Laura Sheets, who graduated in December 2015 with a master’s degree in interdisciplinary gerontology, goes over tablet technology with one of the seniors at the Wood County Senior Center.
MEDICAL MUTUAL CONTRIBUTES $1 MILLION TO BGSU’S WELLNESS INITIATIVES TO HELP NORTHWEST OHIO SENIOR CITIZENS LIVE LONGER, HEALTHIER
As northwest Ohio’s population rapidly ages, Medical Mutual of Ohio and Bowling Green State University are working together on a new initiative designed to help senior citizens live longer, healthier lives and to create new wellness programs for older adults on and off campus. The health insurance company is contributing $1 million to assist with the development of The Optimal Aging Institute (OAI).
Developed through the University’s Center of Excellence for Health and Wellness Across the Lifespan, The OAI’s mission is tied to the seven dimensions of elder wellness: physical, emotional, intellectual, social, spiritual, cultural and occupational.
The OAI will provide learning opportunities and educational materials for service providers, health systems, entrepreneurs, corporations, caregivers and older adults. It will also be a resource for informational events such as diabetes self-management, navigating the healthcare system, and learning social media, as well as for health and wellness events such as how to cook budget friendly and nutritional meals, yoga and mindfulness meditation. BGSU’s arts and cultural events on campus also will be marketed through the Initiative so that more members of the community can enjoy those activities.
Medical Mutual’s contribution will support this initiative and build upon the company’s previous generous support of the BGSU Center of Excellence for Health and Wellness Across the Lifespan.