Notice of Funding: Title III-D for Evidence-Based Education Programs (posted 1-31-24)

Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging (COAAA) is pleased to announce the availability of three (3) grants of up to $2,500 each to assist qualified organizations in meeting the costs associated with the implementation or registering of ‘completers’ for COAAA’s Health In Action (Chronic Disease, Diabetes, and Pain Self-Management) and/or Matter of Balance. These funds are Older Americans Act Title III-D funds. Each qualified organization selected by COAAA to receive funds shall receive only one grant of up to $2,500. All funds must be expended by December 31, 2024. Preference will be given to applicants who are able to offer Health In Action and/or Matter of Balance workshops in person (or remotely if necessary due to a health crisis) in our eight-county area. Priority counties are Fairfield, Fayette, Licking, Madison and Pickaway counties. Other COAAA counties may be considered if applications are not received from priority counties. See Notice of Funding for full details. Deadline for applications is 5:00 pm on Thursday, February 15, 2024.
Notice of Funding Availability: 2024 Title III-D
Grant Application: 2024 Title III-D

Request for Proposals: Psychometric Evaluation of Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) Screening

Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging (COAAA) is seeking proposals from qualified and experienced firms or individuals to conduct a comprehensive psychometric evaluation, including testing validity and reliability, for our Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) screening. We believe that a rigorous evaluation is crucial to ensure the effectiveness and accuracy of our screening in identifying social determinants that impact health outcomes for older adults and individuals with disabilities who require assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs). This is the continuation of an ongoing project that has completed the initial development phase.

The proposal submission deadline is January 26, 2024 by 5 pm. Proposals should be submitted by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Request for Proposal specifications

Notice of Funding Awarded for Older Americans Act Title III Services (posted 10-11-23)

The Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging is pleased to announce funding awarded for Older Americans Act Title III services and programs to providers in our eight-county region. Funds were awarded to 23 providers for the four-year program cycle beginning January 1, 2024 through December 31, 2027. 

Notice of Funding Awarded for ARPA/Title III Services 
(posted 6-15-23)

On April 10, 2023, COAAA posted a Notice of Funding to announce the availability of funding for American Rescue Plan (ARPA)/Title III programs. These funds will be awarded beginning July 1, 2023, through September 30, 2024. Approximately $3,022,483 in funding for ARPA/Title III Services is available for Delaware, Fayette, Fairfield, Franklin, Licking, Madison, Pickaway, and Union counties. Proposals were submitted by Friday, May 5, 2023. Funding awards were made to the following organizations:

Organization
Counties
Services
Accountable Transportation
Franklin
Transportation
Bridges Community Action Partnership
Delaware, Madison, Union
Home Modification, Home Maintenance
Catholic Social Services, Inc.
Franklin, Licking
Transportation, Supportive Services
Charitable Pharmacy
Franklin
Health Services
Community Action Commission of Fayette County
Fayette, Madison
Transportation, Caregiver Services Transportation
Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio
Franklin
Housing Assistance Counseling
Complete Adult Day Service
Franklin
Adult Day Service w/Transportation
Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center
Franklin
Supportive Services, Financial Navigator, Financial Assistance/ Material Aid
Fairfield Center for disABILITIES and Cerebral Palsy
Fairfield
Transportation
Fayette County Commission on Aging
Fayette
Home Delivered Meals, Transportation
First Choice Home Health Services, LLC
Franklin
Personal Care
Franklin County Commissioners
dba Franklin County Office on Aging
Franklin
Caregiver Services
Gladden Community House
Franklin
Supportive Services, Home Modification
Lancaster-Fairfield Community Action Program Commission Inc.
Fairfield
Home Modification
LEADS
Licking
Home Modification
Legal Aid Society of Columbus
Delaware, Franklin, Madison, Union
Legal
Licking County Aging Partners
Licking
Home Delivered Meals, Adult Day Services, Visiting
Caregiver Services
LifeCare Alliance
Franklin, Madison
Home Delivered Meals, Home Modification
Madison County Senior Center
Madison
Caregiver Services
Meals on Wheels Older Adult Alternatives of Fairfield County
Fairfield
Home Delivered Meals, Home Modification, Visiting
Caregiver Services
Mental Health America of Ohio
Franklin
Mental and Behavioral Health Counseling
Memorial Hospital of Union County
Union
Home Delivered Meals
Ohio State University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health
Franklin
Mental and Behavioral Health Counseling
Ohio State Legal Services Association
Fairfield, Fayette, Licking, Pickaway
Legal Services
PICCA (Pickaway County Community Action Organization, Inc.)
Pickaway
Home Modification
Pickaway County Commission on Aging dba Pickaway Senior Center
Pickaway
Home Delivered Meals, Caregiver Services
Precise Mobility Solutions, Inc.
Delaware, Franklin
Transportation
Salvation Army dba The Salvation Army Samaritan Center for Adult Care
Fairfield
Transportation
SourcePoint
Delaware
Home Delivered Meals, Caregiver Services
St. Stephen's Community House
Franklin
Supportive Services
Union County Treasurer dba Union County Senior Services
Union
Transportation, Caregiver Services
UZURV Holdings, Inc.
Delaware, Franklin
Transportation

