Sensory Overload

To cover my ears and block out the world
To rock it so gently away
To shut my eyes and pretend I'm elsewhere
To hum so there's nothing left
To bang my head so the confusion is gone
To curl up so I feel safe and warm
To hide under blankets so I can feel hugged
To be without words so alone and lost
To have my body not do what I want
To cry loudly so I can let it all out
To be overloaded so scared and afraid
To be frustrated no one understands my pain


 -  Ania Drosnes, Matty Angel, Autistic Poet, Writer, and Artist

April 2022, Volume 64


Lucas County Board of DD Senior Committee Training:
"Using Sensory and Relaxation Techniques
for Individuals with IDD and Dementia"

Thursday, April 21, Noon to 1 pm

Presenters Jennifer Kinney and Claire Copa will provide an introduction to sensory stimulation / relaxation techniques and discuss benefits for the aging DD population. 

The presentation will conclude with an opportunity for attendees to practice a relaxation technique along with the presenters.

Jennifer Kinney is a Provider Support Specialist with the Lucas County Board of DD.
Claire Copa is Coordinator of Education, Training, and Outreach with MemoryLane Care Services, and assists LCBDD with Dementia Grant projects.

To register for this training, please contact Sara Gardner at or by phone at (419) 380-5164. 
One hour of continuing education units for LSW/LPC, DODD SSA/AO, and Provider Training will be provided.


Trainings with IDD-and-Dementia Expert Dr. Philip McCallion Continue

We are excited to announce that, as part of our ongoing partnership with the Dementia Coalition and the associated grant, we are cosponsoring a series of virtual trainings with Dr. Philip McCallion. The trainings focus on education and equipping of staff to serve individuals with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities and Dementia.

The trainings continue into April. Those still to come are as follows.
Click on each title and date for a brief description and registration information.

"Ask the Expert" with Dr. Philip McCallion
Tuesday, April 12, 2022, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Train-the-Trainer for 
"Basics of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Dementia"
Friday, April 22, 2022, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Free Social Work, Counselor, and DODD Certification Credits are being offered through the Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities. Click here for the full CEU and registration information.

Questions can be directed to Lyndi Winzeler at 

Dr. McCallion is a Professor of Social Work at Temple University in Philadelphia, and is widely recognized as an expert on the intersection of intellectual and developmental disabilities with dementia, and the coordination of services.

New Law Provides New Means of Exposing Nursing Home Abuse 

Under a new Ohio law that was signed on December 22, 2021 and became effective on March 23, 2022, nursing home residents may now have a camera installed in their own rooms for their own protection.

The law, called "Esther's Law," is named for Esther Piskor, who was physically abused while living in a Cleveland nursing home, and its aim is to help residents' families obtain proof when abuse or neglect are suspected. 

Read More:
Cleveland News Station Report
Ohio Department of Aging Information

Alzheimer's Association Michigan Chapter Dementia Program's
Spring 2022 Webinar Series Continues

The Developmental Disabilities Supportive Services Program (DDSSP) within the Greater Michigan Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association is continuing its spring series of free webinars about supporting those with developmental disabilities who have dementia or are at risk for developing it.

The series runs through June. The April sessions are:

Communication Changes in People with DD and Dementia
Monday, April 4, 10:30 am to noon

Preventing and Responding to Behavior and ADL Changes
in Individuals with DD and Dementia
Monday, April 18, 10:30 am to noon

To learn more about these and future webinars, and to register, click here.

The Developmental Disabilities Supportive Services Program is similar to our northwest Ohio Dementia Coalition: DDSSP "provides education programing and behavioral consultation to agencies and individuals caring for people with developmental disabilities and dementia or at risk of developing dementia."

If you have questions or need help registering, contact Kristi Davis at

Second Annual

Thursday, April 21, 2022
This free, Zoom conference is being organized, for the second year in a row, by multiple Ohio transportation businesses and organizations to discuss the transportation issues of 2022. Conference schedule and registration information can be found here. The schedule and speaker line up may be subject to change - but we know that one session will address universal design and accessibility, and will feature Vera Mendoza of the Ability Center of Greater Toledo.

What Should the New, Improved TARTA System Look Like?
Give Your Input

Now that a county-wide sales tax has been approved to fund transit service throughout Lucas County, the Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority (TARTA) is undertaking a comprehensive analysis and planning to completely overhaul the system.

You can share your thoughts on what Lucas County's transit system should look like in the future by taking the following two surveys.

This survey focuses on different possible ways to re-design the fixed-route bus system. It can be found on the "TARTA Next" web site and should be available through much of April.

This survey, developed by the Ability Center of Greater Toledo, focuses more on paratransit and the needs of people with disabilities.
It will be available through April 7.

Sunday, August 14, 2022
In-Person, Maumee Indoor Theatre, Maumee, Ohio
Open for Film Submissions Now Through June 30

Web site

Facebook page



Lucas County Board of DD Senior Committee

The Lucas County Board of DD's Senior Committee offers its expertise to those who are supporting aging individuals with DD and who have concerns. 

This opportunity is open to providers, family members, and Board of DD staff who would like to 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.

Information about LCBDD services, as well as community activities on the calendar and in the weekly Friday Update.


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.


Various resources, including virtual and in-person activities and events. Click here.


TARTA web site
MOOVIT Tool for locating bus stops near you
Toledo Area Regional Paratransit Service (TARPS)
for those unable to ride regular buses due to disabilities.

TARTA Next - keep checking periodically for new feedback opportunities
Learn about the plans to re-design TARTA for the future, and contribute your own comments.

Review our index of past Aging Gracefully newsletters for more.


Photo and Information Credits For This Issue

Find Resources and Tips You Missed in Past Issues of Aging Gracefully

Each year hyperlinked below will take you to an index of newsletters from that year.
It includes a summary of topics from each month and the links to each issue.


Here is where to find some of the most commonly-needed resources:
  • Activity Tips (many with monthly or seasonal themes): Most 2017, 2019, and 2020 issues
  • How to get a consultation and support from the Benjamin Rose Institute Care Consultation (BRICC) program if you are caring for a loved one with IDD and Dementia: January 2021 and the beginning-of-2022 issue
  • Resources for help with basic needs, including utility bills, rent, food, and groceries: December 2021 issue
  • Resources for low-cost legal help and self-help with legal issues: August 2021 issue
  • TARTA's Latest Updates and Plans and How You Can Contribute Feedback: First Issue of 2022

Copyright © April 2022 Aging Gracefully, Volume 64, 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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