OAI Presents the 2020-2022 Executive Board and Committee Members

Thank you to all who applied to serve as OAI Executive Board and Committee Members. Twelve individuals from across the university and community were selected. Service 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. 

OAI to present findings from local Northwest Ohio study at 2020 Gerontological Society of America Conference

Despite the current pandemic, scholars and faculty members across are still convening from the United States and around the world for conferences... however this year, it will be online! Dr. Vivian Miller, Director of the Optimal Aging Institute and Assistant Professor in Social Work, has been competitively selected to present at the GSA 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting Online. Dr. Miller, along with colleagues Dr. Jordan Wilfong, Dr. Melissa Burek, and Master of Criminal Justice alum, Logan Lanson, will present their project titled: “Identifying the transportation needs of a rural aging community: Findings from a community assessment.” This study presents findings that assess the current needs of the aging population in rural Northwest, OH. For this, a total of 9 focus groups were held (N=45) as part of a larger concurrent mixed-methodological study.  Through this work, senior center users identified limitations of the current required OAA senior center transportation. A lack of transportation options within the community was noted as a barrier to senior center use. Furthermore, accessibility of current transportation was a reported obstacle. Findings from this study confirm existing research that addresses disparities in rural transportation services (Henning-Smith et al., 2017), compared to low-density urban communities; a lack of transportation is a major obstacle to program completion. Recommendations to address the unique challenges and needs for transportation services for older adults in rural communities are presented.

Aging in place takes planning: Programs at library can help people prepare

Procrastination can be the biggest enemy for preparedness for those seeking to extend the years they can continue to live at home as they age. "Aging in Place: Is Your Home Ready?" is the topic of a three-part series being offered by the BGSU Optimal Aging Institute beginning April 7.

Dr. Nancy Orel talks with Fred LeFebvre on WSPD 1370 about opioid misuse and older adults

Dr. Orel discusses how the opioid epidemic is progressing, and the often undiscussed addiction older adults have. She also discusses the Optimal Aging Institute's newest research project, and what is to come.

Optimal Aging Institute launching initiative to tackle opioid problems among older population

Dr. Orel and Denise Niese discuss the launch of the newest Optimal Aging Institute initiative, which will partner with the Committee on Aging to provide information on addiction in older adults.

Collaborative local effort to craft strategy on opioid misuse among older adults

The Wood County Committee on Aging along with the Optimal Aging Institute of Bowling Green State University is developing a comprehensive strategy to address opioid use and misuse among an older population in Northwest Ohio.

BGSU Institute focuses on relationships, resources, research

The institute's mission includes not only educating on dimensions of elder wellness, but also reaching out to the community at large to provide a variety of lifelong learning and enrichment opportunities.