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Office on Aging
About the Office
The Mayor's Office on Aging (MOA) was created in 1999 and acts as an advocate for the senior population throughout the Charleston area. The Office is staffed by two coordinators who are able to connect seniors to resources and services such as residential care facilities, home health care agencies, community senior centers and other services for the aging population.  Citizens needing assistance in connecting with these services can contact Ms. Jessica Rodriguez at 577-1306.  Ms. Rodriguez has a background working with the senior population in residential care facilities and she joins Janet Schumacher, who has been the Coordinator for the Mayor’s Office on Aging since 2002.   Ms. Rodriguez and Ms. Schumacher will jointly respond to the needs of aging and senior citizens in the Charleston community.

Part of the function of this office was previously provided by the Charleston Police Department.  The CPD will continue to investigate abuse and neglect complaints. 

Mission and Accomplishments

The mission of the Mayor's Office on Aging is to ensure that people who are aging in Charleston have the highest quality of life available, and has accomplished the following:
  • Helped the Traffic and Transportation Department launch their Pedestrian Safety Campaign.
  • Created a "Senior Bill of Rights" that will guide the city.
  • Provided dignified transportation for seniors and the visually impaired through Independent Transportation Network Charleston / Trident (ITNCT).

MOA partners with South Carolina Aging in Place Coalition (SCAIPC) to educate seniors who desire to remain in their residence as they are.

Economic Scope

The complete economic impact of seniors on the tri-county regions is $1,972 million (in 2005) dollars. This is roughly the equivalent of the impact of the Medical University of South Carolina and the College of Charleston combined.

Janet Schumacher
Mayor's Office on Aging Coordinator

145 King Street
Suite 400
Charleston, SC 29401

Ph: 843-577-1389
Fx: 843-965-4180

Jessica Rodriguez
Aging and Senior Support Services Coordinator

145 King Street
Suite 400
Charleston, SC 29401

Ph:  843-577-1306