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Ohio Department of Aging Press Release

June 20, 2012

Ohio Department of Aging releases tools to help individuals, families and groups plan visits to fairs, festivals and vacation destinations this summer

Summer fun can be maximized for all ages with a little planning and care

COLUMBUS - On this first day of summer, Ohio Department of Aging Director Bonnie Kantor-Burman announced the availability of tools and tips to help older adults, or those traveling with older adults or people with special needs, to plan safe and enjoyable outings to great summer destinations in Ohio. Tip sheets and "Friend and Family Finder" tool, available on the department's website can help individuals, families and groups plan ahead to ensure a great time.

Summer fun can be maximized for all ages with a little planning and care
Summer Fun and Safety Toolkit
Plan Safe Visits to Summer Fairs, Festivals and Vacation Destinations
Friend and Family Finder
Excessive Heat and Older Adults

"Ohio is home to some of the nation's best amusement parks, zoos, historical sites, fairs and festivals, all of which offer summer fun for people of all ages," said Director Kantor-Burman. "With these tools, we hope to help all Ohioans get the most from their vacations. When you've planned well, you get to spend more time enjoying yourself."

Some of the tips included are:

  • Check attractions' websites for maps, parking info and tools to help plan your visit.
  • Ask in advance about discounts for seniors and veterans.
  • Ask if there are any areas of the venue that are not accessible for people with limited mobility.
  • Bring along a list of medications you take, along with dosage information.
  • Wear light-colored, cotton clothing and sunscreen.
  • Drink plenty of fluids and watch for signs of heat-related illness.
  • With a group, make sure you have plenty of support to ensure each person's safety.
  • Agree upon a meeting place and regular check-in times.

The department also developed a "Friend and Family Finder" tool that each person in a group can fill out and carry with him. The tool lists information that can help reunite someone with his group if separated.

About ODA - The Ohio Department of Aging works to ensure that our elders are respected as vital members of society who continue to grow, thrive and contribute. We work with state agencies and community partners, including area agencies on aging, to help integrate aging needs into local plans and ensure that aging Ohioans have access to a wide array of high-quality services and supports that are person-centered in policy and practice. Our programs include the PASSPORT Medicaid waiver, caregiver support, the long-term care ombudsman program, the Golden Buckeye Card and more. Visit www.aging.ohio.gov.


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