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Aging Connections at OSU

The Office of Geriatrics and Gerontology is proud to announce the release of the new Aging Connections web site at https://aging.osu.edu.  Aging Connections is a virtual “hub” for those at OSU who wish to learn about the broad array of aging opportunities on campus and build collaborations around aging with other faculty, staff and students at OSU.  The interdisciplinary nature of aging education, research, and care emphasizes the importance of connections between faculty, clinicians, students, and others interested in aging initiatives. The importance of collaborations, recognizing our many resources, and having a central location to learn about aging were prominent themes that were heard loud and clear at the aging retreat that took place in mid-2013.

If you know of other people or programs that should be included on the site, please don't hesitate to contact Michelle Myers at michelle.myers@osumc.edu or 614-685-5672.  The site will be continually updated as appropriate.  

We invite you to explore the website and begin connecting now at https://aging.osu.edu!

Building Intergenerational Communities

The City of Columbus Community Relations Commission is sponsoring a 2015 Lunch & Learn Series on "Building Intergenerational Communities".  Take your lunch and join their expert panels every third Friday of the month for informative presentations and discussions:


April 17th: Redefining Age/Generation

May 15th: Workplace

June 19th: Education

July 17th: Families
Lunch & Learns take place every third Friday of the month from 11:00am to 1:00pm at:

1111 East Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43215

(Free parking - lot off of 21st Avenue.)

For more information, call (614) 645-1950.

Difficult Conversations - A Book Signing

Caring for others or working in a setting where people are at the most vulnerable points in their lives are not easy tasks, and there are many things to consider when approaching end-of-life care.  Author Angelo Volandes, a physician and researcher at the Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, will be giving a talk and signing copies of his newly released book "The Conversations: A Revolutionary Plan for End of Life Care" at the end of April:

The Conversation: A Revolutionary Plan for End-of-Life Care

April 27th, 2015
7:00pm

Barnes & Noble
Easton Town Center
4005 Townsfair Way

Columbus, OH 43219


This book has received multiple reviews from the New York Times, Washington Post, The Atlantic, CNBC, Forbes, Atlantic Profile, and others.  It was also reviewed on NPR

We hope you will be able to join Dr. Volandes on April 27th to enhance your knowledge of end of life care!  


Alzheimer's Association Fact & Figures for 2015

The Alzheimer’s Association recently released the Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures for 2015, and to those of us in the field of aging this information may not be surprising, but it is certainly sobering.  According to the new facts and figures, over 5 million people in the U.S. in 2015 who are 65 years or older are estimated to have Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), and of this total, over 3 million are women.  Additionally, there are more non-Hispanic white people living with AD than any other ethnic or racial group. 

Alzheimer’s Disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S., and is the only disease in the top 10 causes of death category that cannot be prevented, cured, or slowed.  Additionally, deaths from AD have increased by almost 70% between 2000 and 2012, and AD is the only leading cause of death that has increased death rates; all others disease categories in the top 10 causes of death have experienced a decrease in related deaths.

In 2015, this translated to over 700,000 deaths of older adults who died or will die due to AD.  The estimated cost of Alzheimer’s Disease in 2015 is significant as well, coming in at $226 billion with 1 in every 5 Medicare dollars spent on people with AD.  Additional significant costs are associated with caregivers of people with AD.  Approximately two-thirds of women are caregivers with somebody with AD, and 41% of caregivers have a yearly income of less than $50K.  Understandably, almost 60% of caregivers report higher stress levels, 40% suffer from depression, and these and other related issues lead to additional healthcare costs up to $10 billion for caregiving.  As you can see, the cost of AD to the nation is overwhelming, and likely to increase. 

In Ohio, AD is the sixth leading cause of death, with the actual number of reported cases of death due to AD in 2015 for persons 65 years old or older set at 210,000.  In fact, it is estimated that 12% of the senior population in Ohio have AD.  Caregiver burden is high in Ohio, too, with an estimated value of unpaid care of over $8 billion. 

For more information about care in Ohio, click here.

Isabelle Ridgway Care Center Spring Dance

Student Daniele Hillmon in the OSU College of Social Work is interning with the Buckeye Civic Engagement Connection (BCEC) working with older adults at the Isabelle Ridgway Care Center. Part of her project includes creating activities that challenge dexterity, memory, and encourage social interaction.  To that end, Ms. Hillmon has planned a Spring Dance / "Senior Prom".


Isabelle Ridgway Care Center
Spring Dance

(In the Dining Room)

1520 Hawthorne Avenue
Columbus, OH 43203

April 25, 2015
2-4pm


Need a service project for your class?  Want to spend quality time with older adults? Then this is the event for you!

For more information, contact Daniele Hillmon at hillmon.14@osu.edu.

Ohio Scholars in Aging Award - OSU Recipient

Congratulations to Emily Kowal, an OSU student in the College of Social Work, who was named an Ohio Association of Gerontology and Education (OAGE) Scholar in Aging for Spring 2015!  Per the requirements, Emily completed an internship at Goodwill Columbus working in the Health and Wellness department with older adults with developmental disabilities. 

A joint collaboration between ODA and OAGE, the program is designed for students enrolled in a practicum, internship, clinical, or other related educational activity that involves caring for older adults or their caregivers.  Through this program, students have the opportunity to gain additional knowledge, skills, and establish professional contacts in the field of aging that can last a lifetime. 

If you have a student who you think fits the criteria and may benefit from this award, click here.

NIA Academic Leadership Career Award (NIH)

The NIA recently announced an opportunity to apply for a NIA Research Leadership Career Award, which provides “. . . support for more senior investigators who have the expertise and leadership skills to enhance the aging and geriatric research capacity within their academic institution.”  More specifically, this academic/teacher award is designed to encourage faculty to improve curricula and research in aging at their own institution.  The deadline to apply is May 8, 2015.     

