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.


  • Jun 28, 2017 2:54 PM Optimal aging studies examine emerging issues
    To help expand our understanding of the needs of the older generation, the University’s Optimal Aging Institute is supporting research projects including studies of LGBTQ individuals in senior living facilities and people who had planned to retire but who for financial reasons cannot.

  • Feb 24, 2017 3:30 PM Pet Therapy presentation kicks off spring series of Optimal Aging Institute
    The first program in the Optimal Aging Institute’s spring series focused on pet therapy and included a demonstration and research by students and faculty, with invited guests and pets. Drs. Cynthia Spitler, gerontology; Christopher Dunn, criminal justice; and community members shared the benefits of animal contact among the elderly and people with disabilities.

  • Dec 19, 2016 7:00 AM 2016 Success Stories: Connected to BGSU's values
    Katie Stygles had her first introduction to Bowling Green State University in 2003 as a member of AmeriCorps. Now, not only is Stygles graduating with a Ph.D. in higher education administration, her connection with BGSU is continuing as she was hired as the coordinator of LGBT Programs in December.

  • Jul 26, 2016 2:50 PM New learning community takes 360° approach
    Freshmen in BGSU’s brand new Health, Wellness and You Learning Community will be starting out on the right foot — and hand. They will be wearing FitBit® wristband activity trackers as “researchers on their own lives,” according to founding director Dr. Mary-Jon Ludy, public and allied health. “This is a great opportunity for students to get engaged in research using a technology and topic they can understand.”

  • Jul 18, 2016 9:59 AM BGSU to host inaugural Optimal Aging Community Fair
    Registration is underway for Bowling Green State University’s inaugural Optimal Aging Community Fair. The fair, which will be held Aug. 1, will feature an international keynote speaker, panel discussions, breakout sessions and health screenings. This is the new Optimal Aging Institute’s first event.

  • Jun 23, 2016 2:00 PM BGSU board adopts budget, approves gerontology social work master’s
    The BGSU Board of Trustees at its June 23 meeting set educational and general operating budgets for Fiscal Year 2017. The budget includes compensation increase pools for faculty and staff. Also approved was a master of social work, with a focus on gerontology.

  • Jun 22, 2016 2:30 PM Optimal Aging Institute names administrator, plans community fair
    BGSU’s new Optimal Aging Institute (OAI), based in the College of Health and Human Services, is moving ahead. Its inaugural project administrator has been named and a community fair is planned. Paula Davis has been named project administrator effective July 11.

  • May 2, 2016 7:00 AM Class of 2016 Success Stories: Childhood lessons
    Allison Ehmen was just a child when her grandmother had a debilitating stroke. That traumatic event ultimately shaped her childhood and the adult she has become as she graduates from the BGSU College of Health and Human Services gerontology program with a cumulative 4.0 GPA.

  • Jun 16, 2015 1:56 PM BGSU Launches New Optimal Aging Institute
    Can one person make a difference? BGSU faculty and staff prove you can as they challenge students with tough questions, open doors to internship and international opportunities, and guide them through research and publishing processes with extraordinary results.