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Georgia Agency on Aging senior assistance programs.

The population of Georgia is growing older, and the Agency on Aging is a leading organization for senior citizens and the elderly to call for help. Individuals and their caregivers can get information, direct assistance, and help in applying for numerous state of Georgia as well as federal government programs and local resources listed below. A number of solutions are offered to senior citizens and older adults to help them meet their needs.

Food assistance is provided from Home-Delivered Meals, Congregate (group) Meals at Senior Centers, and also Nutrition and Wellness Education classes and workshops. Certain programs or deliveries may require a minimal fee from the clients, but many of the food programs are offered for free to low income seniors and the homebound.

The Agency on Aging office can coordinate Personal Care Assistance and Skilled Home Health. Personal Care provides assistance to the elderly. This includes running essential errands, light housekeeping, and basic personal care needs. It is really offered as a respite care option for the full time caregiver.

The second service is Skilled Home Health. This is available after the person receives 50 Medicaid Home Health visits. Some of the services include medical social services, skilled nursing, physical, speech and occupational therapy, and also a home health aide. A more formal respite option is also available in Georgia, and it provides the caregiver with respite by providing out of home overnight care in an approved facility with 24-hour supervision.

In addition to the food and meals referenced above, Nutrition and Wellness may be offered. This includes Counseling, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Senior Recreation, and Physical Fitness Classes. These services are offered at senior centers and office on aging locations.




Information about Special Services and Assistance Programs are offered. This is wide ranging. It includes such activities as free Legal Assistance and Tutoring. Home Modification and Repairs are also offered as needed in Georgia.

Learn about Financial or Material Aid. The Agency on Aging centers in Georgia can provide seniors with payments to or on behalf of an elder for utility bills, housing/shelter, rent, transportation, or food. This program has very limited availability and funding, and most of it is done by referrals to resources such as LIHEAP.

Holiday and Christmas assistance programs are available in Georgia. Senior citizens and the disabled are sometimes lonely or isolated during the holidays. Agency on Aging Centers organize events for them, spread cheer, give gifts and meals, and more. Find where to sign up for Christmas help.

Senior Community Service Employment Program can provide a job to adults who are 55 or older in Georgia and who meet guidelines including income eligibility requirements. Clients can receive training, with securing private employment, on-the-job experience with local employers and in community settings, and other employment assistance through SCSEP services.

Some of the jobs from SCSEP include part-time community service work. Offering training is another focus of the program, and it is available for Georgia's unemployed low-income seniors age 55 and older. Additional services may include referrals to community resources, job counseling, career development assistance, and other services.





Elderly Legal Assistance Program can help people who are 60 years of age or older. It provides seniors and qualified residents with free or low cost legal representation, education in civil legal matters, and information. It deals with civil legal matters only. The program is required by federal government and state of Georgia law and funded primarily by the federal Older Americans Act.

Your agency on aging office will have information on law firms that participate. Services include free legal information, counseling, and case representation. Priority for aid is given to people with the greatest social and/or economic need, rural or low income minorities, or those with limited English speaking ability. More free Georgia legal assistance.

Non-Medicaid sponsored Home and Community Based Services is the name of a program that offers a range of solutions and assistance programs to help older Georgians live independently, safely, and healthily in their homes and communities. This resource is also required by the Older Americans Act, and is normally run at the state level by Agency on Aging offices. The program assists seniors and individuals age 60 and older and also their caregivers. Some clients may be eligible for help at 55 years old for some programs such as kinship care or senior employment. Consumer case management is also available.

Aging and Disability Resource Connection can streamline access to long-term care for younger persons with disabilities as well as older adults. It was created from a partnership between Medicare & Medicaid Services as well as ADRC, or Aging and Disability Resource Connection. The program can empower individuals to make informed choices on their needs and requirements, and it can also streamline access to long-term support. It provides Georgia families with a highly visible and trusted place to turn to for information on the full range of long-term support options available.

Individuals who receive Medicare can benefit from GeorgiaCares. This is the states version of State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) and SMP (Senior Medicare Patrol) and is run by the Georgia Department of Human Services Division of Aging Services. It provides free, factual information and assistance to families and individuals who receive their medical care and prescription medications from Medicare. Seniors can get various healthcare assistance from it. There is also information on cheap health insurance plans.

