The power of the Web is in its universality.
Access by everyone regardless of disability is an essential aspect.

-  Tim Beners-Lee, Computer Scientist and Professor of Computer Science

September 2022, Volume 69


Using Pinterest and Instagram to Support Seniors

Social media apps come and go, and new ones are developed every day. Some apps been proven to be helpful resources for those working in social services and we would like to highlight two of these apps. We recommend checking them out to see what you can use in your work with seniors, individuals with disabilities, and/or people with dementia.

Pinterest is a social network that allows users to visually share and discover new interests. Pinterest functions like a virtual bulletin board and users can post (or ‘pin’) images or videos to their own or others’ boards (i.e. a collection of ‘pins,’ usually with a common theme) and browse what other users have pinned.  Pinterest is less of a social networking site and more of a search and visual discovery engine in which pinners are looking for information and inspiration.

As an example, a simple search on Pinterest for “seniors” brought up links to reminiscence printables, chair activity bingo, easy group activities for seniors, and a life history questions printable, among many others.  Each search will offer up numerous topics which can be refined, clicked on, saved and shared.

Instagram is a social media platform that emphasizes photo and video sharing via its mobile app. Users can take, edit, and publish visual content for both followers and non-followers, as long as their account is public. Users interact with content via likes, comments, shares, and saves.

Users can search for and “follow” accounts that show topics that they are interested in.  Users can also search hashtags which organize similar posts by topic, such as: #dementia or #disability or #aging.
Some examples of Instagram accounts that we have found useful are:

    Disabilities:        @lucascountyboardofdd    @abillitycenter 

    Senior Care:        @mycarespecialist        @boomerbenefits 

 Dementia Care:     @belightcare        @dementia_careblazers

Senior Committee Brain Health Zoom Training Series Concludes
Brain Health Part 3: Thursday, September 29, 2022
10 am to 11:30 am

Various members of the Senior Committee have been conducting a series of three sessions that build upon each other and offer information and practical steps to help protect and enhance the health of the brain.

This third and final session, presented by Jennifer Wolfe and Jenny Kinney, will explore living a brain-healthy lifestyle. Physical, emotional, cognitive and social engagement techniques will be shared.

Continuing Education Units will be available for LSW, LPC, and DODD - SSA/AO

To register for this training, please contact
Sara Gardner

Click here for the flyer with complete information.

Jennifer Wolfe is the LCBDD Provider Training Coordinator
and Chair of the Senior Committee.

Jennifer Kinney is a Provider Support Specialist with the LCBDD.


Retired Senior Volunteer Program

The Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol program is a partnership between the Toledo Police Department and the Area Office on Aging of Northwestern Ohio Inc. Volunteers check on homebound seniors who reside in the City of Toledo and live alone or are home alone due to family members working. Additionally, they check homes of citizens who are on vacation.

This opportunity can be viewed on the Volunteer Web page of this site.  RSVP volunteers get trained by the Toledo and Sylvania Township Police Departments and get to ride around in one of their retired patrol cars to help keep homebound older adults safe by visiting them weekly.  These volunteers report any safety concerns that are law enforcement in nature back to the Police Department.  Any safety concerns that are social service in nature get reported back to the Area Office on Aging for follow-up.  

To find out more or get involved, go to the website:  or call 419-382-0624 for more information. Please note that volunteers must be seniors themselves - age 55 and up.



"The Future Is Now" - Future Planning Sessions
September 20, 22, 27, and 29
6 to 7:30 pm

This is a multi-part webinar series designed to help families of those with disabilities plan for the future as the caregiver ages.
The four dates within September are all part of the same series.
This program is offered by the Hamilton County Board of DD but non-Hamilton residents may participate.

Click here for the flyer (including contact information)

Click here for the registration link.

Registering at least a week in advance of the first session is recommended, because the program organizers try to contact all participants before the start of the series, to get some preliminary information.

Greater Michigan Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association
Webinar Repeats

This fall, the Greater Michigan Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association is offering more chances to participate in webinars they hosted jointly with the Developmental Disabilities Nurses Association in recent years. The following are in September.

All of the webinars will be held from 10:30 am to noon on the listed days, and each offers 1.5 FREE Nursing and Social Work CEUs.

Responding to Behavior and ADL Changes in Individuals with DD and Dementia
Wednesday, September 14

Click here for details and registration.

Home Safety and Environmental Modifications
Wednesday, September 28

Click here for details and registration.

Webinar Series Covering Epilepsy in the IDD Population

Offered by the Developmental Disabilities Nurses Association
Sponsored by Sunovion Pharmaceuticals

Part One: Epilepsy in the IDD Population
Wednesday, October 5th

Part Two: Management and Treatment Options of Epilepsy in the IDD Population
Wednesday, November 9th

Part Three: Aptiom Overview
Wednesday, December 7th

While some trainings offered by DDNA are open only to members, this series is open to the public.

If interested in attending, please contact them at





This 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
Interested parties can email to make arrangements.


The Senior Committee has developed a toolkit of ideas for activities for those who have developmental disabilities and/or are experiencing memory loss. This includes ideas for physical and outdoor activities, expressive arts, and activities that promote calming, distraction, and cognitive stimulation. 

The kit has activity descriptions, videos, online resources, activity protocols, tips for planning and implementing activities for those with dementia, and ideas on where to find activity supplies.

Link to the Toolkit:


Tip sheets and other printed resources addressing a variety of 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.



Contact the MUI Department at 419-381-5206
Mondays through Fridays, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.
After hours/on weekends please call
419-380-5100 to access the On-Call service.



 We Thrive Together offers a wide variety of virtual games, workouts, classes, parties, and more.
Click here to learn about how individuals served by LCBDD can participate in We Thrive activities using the membership purchased by LCBDD.


Toledo Area Regional Paratransit Service (TARPS) - a service operated by TARTA
for those unable to ride regular buses due to disabilities


New Online Tool for Finding Past Issues of Aging Gracefully
If you only recently started reading Aging Gracefully, or you want to review information featured in the newsletter months ago, click here to access earlier issues.
We have lists organized by year, with information for each month featuring a link to that issue and a summary of what was in that issue.


Photo and Information Credits For This Issue
  • The RSVP program picture comes from the Toledo Police Department page about the program
  • Photo with the DDNA webinar information comes from the DDNA web site
  • Senior Committee Activity Toolkit image comes from the Toolkit
  • TARTA, Area Office on Aging, and We Thrive logos come from those organizations' sites
  • Images not otherwise noted come from the Bing online database

Copyright © September 2022 Aging Gracefully, Volume 69, All rights reserved.

Aging Gracefully is published and edited by the Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

Contributions come from
Staff of the Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities
Families of persons served who are living with or at risk for dementia
Representatives of Provider Agencies:
Unique Healthcare Solutions
Assurance Care Systems
Conteh Home Services
Contact us at:
419-380-4000 or
1154 Larc Lane
Toledo, Ohio 43614

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