About Westshore Seniors

Westshore Seniors

In the summer of 2015, leaders from eight westshore area senior centers and Center for Aging in the Digital World, a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit “Empowering Seniors with Digital Literacy”, brainstormed on innovative ways to use technology as a “tool” to enhance the way information is provided to the senior citizens of  Avon, Bay Village, Fairview Park, Lakewood, North Olmsted, North Ridgeville, Rocky River, and Westlake.

These eight senior centers have been collaborating in various ways for more than two decades. Collaboration is our norm rather than an exception! Westshore seniors have flexibility and options to participate in programs and activities at senior centers in the surrounding communities.

Rather than “fix what ain’t broke,” Carm, Leslie, Regina, Toni, Jackie, Rita, Deb, Lydia (leaders of the eight senior centers) and Tak & Mely (co-founders of the 501(c)(3) nonprofit Center for Aging in the Digital World) embarked on a journey with short- and long-term visions to augment technology tools in order to better service the senior population.

Recently branded as Westshore Seniors, our collaborative is comprised of eight senior centers and one local nonprofit, all members have a similar mission: to help our beloved senior population. We envision this website to ultimately evolve into a “digital world platform” to offer service delivery to more seniors citizens of our communities.

Our short-term goal is that westshoreseniors.org will address the need for a medium that can handle the exponential growth of a knowledge-based society. Traditional mediums such as  newsletters may limit the amount of information that can be dispersed efficiently. westshoreseniors.org will provide easy-to-use search capabilities that produce customized results by searching the entire catalog of programs from the eight senior centers that are always up-to-date. It will also list details of social services by senior center location, county, state and federal.

Our long-term vision is to additionally welcome newly minted seniors (ex. retiring baby boomers) who might be a little more digitally literate and who expect service delivery options in the digital world. A dual-pronged approach to service offerings in both “real” and “digital” worlds just makes sense. We believe this is a truly innovative idea matching the times we live in- where technology is in every nook-and-cranny of our lives!

Lydia Gadd
Westlake Community Services Director

Deborah Huff
Rocky River Senior Center Director

Jackie Chavez-Anderson
North Olmsted Senior Center Administrator

Antoinette Gelsomino
Lakewood Human Services Director

Rita Price
North Ridgeville Senior Center Director

Regina Sillasen
Fairview Park Senior Center Director

Carmelina Barbera
Avon Senior Center Director

Leslie Selig
Bay Village Senior Center Director

Mely Sato
Executive Director
Center for Aging in the Digital World

Tak Sato
Founder (non-voting)
Center for Aging in the Digital World