As part of our 2023-2026 Strategic Area Plan process, Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging (COAAA) will host focus groups in the eight counties of our Planning and Service Area (PSA). The eight counties are Delaware, Fairfield, Fayette, Franklin, Licking, Madison, Pickaway, and Union.

These small group conversations will offer residents the chance to share their thoughts about aging in their county, what services they currently use, and what they and others might need in the future. Focus group input will assist COAAA in the development of a coordinated service system to meet the needs of older adults and individuals with disabilities and help them continue to live independently at home and in their community.

COAAA will hold one in-person and one virtual session in each county to accommodate as many participants as possible. Space is limited, so please register in advance for one of the sessions.

Please note that for in-person sessions we will require participants to be distance and masked in the room and throughout the focus group conversation.

Virtual sessions will be held using Zoom.

Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have questions or need more information. 

Delaware County in-person focus group: Wednesday, February 23, 2022 from 9:30-11 am 
Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/coaaa-in-person-focus-group-in-delaware-county-tickets-265319617117

Delaware County virtual focus group: Wednesday, March 9 from 9:30-11 am
Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUlc-GqqT8vG9HGXlP1whWBbk_Ax2YSfDcj

Fairfield County in-person focus group: Thursday, February 24, 2022 from 1:30-3 pm 
Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/coaaa-in-person-focus-group-in-fairfield-county-tickets-265290760807

Fairfield County virtual focus group: Wednesday, March 9 from 1:30-3 pm
Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIufu2rqz4qGN086e7kI90KbFbpZ7KV4XuS

Fayette County in-person focus group: Tuesday, March 8 from 9:30-11 am 
Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/coaaa-in-person-focus-group-in-fayette-county-tickets-265331442487

Fayette County virtual focus group: Tuesday, March 15 from 9:30-11 am
Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcqc-GuqDsoGNwhufjA4OxkHAjRNKnRHp4l

Franklin County in-person focus group: Wednesday, March 23 from 1:30-3 pm
Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/coaaa-in-person-focus-group-in-franklin-county-tickets-269039583637

Franklin County virtual focus group: Tuesday, March 29 from 9:30-11 am
Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMpc-Cgqz4jH93OG3TVPCPu_jKowq2jsdUw

Licking County in-person focus group: Tuesday, February 22, 2022 from 9:30-11 am 
Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/coaaa-in-person-focus-group-in-licking-county-tickets-261431818607

Licking County virtual focus group: Monday, March 7 from 1:30-3 pm
Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUocOigrTIoGNT6q0UL-DcaC3YUVoIk_0y9

Madison County in-person focus group: Thursday, March 3 from 1:30-3 pm
Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/coaaa-in-person-focus-group-in-madison-county-tickets-265328022257

Madison County virtual focus group: Thursday, March 17 from 9:30-11 am
Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEvceGtpzwtE9d3vbgfwVbUHWOCjEfJ3_M0

Pickaway County in-person focus group: Wednesday, March 16 from 1:30-3 pm
Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/coaaa-in-person-focus-group-in-pickaway-county-tickets-265332967047

Pickaway County virtual focus group: Tuesday, March 22 from 9:30-11 am
Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIkdeyhpjsuG9MY2yRhIcF-F1ZT0WR-BPpQ

Union County in-person focus group: Tuesday, March 1 from 9:30-11 am 
Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/coaaa-in-person-focus-group-in-union-county-tickets-265324090497

Union County virtual focus group: Thursday, March 10 from 9:30-11 am
Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcrc-qorD4iH9ByezEYCexeEe5IztpUQSP9

 

 

 

 


 

News & Notices

 

American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Funding

As of November 1, 2021, there are no updates on when Request for Proposals (RFPs) for ARPA funding may be released. Please continue to check back for updates.

 

Home Energy Assistance Program

Assistance to help pay home energy bills is available to income-eligible Ohioans through the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP).
The HEAP Heating Assistance Program from the Ohio Development Services Agency helps income-eligible Ohioans maintain utility service.  The program runs through May 31, 2022. 

Strategic Area Plan 2019-2022

COAAA is pleased to share our approved 2019-2022 Strategic Area Plan, which describes emerging and priority issues as well as goals, objectives, and strategies for the next four years. Full details can be found in the plan narrative and goal documents. which can be found in the About Us section.

COAAA in the News

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can anyone submit a nomination?  Yes. Nominations are submitted by friends, family, co-workers, neighbors, volunteers, clubs, businesses, government, elected officials and non-profit organizations. The individual or married couple nominated must live in the 8-county central Ohio area (Delaware, Fairfield, Fayette, Franklin, Licking, Madison, Pickaway or Union) but the nominator(s) may live outside the eight counties. Self nominations are not accepted.

How can I check if someone is already in the Hall of Fame?  A list of past inductees appears on the website under Hall of Fame Inductees.

Can I nominate a group, club, agency or organization? No. The Hall of Fame only recognizes individuals.

