Optimal Aging Institute

Optimal aging goes beyond good health and longevity. It deals with the capacity to function across many dimensions of wellness—physical, emotional, intellectual, social, spiritual, cultural, and occupational. That ability to function is rooted in one’s own resiliency—being able to adjust and adapt, no matter what challenges and stressors one encounters.

BGSU’s Optimal Aging Institute (OAI) was created in 2016 to help middle-aged and older adults, and those who work with them, explore the eight dimensions of health, wellness and resiliency. It is funded in part with generous support from Medical Mutual of Ohio and housed within the College of Health and Human Services.

Executive Board

The OAI is seeking applicants to serve as members of the Executive Board, as well as Committee members to serve on the Research and Engagement CommitteeRapid Access Grant Committee, and the Community Outreach Committee. Serving on the Board is a two-year term and an opportunity to be of service and provide valuable input for the OAI to carry out the organizational goals in line with the 8 Dimensions of Health, Wellness, & Resiliency. 

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To be considered for the Executive Board and Committees, please complete the application by October 9, 2020. 

Older Adult Fitness Classes

Physical activity is essential to aging optimally. BGSU's Department of Recreation and Wellness offers a variety of fitness classes to older adults both on campus and virtually. The BGSU Student Recreation Center participates in SilverSneakers® and the UnitedHealthcare Renew Active™ and AARP® Medicare Supplement Plan networks. You can become a member of the BGSU Student Recreation Center even if you have already enrolled in a membership or programming at other local clubs or health facilities.

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Key Collaborators

University of Toledo 

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Area Office on Aging NW Ohio