Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP)-Changes for 2015!-The SFMNP is a program administered by the United States Department of Agriculture and awards grants to states to provide limited income seniors with coupons that can be exchanged for eligible foods at area farmers’ markets. The purpose of this program is to improve the nutritional health of seniors with limited income and to increase business for local farmers throughout Ohio. To be eligible for this program in Lake County, you must be a Lake County resident, age 60 or older with an income (from all sources) of less than $21,775 and $29,471 for a household of two.  Please click here to learn about changes in how to apply to this program for 2015.

Nominations being accepted for senior citizen Hall of Fame honors-- Inductees will be selected by a neutral, impartial panel of judges. The selected inductees will be recognized and awarded at our annual Hall of Fame banquet in May. See the nominating criteria for more information. To nominate someone, use this nominating form. For questions, please call 440-205-8111 ext 223 or email maribethg@lccoa.org.  

Mentor Library providing tax instruction booklets for checkout this year.  Please see this press release for more information.

March for Meals 2015- Thank you to everyone who participated in our tenth annual March for Meals event.  It was a great day, and the event would not have been a success without your generosity and support.  Visit our photo galleries page to see photos from the event. 

Free Community Health Fair-April 7-There will be a free community Health Fair at the Council on Aging on April 7 from 9:30 am-4:00 pm. The fair is presented by Council on Aging, University Hospital, and MaryAnn's Family Hearing. Great Lakes Pharmacy will also be on hand to answer your medication questions. Appointments must be made by calling University Hospital at 440-285-7757. Please click here for more information.

Breaking the Pain Chain- This is a four week Arthritis Foundation educational series filled with tools, tips, and techniques to help you manage chronic pain and create a personalized pain management plan. Participants will receive all class materials plus a handy health organizer. The series is offered free of charge to people who live or work in Lake County thanks to support from the United Way of Lake County. Pre-registration is required by May 22, 2015. Walk-ins will not be accepted. To register, please call Lake County Council on Aging at 440-205-8111. For more information, click here.

AARP Safe Driver Course-On Tuesday, April 28th, from 10:30 am-3:00 pm, there will be an AARP Smart Driver™ Course at the Lake County Council on Aging. To register, contact us at 440-205-8111. This course is open to Lake County residents age 50 and older. For more information, please see this flyer

Volunteers Needed-We are looking for volunteers to help with the Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP). We are in need of dedicated individuals interested in helping people with Medicare understand their options. A 22-hour training course will teach you the Medicare basics and will be provided by OSHIIP at the Council on Aging in June 2015. As an OSHIIP volunteer you’ll help people in your community, and you’ll have the satisfaction of taking part in a truly worthy cause by educating, counseling and advocating for beneficiaries. We need your help!  For more information, please contact Dianne Bottiggi, Volunteer Program Services Manager, at 440-205-8111 x228.

Home Energy Assistance Program-The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) is a federally funded program administered by the Ohio Development Services Agency’s Office of Community Assistance. It is designed to help eligible low-income Ohioans meet the high costs of home heating. If you are eligible for assistance, the amount of your one-time HEAP benefit will depend on federal funding levels, how many people live with you, total household income, and the primary fuel used to heat your home. In most cases, the one-time benefit will be a credit applied to your energy bill by your utility company (or fuel vendor). The Council on Aging is available to help with completing the 2014-15 HEAP application. You may call (440) 205-8111 or walk-in during our regular business hours. 


Centenarians! We seek to honor all those residents of Lake County who have turned 100 years old this year. Visit our centenarian page to learn how to receive a beautiful Centenarian Certificate from the Council on Aging, along with name and birthdate recognition in our quarterly newspaper, “Bridge."

Donations needed! The Home Equipment Lending Program (H.E.L.P.) is in need of donations. If you have medical equipment that you can no longer use, please consider donating to our program. All donated equipment is cleaned, safety checked, and made available to lend, free of charge, to individuals aged 60 and over. Donated items should be clean and in good condition.  Please click here for more information.   

Are you new to Medicare or do you want to better understand your options? Sign up for a 2015 Welcome to Medicare Webinar

Free Computer Classes-  Today, web-savvy seniors are embracing email, blogs and the whole world of information at their fingertips through personal computers. In fact, people over 60 are the fastest growing segment of computer and internet users.  Visit our training page to learn about free computer classes.

For those caring for someone with Alzheimer's, dementia, or other memory impairments, memory care support groups will be available throughout the year.  This schedule lists the dates, times, and locations of the meetings.  For more information, call The Alzheimer's Association at 440-974-7785. 

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Welcome

The Lake County Council on Aging of Ohio offers programs for those 60 and older including:  information and referral, support services, nutrition services, case management, in-home safety, homemaker services, and much more.  The non-profit agency is also an Aging and Disability Resource Center, serving individuals with disabilities who are age 18 and over.

Every donation is important, appreciated and will help to change the life of a senior right here in Lake County.  

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