Living Longer, Living Stronger, Living Safer!
MEETING THE MENTAL, SPIRITUAL, AND PHYSICAL NEEDS OF OLDER PEOPLE IN OUR AREA

"The SOWEGA Council on Aging is committed to providing, developing, and coordinating services for people 60 years of age or older in the 14 county area of Southeast Georgia."



This event benefits Empty Bowls, a collaboration with the Albany Area Arts Council. REGISTER on the EVENTS tab.


 


Santa for Seniors 2014


 


Last minute assistance available for Medicare Open Enrollment


 


SOWEGA Council on Aging builds raised bed garden for seniors


 


Call the SOWEGA Council on Aging to make an appointment to review your Medicare plan. Open Enrollment is October 15 - December 7.


 


SOWEGA Council on Aging Serves More People


 


Albany Herald article - Carlton Fletcher: Area senior citizens add to graying work force


 


SOWEGA Council on Aging hosted Open House - over 150 people attended seeking information and resources on Aging & Disability


 


On Nov 6, 2014, the C.O.P.E (Community Outreach Programs and Education) held a lunch & learn at the SOWEGA Council on Aging.


 


That's A Wrap! Lunch & Learn a HUGE success!


 


The SOWEGA Council on Aging receives $1 million Capital Grant from Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation


 


"The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Ballroom" dedication will be on Thursday, September 18 at 11:00am at the Kay H. Hind Senior Life Enrichment Center. Join us to hear more...


 


The Division of Aging is interested in receiving input from Southwest Georgia.


 


This 6-week course provides important information to Caregivers, register NOW for September.


 


Bank of America donates to Meals on Wheels program


 


Buy tickets on EVENTS tab.


 


Ladies of all ages can get dressed up and enjoy high tea. Tickets on sale now at 335 W. Society Avenue in Albany. $10 per person, benefiting our seniors!


 


Meeting to be held at the Senior Life Enrichment Center in Albany. Learn about important legislative updates concerning seniors.


 


Purchase tickets for Dinner & Dancing on the EVENTS TAB. Join us in celebrating the Grand Opening of the Senior Life Enrichment Center in Albany.


 


Basic Computer Class - Register NOW...seating is limited!


 


Do you have concerns about falling? Find answers at the next class...register NOW!


 


Empty Bowls Raises Awareness


 


See the "Publications" page for updated agency information


 


2013 Annual Meeting


 


Budget Cuts, Sequestration, Programs, and New Senior Life Enrichment Center Updates


 


Register now for the 2013 Caregiver Lunch & Learn Seminar


 

Enhancing the health of GOLDEN rams in their GOLDEN years! Don't miss out on this important information.


 


Tod Allen Herendeen show to benefit Council on Aging


 


Registration is now open for the "Serving Up Meals" tennis tournament


 

Albany City Leaders Unanimously Approve $300,000 SPLOST for Senior Center


 


Seniors concerned about losing Meals on Wheels program and more.


 


Coach Jesse Massey gives back to COA and community


 


Massey Supports Senior Life Enrichment Center


 


A Gift That Travels A Long Way


 


Darden Restaurants support Meals on Wheels


 


8th Annual Comedy Night Raises Funds for Meals on Wheels


 


SOWEGA Council on Aging Faces Major Budget Cuts


 


Humor Raises Money for Serious Needs


 


Sweet Potatoes Fashion Show Benefits Meals on Wheels! Show your support for this local business on August 3rd 12-4pm at the Hilton Garden Inn.


 


Chronic Disease Self Management Program...valuable information that can change your life!


 


This 6-week course provides a "tool Kit" for Caregivers


 


COPE shares important healthcare information with seniors!


 


8th Annual Comedy Night is August 15th with Dr. Dennis Swanberg - Tickets available NOW!


 


Kay Hind Receives Lifetime Achievement Award


 


City Officials and Board of Directors tour construction site


 


Medicare Diabetes Prevention Screenings are FREE!


 


Congratulations Charlie Phillips - and Thank You!


 


Juleps, Jockeys and Jazz 2013 a success!


 


Programs Face Big Budget Cuts


 


Phoebe Community Visions helps fund "A Matter of Balance" - fall prevention program


 


GoDirect deadline March 1, 2013


 


Tax Preparation ongoing through April 15


 


Thank you Shane Kelley and Monsanto Fund!


 


Dr. Grant Speaks at Senior Center


 


Thank you to all generous Potters, Restaurants, Schools, and Volunteers. We appreciate the community for embracing "Empty Bowls" and the 400 ticket holders that brought the event to life!


 


It's Time for the 2nd Annual Empty Bowls


 


We appreciate all who attended the Public Hearings. Your input is extremely valuable to our organization!


 


2012 Annual Meeting


 


Thank you to everyone who participated in the success of Empty Bowls 2013!



 


Nov. 8, 2012 - Family Caregiver Program - Lunch & Learn


 


The SOWEGA Council on Aging breaks ground on the Albany Senior Life Enrichment Center. October 18, 2012


 


100 people came to this seminar and learned how to protect, detect and report abuse and financial exploitation.


 


Seniors display art at Shades of Gold Art Show, June 7, 2012


 


Comedy Night a success!


