Emphasizes Need to Continue to Prioritize Ohio's Elderly and Address Alzheimer's Disease
COLUMBUS—State Senator Steve Wilson
(R-Maineville) yesterday was presented with LeadingAge Ohio's Public Service Award for his commitment and hard work to improve the lives of Ohio's senior citizens. The award is presented to public officials and advocates that positively impact the field of aging and end of life services while demonstrating a commitment to the issues most important to Ohio’s older adults and service providers.
"It is everyone's responsibility to ensure we are taking care of Ohio's most vulnerable populations, especially our elderly, and I sincerely appreciate everyone who is here today for their advocacy and passion," said Senator Wilson. "Thank you to LeadingAge Ohio for this great honor, and I look forward to continuing our work together."
¿"These legislators deserve recognition for their work in supporting older Ohioans and the support systems they rely on,” said Kathryn Brod, President/CEO of LeadingAge Ohio. “We look forward to a continued partnership with these public servants as we continue to make Ohio the best place to age.”
Since joining the Ohio Senate, Wilson has been a champion for Ohio's aging population, including sponsoring Senate Bill 158 in the 132nd General Assembly, which took important steps to combat fraud and financial exploitation of seniors. Prior to the bill's passage, it was estimated that senior citizens lost approximately $2.9 billion each year to these types of crimes.
Additionally, Wilson is working to establish an Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias Task Force to develop and official, comprehensive state action plan.
"We desperately need a plan of action," Wilson added. "The task force will gather information on everything from detection and diagnosis to quality of care, training, health care system capacity, fiscal impact, research, public awareness and more. This work will be done over several months with public input and conclude with a final report to the legislature and the governor."
Founded in 1937, LeadingAge Ohio is a nonprofit organization that represents over 400 long-term care organizations and hospices, as well as those providing ancillary health care and housing services, in more than 150 Ohio towns and cities. The continuum of care reflected by the member organizations serve an estimated 400,000 elderly Ohioans daily and employ more than 35,000 persons statewide.