Director of Aging

Jane E. Fumich Director of the Cleveland Department of Aging is committed to serving the fastest growing segment of the population, the elderly. Fumich has been an advocate on issues impacting both the City’s and Cuyahoga County’s older residents for the length of her career.

Under Fumich’s leadership, the Department of Aging collaborated with the National Council on Aging to improve the economic security of older adults through the Economic Security Project for Cleveland Seniors; the Department was designated as an Aging and Disability Resource Center within the five county Aging and Disability Resource Network coordinated by the Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging; and, in partnership with the Senior Transportation Connection, the Department of Community Development and Cleveland City Council, transportation services for Cleveland seniors were expanded significantly.

Since joining the Department of Aging, Fumich secured funds for the development of the Department’s first Strategic Plan; expanded the Department’s Home Repair and Chore Programs to serve more seniors; developed the Cleveland Care Calls Program, an automated telephone reassurance system for Cleveland seniors; implemented Benefits Checkup, a computerized screening system to help seniors determine their eligibility for local, state and federal assistance programs; worked with community partners to provide safe housing at the Senior Guest House for elders in crises or unsafe conditions; and established an annual leaf raking program for Cleveland seniors. In collaboration with other City Departments, the Senior Initiative was implemented to prevent seniors from becoming victims of scam contractors, provide assistance to senior home owners to repair housing code violations; and institute intervention services for seniors and adults with disabilities at risk of homelessness.

Prior to joining the City as Director of the Department of Aging in 2002, Jane served as Director of the Cuyahoga County Department of Senior and Adult Services (DSAS) and as DSAS Manager of Community Programs, where she oversaw Adult Protective Services, the Community Office on Aging, and the Mental Health Unit.

A Cleveland resident, Fumich holds a Masters in Gerontological Studies from Miami University, Scripps Gerontology Center, and a Bachelor of Science from Kent State University.