Program aims to address senior citizen isolation

CELINA — Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey has recommending a new, free service for aging Ohioans called “Staying Connected.”

To help address isolation, the Ohio Department of Aging is offering a free daily check-in by phone for older Ohioans to connect them with information and support. This service is available from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week for Ohio residents age 60 and older who have a valid telephone number.

Sign up at or call 833-632-2428.

At the time of registration, participants choose the time they want to be contacted and identify an alternate contact. The alternate will be called only if contact with the program participant is not made in three attempts. If all previous attempts to contact the participant and the alternate are not successful, a call is placed to the sheriff’s office in the participant’s county to initiate an in-person wellness check.

Those wanting to participate should be expected to provide the following information: name, year of birth, street address, telephone number, email (if available), preferred time of contact and the name of an alternate contact, their relationship and phone number.

The service is not for emergencies. If the participant requires emergency services, they should call 9-1-1 for immediate assistance.

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