Community Office on Aging

The Community Office on Aging increases DSAS’ visibility in the community through planning, research and communications by strategically partnering with other agencies and external organizations including public, private and academic. This office also identifies new funding streams and other resources that enable DSAS to efficiently deliver programs and services. 

Senior Innovation Grant Program
This office provides support, guidance and limited funding for senior centers that are demonstrating resiliency, strengthening programs, designing new programs, and moving innovation forward. This partnership provides stakeholders an opportunity to share ideas and develop projects that can be replicated in the community. 

Cuyahoga County Senior Service Network (CCSSN)
This office facilitates communication and collaboration among peer agencies by convening the Cuyahoga County Senior Services Network (CCSSN), which includes municipal offices on aging and community senior centers. The purpose of the CCSSN is  to provide a forum for Cuyahoga County Senior Services Providers and the Division of Senior and Adult Services to identify and share best practices; identify, share and coordinate resources; and to advocate effectively on senior issues, therefore affording the seniors of Cuyahoga County an improved quality of life.

Special Initiatives

Livable Cuyahoga: This office leads the County's AARP Livable Community initiative, working to create a vibrant community where people of all ages flourish and thrive.

Elder Abuse Awareness: This office helps to raise awareness about elder abuse, why it occurs and what we can do to stop it. Awareness activities are planned during the month of June, which is Elder Abuse Awareness Month, and throughout the year. 

Senior Movie Day: This office hosts a free day at the movies for Cuyahoga County seniors and adults with disabilities to increase social connection in the community. 

Northeast Ohio Aging and Disability Summit: This office co-sponsors the annual event with The MetroHealth System and the Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging.  The Summit attracts professionals in the field of aging interested in fostering a greater understanding of the aging population and the resources available to support them.  Learn more about this year's Summit

Operation Cuyahoga Cares and Elves for Elders: This office coordinates community support for older adults, through our Operation: Cuyahoga Cares for Elders, a crisis assistance program that connects community donors with elders in need during emergencies, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more about Operation Cares for Elders. Elves for Elders is our holiday giving program, where we match generous community members with isolated seniors to provide holiday joy and interaction. Learn more about Elves for Elders.

Outreach: This office participates in a number of community events throughout the year to share the work we do with the public.  Visit our Event Calendar to see upcoming events.  We also have skilled experts who can speak to your group on various topics of interest to older adults, aging professional and adults with disabilities.  Visit our online Request a Speaker form to invite us to speak to your organization.

The Community Office on Aging is proud of its deep and long-standing connection to the community. For information on any of our programs or initiatives, call our Centralized Intake Unit 216-420-6700.  

    
Patricia K. Newell, MSW , Executive Officer
Denise Rucker-Burton , Program Administrator
Phone: 216-698-2358
Daphne James , Social Program Administrator
Phone: 216-698-4731
Division of Senior and Adult Services
13815 Kinsman Road
Cleveland OH 44120

DSAS Connection Center: 216-420-6700