Thursday, June 29, 2017
Optimal aging studies examine emerging issues | Forensic Science Camp provided hands-on experience
Sharing their research projects are (left to right) Elizabeth Homan, Yisheng Ping and Laura Landry-Meyer.

Bowling Green State University faculty and students are working to improve the lives of people across the lifespan, through teaching, research and engagement. To help expand our understanding of the needs of the older generation, the University’s Optimal Aging Institute is supporting research projects related to the health and well-being of older adults. The institute is funding four internal BGSU grants this year that look at a range of timely issues, from LGBTQ individuals in senior living facilities to people who had planned to retire but who for financial reasons cannot.

“We’re seeing dramatic cultural and societal changes,” said Paula Davis, director of the institute. New needs are being revealed, along with the appropriate ways of addressing them.

This is nowhere more apparent in nursing homes and other senior-living facilities, she said. One of the OAI grants is focused on helping these facilities better serve LGBTQ individuals, a population not previously acknowledged. Moving into such a facility is a dramatic change for all people, and LGBTQ individuals may face additional challenges and stress.


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High school juniors and seniors got a taste of what it's like to investigate a crime scene June 21 during the University's Forensic Science Camp at an on-campus crime house. Participants collected evidence at the crime scene and then took it back to the lab for further investigation.

Ronald Olsen, 84, died June 18 in Sandusky. A chemist, he joined the faculty of BGSU Firelands in 1971 in the Department of Natural and Social Sciences, where he was instrumental in beginning the nursing program. He also held a joint appointment in the College of Arts and Sciences. He retired in 2004. View funeral arrangements.