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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

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    Sponsorship Opportunities - Aging in Lake County Conference - Tuesday, July 17, 2018

    Sponsorship opportunities are now open for the Second Annual Aging in Lake County Conference scheduled on Thursday, September 27, 2018 at LaMalfa

    This year’s event will feature keynote speaker Jean Accius, PhD, of AARP’s Public Policy Institute.  Dr. Accius serves as Vice President of the Long-Term Services & Supports and Livable Communities Group and is a nationally recognized expert on aging policy, livable communities and long-term services and supports. 

    A panel discussion on the Village concept will follow the keynote address.  The Village concept, which began in Boston’s Beacon Hill neighborhood in 2001, continues to gain popularity throughout the country as an “aging in place” option for a growing older population.

    Sponsorships help ensure the success of this important conference.  Thank you for your consideration.

    Sponsorship Commitment Form

    2nd Annual Aging in Lake County Conference - Monday, July 16, 2018

    Stay tuned for sponsorship and registration information!

    Connections Through Music - Tuesday, May 15, 2018

    Learn more about Connections Through Music, a FREE program for persons with dementia and their caregiver.  Click here for a list of the Information Sessions available to learn more.  This program is made possible through a grant from the Senior Services Levy and the Ohio Department on Aging.  Click here for a listing of the summer sessions. 

    Funding for Home Repairs for Seniors - Tuesday, April 24, 2018

    The Lake County Board of Commissioners is pleased to announce that beginning April 2018, Western Reserve Community Development Corporation (WRCDC) will begin a new housing rehabilitation program for seniors with funding from the Senior Services Levy.  In addition, the Senior Home Modification, Maintenance and Repair Program (HMMR), previously administered by the Lake County Council on Aging, will transition to the WRCDC.  Click here for the News Herald article.   For more information contact WRCDC at (440) 357-4400.

    Senior Population Growth Expected - Monday, October 31, 2016
    By 2030 it is estimated 1 in 3 residents will be 60 years and older. The Lake County Board of Commissioners is committed to working together to build capacity and ensure sustainability of Lake County's senior services. Click here for more information.  

    Lake County's Senior Levy was first approved by voters in November, 1992. In November 2017, voters approved a levy renewal and increase resulting in a total levy collection of 0.8 mills for five years. 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:

    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                 2018 Meeting Dates   

    Frank Doberdruk - Chair









    February 13









    Thomas Dreher  - Vice Chair









    May 1









    Ellen E. Cantor









    August 14









      Kenneth G. Gauntner









     October 16









    Spence Kline









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












    2015 Minutes    2016 Minutes    2017 Minutes     2018 Minutes
     March 18    March 15   February 21   February 13   
     May 19    May 17   June 20   May 1*
     August 18    July 13    August 15    
    October 27     August 16    October 17    
    November 17     October 18        

    * Meeting minutes will be posted after approval by the Panel.






    The Senior Services Levy Coalition is currently comprised of the Lake County Council on Aging, the Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), and 10 area senior centers: Madison, Perry, Fairport, Painesville, Mentor, Kirtland, Willoughby, Eastlake, Wickliffe and Willowick.
    Contingency Policy - Thursday, February 23, 2017