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Ohio Department of Aging Press Release

April 15, 2011

"Finer With Age" focuses on eyesight and preventing blindness

April episode also features a personal look at The Red Hat Society

COLUMBUS - In the April episode of "Finer With Age," the Ohio Department of Aging's monthly television talk show for elders and their caregivers, Director Bonnie Kantor-Burman, sits down with Kira Baldonado, of Prevent Blindness Ohio and Ohio's Aging Eye Public Private Partnership, and Dr. Larry Leguire, the Director of Electrophysiological Testing and Eye Research at Nationwide Children's Hospital, to talk about how we can protect our eyesight and prevent blindness.

"Vision impairment for some is a natural part of aging, but that doesn't mean you should ignore it. The number of people in America who suffer vision loss continues to increase, despite the understanding that half of all blindness can be prevented," said Kantor-Burman. "Ohio's Aging Eye Public Private Partnership is helping the state prepare the early detection, treatment and rehabilitation services that will be needed as the baby boomers age and their risk for age-related eye diseases increases."

In the program's second segment, Kantor-Burman is joined by Carmela Criswell and Jane Hartman, two Red Hat Society queens who enlighten us on what it means to have HAT-itude. The Red Hat Society is reshaping the way women are viewed in today's culture. On April 25, chapters worldwide will celebrate the thirteenth annual Red Hat Society Day.

"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 website, 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.


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