this age group and to help local organizations plan events throughout the state.

"Ohioans are living longer, more active and more engaged lives than ever before and they are making a difference like never before," said Barbara E. Riley, director of the department. "Our seniors are in the workforce, taking college courses, and volunteering their time and talents. They are, indeed, aging strong, and we know this activity helps keep them healthy and vital."

The department provides information on Older Americans Month on its Web site, www.aging.ohio.gov/news/olderamericansmonth/. Visitors will find a toolkit to help local senior centers, community leaders, advocates and others plan activities for the month and, specifically, Senior Citizens Day, which is May 18 this year. Resources on the site include an event planning guide, activity ideas, publicity materials, posters and other useful items.

Local celebrations of Older Americans Month and Senior Citizens Day traditionally include awards dinners, picnics, dances, health fairs, intergenerational activities and more. Organizations hosting activities are invited to list their events on the Web page as well.

About Older Americans Month

Older Americans Month was established in 1963 to acknowledge the contributions of past and present older citizens. Every President since Kennedy has issued a formal proclamation during or before the month of May asking the entire nation to pay tribute in some way to older persons in their communities. The observance is sponsored by the U.S. Administration on Aging.

About ODA

The Ohio Department of Aging provides leadership for the delivery of services and supports that improve and promote quality of life and personal choice for older Ohioans, adults with disabilities, their families and their caregivers. Working with 12 area agencies on aging and other community partners, the department offers home- and community-based Medicaid waiver programs such as PASSPORT, the long-term care ombudsman program, the Golden Buckeye Card and more. Visit www.aging.ohio.gov.