Senior center delays reopening

Submitted by PCCOA

PREBLE COUNTY — The Preble County Council on Aging, Inc. (PCCOA) will be delaying reopening of the senior activities center.

On Sept. 11, the Ohio Department of Aging released the guidelines for reopening senior centers throughout the State of Ohio. There are several requirements/guidelines that must be implemented before reopening. Based upon the restrictions put in place by the State of Ohio and safety concerns of the PCCOA Board of Trustees and Senior Leadership, we will not be reopening at this time.

PCCOA prides itself as the only agency in Preble County to focus on the needs of senior citizens. We must focus on keeping our seniors safe. The health and safety of our seniors is the reason we have chosen to delay reopening. We need to concentrate our efforts on helping those who need our core services.

“We will continue to provide transportation, homemaking and meals on wheels, our core services” says Shelley Ratliff, Executive Director. “We miss seeing our friends coming into the senior center each day but the senior population is the most vulnerable with the Coronavirus and we don’t want to take any unnecessary chances.”

We will continue working with our local Preble County Health Department to ensure our ability to reopen safely. Based on the restrictions put in place by the State of Ohio, PCCOA will remain closed to the general public but will continue providing modified services. We will reevaluate reopening at a later date.

For information on programs and services, please call PCCOA at 937-456-4947 or or

Submitted by PCCOA