 

Notice of Funding Awarded for Alzheimer’s Respite Services
(posted 6-15-23)

On April 10, 2023, COAAA posted a Notice of Funding to announce the availability of funding for Alzheimer’s Respite programs. These funds will be awarded annually for the four-year period from July 1, 2023 to June 30, 2027. Approximately $138,691 in funding for Alzheimer’s Services is available for Delaware, Fairfield, Fayette, Franklin, Licking, Madison, Pickaway, and Union counties. Allocation amounts are based on the projected state budget and are subject to change. Proposals were submitted by Friday, May 5, 2023. Funding awards were made to the following organizations:

Organization
Counties
Services
 
African American Alzheimer's and
Wellness Association
Franklin
Education
Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center
Franklin
Support Groups, Visiting
Community Action Commission of Fayette County 
Fayette
Homemaker
GloriAge Home Care Agency
Delaware, Franklin
Personal Care, Visiting
Licking County Aging Partners
Licking
Adult Day Service
LifeCare Alliance
Franklin
Homemaker
Madison County Senior Center
Madison
Adult Day Service
Pickaway County Commission on Aging
Pickaway
Adult Day Service
Salvation Army Samaritan Center
Fairfield
Adult Day Service, Adult Day Service with Transportation
Union County dba Union County Senior
Services
Union
Personal Care
Washington's Intergenerational Adult Day Care
Franklin
Adult Day Service with Transportation

If you have any questions, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Grant Ames at (614) 645-1508.

The Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging serves as Ohio’s Planning and Service Area 6 (PSA6) and is operated under the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department of the City of Columbus. COAAA was established in 1974 and serves eight counties: Delaware, Fairfield, Fayette, Franklin, Licking, Madison, Pickaway, and Union.

There are 622 Area Agencies on Aging (often called triple-As) in the United States. Every US county is served by an area agency, which were established under the Older Americans Act (OAA) in 1973 to respond to the needs of Americans 60 and over. The Ohio Association of Area Agencies on Aging (o4a) is the statewide network serving as a collective voice for Ohio’s 12 Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs).

2023‐2026 Strategic Area Plan Needs Assessment Summary

In 2022, COAAA submitted our 2023-2026 Strategic Area Plan documents to the Ohio Department of Aging. The Needs Assessment document includes a demographic profile of older adults in the region, a summary of economic and social needs in the region, information about the development of Strategic Area Plan proposed strategies, a summary of the region's information and referral (I&R) providers, as well as the goals and objectives for 2023-2026

The Ohio Department of Aging published its most recent State Plan on Aging; it is available at https://aging.ohio.gov/about-us/reports-and-data/ohios-state-plan

In 2021, COAAA partnered with the Age Friendly Innovation Center and Franklin County Office on Aging to conduct the Central Ohio Regional Assessment on Aging. The assessment summary is based on responses from randomly-selected residents over the age of 50 from COAAA's eight counties: Delaware, Fairfield, Fayette, Franklin, Licking, Madison, Pickaway, and Union.

2021 Central Ohio Regional Assessment on Aging

Members of the public can access the regional and county data from the 2021 Central Ohio regional survey at
https://public.tableau.com/views/CORAA2021/Home

County Focal Point Agencies

COAAA’s county focal point agencies serve as local entry points through which older adults, people with disabilities, family members and caregivers, and others can access information, referral, assessment, and services provided or funded by COAAA. A list of COAAA’s focal point agencies is below; additional county-specific resources can be found on our website under Resources > Crisis/ Abuse/ Neglect.

