Area Agency on Aging
The Middle Georgia Regional Commission is the state-designated Area Agency on Aging (AAA) for Middle Georgia. The primary role of the AAA is to plan, develop and administer a comprehensive service delivery system for older adults and people with disabilities.
Established under the Older Americans Act, the AAA provides a range of options that allow older individuals and people with disabilities to choose home and community-based services and living arrangements that are best for them. The foundation for what we do here at the Middle Georgia Area Agency on Aging is to promote independent, dignified lifestyles and access to services for those we serve.
Program Highlights & Achievements
In March 2018, the Middle Georgia Regional Commission began a pilot project with Northwest and Three Rivers Regional Commissions to provide Care Consultation services for individuals and caregivers living in their regions. Care Consultation provides telephone based on-going emotional support, service referral, and empowerment through education and informed decision making. In total, Care Consultation services were provided to 31 individuals and caregivers living in Middle Georgia, Northwest and Three Rivers regions.
For the past several years past, the Middle Georgia Regional Commission has maintained a caregiver closet to provide caregivers with incontinence products. Older adults, people living with disabilities, and caregivers often need to purchase incontinence products which can be an added burden while living on a fixed income. The caregiver closet is supported through state funding, reimbursements for program workshops, and products donated by individuals and local community groups. In 2018, 68 caregivers were provided in incontinence products and donations. In addition, donations into the caregiver closet nearly equaled the annual state funding allocated to the initiative.
The National Foundation to End Senior Hunger (NFESH) developed the What A Waste program exclusively for senior nutrition programs. The initiative addresses food consumptions, improving food service operations, and repurposing food waste including composting. Senior center staff and seniors from Baldwin, Peach, Jones, Twiggs, and Wilkinson Counties have participated in the program.
In-Home Case Management
In-home case management services involves person-centered services that assess complex social and health needs of seniors and disabled persons. Individuals and caregivers work with case management staff to design a plan of care that targets the needs of the individual allowing that person to continue to live in the community. Through on-going evaluation and consultation, the program encourages quality outcomes for the person and their community. Thirty-one individuals were served through in-home case management in 2018.
Senior Expo 2018
In observance of Older Americans month, the Middle Georgia Regional Commission hosted our annual Senior Day Expo on May 31, 2018 at the Georgia National Fairgrounds. This year’s national theme was “Engage at Every Age” and during the Senior Day Expo, more than 1,000 older adults and community resource providers were in attendance. Seniors engaged in an agenda packed with physical activities, socialization, information, and door prizes. We were also pleased to welcome Georgia Division of Aging Services Abby Cox as a special guest. This fun filled day would not be possible without great partners.