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This page is designed to bring you information on senior services in Lake County and provide information on the Lake County Senior Levy.


If you would like additional information or have questions, please contact Alyea Barajas, Senior Services Coordinator, at (440) 350-2748 or

    Lake County's Senior Levy was first approved by voters on November 3, 1992. Currently the levy is 0.5 of one mill for five years and collects approximately $2.6 million annually. Levy funding is reserved for providing or maintaining senior citizen services or facilities and is authorized by sections 307.694, 307.85 and 5705.19 of the Ohio Revised Code. 

    In 2012, the Lake County Board of Commissioners established the Lake County Senior Citizens Advisory Panel.  The purpose of the Panel is to serve as an advisory and recommending body to the Commissioners and to facilitate equitable and beneficial allocation and distribution of the levy funds. 

    Historically, levy funds have been distributed to 12 providers including: the Lake County Council on Aging, Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), Wickliffe Senior Center, Willowick Senior Center, Eastlake Senior Center, Willoughby Senior Center, Mentor Senior Center, Kirtland Senior Center,  Painesville Senior Center, Fairport Senior Center, Perry Senior Center, and Madison Senior Center.  

    In October 2014, the Lake County Senior Citizens Advisory Panel recommended initiation of a senior study in an effort to get a better handle on the seniors in Lake County and the gaps in senior services, as well as create a blueprint for the future.  In October 2015, the study, titled Lake County, Ohio Senior Citizens: Today, Tomorrow and in the Future was completed, the results of which can be found here:

    A quick overview of the Study highlighting key points can be found here:
    Study Overview
    "Good Deeds" Program - Wednesday, October 19, 2016
    The "Good Deeds" Program is a free public service to the residents of Lake County to assist you and your family in planning ahead to minimize probate court involvement in estates after losing a loved one.  The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. at the Lake County Administration Building, 105 Main St., Painesville.  
    Annual Holiday Boutique at Willowick Senior Center - Wednesday, October 05, 2016
    Join the Willowick Senior Center on Saturday, November 19th for homemade crafts, holiday items, baked goods, Chinese & 50/50 Raffle, and more!  Free admission and parking!   read more ...
    Lake County's Aging and Disability Resource Center - Friday, September 30, 2016
    Contact the Lake County Council on Aging's Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) for information on long term care services and supports in Lake County. The ADRC is a starting point for answers to questions about community services and supports that can help when your independence is challenged. Call (440) 205-8111 to get started. 


    The Senior Citizens Advisory Panel consists of five members appointed by the Board of Lake County Commissioners.  The Panel serves as an advisory and recommending panel to the Lake County Board of Commissioners to facilitate equitable and beneficial allocation and distribution of the funds derived annually from the Lake County Senior Citizens Services Levy. 

                   Panel Members                 2017 Meeting Dates   

     Kenneth G. Gauntner - Chair









    February 21









     Frank Doberdruk - Vice Chair









    April 18









    Ellen E. Cantor









    June 20 









     Thomas Dreher









     August 15









    Spence Kline









                    October 17










                     -All meetings begin at 2:00 p.m.-  

    2015 Minutes    2016 Minutes    2017 Minutes 
     March 18    March 15    
     May 19    May 17    
     August 18    July 13    
    October 27     August 16    
    November 17     October 18*    

    * Meeting minutes are posted after approval by the Panel.