Columbus, Ohio is often overlooked as a major U.S. city., which is surprising considering that the city all but shuts down during an Ohio Buckeyes football game. Columbus is home to over 800,000 people, many of which are senior citizens. The city never strays too far from its conservative roots and the people have a reputation for being really nice. Columbus has a natural landscape where seniors get to enjoy all four seasons. In spite of its conservatism, Columbus has a diverse culture and lots of multicultural activities to explore. If you love shopping, the markets can’t be beat. Here are some of the senior services than make living in Columbus just that much nicer.
Fitness After 50 is a program that is offered by the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department. Seniors get to participate in basketball or softball leagues with others who are over the age of 50. The program also offers adult programs for Pickelball, football, futsal, and volleyball.
American Red Cross provides a safe and reliable transportation program for seniors so they can get to medical appointments. Seniors can also request transportation for grocery shopping and other appointments when schedules allow.
Ohio Health offers classes for seniors on the topic of balance, exercise, driver improvement, driver safety, computer tutoring, chronic disease management, and classes on other eldercare diseases.
LifeCare Alliance provides a range of senior services including home meal delivery, homemaking services, home health aides, and other health and wellness services. Specific programs that LifeCare Alliance offers include Meals on Wheels, Columbus Cancer Clinic, Senior Dining Centers, Groceries-to-Go Help at Home, IMPACT Safety, Project OpenHand, Senior Farmers’ Market, Wellness Centers, and Visiting Nurse.
Employment for Seniors is a program for people age 50 and older to help them get meaningful employment. Job counselors work with seniors to prepare them for their job search and then connect them to employers through a job referral process. The program also offers an annual Senior Career Expo so seniors have the chance to network with other seniors and employers. The best part is that the service is completely free.
Jewish Federation of Columbus is a faith-based organization that helps seniors from all faiths and denominations. The organization administers one of the most comprehensive senior service programs in Columbus. Various programs include geriatric care management, home care, rehabilitation, dialysis, hospice, palliative care, independent living, assisted living, long-term care, memory care, senior housing, training, education, and research.
Golden Buckeye Program offers a senior discount card, called the Golden Buckeye card. This senior discount program is honored at over 20,000 businesses across the state. The discounts are valid for public museums and attractions, restaurants, and other businesses, including the Ohio State Fair. Seniors can also use the card to get discounts of prescription medications.
Those who are looking for even more senior programs will find just what they need by contacting the Ohio Department of Aging. The department offers a wealth of programs including help with in-home care, assisted living, long-term care, music and memory, senior community service, employment and the senior farmer’s market nutrition program.
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