Garrett named to state advisory council on aging


WEST ALEXANDRIA — Stephanie Garrett of West Alexandria has been appointed to the Ohio Advisory Council for Aging by Governor Mike Dewine.

“We are excited to have Stephanie Garrett on the Ohio Advisory Council for Aging. Council members advise me and the Governor on issues and opportunities affecting older Ohioans. Stephanie brings to the committee years of experience and training in advocacy for often underserved groups. Her leadership in Preble County and western Ohio will be a true asset to the committee and the Ohio Department of Aging,” Ohio Department of Aging Director Ursel McElroy said.

“I am honored to be selected by Governor Dewine to serve on the Ohio Advisory Council on Aging,” Garrett said. “Our aging population faces many challenges. It is heartwarming to see how our community here in Preble County has rallied around our seniors both before the coronavirus and during this pandemic. I hope to bring Preble County’s sense of community to the Advisory Council and be an advocate for all of Ohio seniors.”

The Ohio Advisory Council for Aging guides the director of the Ohio Department of Aging on issues and opportunities affecting older Ohioans. Members represent the interests of older adults, their caregivers, and organizations which serve them.

They serve as ambassadors for the department at local events and with community groups. They gather information and ideas from their neighbors and share them with the director of the department. Members also recommend administrative and legislative actions, review agency plans, and more.

The Ohio Advisory Council for Aging consists of 12 governor-appointed members. Four members of the state legislature also serve on the council. Further, the council includes the directors (or their designees) of the state departments of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Developmental Disabilities, Health, and Job and Family Services.