Mayoral Senior Forum at Eliza Bryant Draws Over 60 Attendees

By William Tarter, Jr.
Policy Planning Associate and Community Advocacy
November 12, 2017

On October 25, 2017, the Council On Older Persons (COOP), in collaboration with Eliza Bryant Village, hosted the Senior Forum with Cleveland’s mayoral candidates: incumbent Mayor Frank G. Jackson and challenger City Councilman Zack Reed. The event was held at Eliza Bryant Village, the oldest senior living facility for African Americans in the country. (Eliza Bryant Village has been a long-standing member of COOP.)  The forum was moderated by retired WKYC journalist Tom Beres. Attendance exceeded 60 people, and was comprised of Eliza Bryant residents, elected officials, advocates, and representatives from senior organizations across the city.

The program opened with welcoming remarks from Danny Williams, executive director of Eliza Bryant, followed by comments from COOP Vice Chair Catherine Ciha. The first half of the program was a conversation with Tom Beres and Mayor Jackson. They discussed the current state of the city, describing economic momentum that has taken place in numerous neighborhoods across the city including building up the tax base, as well as the Mayor’s future plans to continue that momentum. He spoke about successes during his terms, including the successful recruitment and hosting of the RNC.  Mayor Jackson then provided insight on his administration’s successes on issues important to seniors, including housing and transportation, as well as some of future plans to help seniors who are in need. The audience then had a chance to ask questions, which touched on a number of issues, including public transportation, housing, and safety. Residents were especially interested in learning more about the issue of dirt bikes and how the proposed track would alleviate the concerns around reckless bikers.

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Exploring How to Ride the Age Wave
By Emily Muttillo 
Applied Research Fellow
November 8, 2017

At the Celebration of Human Services held on October 20, 2017, three experts on Aging joined the “Riding the Age Wave” panel to discuss the past, present and future needs of older adults and services available. Mary McNamara, Director of the Cleveland Department of Aging, Toni Gelsomino, Director of Lakewood Health and Human Services and Susan Sigmon, Vice President of Long Term and Managed Care of Direction Home Akron Canton participated in an engaging session moderated by Maria Thompson of Fifth Third Bank.

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Managed Long-Term Services and Supports Second Workgroup Meeting: What’s to Come?
By Brie Lusheck
Public Policy Associate
June 1, 2017 

On Tuesday, May 30, 2017, the Department of Medicaid, with the assistance of the Department of Aging, convened a workgroup meeting for the implementation of the Managed Long-Term Services and Supports (MLTSS) program.

The meeting was the second time the workgroup convened and was used to update stakeholders on the current endeavors in preparation of the program’s rollout. Both departments highlighted their continued commitment to working with stakeholders during the rollout of the MLTSS program, emphasizing their belief that MLTSS will be helpful in improving the quality of life for the individuals the program serves.  Stakeholders were given nearly half of the meeting to ask questions on implementation and the rollout.

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