Hot Ticket, Hotter Chili at the Community Partnership on Aging

Hot Ticket, Hotter Chili at the Community Partnership on Aging

If you like chili and want to support a great cause, then head over to Mayfield Village on Nov. 10 when the Community Partnership on Aging celebrates 40 years of serving older adults in South Euclid, Lyndhurst, Highland Heights, Mayfield Heights and Mayfield Village.

Tickets are available now for CPA’s Annual 5 City 5 Alarm Chili Cook-Off at the Hilton Garden Inn in Mayfield Village. Tickets include a tax-deductible donation to support CPA’s programs and services, as well as chili samples, appetizers, chicken dinner, vendors, door prizes, music, dancing and more. Call 216-291-3902.

Community Partnership on Aging was formed in 1978 as a result of the growing need for services for older adults who wish to remain active and independent.

Forty years later, the overall mission has not changed.  CPA’s mission, “Improving lives through programs and services that support independence, community involvement and well-being,” is met in a variety of ways for a changing demographic of older adults.

Community Partnership on Aging was established as the Tri-City Consortium on Aging in 1978 as a cooperative agreement between the cities of Lyndhurst, South Euclid and Highland Heights to meet the needs of older adults and their caregivers/families.

In 2011, Mayfield Heights became a member, necessitating a name change. In 2012, the agency’s name was formally changed to Community Partnership on Aging. In 2012, Mayfield Village joined.

The agency’s mission is to promote independence, a healthy lifestyle, community involvement, and opportunities for personal growth for older adults, as well as support for family caregivers.

The mission is carried out through planning, coordinating, and providing services that enhance the dignity, security, and overall well-being of the older adults in the communities.

Funding is provided by the member cities; Title III of the Older Americans Act from the Ohio Department on Aging through the Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging; Cuyahoga County through the Health and Human Services Levy; program donations; and contributions of time and dollars. All programs and services are provided without regard to race, ethnicity, marital status, religion, gender, disability, age, political belief, sexual orientation or veteran status. Services and programs funded by Title III or by the Cuyahoga County Health and Human Services levy will not be denied based on an individual’s inability to contribute.

Current programs and services include transportation, a congregate meal program delivered weekdays, and supportive services. In addition, the agency provides counseling, volunteer management, homemaker services, health, wellness, civic and social opportunities and assists older adults in maintaining independence in their homes. There are 19 paid staff and over 200 unpaid staff that help carry out the mission.

The Agency Director reports to a Council of Government, which serves as the Board of Directors and is made up of the Mayor of each of the five cities, with the Lyndhurst Mayor serving as chair.

About the author

Marie Elium spent 10 years as a newspaper reporter in Virginia and Ohio before switching to freelance writing when her two children were young. The kids are now Millennials, but writing continues to be one of her favorite endeavors. Marie was named editor of Northeast Ohio Boomer and Beyond magazine in November 2015 and is a graduate of Miami University. Marie can be reached at [email protected]

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