Delaware County
SourcePoint
800 Cheshire Dr.
Delaware, OH 43015
www.mysourcepoint.org
740-363-6677

Fairfield County
Meals on Wheels of Fairfield County
1515 Cedar Hill Road
Lancaster, OH 43130
www.mowfc.org
740-681-5050

Fayette County
Fayette County Commission on Aging
1179 S. Elm St.
Washington Ct. House, OH 43160
www.fayettecoa.com
740-335-2159

Community Action Commission of Fayette County
1400 US Route 22 NW
Washington Court House, OH 43160
www.cacfayettecounty.org
740-335-7282

Franklin County
Franklin County Office on Aging
280 E. Broad St., 3rd Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
www.officeonaging.org
614-525-6200

LifeCare Alliance
1699 W Mound St.
Columbus, OH 43223
www.lifecarealliance.org
614-278-3130

Licking County
Licking County Aging Partners
1058 E. Main St.
Newark, OH 43055
www.lcap.org
740-345-0821

Madison County
Madison County Senior Center
280 W. High St.
London, OH 43140
www.mcsenior.org
740-852-3001

Pickaway County
Pickaway Senior Center
2105 Chickasaw Dr.
P.O. Box 565
Circleville, OH 43113
www.pickawayseniors.org
740-474-8831

Union County
Union County Senior Services
940 London Avenue, Suite 1800
Marysville, Ohio 43040
www.unioncountyohio.gov/senior-services-home
937-644-1010, option 5

As part of our 2023-2026 Strategic Area Plan process, Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging (COAAA) will host focus groups in the eight counties of our Planning and Service Area (PSA). The eight counties are Delaware, Fairfield, Fayette, Franklin, Licking, Madison, Pickaway, and Union.

These small group conversations will offer residents the chance to share their thoughts about aging in their county, what services they currently use, and what they and others might need in the future. Focus group input will assist COAAA in the development of a coordinated service system to meet the needs of older adults and individuals with disabilities and help them continue to live independently at home and in their community.

COAAA will hold one in-person and one virtual session in each county to accommodate as many participants as possible. Space is limited, so please register in advance for one of the sessions.

Please note that for in-person sessions we will require participants to be distance and masked in the room and throughout the focus group conversation.

Virtual sessions will be held using Zoom.

Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have questions or need more information. 

Delaware County in-person focus group: Wednesday, February 23, 2022 from 9:30-11 am 
Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/coaaa-in-person-focus-group-in-delaware-county-tickets-265319617117

Delaware County virtual focus group: Wednesday, March 9 from 9:30-11 am
Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUlc-GqqT8vG9HGXlP1whWBbk_Ax2YSfDcj

Fairfield County in-person focus group: Thursday, February 24, 2022 from 1:30-3 pm 
Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/coaaa-in-person-focus-group-in-fairfield-county-tickets-265290760807

Fairfield County virtual focus group: Wednesday, March 9 from 1:30-3 pm
Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIufu2rqz4qGN086e7kI90KbFbpZ7KV4XuS

Fayette County in-person focus group: Tuesday, March 8 from 9:30-11 am 
Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/coaaa-in-person-focus-group-in-fayette-county-tickets-265331442487

Fayette County virtual focus group: Tuesday, March 15 from 9:30-11 am
Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcqc-GuqDsoGNwhufjA4OxkHAjRNKnRHp4l

Franklin County in-person focus group: Wednesday, March 23 from 1:30-3 pm
Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/coaaa-in-person-focus-group-in-franklin-county-tickets-269039583637

Franklin County virtual focus group: Tuesday, March 29 from 9:30-11 am
Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMpc-Cgqz4jH93OG3TVPCPu_jKowq2jsdUw

Licking County in-person focus group: Tuesday, February 22, 2022 from 9:30-11 am 
Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/coaaa-in-person-focus-group-in-licking-county-tickets-261431818607

Licking County virtual focus group: Monday, March 7 from 1:30-3 pm
Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUocOigrTIoGNT6q0UL-DcaC3YUVoIk_0y9

Madison County in-person focus group: Thursday, March 3 from 1:30-3 pm
Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/coaaa-in-person-focus-group-in-madison-county-tickets-265328022257

Madison County virtual focus group: Thursday, March 17 from 9:30-11 am
Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEvceGtpzwtE9d3vbgfwVbUHWOCjEfJ3_M0

Pickaway County in-person focus group: Wednesday, March 16 from 1:30-3 pm
Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/coaaa-in-person-focus-group-in-pickaway-county-tickets-265332967047

Pickaway County virtual focus group: Tuesday, March 22 from 9:30-11 am
Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIkdeyhpjsuG9MY2yRhIcF-F1ZT0WR-BPpQ

Union County in-person focus group: Tuesday, March 1 from 9:30-11 am 
Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/coaaa-in-person-focus-group-in-union-county-tickets-265324090497