What information should I include in the nomination?  Be as descriptive as possible. A resume or list of activities or memberships is not enough information for the committee to make a selection. Tips for preparing a winning nomination:

  • Write your nominee's inspiring story to touch the hearts of readers.
  • Describe your nominee's life since reaching the age of 60 and how he/she is a role model for active involvement in the community.
  • Be detailed and use complete sentences; your story is the only basis for selection; it will be used for the inductee's page in the program.
  • Include some dates / length of time for your nominee's involvement in activities.
  • optional - Enhance your nomination with letters of support from others who know the nominee (maximum of three letters).
  • Recognize your nominee for unpaid efforts (not a job).
  • Please do not send certificates, news clippings, photos, resumes or memorabilia.
  • No posthumous or self-nominations, please.

Can the nomination be a surprise?  No. Obtaining advance permission from the person you wish to nominate is required in case he or she will not be available for the portrait sitting in early April, the ceremony the third week in May, or in case the person does not want to accept the recognition.

How are the winners chosen?  Nominees are evaluated for their special contributions to the community after reaching the age of 60, for positively influencing others as role models, and for leading lives not defined by age. Their achievements may demonstrate commitments to formal organizations, including volunteerism, community service, leadership, church and charitable work, or informal efforts such as caregiving and giving a helping hand to neighbors. The selection committee is comprised of COAAA staff, a representative of the City of Columbus Recreation & Parks Department, and a member of the COAAA Advisory Council.

Will I receive notification when winners are announced?  Yes. Letters are sent to all nominees and nominators. If your nominee is selected for induction, you will also receive a phone call or e-mail message offering you the opportunity to deliver the good news personally and be the first to congratulate your nominee.

What is required of the winners?  Winners must be available for a professional portrait sitting in early April and be willing to participate in the Hall of Fame Ceremony at the Martin Janis Center, Columbus, on the third Wednesday in May at 1:00 p.m.

How are the winners recognized?  Inductees receive a personal recognition on stage from their county commissioners and other dignitaries, an individual portrait by a professional photographer, and a Hall of Fame lapel pin. The keepsake program distributed at the ceremony dedicates a full page to each inductee's story and photo. Friends, neighbors and family celebrate with their inductees at the professionally catered reception immediately following the ceremony. Throughout the year, monthly issues of the Senior Times feature a quarter-page Hall of Fame 'spotlight', with one spotlight devoted to each inductee. A number of local newspapers also cover Hall of Fame news in May with an interview of the inductee from that community.

Do I need an invitation to attend the Hall of Fame ceremony and reception?  No invitation is necessary. The event is open and free to the public.

Can I bring a group to the ceremony and reception?  Yes. Groups are welcomed and encouraged to attend. No invitation or reservation is necessary. The only requirement is for buses or vans to park in the overflow parking section after delivering passengers to the entrance. On-site staff will direct buses and vans to the appropriate parking area.

Where is the Hall of Fame located?  The permanent home of the Central Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame is the Martin Janis Center, 600 E. 11th Ave., Columbus. The 'wall of fame' displays plaques with the names and counties of the inductees for each year of the Hall of Fame, along with a display case of group photos from the most recent ceremonies. An historical album provides an alphabetical cross-reference of all inductees, as well as a printed program from each ceremony for the past 14 years. Each program features profiles and photos of the inductees for that year.

Is there a nomination form for the Outstanding Service to Seniors Award?  No. There is no external nomination or formal selection process for this award.

This page is for internal staff and employees of COAAA.
Some links provided are to websites of our agency partners and hosted solutions.

General Information

Nominees are evaluated for their significant contributions to the community after reaching the age of 60.  Those selected for induction are role models for leading vibrant, meaningful lives and enriching the quality of life for others.  Their compelling stories demonstrate lifelong commitments to causes, organizations and communities.

Inductees receive a Hall of Fame lapel pin, a framed portrait from a professional photographer, and a personal recognition on stage from county commissioners.  A professionally catered reception with family and friends follows the ceremony.

The legacy of the Hall of Fame is to preserve and foster an appreciation for those remarkable individuals who helped to shape the future of our communities.  More than 450 individuals have been inducted in the Central Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame since 1975

Any individual or organization may nominate a resident of Delaware, Fairfield, Fayette, Franklin, Licking, Madison, Pickaway or Union County. Nominees must be 60 years of age or older and a legal resident of Ohio for the past five years or longer.  A married couple may be nominated for one award if both have been equally involved in the same activities and both meet the eligibility criteria.

Hall of Fame Nomination Form

2020 Hall of Fame

The 45th annual Central Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame was an invitation only event held on Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at The Gallery of Champions banquet venue in Columbus.  

 

2019 Hall of Fame

The 44th annual Central Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame recognized the accomplishments of 13 older adults on Wednesday, May 15, at the Martin Janis Center in Columbus. The Soriano Duo performed and Colleen Marshall of NBC4 hosted the recognition program. A reception followed with solo piano entertainment by Rick Soriano.

 


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Frequently Asked Questions

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