Department of Aging

City of Cleveland Joins Global Movement to Address Needs of Older Residents

In December 2014, the Cleveland Department of Aging was accepted into the World Health Organization’s Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities (GNAFC). The following April, Cleveland joined the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities.  Cleveland is now a part of a growing global movement of cities and communities that are striving to better meet the needs of their older residents by creating urban environments that foster health, active aging and the well-being of older adults. As a member of the GNAFC, Cleveland has committed to a multi-year process for assessing the age friendliness of the city, the development of a three year action plan, implementation, progress evaluation and continuous improvement of the city’s age friendliness. The Age-Friendly Cleveland assessment phase concluded in December 2015. Over one thousand older adult residents of Cleveland participated in the assessment process through a comprehensive mailed survey, an outreach survey and focus groups.  The Age-Friendly Assessment report provides the foundation for the development of an Age-Friendly Action plan. 

  • 5/27: Department of Aging Presents Annual Senior Day Celebration

    For years Cleveland has highlighted the achievements and importance of its elder community with an annual Senior Day. This celebration is held in May, which is Older Americans Month, and includes an information fair, recognition of outstanding seniors, lunch and entertainment.

  • Financial Exploitation Seminar Available Online

    The City of Cleveland Departments of Finance, Aging and Public Safety presented a workshop in the Rotunda about methods of criminal operations and preventative measures for financial crimes targeting the elderly. A recording of the seminar is now available online.

  • Senior's Economic Security Project (ESP)

    ESP helps older adults and adults with disabilities in need of benefits, housing, legal services, health assistance, finances, employment and more!

  • Bed Bug Assistance Program

    The Cleveland Department of Aging has a new program to help disabled seniors and adults with the extermination of bed bugs in their homes. Applicants must meet income and other assistance qualifications.