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Attorney Marie Edmonds is chairing the recently organized, small but growing Medina County Senior & Adult Foundation (MCSAF) which is joining forces with other county groups whose mission is to aid a rapidly growing adult population.

Thanks to the generosity of Danbury Senior Living Executive Director Deb Lougheed and her staff, the MCSAF held a fundraiser June 7, "Uncork and Unwine," at Danbury, 3430 Brunswick Lake Parkway, to help raise money for the Medina County Office for Older Adults.

Danbury donated everything for the event. Chef Bryant Watson and his culinary staff prepared a delicious array of hors d'oeuvres that were accompanied by a selection of wines and decadent desserts. Guitarist Roger Davis entertained with easy listening background music.

Guests took advantage of a lovely evening to sit and visit on the patio, but all gathered inside later to listen to comments of gratitude expressed by Edmonds, MCOOA Executive Director Laura Toth, and event chair Mary Anne Rodgers.

The wave known as the great 'Silver Tsunami' refers to the aging progression of the Baby Boomer Generation, who will soon add to the straining resources of the MCOOA. Toth briefly explained why the agency could use additional funding to keep up with the increasing demands for service; its $700,000 budget is already pushed to the limit and beyond.

In 2018, MCOOA delivered 38,000 meals to homebound seniors, and subsidized more than 9,000 rides for medical appointments and to public assistance and social service agencies. Support groups meet at the Medina Senior Center for those dealing with Parkinson's Disease, visual impairment, diabetes, heart issues, and strokes, or for those wanting to live a healthier lifestyle.

Recreational activities such as bingo, billiards, craft classes, exercise, line dancing, and cards are but a few of the many choices in which seniors can participate, along with enjoyable lunches, educational programs, Medicare counseling, benefits assistance, the Senior Expo, and the Medina County Senior Day which, this year was attended by more than 500 seniors. Some activities are free, others have a nominal fee.

According to the Scripps Gerontology Center, in 2010, 19.3 percent of the population of Medina County was age 60 or older; in 2020, that number is expected to be 25.8 percent, and in 2030, it will be 31 percent. MCOOA is trying to meet the growing needs and be a full service agency to all in the county.

Federal funding is very low. There is hope the people in the community will recognize this need and support the fundraisers that will be taking place in the near future, as well as by voting for an upcoming levy that will help MCOOA and other agencies that provide this important assistance to seniors.

Rodgers presented Toth with a check for $1,000, donated by Danbury from another fundraiser they conducted for the benefit of MCOOA. She then announced the 50/50 raffle and silent auction winners. All proceeds from this event will benefit MCOOA.

To learn more, or to ask specific questions, call 330-723-9514 or 844-722-3800, ext. 9514, or visit www.mcooa.org. The Office for Older Adults is located at 246 Northland Drive, Medina, Ohio. Service Coordination is also provided at the Brunswick Recreational Center, 3637 Center Road, Brunswick.

It is the mission of the Medina County Office for Older Adults to "enable older adults and adults with disabilities throughout the county to live independently within their own home and function at the highest level possible."