Frank Talk: Department of Aging

On this episode of Frank Talk: Mayor Frank G. Jackson sits down with Mary McNamara – Director for the Cleveland Department of Aging

Since its inception, the Cleveland Department of Aging has been faithfully serving the older adults and disabled residents of the City of Cleveland. Director Mary McNamara runs a “small and mighty team” of 35 people who put their all into every aspect of the department; whether that be developing new programs, community outreach, or assistance in the home.

Mayor Frank Jackson sat down with Director McNamara to discuss some of the programs and events her department offers, and how eligible residents can sign up for them.

Senior Day

Senior Day is a yearly gathering and celebration of the older adults of the City of Cleveland. Recognition ceremonies, line dancing, and a free meal means no one is leaving Senior Day bored. Senior Day is currently slated to resume in 2022.

Senior Walk – Walk the Wards

Going on 17 years strong, Senior Walk is a community fitness event sponsored by the Department of Aging allowing older adults to walk together as group while under professional supervision. Currently, the Department of Aging is hosting a weekly “Walk the Wards” in order to account for current CDC safety protocols.

Walk the Wards are currently hosted every Friday beginning at 9:30 AM. If you or someone you know is interested in signing up, click the link above to find the current calendar or call 216-664-4383 or email to learn more and to register for upcoming walks.

Chore Services

Available to eligible residents, chore workers are City employees who provide services including indoor and outdoor home maintenance tasks such as: general house cleaning, installation of smoke detectors, lawn mowing, leaf raking, and snow shoveling.

To learn if you or someone you know may be eligible, or to enroll, you can call 216-664-4694

Exterior Paint Program

Residents who are interested in painting their home but cannot afford paint or other necessary materials can sign up for the Exterior Paint Program. Labor is not included with this program. To learn more and to enroll, you can call 216-664-2045.

Hoarding Connection

Those who suffer from hoarding or know someone who is hoarding can contact the Hoarding Connection of Cuyahoga County. More than 20 organizations have come together in order to assist the residents of Cuyahoga County who suffer from hoarding – something that is especially prevalent amongst older adults.

Home Investment Program

The Department of Aging can assist in a number of programs involving federal grants in order for older adults or those living with a disability to assure their homes remain safe to live in. Restrictions are as follows:

  • Must be low or moderate income Cleveland Homeowner aged 60 years or older or an adult age 18-59 receiving disability.
  • Residence must be a single or two family home that applicant owns and resides in.
  • Property taxes are current or applicant is on payment plan.
  • Property must not be in foreclosure.

    Those who meet these requirements can call 216-664-2833 and see what home services are available to them.

Cleveland Care Calls

Cleveland Care Calls is an automated telephone reassurance system being offered to Cleveland senior citizens by the Departments of Aging and Public Safety. Through this computerized system, the senior receives a call on the days they request, to check on their well-being. Residents require an emergency contact in order to be eligible. Call 216-664-2883 and ask about the Cleveland Care Calls to sign up.

All of these services and many more are brought to Cleveland residents, free of charge, thanks to the Cleveland Department of Aging and other Cuyahoga County organizations.

To learn more about any of these programs or to learn about those not discussed here today, you can call the Department of Aging at 216-664-2833 or visit

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