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April 2023, Volume 76



How does the brain age across the lifespan?

Human figure as baby, child, and adult with brains representing each

New studies offer clues.

Our brains are built to change over our lifetime,

meeting the challenges set by every life stage.

(Washington Post)

Click here for link.

Click here for article in PDF.

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Photo accompanying article.

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Can vitamin supplementation help prevent Alzheimer's?

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MedicalNewsToday recently reported on two studies of the potential benefits of vitamin supplements for the aging brain.

Click here for article about study of how vitamin B could slow the aging of neurons

Click here for article about study of how vitamin D may help prevent dementia.

Photo Credit: MedicalNewsToday

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Growing Older with Lifelong Intellectual Disabilities:

When Dementia is Suspected or Diagnosed

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This online training series is presented by:

National Task Group on Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia Practices (NTG)

University of Rhode Island/VCU

Project ECHO

Information and registration here. (Find where it says "Echo Series.")

First session in the series is Monday, April 10.

Photo Credit: National Task Group e-alert

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Ohio Association of County Boards of DD Public Education Session:

Supporting Friends and Family with Dementia

Wednesday, April 12, beginning at 11 am, on Zoom.

Available to the public as well as County Board staff.

Click here for more information and registration.

For more information: Lisa Comes, [email protected]

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2023 OAGE Conference in Toledo

Thursday April 20 and Friday April 21, 2023

University of Toledo Campus

Registration remains open until a day or two before the conference.

Click here for full information - including virtual options and prices - to register, and for contact information for organizers.


Trainings, resources and other opportunities related to DD, aging, and/or dementia offered by other organizations, including some outside of Lucas County.

Greater Michigan Chapter of Alzheimer's Association

IDD-and-Dementia Webinar Series

The Greater Michigan Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association has a program that

periodically offers webinars addressing strategies for supporting those who have IDD and also dementia.

See program website (look for "Webinar Schedule")

Each webinar offers 1.5 free nursing and social work CEs.

Click here to find the April webinars, April 6 and 20.

For questions about registration, contact Kristi Davis, [email protected].

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Click this link to read about what our disability advocate partners are doing about the crisis created by the shortage of direct care workers.

Support Available from the

Lucas County Board of DD Senior Committee


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The Senior Committee offers its expertise to those who are supporting aging individuals with DD. Providers, family members, and Board of DD staff may consult about a case involving an individual with a developmental disability who is aging and/or who is experiencing dementia-related symptoms.

The Committee is available to consult regarding:

  • Behavioral and environmental issues

  • Geriatric specialists

  • Other resources in the community


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The Senior Committee has developed a toolkit of ideas for activities for those who have developmental disabilities and/or are experiencing memory loss. Ideas include physical and outdoor activities, expressive arts, and activities that promote calming, distraction, and cognitive stimulation. The kit includes activity descriptions, videos, online resources, activity protocols, and tips for planning and implementing activities and finding supplies.


Photo here is from the toolkit.


Display rack of Senior Committee's hard copy dementia resources

Tip sheets and other printed resources addressing multiple topics related to supporting someone with dementia are available free of charge at the Lucas County Board of DD Larc Lane building. Spanish versions are also available. Funding for producing and printing these was provided through the Dementia Grant.

Photo of the display taken by LCBDD staff.

Email the Senior Committee at [email protected] to make arrangements for a consultation or make any other inquiries about resources.

In late February 2023, a survey was sent to LCBDD Service and Support Specialists (SSAs) to collect demographics on DD/ID individuals with cognitive decline.

Results are still pending the collection of more information.

Lucas County Board of DD Information

Click Here for the LCBDD web site.

Click here for the LCBDD YouTube Channel

Stay tuned as more past, recorded Senior Committee trainings are added.



Contact the LCBDD Major Unusual Incident (MUI) Department

Mondays - Fridays, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm


After Hours/Weekends/Holidays

Please call 419-380-5100

to access the On-Call Service

Helpful Resources Always Available

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Area Office on Aging

of Northwest Ohio

All sorts of programs, activities, services and referrals for seniors.

Click here for the web site.

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Ability Center Disability-Friendly Toolkit

Online one-one stop shop with tools and resources for many needs having to do with increasing disability-friendliness and inclusiveness - benefits, facility accessibility, communication with and about people with disabilities, disability-friendly Toledo-area attractions, and more.

The toolkit is available at,

or under the Services tab on the site.

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Find a wide variety of virtual games, workouts, classes, parties, and more at

Individuals served by LCBDD can participate in We Thrive Together programs using the membership purchased by LCBDD. Click here for instructions on joining a We Thrive class or session.

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Lucas County's Public Transportation:

Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority (TARTA) Link Here

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Copyright © April 2023 Aging Gracefully, Volume 76, All rights reserved.

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Aging Gracefully is published and edited by the

Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

Contributions from:

Staff of the Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities

Families of persons served who are living with dementia

Representatives of Provider Agencies

Contact Us


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Toledo, OH 43614

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