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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the CSRA Area Agency on Aging?
What is the CSRA Regional Commission?
What are the responsibilities of the CSRA Agency on Aging?
What area does the CSRA Agency on Aging serve?
Are there other Area Agencies on Aging?
What are the major programs of the CSRA Area Agency on Aging? 


What is the CSRA Area Agency on Aging?

The CSRA Area Agency on Aging, a division of the CSRA Regional Commission, coordinates funds, and connects people with senior services in 14 counties of east central Georgia.

What is the CSRA Regional Commission?

The CSRA Regional Commission (RC) is a non profit public agency that helps area counties and cities effectively serve aging citizens, use land wisely, write and administer grants, strengthen local economies, preserve historic properties, support small and start up businesses with loans, and use computerized map information to plan for growth.  The CSRA RC, created in 1962 by the state of Georgia, is funded primarily through membership dues paid by the local governments that we serve.  Like the state’s 11 other Regional Commissions, we are led by a Council consisting of area county and city officials and representatives from the private sector in each jurisdiction.

What are the responsibilities of the CSRA Agency on Aging?

  • We study the changing needs of our community’s senior citizens and family caregivers and develop a yearly plan of action to get the right mix of aging services to the people who need  them most.
  • We act as a “pass through” agency for public funds by:
    • requesting proposals from organizations that offer aging services, 
    • awarding public funds to responsible organizations that meet critical needs,
    • making sure that awardees effectively use public funds to improve the  lives  of older  CSRA residents.
  • We operate the Aging Connection: Your Gateway to Community Resources – an easy one-call  resource to help senior citizens and caregivers connect with the information and aging services  that they need. 

What area does the CSRA Agency on Aging serve?

The CSRA Area Agency on Aging serves 14 counties and 46 cities in east central Georgia. Counties include Burke, Columbia, Glascock, Hancock, Jefferson, Jenkins, Lincoln, McDuffie, Richmond, Screven, Taliaferro, Warren, Washington, and Wilkes.  

Are there other Area Agencies on Aging?

Area Agencies on Aging form part of an aging network led by the U.S. Administration on Aging and state units on aging.  The 12 Area Agencies on Aging within Georgia receive guidance from the Georgia Department of Human Resources’ Division of Aging Services. Most Agencies on Aging are divisions within Regional Commissions.  

What are the major programs of the CSRA Area Agency on Aging? 

The CSRA Area Agency on Aging funds and monitors a wide variety of organizations that provide services to senior citizens in areas such as nutrition, wellness, lifelong learning, recreation, and senior volunteerism.  In addition, we operate the following programs:

  • The Aging Connection: Your Gateway to Community Services

The Aging Connection is the CSRA’s one-call service center for people who need aging services  assistance.  We provide information about local and national resources and we help CSRA  residents get services that allow individuals to age with dignity and independence.

  • The Community Care Services Program (CCSP)

CCSP is a Medicaid-funded program that makes free and low-cost home services available to   people at risk for nursing home placement.  CCSP services are available to senior citizens and  legally disabled individuals who meet income and health requirements.

  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Through the HCBS program, we assist people aged 60 and above who need services such  as   home delivered meals, adult day care, homemaker services, respite and counseling. HCBS is funded in accordance with the Older American’s Act.

  • Operation  Independence

The Area Agency on Aging collaborates with Walton Options for Living to manage Operation Independence, a program that connects senior citizens and people with disabilities with equipment, devices, ramps, and home-modification services to help them live independently.

  • Elder Rights and Advocacy

Several CSRA organizations work in partnership with the Area Agency on Aging to protect the  rights of older people through programs such as Elder Legal Services, Georgia Cares (health   insurance counseling and referral), ombudsman services (services to protect residents in long  term care facilities), and a range of advocacy projects.

  • Caregiver Support

The Area Agency on Aging helps CSRA residents care for loved ones by offering caregiver services such as respite, adult day care, homemaker assistance, training and support.  The Area Agency on  Aging also helps employers and faith communities effectively support caregivers through the training, technical assistance and support. a Agencies on Aging form part of an aging network led by the U.S. Administration on Aging and state units on aging.

 

 



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