DELAWARE, Ohio - Two nonprofit groups that advocate for senior citizens in Delaware County will merge, the nonprofit boards and the seniors they represent decided.

DELAWARE, Ohio — Two nonprofit groups that advocate for senior citizens in Delaware County will merge, the nonprofit boards and the seniors they represent decided.

Delaware County’s Council for Older Adults and Senior Citizens Inc. will merge effective Jan. 1, said Bob Horrocks, executive director of the council. Horrocks will take over as executive director of the combined nonprofit.

The board for Senior Citizens approved the merger on Monday; the board for the Council for Older Adults approved it last week.

The members of Senior Citizens also had to approve the merger. The organization has more than 3,300 members; Horrocks did not know how many voted, but he said it was “in the hundreds.” The vote ended Nov. 19.

Of those members who did vote, 86 percent approved the merger, Horrocks said.

Leaders for both groups said no programs will change.

Both organizations have their headquarters at the county’s senior center on Cheshire Road in Delaware. The merger will streamline some of the behind-the-scenes bookkeeping and overhead.

No one will be laid off, Horrocks said.

Delaware County has one of the fastest-growing senior populations in Ohio. From 2000 to 2010, the number of people 65 or older grew by 83 percent.

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