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 targeted outreach plan for 2023-2026.

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

Ohio’s 2023-2026 State Plan on Aging

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

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 Program
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.co.union.oh.us
937-644-1010

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

 

 

 

 


 

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News & Notices

 

Strategic Area Plan 2023-2026

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

COAAA in the News

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can anyone submit a nomination?  Yes. Nominations are submitted by friends, family, co-workers, neighbors, volunteers, clubs, businesses, government, elected officials and non-profit organizations. The individual or married couple nominated must live in the 8-county central Ohio area (Delaware, Fairfield, Fayette, Franklin, Licking, Madison, Pickaway or Union) but the nominator(s) may live outside the eight counties. Self nominations are not accepted.

How can I check if someone is already in the Hall of Fame?  A list of past inductees appears on the website under Hall of Fame Inductees.

Can I nominate a group, club, agency or organization? No. The Hall of Fame only recognizes individuals.

What information should I include in the nomination?  Be as descriptive as possible. A resume or list of activities or memberships is not enough information for the committee to make a selection. Tips for preparing a winning nomination:

  • Write your nominee's inspiring story to touch the hearts of readers.
  • Describe your nominee's life since reaching the age of 60 and how he/she is a role model for active involvement in the community.
  • Be detailed and use complete sentences; your story is the only basis for selection; it will be used for the inductee's page in the program.
  • Include some dates / length of time for your nominee's involvement in activities.
  • optional - Enhance your nomination with letters of support from others who know the nominee (maximum of three letters).
  • Recognize your nominee for unpaid efforts (not a job).
  • Please do not send certificates, news clippings, photos, resumes or memorabilia.
  • No posthumous or self-nominations, please.

Can the nomination be a surprise?  No. Obtaining advance permission from the person you wish to nominate is required in case he or she will not be available for the portrait sitting in early April, the ceremony the third week in May, or in case the person does not want to accept the recognition.

How are the winners chosen?  Nominees are evaluated for their special contributions to the community after reaching the age of 60, for positively influencing others as role models, and for leading lives not defined by age. Their achievements may demonstrate commitments to formal organizations, including volunteerism, community service, leadership, church and charitable work, or informal efforts such as caregiving and giving a helping hand to neighbors. The selection committee is comprised of COAAA staff, a representative of the City of Columbus Recreation & Parks Department, and a member of the COAAA Advisory Council.

Will I receive notification when winners are announced?  Yes. Letters are sent to all nominees and nominators. If your nominee is selected for induction, you will also receive a phone call or e-mail message offering you the opportunity to deliver the good news personally and be the first to congratulate your nominee.

What is required of the winners?  Winners must be available for a professional portrait sitting in early April and be willing to participate in the Hall of Fame Ceremony at the Martin Janis Center, Columbus, on the third Wednesday in May at 1:00 p.m.

How are the winners recognized?  Inductees receive a personal recognition on stage from their county commissioners and other dignitaries, an individual portrait by a professional photographer, and a Hall of Fame lapel pin. The keepsake program distributed at the ceremony dedicates a full page to each inductee's story and photo. Friends, neighbors and family celebrate with their inductees at the professionally catered reception immediately following the ceremony. Throughout the year, monthly issues of the Senior Times feature a quarter-page Hall of Fame 'spotlight', with one spotlight devoted to each inductee. A number of local newspapers also cover Hall of Fame news in May with an interview of the inductee from that community.

Do I need an invitation to attend the Hall of Fame ceremony and reception?  No invitation is necessary. The event is open and free to the public.

Can I bring a group to the ceremony and reception?  Yes. Groups are welcomed and encouraged to attend. No invitation or reservation is necessary. The only requirement is for buses or vans to park in the overflow parking section after delivering passengers to the entrance. On-site staff will direct buses and vans to the appropriate parking area.

Where is the Hall of Fame located?  The permanent home of the Central Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame is the Martin Janis Center, 600 E. 11th Ave., Columbus. The 'wall of fame' displays plaques with the names and counties of the inductees for each year of the Hall of Fame, along with a display case of group photos from the most recent ceremonies. An historical album provides an alphabetical cross-reference of all inductees, as well as a printed program from each ceremony for the past 14 years. Each program features profiles and photos of the inductees for that year.

Is there a nomination form for the Outstanding Service to Seniors Award?  No. There is no external nomination or formal selection process for this award.