The Council on Older Persons (COOP) is an advisory committee of The Center for Community Solutions, COOP’s mission is to promote a better understanding of aging and address the issues and concerns of older person in Greater Cleveland through citizen-led needs assessment, policy development, community education and advocacy. COOP’s members include leaders in the aging network who come together to develop strategies, lead advocacy efforts, and implement solutions.
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The Council on Older Persons (COOP) was established as a committee of the Federation for Community Planning (now CCS) around 1940. Its purpose was to study the field of the care of the aged and to make recommendations for improvements of programs for older people, analyze available resources, and be influential in meeting the needs of the aged.
The Council on Older Persons (COOP) serves as an advisory committee for The Center for Community Solutions and as a resource to support communities, organizations, and institutions to promote the well‐being of older adults through education, awareness, and advocacy.
In its nearly 70 years, COOP has been instrumental in the development of many significant programs and laws for older people, both locally and nationally. A few of them are: The PASSPORT program; the Ohio Guardianship Law; the Ohio Adult Protective Services Law; the Cuyahoga County Department of Senior and Adult Services; and the OPTIONS Program.
COOP's focus is centered on issues and programs that affect the well-being of all older persons. These include the range of choices for long-term care and adult protective services. COOP is also identifying and studying concerns of older persons that can be addressed through public policy; recommending action strategies to impact these issues; and implementing the strategies approved by COOP members.
The following principle documents are non-partisan and contain broad statements that can be applied over time. The documents constitute pronouncements that guide, support, or recommend, but do not mandate specific approaches or actions. The principles provide a framework to guide direct or indirect contact with federal, state, and local legislators as well as other entities that influence public and social policy associated with older person and those who are disabled.
The principles are intended to achieve the following objectives:
- Educate legislators and policy makers regarding aging issues and issues of those who are disabled to foster support or independent actions;
- Strengthen the capacity to apply principle statements in implementing good governance practices;
- Provide a method for responding to pending legislation, federal rules, and policy changes quickly and efficiently;
- Reach beyond the scope of COOP members to provide education to the community and other entities which provide support to aging populations and those who are disabled;
- Build co-operation and co-ordination between different spheres of the government and/or community groups and other entities in planning and developing activities and practices which improve the well-being of older populations and those who are disabled.
Council on Older Persons Members
- Maria Foschia, COO, Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry, Chair
- Georgia Anetzberger, Ph.D., Consultant and Community Volunteer, Cleveland State University
- Joy Banish, Executive Director, Greater Cleveland Volunteers
- E. Douglas Beach, CEO, Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging
- Sue E. Biagianti, Community Volunteer
- Michael Biedenbach, Executive Director, Rose Centers for Aging Well
- Marsha Mitchell Blanks, Multi-Cultural Outreach Coordinator, National Alliance on Mental Illness Greater Cleveland Chapter
- Semanthie Brooks, Community Volunteer
- Richard Boyson Jr., President & CEO, Eliza Jennings
- Richard Browdie, President and CEO, Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging
- Sheila Buchwald, Executive Director, Long Term Care Ombudsman
- Beverly Charles, Health Care Liaison, Congresswoman Marcia Fudge
- Catherine Ciha, Senior Transportation Connection
- James Collins, Community Volunteer
- Kara Copeland, Program Officer, The Cleveland Foundation
- Dr. Peter Degolia, MD, CMD, McGregor Pace East
- The Honorable Grace Drake, Ohio Center for the Advancement of Women in Public Service, Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University
- Stephanie FallCreek, President and CEO, Fairhill Partners
- Jill Frankel, Director, City of Solon Department of Senior Services
- Tom Gannon, Community Volunteer
- Antoinette Gelsomino, Director of Human Services, City of Lakewood
- Jamie Hasenohrl, Supportive Service Worker, Maple Heights Office on Aging
- James Herman, Herman, Gibans, Fodor Architects
- R. Robertson Hilton, President and CEO, The A.M. McGregor Group
- Melanie Hogan, Executive Director, Linking Employment, Abilities & Potential (LEAP)
- Terry Hokenstad, Ph.D., Distinguished University Professor, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences (MSASS) Case Western Reserve University
- Dr. Richard Jones, Ph.D., Administrator, Cuyahoga County Division of Senior and Adult Services
- Belle Likover, Community Volunteer
- Edward A. McKinney, Professor Emeritus, School of Social Work, Cleveland State University
- Ben Miladin, Director of Health-Community Impact, United Way of Greater Cleveland
- Janet Montoya, Manager, Community Health Advocacy Project, MetroHealth
- Diana Morris, Ph.D., Executive Director, Florence Cellar Associate Professor of Gerontological Nursing, University Center on Aging and Health, Case Western Reserve University
- Mary O’Shea, Director of Advocacy & Public Education, Cleveland Food Bank
- Stacey O'Brien,Executive Director, Community Partnership on Aging
- Yvonne Oliver, N.E. Ohio Field Coordinator, UHCAN Ohio (Universal Health Care Action Network)
- Sarah Parran, Care Manager, Senior Care Connections, LLC
- Andrea Price, Legal Aid Society of Cleveland
- Roslyn Quarto, Executive Director, ESOP
- Stacey Rokoff, Chief Program Officer, Evi-Base Community Care
- Michele Seyranian, Buisness Development Officer, Hospice of the Western Reserve
- Elizabeth Silver, Director of Public Relations and Marketing, Menorah Park Center for Senior Living
- Michelle Simko, Project Director, AARP Senior Community Service Employment Program
- Nancy Udelson, President and CEO, Alzheimer’s Association
- April Vince, Case Management Specialist, Cuyahoga County Board of Health
- Allison Wallace, Executive Director, Greater Cleveland Neighborhood Centers Association
- Eileen Yates, Executive Director, Senior Independence
- Honorary Member: Eleanor Warner
To learn more about our work, please feel welcome to contact William Tarter, Jr., wtarter@CommunitySolutions.com.