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ONeill Center Uses Older Americans Act Funding to Support Seniors

Tuesday, September 15, 2015
by Gwynn Stewart

Bonnie Cronin’s face expresses how much she appreciates O’Neill’s Adult Day Center. She’s shown with her friend, Paul Chodorov in the activities area. 

The smile on Bonnie Cronin’s face expresses how much she appreciates O’Neill’s Adult Day Center. Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, she enjoys the support of the attentive staff there who plan activities, meals and even transportation for her to the Center.  Three days a week, Bonnie catches the van to the Day Center where she has made friends and what she calls her “Center Family.”

“I call them my O’Neill family and friends,” said Bonnie. “I consider this a second family. The staff here is fantastic and they are folks who listen and help make life better. I enjoy breakfast and lunch and lots of activities each day I’m here.”

The Day Center at O’Neill is funded in part by The Older Americans Act. The funding program celebrated 50 years recently. The monies play a significant role in helping older adults stay independent and in the community settings they prefer.

Administered locally by The Area Agency on Aging 8, the Older Americans Act funding last year provided 13,342 transportation trips;  2,985 days of Adult Day Care; more than 40,500 congregate meals; 223,891 home delivered meals and other personal care and homemaker services. Across the 8-county region, O’Neill is one of many agencies who receive funding to provide vital services through this funding.

“The Older Americans Act or Title III services help older adults stay at home where they tell us they prefer to be,” said AAA8 Director Debra Huff, MSW, LSW. “Our agency is pleased to administer the program locally with supportive services delivered by a tremendous network of aging service providers like the O’Neill Center.”

Huff adds that these programs are invaluable to the region’s network of family caregivers who support their aging loved ones. Bonnie noted that she lives with her daughter in Marietta and it gives her a break and peace of mind to know that her mother is taken care of while at the O’Neill program.

Anyone interested in learning more about Older Americans Act programs and services should call AAA8 at 1-800-331-2644 or visit www.areaagency8.org. You can also find AAA8 on Facebook.

 

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