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Council Continues to Work to Be “Age Friendly”

President Pro Tem Michael Stinziano works to provide vital resources to those affected by Alzheimer’s and Dementia

The 65+ population of Central Ohio is expected to double in the next 35 years. President Pro Tem Michael Stinziano is committed to making sure individuals are able to enjoy that time in their own homes.

Since his first year on Council, President Pro Tem Stinziano has served as the chair of Age-Friendly Columbus, an initiative working to ensure a high quality of life for people of all ages and abilities. Outlined in its strategic plan of action, the goal of the initiative is to ensure future generations will flourish and thrive in place through easy access to services, amenities and opportunities.

Building on this work, last year President Pro Tem Stinziano served on a statewide Task Force on Alzheimer’s and Dementia. The group focused on education and awareness, training and care standards, long term care and data collection. It held five meetings and heard testimony from individuals, non-profit organizations, family members and community leaders.

“This group is striving to promote collaboration among cities, counties and the state,” said Stinziano. “By working together to create programs and better care for those in need, we are able to reach and support residents throughout Ohio.”

The task force issued a report earlier this month. In addition to budgetary recommendations for 2019, the group highlighted two key areas for legislative action. 

These proposals include establishing:

  • dementia training requirements for long-term services and support providers
  • clear definitions and guidelines regarding the Ohio Department of Aging’s respite and other supportive services for cognitively impaired individuals, their families and other caregivers

“Making sure our residents can age in place includes reliable access to quality services and well-trained support staff,” said Stinziano.

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