The Council on Aging provides advocacy 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. We hold annual public hearings and forums and comment on proposed legislation affecting the elderly. Our Advisory Council represents individuals from the service area who provide insight on local needs.
Adult Day Care
Providers for Adult and Alzheimer services engage participants in simple social and recreational activities led by trained staff and volunteers. This service also offers the caregiver respite.
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. This service is provided to individuals age 60 and older in the 14-county area.
Family Caregiver Program
This program supports Caregivers to reduce the burden and stress of caregiving. It also provides material aid financial assistance, education, support groups, telephonic care consultation, information and referral.
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 for people 60+.
Annual Health Fairs engage participants age 60+ and provide access to free health screenings. Community collaboration is key to the success of these programs. Informational booths, nutritional education and physical activities are an important component of these Senior Health Days.
Home Delivered Meals
A meal is delivered to homebound client’s home, this meal provides 1/3 of the recommended daily allowance for the nutritional needs of the elderly. Meals may be warm, shelf stable or frozen.
Representatives of the Long Term Care Ombudsman
Certified by the State of Georgia under Federal mandate, to represent residents of long-term care facilities. 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.
Congregate Program / Nutritional
Nutritious meals for those 60 + along with opportunities for social interaction. Participants may enjoy nutrition education, activities and the opportunity to visit with one another. *Transportation may be available.
Volunteer Program / Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)
Volunteers ages 18+ are needed for various programs such as wellness, education, outreach, administrative, programmatic, support groups, special events and more!
RSVP is a program through which people 55+ who 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.
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.
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