Cleveland State University
Being able to participate in the Ohio Scholars in Aging program was something I had looked forward to since the first time I attended an OAGE conference in 2015. I have always been interested in advocating for causes I am passionate about, and I thought that having the opportunity to learn some of the ways academics, state agencies, and politicians can interact for the benefit of older adults would be interesting and valuable for my future plans. I was right!
The Ohio Scholars in Aging program provided me with an overview of how many of the state and local systems work to provide services and support to our aging population in Ohio. Meeting with Ohio legislators reinforced my post-graduate desire to act as a liaison between researchers and government agencies to ensure that older adults receive assistance stemming from the most up-to-date, evidence-based interventions available. Thank you for the opportunity to engage in this rewarding and inspiring program!