Everything that comes to mind when you think about a good old Midwestern hometown experience is all that is Cleveland. Cleveland is a big city where you can walk pretty much any place that you need to go. If you need to venture beyond the city, the mass transit system is excellent. To experience the cuisine of Cleveland, seek out bountiful plates of corned beef and freshly made pasta and wash it down with a local craft beer. Seniors love their city and having good senior services make living there that much nicer.
Cuyahoga Senior and Adult Services is an independent agency that works to empower seniors and adults with disabilities so they can live independently, by providing them with resources and support. The agency provides help with applying for and accessing health benefits, identifying resources, getting assistance with utilities, getting in-home and community based services, and case management.
Silver Sneakers is a national program with several participating gyms in Cleveland. It’s the leading exercise program for active older adults with a focus on fitness, friends, and fun. The program allows access to fitness equipment, exercise classes, pools, tennis courts, walking tracks, online resources with nutrition and fitness tips, and social events in the community.
Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging is an organization with a mission of service, research, and advocacy for the promotion of quality senior services. The website lists links and descriptions of local, state, and national resources for seniors. The site also includes helpful articles on aging and other eldercare issues.
Jewish Family Service Association of Cleveland provides a full range of services, so that seniors don’t have to change providers as their health or other needs change. Social workers are trained to identify areas of need and adjust the program as necessary. Services include personal care, help with meal preparation, meal planning, shopping, assistance with exercise plans, companionship, housekeeping, and transportation. The program is based on the Jewish faith, but it services seniors from all denominations.
LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland is part of the national SAGE LGBT program. The program supports LGBT seniors, who often feel even more isolated than other LGBT seniors. The group gets together for low-impact fitness and exercise programs, card games, discussion, coffee, lunch and dessert.
Encore Senior Adult Programs is an educational program through Cuyahoga Community College. The program provides senior adult education opportunities for adults age 55 and older in an academic environment. The program provides learning opportunities with a unique approach that recognizes the intellectual interests and experiences of older adults with on and off-campus experiences.
Greater Cleveland Food Bank recognizes that one of the most vulnerable populations that is at risk of hunger is senior citizens because of living on a fixed income. Seniors who cannot visit the food bank in person may have food delivered to them by the Mobile Meals programs.
Seniors who live in Cleveland are very fortunate to have many programs for fitness, nutrition, socialization, and education, in addition to a host of federal, state, and local programs.
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