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September 3, 2014

(Cleveland, OH) Two long-standing aging service organizations, The Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging and the Golden Age Centers of Greater Cleveland, have joined forces to create the Rose Centers for Aging Well. Effective September 1, the new entity, a non profit limited liability company operating as part of Benjamin Rose, will focus on providing resources for healthy living and maintaining and growing the services that the Golden Age Centers has provided to the Greater Cleveland community for nearly 60 years.

“We are delighted that the boards of directors of both organizations showed such enthusiastic support for this alliance,” said Richard Browdie, president and CEO of Benjamin Rose. “Benjamin Rose has a long history of serving Cleveland’s seniors, as does the Golden Age Centers. With this exciting alliance, we can expand the breadth of services our organization can offer to local elders, and make comprehensive resources more accessible for them.”

The Rose Centers for Aging Well will continue to serve Greater Cleveland older adults without interruption, providing in-home meal deliveries, congregate meals, programs and services at the Golden Age Center locations. With the added support of Benjamin Rose, it is anticipated that the range and capacities of services will grow at existing locations and beyond.

The history of the organizations has been long intertwined, as the Golden Age Centers were launched 60 years ago based on a model piloted by Benjamin Rose. The legacies of both organizations lay a foundation to drive innovation and new opportunities to address hunger, health and wellness program delivery, and community support for seniors and their caregivers in new ways.

Current Golden Age Center employees will become employees of Benjamin Rose effective September 1, 2014. The Benjamin Rose and Golden Age Centers boards of directors, senior leadership and staff are currently working together to integrate operations.

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Media Contact: Jeanne Hoban, 216.373.1686

About The Rose Centers for Aging Well and The Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging: The Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging is a national leader pursuing innovation in practice and policy to address the important issues of aging. As a champion for older adults, BRIA works to advance their health, independence and dignity. The organization has established itself as a trusted resource for people who counsel, care for and advocate on behalf of older adults. In the spring of 2013, the Institute opened the state-of-the-art Conference Center at Benjamin Rose and began to offer programming to prepare executives, managers and practitioners to provide care and support that is responsive to the evolving demands of an aging population. Individual and foundation contributions, earned income, government reimbursements and endowment earnings combine to form a stable and sustainable operating model that ensures the organization's second century. The new Rose Centers for Aging Well initiative will be a foundation to build innovations in support to individuals and families wishing to age well in their communities.