Aging Solutions Foundation

Mission

Aging Solutions is a non-profit foundation that upholds the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging's mission to inform and support people as they navigate the experience of aging or disability. Our priority is to promote choice, independence, and dignity for older adults and people with disabilities and help keep them safe and healthy at home.

Often individuals served through the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging need just a little extra help to maintain their quality of life and independence at home. Aging Solutions provides emergency funds for prescriptions, health and safety repairs or purchases, and other essential support.

Become A Donor & Make A Difference

You can support older adults and people with disabilities and the important mission of Aging Solutions.  Your donation helps ensure that vulnerable individuals maintain their health, remain safe, retain their independence, or obtain or retain housing.

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Mail checks to:

     Aging Solutions
     3776 South High Street
     Columbus, Ohio 43207

Aging Solutions thanks Altrusa International, Inc. of Columbus, Ohio for their financial support. Altrusa International, Inc. is a worldwide service association of business and professional people who want to perform valuable community service and enjoy the company of fellow members. Altrusa Columbus was chartered in 1918 to provide an opportunity for professional and executive women to perform community service while giving them the opportunity to build relationships with women of similar backgrounds who were working in a variety of industries and professions.

Year Round Fund

Aging Solutions’ Year Round Fund provides support to help keep Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging consumers safe and healthy in their homes—whether they live alone or with a relative in a house, apartment or senior building, were formerly in a nursing facility, or were homeless and are now moving into their own place. 

There are times when a small amount of financial support can make a big difference.  Many of the consumers served by COAAA have limited income or are required to have limited income to receive services. They occasionally have urgent needs that are not covered by any other funding source.

Some recent examples are:

$170 rent assistance for a person who lives alone and had an unexpected out of pocket medical expense. Avoiding eviction is critical; it’s already difficult to find affordable housing currently, but once someone has an eviction on their record it can be impossible to find a new place.

$32 for a woman who needed a space heater because her apartment furnace wasn’t sufficient. Space heaters are a recurring request during winter months.

$95 for a person who lives alone to replace apartment locks due to security concerns. Another individual needed help replacing a lost birth certificate to get an ID card.

$46 for a microwave for woman who lives alone and can’t use a stove. 

Individuals have received mini refrigerators to store insulin, humidifiers or dehumidifiers to help with breathing issues, and other small purchases that help individuals monitor or maintain their health.

Wish List

Aging Solutions created an Amazon Wish List, which consists of cleaning supplies, personal hygiene items, and other household items that are beyond the budget of many individuals receiving services through Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging. The list includes a variety of items and price points; most items qualify for Amazon Prime shipping. Purchases from the wish list conserve funds to support emergency rent and utility requests.

Microwave ovens help keep people nourished and in turn helps keep them healthier. They can make meals or heat up their Meals on Wheels delivery when necessary.

Space heaters and fans are important for individuals living in buildings where the temperature fluctuates with the season.

Vacuum cleaners maintain healthy environments for individuals, which supports their ability to live independently.

If you would like to help, please consider purchasing other necessary items from the wish list, which is located at http://bit.ly/AS-wishlist.

Holiday Gift Drive

The Holiday Gift Drive provides COAAA consumers with gifts at the end of the year. For many of the individuals who receive a gift, it’s the only present they get at the holidays. COAAA case managers identify people they serve and verify what they wish for; often it is items such as blankets, winter coats, bedding, towels, and other minor luxuries or everyday necessities. Donors are matched to requests and fulfill their Secret Santa duties in early December.

In 2018, more than 2,300 gifts were given by donors from Chase, AEP, Bella Care, Honda, Besa, and more. The kindness and generosity of these donors bring smiles to the people served by COAAA and staff members.

The Holiday Gift Drive was started in 2006 by Judy Camp, a registered nurse who dedicated her life to the care of senior citizens. She was inspired to start the gift program because of a thank you note she received from a nursing home resident who had received a Christmas card from Camp. In the first year of the program, Camp and her daughter Mary Donahue sponsored gifts for 100 seniors. The gift drive has continued to grow each year and is an amazing legacy of Judy Camp, who passed away in 2010. It is a labor of love for Donahue, who is an Aging Solutions board member and continues to provide leadership to the program in honor of her mother.  

Board Members

Aging Solutions is led by board members David Anderson (treasurer), Jerry Borin, Kevin Craine, Esq., Mary Donahue, Alicia Lein (board president), and Jane Taylor.

 

Ready to get help? Call COAAA at (800) 589-7277.