OhioHealth's AdvantAge Program at the John J. Gerlach Center for Senior Health is open to anyone age 50 and over. You don't have to be a member to access the program's wealth of services; however, members receive added benefits that include discounted or free programs and services, such as:

  • free education programs
  • discounted transportation
  • many other valuable discounts
  • Medicare and insurance assistance
  • biomonthly program catalogs
  • access to the full services of the Gerlach Center

Annual dues are $15 for an individual or $20 for a couple living at the same address.  Membership is free to OhioHealth associates 50 years of age or older, OhioHealth retirees, and active or retired OhioHealth volunteers. 

For more information about AdvantAge, call the Gerlach Center staff at (614) 566-5858. 

How to Get AdvantAge Program and Class Information

AdvantAge members get regular reminders about programs of special interest to older adults in the Gerlach Center's bimonthly programs catalog.

Other classes offered by OhioHealth to the senior population can be found on OhioHealth's Classes and Events Senior Topics web page.

About the Gerlach Center's AdvantAge Health, Wellness and Education Programs

Health and Wellness Programs

The Gerlach Center offers exercise and fitness classes five days a week. These classes can help increase flexibility, build muscle strength or improve movement and gait. As an AdvantAge member, you'll receive discounts on senior fitness, yoga and T'ai Chi classes (just $2 per class for AdvantAge members).

Food for Thought Educational Series

Want more information about health concerns that affect your life? The Gerlach Center offers programs that cover a wide variety of topics specific to older adults. Lectures are offered weekly on Tuesdays and are free to AdvantAge members. Our health experts can even come to your group or organization to speak on a topic of interest to you.

Computer classes

Instructors from Body and Brain Train, LLC offer hands-on experience in a small classroom environment. All equipment is provided. Individuals, couples and small groups are welcome.

Volunteer tutors from our D.J.'s Cyber Café can provide AdvantAge members with free one-on-one computer tutoring at the Gerlach Center.

Call (614) 566-5858 for more information.

Travel and Tour Program

Choose a short jaunt to unique places nearby or a longer trip to great destinations around our country - that's the AdvantAge travel program. AdvantAge members meet to select trips of interest. Professional travel agents handle all the arrangements.

Transportation Services

We partner with the American Red Cross of Greater Ohio to get you where you need to go. The Red Cross can transport you to medical appointments, social events, beautician appointments, meetings, etc., and can provide transportation throughout all of Franklin County.

  • The cost is $20 per trip.
  • Hours of service are 5 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays.
  • AdvantAge members receive their tenth trip free (a $20 value).

Payment is due at the time of service, or, if you use the service frequently, you may purchase ahead for multiple trips.   

Medicare and Insurance Assistance

Trained, certified counselors from the Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP) are available at The Gerlach Center to help you understand Medicare HMOs, supplemental and long-term care insurance coverage and options. Plus, these counselors can help you sort through your medical provider bills and complete Medicare claim forms.

For more information about these classes and programs, including scheduled dates and times, we invite you to read The Gerlach Center's bi-monthly catalog.

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In addition, you can call The Gerlach Center staff for more information and to schedule an appointment: (614) 566-5858.