North Ridgeville reopens senior center

NORTH RIDGEVILLE, Ohio – The North Ridgeville Senior Center, known as the Office for Older Adults, has fully reopened with activities and programs – with a new director.

Emily Lockshine was hired in July. She arrives at the post with significant experience.

Lockshine, of Westlake, previously worked for the Cuyahoga County Department of Health and Human Services as the Social Program Administrator.

The process of reopening the North Ridgeville Senior Center after it closed in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic has taken some time. But even when it was closed, Lockshine said there was always someone answering the phone.

The center reopened in mid-August for activities such as the walking group and a watercolor painting group, as well as bingo sessions and a card game group.

On September 1, the center was reopened for walk-in business, for anyone needing information about the center or activities, or anyone with any need wishing to see a social worker.

September 8 was the big day the center was fully open for all purposes.

Lockshine said staff in place to help run the center include a full-time social worker, a part-time Meals on Wheels coordinator and a part-time cook. The director of operations who left just before the COVID-19 hit has yet to be replaced.

She noted that the center is ready to serve over 100 people who come for at least one event per month and another 50 to 60 who come several times per month. Lockshine said there are at least two dozen volunteers who do things like front desk staff and answering the phone, helping with program registrations and check-ins, and helping with serving meals. and deliver them if necessary.

No physical changes have been made to the center during the pandemic, but Lockshine said that in addition to bringing back the regular programming, some activities are added, such as showing films and some “individual programs focused on the period of the year. ‘year”.

She also mentioned a walking event, “One Million Steps to Prevent Falls,” coming up on September 28th. The Ohio Department of Aging has declared September “Falls Prevention Awareness Month” and is running a campaign to promote walking.

The reopening of the senior center has been warmly received by the senior community, Lockshine said.

“People are very happy with the reopening of the center with regular programs in place and having a place to come, meet and spend time with friends in fellowship,” she said.

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