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Ohio Department of Aging Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Aug. 18, 2010

Department of Aging Launches Grandparents Day Photo Project on Facebook

Submit Your Pictures of Generations Working, Learning and Serving Together

COLUMBUS - Grandparents Day is Sept. 12, 2010, and to celebrate, the Ohio Department of Aging is asking Ohioans to submit photos of grandparents and grandchildren working, learning and serving together via the agency's page on Facebook.

"Each day, our state and communities benefit from the diverse ways five or more distinct generations interact at work, at play and through service to others," said Barbara E. Riley, director of the department. "We need everyone's help to show the world how the strength of our generations makes us a great state in which to grow up and grow old."

Starting today, Ohioans can visit www.facebook.com/OhioDepartmentOfAging and post their Grandparents Day photos to the department's wall. Posting requires a free Facebook account and the photos must conform to Facebook's terms of service. Submissions will be accepted through Sept. 12.

Individuals also may submit their photos by mail to: Ohio Department of Aging, ATTN: Communications Division, 50 W. Broad St./9th Fl., Columbus OH 43215-3363. Mailed submissions must be postmarked no later than Wednesday, Sept. 8. Please note, we cannot return photos. Department staff will select three top submissions, which will be featured on the agency's Web page, as well as on its page on Facebook.

Followers of the Ohio Department of Aging page on Facebook receive updates and news about the department from various sources, including the department's award-winning electronic publications. They also will be able to access other organizations that serve or provide opportunities for Ohio seniors and others. Future activities planned include additional photo contests and discussions around timely issues.

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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.