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Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging and Cleveland Clinic Collaborate to Expand Offerings

By Audra Bennett | | September 2022

Programs enhance socialization, activity level and learning among older adults.


CLEVELAND, Ohio (September 12, 2022) – A $30,000 grant from Cleveland Clinic will allow the Rose Centers for Aging Well, a program of Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging, to help older adults fuel their souls, exercise their minds and strengthen their bodies through new programs and classes.

Along with socialization opportunities aboard the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad and other group outings, the new offerings range from African dance to art, drama, history, and beginner computer classes to wellness programs.

“Over the past few years, the socialization of older adults has been severely impacted,” says Dabney Conwell, Executive Director of the Rose Centers for Aging Well. “Despite our added health and safety practices, we’ve seen a decline in the numbers of older adults coming to our centers. These new and engaging program offerings will aid our focus on alleviating loneliness and the negative health effects associated with social isolation.”

In addition to making these new and engaging activities available to those who have been visiting Rose Centers for years, efforts will focus on attracting more older adults in need of social services to the senior centers.

The Rose Centers for Aging Well exist to promote successful aging for Northeast Ohio’s adults aged 60 and older by offering opportunities, programs and services that foster choice and independence. There are seven Rose Centers locations throughout the greater Cleveland area, each with a vibrant community of older adults using their services. Three of the senior centers provide programming in addition to nutritious meals for food insecure and isolated older adults, and will offer the new programming made possible in part by the Cleveland Clinic grant:

  • East Cleveland at Salvation Army, 1507 Doran Ave., East Cleveland, 216-373-1696

  • Gunning Park, 16700 Puritas Ave., Cleveland, 216-373-1917

  • Paul W. Alandt, 16600 Lakeshore Blvd., Cleveland, 216-373-1915

Programs vary by location and advance registration is required.

“We are grateful to Cleveland Clinic for partnering with us to provide opportunities like these that nurture the cognitive, physical and social aspects of older adults in our community and help us ensure that they are treated with dignity as they age in the places they choose,” adds Conwell.


About Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging: Founded in 1908, Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging is a Cleveland-based nonprofit whose mission is to support caregivers and empower all people to age well through research, consumer-responsive services and client advocacy. Our work is accomplished by deepening the understanding of their evolving needs in a changing society; developing and delivering innovative, high-quality solutions; and promoting effective public policies. For more information, visit