Union County virtual focus group: Thursday, March 10 from 9:30-11 am
Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcrc-qorD4iH9ByezEYCexeEe5IztpUQSP9

 

 

 

 


 

COAAA plans, funds, and delivers services that help older adults and individuals with disabilities remain safe and independent in their homes. With the assistance of area providers, COAAA arranges and coordinates services to help individuals with activities of daily living such as homemaking, transportation, home delivered meals, personal care, and more. COAAA offers education and resources to caregivers, professionals, and the public and advocates for programs and policies that benefit older adults and individuals with disabilities.  COAAA manages services for 15,000 people and funds services for another 25,000 older adults in eight counties.

The eight counties in COAAA’s planning and service area are Delaware, Fairfield, Fayette, Franklin, Licking, Madison, Pickaway, and Union. Information about county demographics and partner organizations is available on our County Information page. 

For a more comprehensive look at COAAA, learn more through our 2022 Annual Report.

Mission and Vision

The mission of the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging (COAAA) is to inform and support people as they navigate the experience of aging or disability. Our vision is for individuals and families to have knowledge and access to the information and resources they need to live life with dignity and independence.

History

COAAA was established in 1974 and is part of the City of Columbus Recreation and Parks Department. Area Agencies on Aging were established under the Older Americans Act (OAA) in 1973 to respond to the needs of Americans 60 and over. State units on aging, such as the Ohio Department of Aging, were given authority to designate Area Agencies on Aging within planning and service areas designated throughout the states. Every county in the US is served by an Area Agency on Aging (AAA). 

Local governments were given right of first refusal to operate AAAs. Melvin B. Dodge, who served as director of the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department (CRPD) from 1967 to 1985, urged the City of Columbus to accept the Area Agencies on Aging designation for Central Ohio. It was an important addition to the CRPD's ongoing commitment to older adults, which included operation of 10 senior centers. COAAA started in 1974 with 10 employees. At the start of 2023, COAAA has grown to nearly 400 staff members.  
 

 

News & Notices

Notice of Funding: Title III-D for Evidence-Based Education Programs (posted 1-31-24)
COAAA is pleased to announce the availability of three (3) grants of up to $2,500 each to assist qualified organizations in meeting the costs associated with the implementation or registering of ‘completers’ for COAAA’s Health In Action (Chronic Disease, Diabetes, and Pain Self-Management) and/or Matter of Balance. All funds must be expended by December 31, 2024. Preference will be given to applicants who are able to offer Health In Action and/or Matter of Balance workshops in person (or remotely if necessary due to a health crisis) in our eight-county area. Priority counties are Fairfield, Fayette, Licking, Madison and Pickaway counties. Other COAAA counties may be considered if applications are not received from priority counties. See Notice of Funding for full details. Deadline for applications is 5:00 pm on Thursday, February 15, 2024.

Request For Proposals: Psychometric Evaluation of Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) Screening
COAAA is seeking proposals from qualified and experienced firms or individuals to conduct a comprehensive psychometric evaluation, including testing validity and reliability, for our Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) screening. Proposal Submission Deadline: Friday, January 26, 2024 by 5 pm. Full details posted at Requests for Proposals & Notices of Funding webpage.

Public Notice and Request for Comment: Assisted Living Waiver Renewal

Post Date

January 11, 2024

End Date

February 10, 2024

Purpose

The purpose of the renewal is to adopt policies consistent with the Assisted Living waiver.

Initiative/Amendment

Assisted Living Waiver Amendment

Summary

https://www.medicaid.ohio.gov/Portals/0/Resources/PublicNotices/AsstLiving/Summary-021520.pdf

Detail

https://medicaid.ohio.gov/about-us/notices/public-notices

Notice of Funding Awarded: Title III (posted 10-11-23)
Full details are available on COAAA's Notice of Funding webpage.

Notice of Funding Awarded for ARPA/Title III and Alzheimer’s Respite Services (posted 6-15-23)
Full details are available on COAAA's Notice of Funding webpage

Strategic Area Plan 2023-2026
COAAA's 2023-2026 Strategic Area Plan is posted under the Our Agency section in the County Information page. The plan describes emerging and priority issues as well as goals, objectives, and strategies for the next four years.

Home Energy Assistance Program
Assistance is available to income-eligible Ohioans that helps pay for home energy bills.  The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) assists Ohioans who are at or below 175 percent of the federal poverty guidelines pay their heating bills.  Learn more by visiting the Home Energy Assistance Program.