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About the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging


The mission of the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging is to inform and support people as they navigate the experience of aging or disability.


The vision of the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging is for individuals and families to have knowledge and access to the information and resources they need to live life with dignity and independence.


The Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging plans, funds, and delivers services that help older adults and individuals with disabilities remain safe and independent in their homes.

With the assistance of area providers, COAAA arranges and coordinates services to help individuals with daily living such as homemaking, transportation, home delivered meals, and personal care.  COAAA offers education and resources to caregivers, professionals, and the public and advocates for programs and policies that benefit older adults and individuals with disabilities. COAAA manages services for 12,500 people and funds services for another 25,000 older adults in eight counties: Delaware, Fairfield, Fayette, Franklin, Licking, Madison, Pickaway, and Union. COAAA is operated under the City of Columbus Recreation and Parks Department. 


Respect for individual choice and self-direction
Quality care, case management, assessment, and referral services
Advocacy for individuals and policies to improve the lives of older adults, people with disabilities, and their caregivers

Strategic Area Plan 2019-2022

The Older Americans Act (OAA) requires each Area Agency on Aging (AAA) to prepare a Strategic Area Plan (SAP) that is strategic in nature and considers the current and future aging environment and issues within the AAA’s Planning and Service Area (PSA). The SAP covers a four-year period and helps to establish the AAA as the focal point on aging in its PSA.

Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging’s Strategic Area Plan for 2019-2022 was approved by the Ohio Department of Aging (ODA) on December 31, 2018. COAAA’s plan is aligned with the five goals established by ODA in its 2019-2022 State Plan on Aging. COAAA adopted a number of ODA’s objectives and selected some of their strategies and sub-strategies. New strategies also were developed to customize and focus our planned work for the next four years. Full details can be found in the plan narrative and goal documents.

     COAAA’s plan narrative:  SAP 2019-2022 - Part 1


Area agencies on aging were established under the Older Americans Act (OAA) in 1973 to respond to the needs of Americans 60 and over. State units on aging, such as the Ohio Department on Aging, were given the authority to designate area agencies on aging within planning and service areas designated throughout the states. Local governments were given right of first refusal.

The Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging (COAAA) started in 1974 with 10 employees. COAAA is operated under the City of Columbus in the Recreation and Parks Department.

To find a map and information on all Area Agencies on Aging in Ohio, visit www.ohioaging.org.


COAAA Brochure

COAAA is operated under the City of Columbus, Recreation and Parks Department, Bernita Reese, Director, and Andrew J. Ginther, Mayor.

During Older Americans Month each year, COAAA salutes the special accomplishments of older adults with inductions to our Hall of Fame. For more information about these awards and nominations visit our Hall of Fame page.

COAAA 2021 Highlights