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Ohio Department of Aging Press Release

April 17, 2013

Essay projects asks, "How do you unleash the power of the Golden Buckeyes?"

Ohioans asked to share how they live lives inspired by age, not defined by it

COLUMBUS - May is Older Americans Month, and Ohio's theme for 2013 is "Unleash Your Power: Be a Golden Buckeye!" The Ohio Department of Aging invites Ohioans of any age to submit a written, photo or video essay that completes the statement "I am a Golden Buckeye and I unleash my power by..." Submissions will be accepted via the department's page on Facebook and by postal mail through May 31. The department will highlight selected submissions on its website and social media.

"As the nation is being encouraged to unleash the power of age, we are turning to our Golden Buckeyes to tell us how they choose to live healthy, active lives defined by their actions and contributions," said Bonnie Kantor-Burman, director of the department. "Are you a Golden Buckeye? How do you unleash your power?"

From now through the end of May, visit www.facebook.com/OhioDepartmentOfAging/ and post your response to the department's timeline. Posting requires a free Facebook account and the photos and videos must conform to Facebook's terms of service. Individuals also may submit their essays by mail to (note: photos and videos cannot be returned):

Ohio Department of Aging
ATTN: Communications Unit
50 W. Broad St./9th Fl.
Columbus, OH 43215-3363

Followers of the Ohio Department of Aging Facebook page receive updates about the department from various sources, including the department's award-winning electronic publications, as well as news and information about opportunities to grow, thrive and contribute.

Since 1963, people in towns and cities across the nation have used the month of May to celebrate the contributions of older Americans. The Ohio Department of Aging has sponsored Older Americans Month in the state since 1977 and sets a state theme. The national theme for 2013, established by the federal Administration for Community Living, is "Unleash the Power of Age!" Ohio's theme builds on that with a personal call to "Unleash the Power: Be a Golden Buckeye!" Visit www.aging.ohio.gov/news/olderamericansmonth/ to learn more.

About ODA - The Ohio Department of Aging works to ensure that Ohio is on the leading edge of innovation in responding to the growing and changing aging population. We work with state agencies, area agencies on aging and other local partners 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, the long-term care ombudsman program, the Golden Buckeye Card and more. Visit www.aging.ohio.gov.


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