Clients can get information on Medicaid and related health insurance issues including prescription drug assistance programs, long-term care insurance, and Medicare fraud, error and abuse. Counselors and specialists from GeorgiaCares provide individuals with one-on-one counseling, outreach, and community education. It will help patients understand their benefits, provide ways to protect from Medicare fraud and cost issues such as balanced billing, and allow people to make informed decisions about health care options.







Locations of Georgia Aging centers

Atlanta Regional Commission, 40 Courtland Street, NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30303, dial 404.463.3100. This offices serves the counties of Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, and Rockdale.

Central Savannah River Area Regional Commission is located at 3023 River Watch Parkway, Suite A, Augusta, GA 30907-2016. Call 706.210.2013 or 888.922.4464. Seniors who live in the counties of Burke, Columbia, Glascock, Hancock, Jefferson, Jenkins, Lincoln, McDuffie, Richmond, Screven, Taliaferro, Warren, Washington, and Wilkes should call this Agency on Aging office.

Coastal Regional Commission, 127 F Street, 31520, Brunswick, Georgia 31520. Main number is 912.262.2840. Covers the Georgia counties of Bryan, Bullock, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, and McIntosh.

Legacy Link, Inc. Main address is 508 Oak Street. Suite 1, 30501, Gainesville, GA 30503-2534. Call the agency at 770.538.2650 for intake. Counties served are Banks, Dawson, Forsyth, Franklin, Habersham, Hall, Hart, Lumpkin, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union, White.

Heart of Georgia Altamaha, 331 West Parker Street, Baxley, GA 31513, phone 912.367.3648. Offers senior assistance programs, food, health care, and more for older adults in Appling, Bleckley, Candler, Dodge, Emanuel, Evans, Jeff Davisł Johnson, Laurens, Montgomery, Tattnall, Telfair, Toombs, Treutlen, Wayne, Wheeler, and Wilcox.

Middle Georgia Regional Commission operates from an office at Macon, Georgia 31217. Phone number is 478.751.6466, or 888.548.1456. Residents of Baldwin, Bibb, Crawford, Houston, Jones, Monroe, Peach, Pulaski, Putnam, Twiggs, or Wilkinson County Georgia should call this aging center.

Northeast Georgia Regional Commission, 305 Research Drive, Athens, GA 30610-2795. Telephone 706.369.5650, or dial toll free 800.474.7540. Supports Barrow, Clarke, Elbert, Greene, Jackson, Jasper, Madison, Morgan, Newton, Oconee, Oglethorpe, and Walton.

Area Agency on Aging of Northwest Georgia provides services and assistance in the counties of Bartow, Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Fannin, Floyd, Gilmer, Gordon, Haralson, Murray, Paulding, Pickens, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield. Address is 1 Jackson Hill Drive, 30161, Rome, GA 30162-1793, call 706.295.6485.

River Valley Regional Commission, 1428 Second Avenue, Columbus, GA 31902-1908. Dial 706.256.2910 or 800.249.7468. Chattahoochee, Clay, Crisp, Dooly, Harris, Macon, Marion, Muscogee, Quitman, Randolph, Schley, Stewart, Sumter, Talbot, Taylor, Webster County.

Southern Georgia Aging is for the Georgia counties of Atkinson, Bacon, Ben Hill, Berrien, Brantley, Brooks, Charleton, Clinch, Coffee, Cook, Echols, Irwin, Lanier, Lowndes, Pierce, Tift, Turner, and Ware. Stop by 1725 South Georgia Parkway, West, Waycross, GA 31503-8958, or dial 912.285.6097 for information.





Southwest Georgia Council on Aging, 1105 Palmyra Road, Albany, GA 31701-1933. Main number 229.432.1124 or 800.282.6612. Counties covered are Baker, Calhoun, Colquitt, Decatur, Dougherty, Early, Grady, Lee, Miller, Mitchell, Seminole, Terrell, Thomas, and Worth.

Southern Crescent AAA, 13273 Hwy. 34 East, Franklin, Georgia 30217-1600. Telephone number is 706.407.0016 or 678.552.2853. Butts, Carroll, Coweta, Heard, Lamar, Meriwether, Pike, Spalding, Troup, and Upson County.

If your county, town, or region is not listed, then dial the Georgia DHS Division of Aging Services at 866-552-4464 for more locations near you.


By Jon McNamara

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