The Division of Aging was established in 1973 to provide a continuum of responsive services to Lakewood’s older residents. Programs and services evolved through the years, contributing to the Lakewood Division of Aging becoming one of the largest municipal aging programs in Ohio.
The Division underwent some reorganization in 2008 with changes in programs and services. However, the primary goal of the Division’s core programs remains the same: enabling older residents to stay safely in their homes and community while sustaining a quality of life that is both meaningful and productive. This is a accomplished through administration of service programs in five core areas:
- Nutrition services
- Transportation services
- Social work and supportive services
- Center activities and programs
- Volunteer program
The Division operates out of two locations:
Kathleen & Robert Lawther Center (Senior Center West)
16024 Madison Avenue
Fax: (216) 521-2613 FAX
Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m
Senior Center East
12400 Madison Avenue
Fax: (216) 521-1376 FAX
Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Taking care of our seniors
Hot meals are served at 11:45 a.m., Monday through Friday, at both the Lawther Center (west) and the Senior Center East. Make lunch reservations one week in advance by calling 216-529-5000, from 9 a.m. to noon, Monday through Wednesday.
Hot, home-delivered meals are available to qualified individuals. Call 216-521-1515 to talk with a social worker.
Vans are available to transport Lakewood residents to the Senior Centers and for recreation and social events. Transportation is also provided for medical appointments in western Cuyahoga County (wheelchair lift vans are available to help those who need extra assistance).
In addition, special trips are made to local grocery and shopping destinations and Lakewood Community Services Center.
For more information, call 216-521-1288.
Here’s the link to the RTA for additional transportation options.
Social Work & Supportive Services+-
According to the 2010 US Census, Lakewood is home to an estimated 8,338 people age 60 and older. This represents 16 percent of the city’s total population. As this cohort of Lakewood’s population continues to age, its members have increasing need for resources and support that help preserve their independence and dignity.
The city offers Social Work & Supportive Services to help seniors and their families access needed resources and coordinates delivery of core services, including nutrition and transportation options offered by Lakewood’s Division of Aging. The city’s Social Work and Supportive Services have become a critical source of support for, and make a significant contribution to our senior citizens’ physical and mental health, and sustained independence in daily life.
For more information, call 216-529-5011.
Senior center activities and programs: A monthly calendar with scheduled events and lunch menus is available in print and by clicking on these links:
Come to the centers and enjoy afternoon movies, tabletop bowling, bingo and Wii games. If you don’t see your favorite hobby, help us organize it. Activities include:
Craft Group: Every Wednesday morning at the Kathleen & Robert Lawther Center (West) at 10 a.m. Every Tuesday morning at Senior Center East.
Gold Coast Follies: Sing and dance troupe that performs throughout the community. Always looking for new members!! Practice is held every Tuesday morning at Lakewood Park Woman’s Pavilion.
GrAY Pride at Kathleen & Robert Lawther Center (West); 2nd Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.
Low Vision Support Group at Kathleen & Robert Lawther Center (West), 4th Friday each month at 10 a.m.
Sewing Group: Sew lap robes, tummy pillows for abdominal surgery patients and emergency room dolls for children to be donated to area nursing homes and hospitals. Join the ladies on Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. at the Kathleen & Robert Lawther Center (West).
Lakewood Art League: Join your peers in a creative environment. The group meets the third Monday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Kathleen & Robert Lawther Center (West). Educational speakers present at every meeting.
Knitting & Crocheting: Join your peers in a creative environment while working on your own knitting or crocheting project. Group meets Tuesdays at 10 a.m. at Center East.
Card Games: Pinochle, poker, bridge, canasta.
Special Events: Hot dog cookouts, picnics in the park, holiday celebrations, day trips and lunch outings.
NOSCD Northeast Ohio Senior Citizens of the Deaf: The group meets every other Friday at the Kathleen & Robert Lawther Center (Senior Center West). Interpreter services available.
Lakewood Photographic Society: Meets every Tuesday at 7 p.m. mid September through mid May at Lawther Center West for anyone interested in photography.
AARP Tax Preparation Clinics: Held January through April. By appointment only.
Intergenerational programs: Volunteers work with children of all ages, in a variety of settings
- Ohioreads: Tutors work individually with first, second and third graders to improve reading and writing skills.
