Warming Centers- Centers are available for residents in need of a place to warm up during severe cold weather temperatures. Please click here for the locations and hours of availability. Hours and days may be extended under extreme conditions and some locations may close if the school district closes, so it is advisable to call before heading out. Also, it is possible additional facilities may be designated during off hours; please call 2-1-1 for information on other warming center locations.
For Wickliffe volunteers: There will be a volunteer training at 9 am at the Wickliffe senior center on January 28. Light snacks will be provided. For questions, please contact Dianne Bottiggi, Volunteer Services Manager, at 440-205-8111 ext. 228.
March for Meals 2015-Our tenth annual March for Meals event will be on March 7 at Great Lakes Mall in Mentor from 8-10 am. Our honorary chairperson will be Lake County resident and meteorologist, Mark Johnson. To learn how to become a sponsor, please click here. To sign up to become a sponsor, please use the sponsor commitment form. It will be our 10th annual event to raise awareness of the need for hot meals for seniors in the local community. Through the Meals on Wheels program, thousands of seniors and disabled people in Lake County receive nutritional meals each day. The indoor event will begin with registration at 8:00 am. The walk kickoff will be at 8:45 am. The walk route is a one mile indoor loop, but walkers can walk as far as they are able during the event. Participants can join individually or as part of a walk team. To register for this event, visit our registration page and click the appropriate box for the person you want to register. To create a personal fundraising page to raise online pledges, click here and then click the green fundraise button on the right hand side of the page in the box titled "join this team." For questions, please call us at 440-205-8111.
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.
Subaru Share the Love-In 2014, the Council on Aging was awarded grants totaling $4,800.00 in funding from the Subaru of America, Inc. "SHARE THE LOVE" campaigns. Our latest grant will allow us to purchase additional warming bags for Meals on Wheels deliveries. If you are in the market for a car, remember that from now until January 2nd, Subaru will donate $250.00 to Meals On Wheels Association of America for every Subaru sold when Meals on Wheels is designated as the charity of choice at the time of sale. Watch a video of the Johnnycake Ridge Singers performing in concert in Mentor for our agency in promotion of the Subaru "Share the Love" campaign.
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. Make a New Year’s resolution to join them in 2015! Visit our training page to learn about free classes coming in January.
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.