By Kristin Rover
May is Older Americans Month in Clermont County, and Clermont Senior Services has been out and about letting resident know about the assistance they provide.
Clermont County Commissioners designated May as Older Americans Month during their April 23 session.
“I want to thank the board for having the level of recognition and responsibility for recognizing older adults in the community,” Cindy Gramke, executive director and CEO of Clermont Senior Services, said.
Gramke said that with a growing population in Clermont County, the need for the organization’s services has been continuing to grow.
Gramke thanked Clermont County voters for approving the most recent levy for Clermont Senior Services.
“We will continue to work very hard with the citizens of the community,” Gramke said.
Gramke visited Amelia Village Council April 22 to talk with residents about what services they offer.
“I wanted to give you an overview of our services,” Gramke said.
Gramke said at Clermont Senior Services they try to serve those most in need first.
She said they provide transportation services to seniors who need to get to and from doctors appointments, they provide caregiver support to seniors who need assistance in their own homes, they provide housing for seniors, Meals on Wheels, and more.
“Last year we served more than 5,000 seniors, some with multiple services,” Gramke said. “We’re there trying to keep that person living independent as long as possible.”
Gramke said Clermont County is the only county in Ohio with extensive services for seniors.
In addition to their services for seniors in need of assistance, she said they also provide a variety of fun and educational classes for seniors with their lifelong learning programs at the Union Township Civic Center, Bethel Woods, and Miami Township Civic Center.
Gramke said Clermont Senior Services also works with families who may be making decisions for their parents or other seniors in their family.
“We have outreach programs for individuals,” she said.
She said they also work with the Department of Job and Family Services to provide protective services for adults.
Clermont Senior Services has been a part of the county for more than 40 years, according to the organization’s website.
Gramke said the organization was created by former director Lois Brown Dale, who saw a need for services for seniors in the community and helped get the first Senior Services Levy on the ballot in 1982.
The levy, which was most recently renewed in November of 2011, continues to generate the funds to run senior services in the county.
“What you do in support of senior services leverages in many ways,” Gramke said.
For more information about Clermont Senior Services, visit www.clermontseniors.com.