- Grandparent-Read-to-Me: Volunteers read and socialize with pre-schoolers.
- Growing-Healthy-Together: Teams use puppets and skits to teach early elementary classes the importance of saying no to cigarettes and drugs, as well as practicing good hygiene and staying safe.
- Spring Fling: An intergenerational musical event co-sponsored by the Division of Aging and the Division of Youth H20 Program.
- GRASP (Grandparents & Relatives As Second Parents): A program jointly sponsored by the Divisions of Aging and Youth. 4th Wednesday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon.
- Tea Party: Annual intergenerational tea party.
Call 216-521-1515 for more information.
Additional related links+-
Lakewood Senior Collaborative+-
The Lakewood Senior Collaborative, formed in 2014, is a group of agencies, organizations and concerned individuals working together to create a network of services and support for seniors in our community. The Collaborative seeks to identify and address the needs of our aging population and at the same time strengthen the fabric of our community. Meetings take place at the Lakewood Woman’s Pavilion, 8 to 9:30 a.m. on the third Wednesday of each month. For more information, call 216-521-5011.
The Lakewood Foundation+-
The Lakewood Foundation is a private, not for profit, community based organization. The Lakewood Foundation enhances the lives of Lakewood residents by serving as the fiscal agent for service groups and city departments. The trustees of the Lakewood Foundation supervise and support special projects they believe will further the well being of the Lakewood community.
Division of Aging-DeDe MacNamee Gold (216) 521-1515
Q: Is this the county?
A: No. This is the City of Lakewood. All county related assistance including child support, food stamps, health insurance, job training, and emergency assistance, can be found by calling Cuyahoga County Department of Jobs and Family Services – http://cjfs.cuyahogacounty.us/en-US/home.aspx (216) 987-7000 or Cuyahoga County Department of Senior and Adult Services-http://dsas.cuyahogacounty.us/ (216) 420-6700
Q: What does the Division of Aging do?
A: The primary goal of the City of Lakewood’s Division of Aging is to enable older residents to stay safely in their homes and community while sustaining a quality of life that is both meaningful and productive. http://www.onelakewood.com/findget/programs-for-seniors/ (216) 521-1515
Q: Who do I call if I think a senior is being abused, neglected or exploited?
A: Please call for Cuyahoga County Department of Senior and Adult Services Adult Protective Services- http://dsas.cuyahogacounty.us/ (216) 420-6700
Q: My mother can no longer function independently and is unable to care for herself. Who can I call?
A: Please call the Division of Aging Supportive Services (216) 521-1090 or contact: Cuyahoga County Department of Senior and Adult Services- http://dsas.cuyahogacounty.us/ (216) 420-6700
Q: What is available for an older person who can no longer drive and has no formal support system for transportation?
A: Please call the Division of Aging (216) 521-1515 http://www.onelakewood.com/findget/programs-for-seniors/ The Division of Aging offers transportation for Lakewood seniors, 60 and over to medical appointments, senior centers, grocery shopping, special events and public benefits.
Q: I have to relocate and I don’t know where to begin. What housing information is available?
A: Please call the Division of Aging Supportive Services (216) 521-1090 http://www.onelakewood.com/findget/programs-for-seniors/ Division of Aging Supportive Services provide resources and information on affordable housing, subsidized housing, housing with assistance for seniors and other housing alternatives.
Q: Insurance and the Medicare changes are so confusing. Who can assist me with insurance and navigating the health care insurance system?
A: Please call the Division of Aging Supportive Services (216) 521-1090 http://www.onelakewood.com/findget/programs-for-seniors/ Division of Aging Supportive Services can provide links to resources for Medicare, Medicaid and HMOs. To schedule appointments for Ohio Benefits or OSHIIP (Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program) located at the Senior Center, please call: (2160 521-1515.
Q: I have recently retired and would like something to do to keep busy. Who can I talk to?
A: Please call the Division of Aging (216) 521-1515 http://www.onelakewood.com/findget/programs-for-seniors/ The Division of Aging operates a Senior Center and meal site with various activities, programs, events and trips as well as volunteer opportunities. Additionally, the city website onelakewood.com has a volunteer page listing many nonprofit organizations which offer volunteer opportunities http://www.onelakewood.com/volunteer/
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