WILMINGTON — Of the five southwest Ohio counties in Council on Aging’s (COA) service area, Clinton County has the highest percentage of households where at least one person is 65 or older.
Fully a fourth of Clinton County households includes a senior or seniors among its members: 25.2 percent. That’s higher than Hamilton, Butler, Clermont or Warren County, which registers the lowest figure at 20.9 percent.
Not surprisingly, Clinton County also leads in the percentage share of seniors making up the total population in one of those counties: 13.5 percent. Coming in a close second is Hamilton County, where 13.3 percent of the total population are people 65 or older.
And among Clinton County’s seniors, 38.2 percent of them have a disability — again, the highest figure among COA’s five southwest Ohio counties.
“Clinton County has a large and growing senior population,” said COA Vice President of Program Operations Ken Wilson at a Monday appointment with Clinton County commissioners.
The data were part of an annual report released Monday by the COA on the county’s 2015 Elderly Services Program. The COA of Southwestern Ohio administers the Elderly Services Program under contract with the Clinton County commissioners.
In 2015, the highest number of Elderly Services Program clients resided — when their residences are divided up by town or township — in Union Township. There were 180 clients served in Union Township, the township that immediately surrounds the city of Wilmington.
The next highest number of Elderly Services Program clients resided in Wilmington, where 69 clients lived.
In addition to the report summarizing calendar year 2015, Wilson gave a report of first quarter 2016.
Though the 343 Clinton County senior adults served in the first quarter were fewer than the 354 clients served in fourth quarter of last year, this year’s first-quarter total exceeds last year’s first-quarter total of 336 seniors. Prior to the drop in the first quarter, client numbers rose quarterly last year from 336 to 341 to 342 to 354.
Following the presentation, Clinton County Commissioner Kerry R. Steed said that as long as the Elderly Services Program census numbers go up and more people are being served, it’s a good indicator the program is doing what it is supposed to do.
In other news:
• A U.S. flag that soon will be raised on a new flag pole outside the Clinton County Prosecutor’s Office on Main Street will be lit at night by a floodlight.
Clinton County Administrator Mary Ann Foland said, “It should have been done ages ago since we had a flag [there].”
As part of ongoing renovations at the county courthouse, there also might be lighting at night upon that building’s exterior dome. Audio speakers may be installed on the outside of the courthouse, too.
Reach Gary Huffenberger at 937-556-5768 or on Twitter @GHuffenberger.