By Colleen Lockhart
“The mission of the Geauga Department on Aging (GDA) is to support positive aging through programs, services and resources that promote health, wellness, safety, independence and dignity,”
states Jessica Boalt, Director of the GDA since November 2013. “The senior population is growing in every township, village and city in Geauga County. The total senior population in Geauga County is approaching 30,141 individuals, making up about 31% of the entire County’s census. Approximately 1,000 Geauga County Residents age in to eligibility each year by turning 60. Approximately 13,000 seniors access services and programs annually.
Seniors 60 plus can register with the GDA with no fee to be a part of the special programs and activities available to them. Out-of-county seniors can register for a fee. The Senior Centers are open weekdays as an opportunity for recreation and education by providing lifelong learning activities, health and wellness programs, exercise, games, crafts, trips, socialization, congregate meals, and support services.
By registering at any one of the five locations, seniors will receive the monthly newsletter with highlights of activities along with details of scheduled programs. To continue to receive the newsletter, seniors already registered may simply contact or visit one of the five locations to update your address and contact information on file.
The Volunteer Program at GDA provides opportunities for all ages to engage in service activities to positively impact Geauga County seniors. Our volunteer opportunities range from clerical and recreational assistance to Home Delivered Meals drivers and are always looking to expand with new volunteers.
One of the most popular services is Home Delivered Meals and has become a gateway to other programs. Meals are delivered by volunteers on week days with eligibility based on capability. When an individual becomes interested in learning about social services, they can be evaluated by a GDA social worker through discussion of what is available and how to access it.
The Social Services Program helps seniors with complex concerns solve problems, understand resources, and make connections to services. The program is centered on assisting seniors to stay independent or in the least restrictive setting possible. Assistance is provided on an ongoing basis to seniors, their families, or support systems. Areas of assistance include, among many other services available: Senior care coordination, cognitive screenings, housing solutions, financial counseling, application assistance, benefits review, Medicare enrollment, advocacy, Healthcare, Living Wills, out-of-county medical transportation, in-county transit, donated medical equipment and Adult Day Care.
The GDA can be pro-active in the lives of Geauga’s seniors, offering assistance on programs and services before a crisis occurs. These programs are opt-in so permission is required from the senior for GDA to make contact on referrals from families and neighbors.
Anyone interested in learning more about the GDA can obtain an Annual Report on whom they serve, what they offer, where they receive their operating revenue and how they spend their funds. Details of the many programs and services are available on the GDA website at
https://co.geauga.oh.us along with the calendar of events, newsletters, senior center locations and application forms.
The five location addresses, phone number and times open are:
Administrative Services Office, 470 Center St., Bldg 2, Chardon, 440-279-2130,
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Bainbridge Senior Center, 17751 Chillicothe Rd., Chagrin Falls, 440-279-2126,
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Chardon Senior Center, 12555 Ravenwood Dr., Chardon, 440-279-2126,
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Middlefield Senior Center, 15820 Ridgewood Dr., Middlefield, 440-632-0611,
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
West Geauga Senior Center, 12650 West Geauga Plaza, Unit 4, Chesterland,
440-279-2163 , 8 a.m. – 4 p.m