For more information on NIH career development programs, click here

Have you considered the Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in Aging?

All graduate and professional students at Ohio State are eligible to pursue the Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in Aging to prepare themselves to work with our growing aging population after graduation.  During this spring semester, six students from pharmacy, optometry, and occupational therapy are completing the required community placement course with aging providers at First Community Village, the Alzheimer’s Association, the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging, Westminster Thurber Community, the Village Connection, and Adult Day Enrichment of New Albany.

The students have been involved with interdisciplinary staff, clients and older adult residents in these varied environments which gives them an opportunity to consider these and many other questions along the way:

  • What’s it like to live in a retirement community with supportive care geared to your level of function when needed?
  • What might you learn from older adults’ views on family, marriage, and politics?
  • What defines a meaningful day at the adult day center?
  • How do caregivers balance their responsibilities when dementia robs their loved one of their independence and abilities?
  • Who pays for community-based services delivered in older adults’ homes?
  • How are communities responding to their older adults’ desire to age in place within their homes and communities?
  • How do teams of social workers, nurses, pharmacists, occupational therapists work together to meet the needs of the older adults they serve?
Caring for older adults is a calling that requires compassion and insight to address the varied needs, supportive programs, living environments, and opportunities present within a variety of practice and care settings.   No matter your area of graduate studies, completing the Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in Aging in combination with your main discipline will help prepare you for a successful career in aging.

To learn more about the Specialization in Aging, travel to https://ogg.osu.edu or contact Linda Mauger at linda.mauger@osumc.edu or 614-293-4815.

Aging Eye Summit - Save The Date 

Ohio’s Aging Eye Public Private Partnership, The Ohio State University College of Optometry, and Prevent Blindness are sponsoring this year's Aging Eye Summit.  This event is appropriate for vision researchers, clinicians, allied health, public health and Rehabilitation professionals, patients, aging network professionals, students, bio-science funders, leaders from government and the bio-tech industry, and others interested in vision loss and the older adult.

Aging Eye Summit

Wednesday, June 10, 2015
9:30 am to 3:00 pm

The Ohio State University
Biomedical Research Tower



For more information, click here or call Prevent Blindness of Ohio at 614-464-2020.

Congratulations to MSTAR Awardee!

The Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) scholarship program, administered by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the American Federation of Aging Research (AFAR), was established in 1994 and provides awardees with 8-12 weeks of experience in mentored aging-related summer research opportunities.  MSTAR offers student the opportunity to:

  • discover diverse research programs in aging,
  • design a training program with a mentor(s),
  • gain hands-on lab and clinical experiences in geriatrics,
  • interact with other students interested in the field of aging,
  • work in excellent facilities with experts in the field of aging (Harvard, Johns’ Hopkins, UCLA, etc.), and  
  • present research at national meetings.
OSU is fortunate to have a long list of students who have applied to and been awarded this highly competitive summer scholarship, which is awarded to up to 120 medical students in the U.S. annually.  This year, congratulations go out to Diana Lam, an M.D. candidate in the OSU College of Medicine, who will work with faculty at UCLA to broaden her interest, knowledge, and skills in the field of aging-related research.  The Office of Geriatrics and Gerontology is very pleased that Ms. Lam will represent OSU at UCLA through this prestigious award!

For more information about MSTAR, or other funding opportunities at AFAR, click here.

Transportation Affects Health of Older Adults

Access to medical care is one of the most pressing needs for older adults who have transportation challenges.  Unfortunately, more than 50% of our nation’s older adults live in smaller or rural communities where public transportation is limited or not available.  And an older adult’s inability to access timely medical care may increase their risk of developing preventable diseases from unmanaged illnesses, increase hospital admissions leading to increased overall healthcare costs, and may result in serious health outcomes.    Additionally, older adults with transportation needs often have little confidence in how to arrange personal transportation for themselves when family members are not available to help.  On the other side of the coin, family members often worry about their older adult relative’s transportation needs and safety, and miss work due to arranging or providing transportation for their older relatives.  According to the Independent Transportation Network, older adults utilize various modes of transportation other than self-driving for the following needs (in order of most need):

  • Medical,
  • Consumer (banking, grocery, hair, mall, pharmacy, etc.),
  • Social (funerals, nursing home/hospital visits, family/friends visits, etc.)
  • Recreation (dining, exercise, museum, shows, etc.), and
  • Worship

Ohio is addressing senior transportation needs through a variety of programs.  For example, the Ohio Department of Aging has the Integrated Transportation Network (ITN) mobility program for older adults in Ohio.  This program trains volunteers to provide transportation to older adults.  In fact, according to Marc Molea, Strategic Partnerships Chief of the Ohio Department of Aging, an instructor at the University of Cincinnati has added this as a service learning project to a course.

For more information, view the resources below:

Learn More About Medicare in Ohio

Do you help a family member or friend with their Medicare benefit? Are you nearing the age of 65 and want to learn more about Medicare? Or do you already receive Medicare benefits, but want more information? If so, you may want to attend a Welcome to Medicare event sponsored by the Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP), a service of the Ohio Department of Insurance.  These free events are being held throughout the state of Ohio and offer you a chance to learn more about . . .

  • Medicare Part A and Part B benefits
  • Prescription drug benefit (Part D)
  • Medicare supplement insurance

If you are unable to attend a meeting in person, OSHIIP also offers Welcome to Medicare webinars on several dates (registration required). 

For a full list of these events click here or call OSHIIP at 1-800-686-1578.

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