Ohio Department of Aging

The Ohio Department of Aging works with older Ohioans and adults with disabilities, along with caregivers and their families, to provide services and support. The department aims to promote quality of life and personal choice.

Each state is required by federal law to designate a unit on aging. The director of The Ohio Department of Aging is appointed by the governor. Funding comes from a variety of sources and the department oversees a variety of programs including:

  • Golden Buckeye Card Program – All Ohioans over the age of 60 and any adults with disabilities as defined by Social Security are eligible for this discount savings card. The card is honored at 20,000 businesses statewide.
  • Assisted Living Waiver Program – This program helps Ohioans on Medicaid who need long-term care without the 24/7 services offered in a nursing home.
  • Long-term Care Ombudsman Programs – Both paid and volunteer staff work with Ohioans receiving home care, assisted living and nursing home care to resolve complaints, help with selecting providers and offer other information and support.
  • Senior Community Service Employment Program – This is a paid work experience for Ohioans aged 55 or older with low-incomes to teach training for positions such as receptionists, security guards, maintenance and more.