May 2016

Ohio Senior Olympics

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

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The Ohio Senior Olympics 2016 State Games are coming to central Ohio, June 10-26. Nineteen sports (archery, badminton, 3-on-3 basketball, bowling, cycling, disc golf, golf, horseshoes, pickleball, race walk, racquetball, 5K road race, swimming, shuffleboard, softball, table tennis, tennis, track and field, volleyball) will be contested at locations around the Central Ohio area, primarily focused on locations in Westerville.
Athletes competing at the 2016 State Games are hoping to qualify for the 2017 National Senior Games, to be held in Birmingham Alabama next summer.
Registration is open to anyone who will be age 50 by December 31, 2016. You can register for competition, volunteer to help out at events or just learn more about Ohio Senior Olympics at
The Ohio Department of Aging is proud to support the Ohio Senior Olympics.

Celebrating Older Americans Month in May

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

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According to the Ohio Department of Aging, Ohio has 2.5 million residents over the age of 60, and our 60-plus population is growing more than 20 times faster than our overall population. These trends present both opportunities and challenges for Ohio and its communities to unleash the power possessed by our elders by providing supports and meaningful ways for our Golden Buckeyes to continue to grow, thrive and contribute.

Adults over 60 are a vital part of our country. The contributions they make to our communities are varied, deeply rooted, and include influential roles in the nation’s economy, politics, and the arts. From 69-year-old NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, Jr. to 84-year-old actress Rita Moreno to 83-year-old Ruth Bader Ginsberg, who took her seat as a Supreme Court Justice at age 60, older adults are blazing trails in all aspects of American life.


In 1963, the United States began to acknowledge the contributions of older people by using the month of May to celebrate Older Americans Month (OAM). The annual observance offers the opportunity to learn about, support, and celebrate our nation’s older citizens. This year’s theme, “Blaze a Trail,” emphasizes the ways older adults are reinventing themselves through new work and new passions, engaging their communities, and blazing a trail of positive impact on the lives of people of all ages.

With more Ohioans living ‘well beyond’ 60, it is important to work together at all levels to help each other ‘live well’ beyond 60. This is not a goal that can be achieved by one or even a few groups working together. The activities and support that Jennings offers, in addition to partnering with others in the community at large, are part of helping those we serve to continue to “live well.”

Follow Jennings in social media for Older Americans Month (#OAM16) as we celebrate the stories of adults who are reinventing themselves and our communities (#BlazeATrail) and how growing older and living well is everybody’s business (#WellBeyond60). Share your stories too!


Conquering arthritis

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Nearly 47% of adults living with arthritis have at least 1 other disease or condition. The Arthritis Foundation resources can help.
The Arthritis Foundation states, “Living with a chronic disease can seem a lot to handle. But with the right information, treatment plan and support, you can do it. The Arthritis Foundation wants to be your [more…]

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