Web Site Serving Seniors, Disabled in Greater Cleveland Area Offers List of Services, “Age Matters” Message Board

July 24, 2007
Cleveland Plain Dealer

CLEVELAND – What may become the one Web site that can meet almost every need for seniors and people with disabilities was launched this week.

The Network of Care site, cleveland.oh.networkofcare.org, is provided by the Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging.

The site is comprehensive, offering services, a library, assistive devices, links to local, state and national nonprofit and government programs, legislative information and a place to create a personal folder. It also includes news stories.

Providers can add or correct information and there is also a message board that reaches all Network of Care locations. Information is still being added.

"Someone from Ohio went on the message board, saying a family member who was in San Francisco was schizophrenic and they needed help finding a service to help this person," said Jacqueline Zimmer of Trilogy Integrated Resources in California, which developed the network. "They got numerous responses."

The Network of Care has been adapted for several states.

The area agency spent $48,250 to have the site built for Northeast Ohio and will pay $2,900 a month for mainte nance, a spokeswoman said.