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Ohio Department of Aging Press Release

Aug. 6, 2010

Lower Body Cancers, Lifelong Learning Are Subjects of August TV Show

Health and Education Experts Visit "Finer With Age"

COLUMBUS - In the August episode of "Finer With Age," the Ohio Department of Aging's monthly television talk show for older adults and their caregivers, Director Barbara E. Riley chats with Cathy Phillips, the Director of the Columbus Cancer Clinic, and Jan Wallace, the Screening Services Director at the clinic, about lower body cancers (i.e., prostate, ovarian and colorectal cancer) and why older adults are at increased risk.

"We talk openly about some types of cancer, such as breast or lung cancer, but when the disease hits us, quite literally, below the belt, we tend to shy away from discussing it," Director Riley said. "Talking about your risks for these types of cancer with your family and physician can save your life or even that of a loved one."

In the program's second segment, Director Riley is joined by Anne Holaday from the College for Lifelong Learning at Sinclair Community College, and Vinie Walker, an 83-year-old college student, who examine opportunities for Ohioans age 60 and older to attend classes at no cost at most four- and two-year state universities and colleges.

"Finer With Age" is produced monthly by the Ohio Department of Aging and is broadcast on select cable access and public broadcasting stations throughout the state. Check your local listings or contact your cable provider for air times. Viewers also may watch current and recent episodes on the program's Web site, FinerWithAge.com.

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.