2018 Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP): **Please note there are changes to the 2018 distribution!** Coupon distribution for the 2018 Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program will be on Tuesday, June 5th.  This is the first day applications will be accepted.  Distribution will take place at 'The Steven J. Ciuni Conference Center' located at 9220 Mentor Avenue in Mentor.  The Conference Center is adjacent to Beacon Health and the entrance is south (to the right) of the main entrance to Beacon Health.  There is a large sign above the conference center door, as well as the number '4'.  Distribution will be from 10:00am until 6:00pm.  Seniors eligible for the program will receive their coupons the same day.  Any coupons that remain will then be distributed from the Lake County Council on Aging office located at 8520 East Avenue in Mentor beginning at 8:30am on Wednesday, June 6th. A waitlist will be started once the initial sets of coupons have been distributed. We will be receiving 320 sets of coupons for the entire county.  Please remember the program is first come, first served.

The 2018 SFMNP application is available HERE to print and copy. 

Eligible seniors interested in applying for the program may obtain an application the day of the distribution or earlier from the Council on Aging or a local Senior Center.  Applications will not be mailed out and will not be accepted prior to June 5th.  Seniors who are unable to attend the distribution or need assistance with shopping may have a proxy attend of their behalf.  It is important to note that someone may only serve as a proxy for TWO individuals.  Applications must be signed by the senior and the proxy.  All proxies must show a valid Driver's License or State ID.     

Seniors wishing to apply are strongly encouraged to attend the walk-in days.  Anyone choosing to mail in their application must understand that they will be required to come to the Council on Aging office at 8520 East Avenue in Mentor to pick up their coupons.  No coupons will be mailed.

Please do not email or fax applications.  If you have any questions, please call our office at 440-205-8111.

The Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program is supported by Federal funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Ohio Department of Aging, and the Western Reserve Are Agency on Aging.  The Council on Aging is an equal opportunity provider.   

Wiorld Elder Abuse Awareness Event:  Elder Abuse is often described as a silent epidemic. Victims are often too intimidated or embarrassed to reach out and observers don't want to get involved.  One study reports only 1 in 15 cases of elder abuse is reported.  This means many victims suffer in silence. An estimated 2,160 older Lake County adults experience abuse, neglect or exploitation each year.

The Association of Specialists in Aging and the Lake County Council on Aging are hosting an Elder Abuse Awareness Event at the Willoughby Hills Community Center at 2:30pm on Tuesday, June 12th.  A panel of potential mandated reporters will be on hand to discuss how to prevent and report elder abuse, neglect and exploitation. In September, Ohio Law is expanding the list of people and professions that are Mandated Reporters of Elder Abuse. No reservation is required to attend. For more information please call 440-358-1600. 

Welcome to Medicare:  As a part of the Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP), the Lake County Council on Aging will be offering 'Welcome to Medicare' presentations during May and June.  These presentations are geared toward those who are turning 65 or otherwise eligible for Medicare in 2018, with the goal to provide unbiased information and education about Medicare.  Since more and more people are working past age 65, there are three presentations offered in the evening.  Click here to see the schedule of presentations.  Space is limited so please contact the site directly to register.

Vision 2020, Our Strategic Plan.  The Board of Directors of the Lake County Council on Aging have unanimously adopted a new strategic plan to guide the organization in its planning, activities, and initiatives over the next four years.  The plan, entitled "Vision 2020 ", was developed over several months with the input of county officials, representatives from community service agencies, the Senior Citizens Advisory Panel, recipients of LCCoA services, staff members and a sampling of the seniors of Lake County.  Click here to view a copy of Vision 2020. 

Investing in Older Adults: Check out this brief summary regarding the demographic and funding trends in the Western Reserve service area.  The summary is based on a report issued by the Center for Community Solutions

Warning! The Better Business Bureau warns of common senior scams.  For more information on how to protect yourself from scams visit our scam prevention page.                                          

2015 Senior Needs Assessment Final Report:  In October, 2015 the Lake County Commissioners and Senior Citizens Advisory Panel released the findings of a senior citizens needs assessment entitled “Lake County Ohio Senior Citizens: Today Tomorrow and in the Future”. The final report and operational plan is available through this link: 2015 Senior Needs Assessment  
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."             
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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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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Contact Information for Nutrition Sites and Lake County Senior Centers     


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