Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio (COA) is a private, non-profit agency responsible for planning, coordinating and administrating local, state and federally funded programs and services for older adults in southwestern Ohio.

History and Governance

In 1971 - five years after passage of the Older Americans Act - COA was founded to promote the interests of older adults. In 1974, the Ohio Department of Aging designated COA to be the Area Agency on Aging (AAA) for Ohio`s Planning and Service Area I, including Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Hamilton and Warren counties.  More than 252,000 adults over the age of 60 live in this region.

COA is part of the national aging services network which was established by the Older Americans Act of 1965. The network includes the U.S. Administration on Aging at the federal level, and the Ohio Department of Aging at the state level. COA is one of 12 AAAs in Ohio and 660 nationwide. AAAs work with the public and private sectors to shape how communities serve their older - often vulnerable - citizens.


Council on Aging is overseen by a Board of Trustees, assisted by an Advisory Council. The five counties in the COA service area have elderly services programs that are funded by county tax levies. COA administers these programs under contracts with county commissioners in Butler, Clinton, Hamilton and Warren counties. Oversight is provided by citizens groups appointed by the commissioners. In Clermont County, the program is administered by Clermont Senior Services.

Suzanne Burke is COA`s Chief Executive Officer.  COA's Senior Leadership Team has five Vice-Presidents representing different functions of the organization. 

Area Plan

Click here to view COA's 2015-18 Strategic Area Plan, as submitted to the Ohio Department of Aging. 


COA has more than 200 employees. Most are licensed social workers and registered nurses who provide intake, assessment and case management services for our programs.

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