 


2012 Martha Eaves Advocating for Positive Change Award


 

 

 

WE OFFER A WIDE VARIETY OF SERVICES FOR SENIORS
 

Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC)

The Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC) is your “One Stop Shop” for information & resources to help you stay in your home. The ADRC is a valuable resource for seniors, people with disabilities, family members, caregivers and professionals. It is not a "place", but a new way of providing information and assistance, awareness, and access. ADRC focuses on choice and person-centered planning. ( Brochure » )

 

Advocacy

The Council on Aging provides service through such means as contacting local, state, and federal elected officials on issues affecting older people; speaking engagements with churches, AARP chapters, civic clubs volunteer and professional organizations etc...; publishing an area wide monthly newsletter; working with a AAA Board of Directors and Advisory Council; holding public hearings and forums; and commenting on proposed legislation affecting the elderly.

 

Albany Alzheimer's Caregivers Time Out (ACTO)

Alzheimer participant to engage in simple social and recreational activities led by trained staff and volunteers. At the same time, it offers the caregiver some leisure time. The ACTO program is available five days a week, five hours a day. In-home respite care is also provided through the ACTO program.

 

Community Care Services (CCSP)

This program provides services for persons who are elderly and/or functionally impaired.  Participants must have Medicaid or be Medicaid eligible under CCSP guidelines. Although the majority of clients served are 65+, this program has no age-eligibility requirements. ( Brochure » )


Elder Abuse Prevention

This program provides community education and outreach services to identify and prevent abuse, neglect, and exploitation of older people by promoting public awareness and sensitivity to the subject and by working with agencies already established for this purpose.

 

Elder Legal Assistance Program

A full time coordinator on legal concerns of the elderly provides information and community education. Sixty three volunteer attorneys, along with one supervising attorney, provide pro-bono or reduced fee services upon referral from the coordinator. This service is provided to all people 60 and older in the 14-county area.

 

Emergency Reponse

Emergency response equipment is available to at-risk older people who live alone. This service uses an in-home electronic support system which provides 24-hour-a-day monitoring.

 

Family Caregiver Program

This program supports Caregivers caring for a relative 60+ in the home to reduce the burden and stress of caregiving. It also provides assistance with some costs of care, education, emotional support, and information and referral.

 

Homemaker Services

In order for senior citizens who wish to stay in their homes to do so, some services essential to their daily needs are provided in a client's home by a trained homemaker. This service may include personal care, some housework, and meal preparation for people 60+.

 

Gateway (Information and Referral)

This service provides information, referral, and assistance concerning community resources available. GATEWAY serves as a single point of entry for our 14 county area. Although senior centers throughout the 14-county area serve as the focal point for information and assistance in their respective area, the AAA main office also serves as an I&R center. In Albany (229) 432-1124; in Georgia 1-800-282-6612. ( Brochure » )

 

GeorgiaCares

This program provides staff & trained volunteer counselors to help older citizens understand the complexities of Medicare, Medicaid, Medigap, long term care insurance, and related health insurance concerns and to help seniors to make informed decisions regarding their health insurance needs. Assistance is provided for seniors to obtain free & reduced prescription drugs.

 

Health Fairs

Health Fairs are scheduled annually in each of our 14 county senior centers. Participants age 60+ have access to free health screenings; including, blood pressure, bone mineral density, foot care, blood glucose, body fat, vision and hearing. Community collaboration is key to the success of these programs. Informational booths, nutritional recipes, taste testing, and physical activities are also a big part of these Senior Health Days.

We have an informational booth set up at the entrance of "Belk" along with blood pressure checks for the mall walkers from 9:00 am - 11:00 am. The first Tuesday of each month is Senior Day at "Belk" department store in the Albany Mall.

 

Meals on Wheels

Volunteers deliver a hot noon meal each weekday to the elderly 60+ years old, in need and confined to their homes. This meal provides 1/3 of the Recommended Daily Allowance for the Nutritional needs of the elderly. Shelf Staple and frozen food may be provided in emergency situations. (Brochure)

 

Ombudsman Program

The Council on Aging has community ombudsmen, certified by the State of Georgia under Federal mandate, to represent residents of long-term care facilities. The ombudsmen routinely visit nursing homes and personal care homes to investigate and resolve complaints made by or on behalf of individuals who are residents of long-term care facilities.

 

Senior Centers/Nutritional

Senior Centers provide safe and pleasant places for numerous planned activities including congregate meals. These good, nutritious meals are provided 5 days a week for those 60 and over and for their spouses. At the centers, participants may enjoy classes in nutrition, arts and crafts, go on outings, participate in projects, and enjoy the opportunity to visit with one another. Transportation is provided and information and referral service is available at each center.

 

Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)

RSVP is a program through which people 55 and older share their time and talents with non-profit organizations through the community. Besides providing a real benefit to the community, the RSVP volunteer keeps his or her interests, talents, and vitality alive and growing. ( Brochure » )

 

The Ramp Crew

The RSVP-Ramp Crew and Ramp America are a group of senior volunteers over the age of 55, who work together every Tuesday and Thursday to build wheelchair ramps for homes with disabled clients in Dougherty County.

 

Rural Senior Wellness Program

The Wellness Program promotes optimum nutrition and healthy lifestyle management for positive outcomes throughout life.  Education programs addressing diet, exercise, health, and chronic disease prevention are offered through the Wellness Program.

 

Title V Employment Program

This service is contracted through Experience Works at 10140 Ford Avenue, Savannah, Georgia, 912-756-7708, the local phone number in Albany, Georgia is 229-435-9124. It provides job opportunities for people 55 and older who meet certain income requirements.

 

Telephone Reassurance

To someone who is homebound, it is reassuring to have a daily telephone call. Telephone Reassurance helps to reduce social isolation and ensures the health and safety of the elderly person with regular contacts.


 


 
 
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