Lynn Azar

Youngstown State University
2020

“The Scholars program has encouraged and reminded me personally that I am in the right field and there are other professionals who care about the aging community.”

I chose to pursue my Master’s in Gerontology due to being a caregiver of an elder parent with Dementia. In the process of becoming the primary caregiver, I had to go through many legal steps and challenges. Those steps and challenges included becoming a power of attorney, health care proxy, fiduciary for Veterans benefits, paying bills and taking over all financial responsibilities. I was grateful to step into the role of the primary caregiver for my parent.

My eyes were opened to the fact that there are many other elders that may not have the assistance needed to complete the complicated steps to ensure their wellbeing. Having the ability to understand the online formats of many of these institutions is overwhelming and many elders need intervention services to complete necessary paperwork. Many elders also need protection from those that may take advantage of them.

I am so appreciative of the many professionals, ODA staff and featured presenters for their incredible knowledge and sharing that knowledge. It was a real pleasure to present and meet at the statehouse with a legislative panel, moderated by Director Ursel J. McElroy. The speed interviews were also a great opportunity to meet the various departments in the Department of Aging. I truly enjoyed the presentation by the non-profit “The Village” in Columbus, providing services to its member and neighbors allowing, those to age in place more successfully.

The webinars regarding elder justice were eye opening and the presenters were passionate about the safety of our elders. Incredible and knowledgeable presenters, so appreciative of their leadership and wisdom was so informative. THANK YOU!

I look forward to working in my local community in advocacy, administration, and hopefully a position working in a Gerontology related position.

It has been an honor to be involved with the Ohio Scholars in Aging program. The Scholars program has encouraged and reminded me personally that I am in the right field and there are other professionals who care about the aging community. It was also a pleasure to meet my fellow scholars and learn about the academic and career goals. I encourage future students to participate and apply to the program. The networking and resources will benefit you in your future endeavors.