Department of Aging

More Than 2,000 Gather for City of Cleveland Senior Day

The City of Cleveland’s Department of Aging held its annual Senior Day event at Cleveland Public Auditorium on May 24. More than 2,000 seniors gathered for the event which featured vendors including Cleveland EMS, Cleveland Water and partner agencies such as the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. Seniors in attendance also enjoyed live entertainment and lunch. Mayor Frank G. Jackson welcomed the crowd.

  • June is Elder Abuse Awareness Month

    June is the month dedicated to raising awareness about abuse of the elderly. Abuse comes in different forms and can be physical, financial, emotional, sexual,  and include neglect or abandonment. Elder abuse can take place in an older person's home; in an institution; or (via scammers) over the phone, via computer, or at the victim's front door. Sadly, many cases of abuse are at the hands of family.

  • A Place for Us Offers LGBT-Friendly Housing for Those 55 and Better

    A Place for Us Housing is a senior housing community at 11610 Madison Ave., on the border of Cleveland and Lakewood.  It offers a unique location and environment with one and two bedroom apartments. This transit-oriented development is uniquely located in a mixed-use neighborhood with great access to the West 117th RTA Rapid station, and near convenient shopping and parks.  A Place for Us is the only Ohio property in a directory of LGBT-friendly housing compiled by Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders, a nonprofit organization based in New York

  • VIDEO: ‘File of Life’ Helps EMS Better Serve Seniors

    The City of Cleveland’s Department of Aging and Emergency Medical Service have teamed up to provide city seniors with a new tool called the File of Life. It is a magnetized file for easy storage on home refrigerators. The file contains a one-page form with information about medical history, medications, emergency contacts, pet care in the event of transport and more.

  • Department of Aging Publishes Age Friendly and Accessible Event Planning Guide and Checklist

    The City of Cleveland is a proud member of the Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities and the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities. An essential component of Mayor Frank G. Jackson’s vision for an age-friendly city is inclusivity and the ability for all ages to participate in community activities. Event planners, organizations and facilities can reduce barriers at community events and make Cleveland age-friendly by considering all audience needs when planning. Being mindful of the following concerns can help make all residents feel welcome.

  • Cleveland Senior Walk Series This Summer

    The Cleveland Department of Aging and the Division of Recreation are sponsoring six walks at scenic parks and recreation centers around Cleveland this summer. Each walk will offer safety tips by Cleveland Police, an opportunity to walk with an EMS Medic, health tips by community partners and a raffle.

  • Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) Summer Crisis Program Runs July 1 to August 31

    The Department of Aging assists seniors with the application process for the HEAP Summer Crisis Program which is a federally funded program administered by the Ohio Development Services Agency’s Office of Community Assistance. Income-eligible households with a household member who is 60 years of age or older or has a certified medical condition are eligible to receive assistance. 

  • Senior Safety Resource Guide

    The Senior Safety and Resource Guide was prepared by the Division of Police Bureau of Community Policingand the Cleveland Department of Aging. It can be viewed online or mailed to interested residents who call 216.664.2833.

  • Financial Exploitation Seminar Available Online

    The City of Cleveland Departments of Finance, Aging and Public Safety presented a workshop in the Rotunda about methods of criminal operations and preventative measures for financial crimes targeting the elderly. A recording of the seminar is now available online.

  • Senior's Economic Security Project (ESP)

    ESP helps older adults and adults with disabilities in need of benefits, housing, legal services, health assistance, finances, employment and more!

  • Plain Dealer Article Cites Nursing Home Quality Levels, Help Available for Families Choosing Care

    This Plain Dealer article noted the number of poorly rated local nursing homes and has links to additional information. Concerned Clevelanders can access a cleveland.com article  and video to help them choose a good nursing home, and can receive no cost asstance from the Long Term Care Ombudsman. In addition, Medicare lists the star ratings for nursing homes.

  • Bed Bug Assistance Program

    The Cleveland Department of Aging has a program to help disabled seniors and adults with the extermination of bed bugs in their homes. Applicants must meet income and other assistance qualifications.

  • Public Service Announcement on Medicare Savings Program

    This program is for Medicare recipients with limited income.These individuals may quality for help paying for monthly premiums and prescriptions. Department of Aging enrollment counselors can help Seniors apply for the program

  • Free Care Calls Program for Cleveland Seniors

    Cleveland Care Calls is an automated telephone reassurance system being offered to Cleveland Senior Citizens by the Departments of Aging and Public Safety. Through this computerized system the senior receives a call, on the days they request, to check on their well-being. This program is available to all seniors and is especially ideal for those living alone.

  • Mass Notification System Provides Critical Information to Clevelanders, Visitors

    The City of Cleveland has announced the launch of a mass notification system that will provide critical emergency and non-emergency alerts to residents and visitors. The City encourages all residents, visitors, and businesses to sign up for the system known as CodeRED.

  • Free Wallet Cards For Ohio Caregivers, New Legislation Passed

    Caregivers of loved ones 55+ years of age can download a wallet card giving them quick access to information about the Ohio Caregiving Act.The legislation provides for the designation of a person to provide after-care to a hospital inpatient and participate in discharge planning. It requires hospitals to record the name of the caregiver when the patient is admitted, notify that caregiver if they are to be discharged, and provide the caregiver with instructions and demonstrations on home aftercare tasks.

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