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Ohio Area Agency on Aging building

In 1974, the Area Agency on Aging developed its plan for a comprehensive and coordinated network of services to older adults, organizing the system based on local values and local strengths existing in its nine-county region.

Plans were made to establish an office on aging in each county to serve as a key location for people to contact regarding services.  The Area Agency assisted in the development of local county councils on aging, helping them to incorporate as non-profit corporations and awarded the councils on aging both social service and nutrition funds under the Older Americans Act.

The thought was to build strong local agencies on aging whose boards could be effective advocates with county, city and township officials. With the Area Agency on Aging maintaining standards and regulations of the program, we encouraged as much local decision-making as possible, including the local responsibility for raising local matching funds.

We thank our providers and communities for the continued support of the agency and its programs.

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  • 2018
    100+ staff and growing!
  • 2017
    Richland Senior Services Levy passes with the addition of 0.5 mil
    Richland Senior Services Levy passes with the addition of 0.5 mil
  • 2015
    The Area Agency on Aging begins administering the Ohio Home Care Waiver
  • 2013
    Richland Senior Services Levy passes again
    The Area Agency on Aging's office moves to Hawkins Corner
  • 2012
    Renovations begin on Hawkins Corner
  • 2011
    Mr. Earl Hawkins donates closed grocery store to the Area Agency on Aging
  • 2008
    The Area Agency on Aging hosts first annual Positive Aging Expo
    The Area Agency on Aging hosts first annual Positive Aging Expo
    First Richland County Senior Services Levy is passed
  • 2007
    Host for Governer Strickland's Town Hall Meeting
    Host for Governer Strickland's Town Hall Meeting
    The Area Agency on Aging's staff presented two workshops at the National n4a Conference
    The Area Agency on Aging begins offering Matter of Balance workshops
  • 2006
    Duana Patton becomes new director of the Area Agency on Aging
    Duana Patton becomes new director of the Area Agency on Aging
    First Medicaid Assisted Living Waiver client in Ohio enrolled in the Area Agency on Aging
  • 2004
    The Area Agency on Aging creates grant/scholarship awards program
    The Area Agency on Aging creates grant/scholarship awards program
  • 2000
    Older Americans Act of 1965 is reauthorized
    National Family Caregiver Support Program
  • 1997
    Executive Director Patricia Brammer retires and Judi Saurers is appointed as new Executive Director
    Executive Director Patricia Brammer retires and Judi Saurers is appointed as new Executive Director
  • 1996
    The Area Agency on Aging hosts first Annual Meeting
    Ohio Department of Aging provides grants for Alzheimer’s Respite
    Richland County Foundation provides funding for Helping Elderly Meet Essential Needs (HEMEN) program
    Advocacy with senior centers for re-authorization of the Older Americans Act
  • 1995
    Implemented first Strategic Plan as mandated by the Ohio Department of Aging
    First Mini-White House Conference on Aging
  • 1994
    The Area Agency on Aging's office moves to 780 Park Avenue West to accommodate growing staff and implementation of new programs
  • 1990
    The PASSPORT Program becomes operational
    The Area Agency on Aging’s office moves to Marion Avenue
  • 1989
    The Area Agency on Aging becomes freestanding, incorporated nonprofit agency with an advisory council and board of trustees
    The Community Care Coordination Program is implemented
  • 1983
    The Area Agency on Aging begins administering the Long-Term Care Ombudsman program
  • 1974
    The Area Agency on Aging is part of Mansfield Memorial Homes. It operates through the work of only 19 staff members!