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Rose Centers for Aging Well - Description - Part 1

As we age, finding ways to get involved in our communities helps us to remain active and engaged. The Rose Centers for Aging Well promote active aging for Northeast Ohio's older adults by offering opportunities to learn, socialize with peers, create and volunteer.

There are seven Rose Centers locations throughout the Greater Cleveland area. They are vibrant communities with a wide selection of activities, programs and services that foster personal choice and community.

Services provided by our Rose Centers to support older adults include:

  • Home-delivered meals
  • Transportation to one of our seven Rose Center locations
    • Participants must live within five miles of a Rose Center location, and may ride for up to 60 minutes per day
  • Arranged transportation for special trips and activities
  • Hot lunches at our Rose Center locations
  • Health and wellness programs, such as exercise
    • The Aging Mastery Program is offered at select Rose Centers.

Rose Centers for Aging Well - Description - Part 2

To learn more about activities at your local Rose Center, and how to participate, view the activities listing below and read our monthly newsletter.  

In 2018, our seven Rose Centers offered a combined average of over 300 different activities, outings and special events each month, including exercise classes, shopping trips, bingo and arts and crafts. Our Centers also provided a yearly average of over 200,000 meals to older adults, and our programs and services enabled more than 2,200 older adults to live independently at home and stay active in their communities.

We are a member of Meals On Wheels America, National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs and the National Council on Aging, which connect us with helpful services and resources.

For more information on services and activities from our Rose Centers for Aging Well, call (216) 791-8000 or e-mail info@benrose.org

Learn more about volunteer opportunities at your local Rose Center.

Information on upcoming events and activities are also available on social media: Follow us on Facebook!

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Dabney K. Conwell, MSSA, LSW

Executive Director of the Rose Centers for Aging Well, Vice President at Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging

Contact: contactme@benrose.org | (216) 373-1954

Dabney K. Conwell is Executive Director of the Rose Centers for Aging Well and Vice President at Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging. She joined Benjamin Rose in 2015.

Conwell has committed her career to working with underrepresented populations developing, implementing, supervising and evaluating social service programs. Prior to joining the Benjamin Rose senior management team, she served as Executive Director of the East Cleveland Neighborhood Center. She was also previously Project Coordinator of the Families and Schools Together (FAST) program for the Alcohol, Drug Addiction & Mental Health Services Board of Cuyahoga County, and later became a national trainer and program supervisor for FAST in Madison, Wisconsin. She has also served as a social worker with the East Cleveland City School District and Guidestone. Conwell’s professional passion includes addressing issues of inequity for marginalized populations.

She currently serves as an Adjunct Professor in the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU).

Conwell received her Master of Social Service Administration degree at Case Western Reserve University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work from Edinboro University. Conwell completed the YWCA Women’s Momentum Leadership Program in 2015. Ms. Conwell is an inaugural Fellow with the Sisters of Charity Innovation Mission, developing the first Food is Medicine process in Cuyahoga County; she is also the recipient of the CWRU Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences Alumni Achievement Award. She is a National Board of Governor for the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and co-chair of the local HRC Steering Committee.

Melissa A. Winberry

Assistant Director of Rose Centers for Aging Well

Contact: RCAW@benrose.org | (216) 373-1680

Melissa A. Winberry is Assistant Director of the Rose Centers for Aging Well LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging. Winberry joined the Rose Centers administration team in 2015.

Winberry has 20 plus years of progressively responsible experience leading people in multiple capacities, including human resources in manufacturing, retail and service industries to social work focusing on geriatrics, mental health and clinical social work.

Prior to the Rose Centers for Aging Well, Winberry worked for Windsor Laurelwood Center for Behavioral Medicine, where she served as a critical member of the Intake and Referral Department triaging patients and facilitating care plans for people experiencing a mental health or substance abuse crisis.

Winberry earned her Bachelor of Science degree from John Carroll University, and a Masters in Social Work from Cleveland State University. Winberry completed the American Society on Aging's Leadership Institute in 2018.

Winberry currently serves on the John Carroll University Nonprofit Administration Community Advisory Committee and the Advocacy in Motion initiative through the Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging.

Tracey Kirksey

Center Director, East Cleveland at Salvation Army Rose Center

Contact: RCAW@benrose.org | (216) 373-1696

Tracey Elaine Kirksey is the Center Director at the East Cleveland at Salvation Army Rose Center for Aging Well. She joined the Rose Centers in 2017.

Kirksey is responsible for planning, development and supervision of day to day activities at the Center, and oversees programming and services, the nutrition program and transportation services. She works to ensure that the East Cleveland Rose Center is an inclusive and welcoming environment that hosts a variety of educational, social and fitness activities for participants.

Kirksey has always enjoyed working with people and has an extensive background in non-profit community development, including 20 years’ in executive level management positions. Her focus and expertise include holistic community development and advocacy, primarily in affordable, market rate and senior housing development, as well as small business development.

Kirksey earned her Bachelors of Business Administration degree in Organization Management from Malone University Organization.

Ashley Langford

Center Director, Gunning Park Rose Center

Contact: RCAW@benrose.org | (216) 373-1706

Ashley Langford is the Center Director of the Gunning Park Rose Center for Aging Well and joined Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging in July, 2017. She is responsible for planning, development and supervision of day to day activities at the Center, and oversees programming and services, the nutrition program and transportation services. Langford embraces team work, and prides herself on working collaboratively with her staff to make the Center a welcoming community.

Langford’s experience prior to joining Benjamin Rose was in alcohol and drug rehabilitation. While in graduate school, she worked as a counselor’s assistant in a rehabilitation facility helping people recover from substance abuse. Once she moved back to Cleveland, Langford worked in alcohol and drug prevention and education.

Langford earned a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Toledo and a master’s degree in public health from The University of Toledo. Her primary focus was in health promotion and education, specifically in the geriatric population.

In addition to Langford’s current role as Center Director, she also leads the Benjamin Rose Young Professionals committee, and coordinates volunteers for the Nutrition Solution project.