The mission of the Geauga County Department on Aging is to support positive aging through programs, services, and resources that promote
health, wellness, safety, independence and dignity.
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
“The holiday season is a perfect time to reflect on our blessings and to make life better for those around us.” ---Terry Marshall
Everyone wants to be home for the holidays especially our seniors. The Geauga County Department on Aging’s Home Delivered Meals Program allows frail seniors to stay in their own homes all year round. Our Home Delivered Meals Program offers “more than a meal”. The program provides seniors with a hot lunch time meal Monday through Friday. While the meals provide 1/3 of a senior's daily nutritional needs, face to face visits from the Home Delivered Meals volunteer drivers provides socialization to seniors and peace of mind to their caregivers. We know that for many of these seniors this is their one and only meal for the day and their Home Delivered Meals volunteer driver may be the only person they see all day long.
The Geauga Department on Aging’s Home Delivered Meals Program has seen a 44% growth in meal recipients and 23% growth in meals delivered over the last five years. We are seeing more seniors with increased frailty and in need of meals in order to stay in their own homes. We have prided ourselves that “no senior goes on a wait list for this service” and hope to be able to continue this mantra despite our program’s growing need. In an effort for us to continue to provide meals for Geauga County’s ever-growing frail seniors, we are asking for your help. This holiday season, we ask that you consider giving the gift of food security to a senior through our Home Delivered Meals Program.
Your gift is extremely important because it offers immediate resources. Your employees and or company can express their holiday gratitude and good will by sponsoring a Geauga County senior in need of this daily meal. Enclosed is a flyer for you to post or to copy for anyone who might be interested in keeping their holiday donations local. If you should have any questions about The Geauga County Department on Aging’s Home Delivered Meals Program please do not hesitate to give our agency a call at 440-279-2130.
Happiest of Holidays,
The Geauga County Department on Aging
The Ohio Development Services Agency and the Geauga Department on Aging want to remind Geauga seniors that assistance is available to help with their home energy bills. The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) provides Ohioans at or below 175 percent of the federal poverty level with a benefit to help pay their heating and cooling bills. The Winter Crisis Program runs November 1 through March 29 and the Summer Crisis Program runs from July 1 through August 31. For more information, please contact the Department of Aging at (440) 279-2130.
Tax scams that use e-mail and phone calls that appear to come from the IRS are common these days. These scams often use the IRS name and logo or fake websites that look real.
Scammers often send an e-mail or call to lure victims to give up their personal and financial information. The crooks then use this information to commit identity theft or steal your money. Some call their victims to demand payment on a pre-paid debit card or by wire transfer. But the IRS will not initiate contact with you to ask for this information by phone or e-mail.
If you get this type of ‘phishing’ e-mail, the IRS offers this advice:
If you get an unexpected phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS:
Be alert to scams that use the IRS as a lure. The IRS will not initiate contact with you through social media or text to ask for your personal or financial information.
More information on how to report phishing or phone scams is available on IRS.gov.
IRS Tax Tip 2014-1
Are you a senior citizen who lives in Geauga County? Do you have a doctor’s appointment that is outside of Geauga County and are looking for safe reliable transportation to get you to and from your medical appointment?
The Geauga County Department on Aging’s Escort Program offers transportation for Geauga County Seniors (age 60 and over) to their “out of county” medical appointments. We are able to transport seniors to the following counties: Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Lake, Portage or Trumbull Counties for medical appointments. The program runs Monday through Friday and has wheelchair accessible vehicles, if needed.
For more information on this program or other programs available for Geauga County Seniors, please call the Department on Aging at (440) 279-2130, (440) 564-7131 extension 2130, or (440) 834-1856 extension 2130.
Required Forms for Geauga County Department on Aging Volunteers: