Senior Centers are a home away from home

January 9th, 2009    Author: Staff Report    Filed Under: Opinion

In 1969 Lois Brown Dale, founding director of Clermont Senior Services, submitted an application to the Ohio Commission on Aging (now the Ohio Department on Aging) to establish several one-day per week social centers.

She received an $11,000 grant to do so, and from this humble beginning Clermont Senior Services was born.

Meals-on wheels, transportation, home care, home repair, adult day care and many other services have been added along the way, but after all of these years senior center programs continue to be an important part of what we do to serve the older adults of Clermont County.

Today, the focus is on life long learning and center programs are operated in Amelia, Bethel, Felicity, Miami Township, New Richmond, Williamsburg, and Union Township.

A variety of social, educational, and recreational activities are provided at all of the centers, including volunteer opportunities and trips to points of interest in the greater Cincinnati area.

We often talk about how important in-home services are, but the activities provided at the senior centers are equally important. Just ask anyone who attends.

In fact, attending a senior center can, as one senior stated,

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