The CSRA Regional Commission has been designated by the Georgia Department of Human Resources' Division of Aging Services as the region's Area Agency on Aging.
The CSRA Area Agency on Aging (AAA), a division of the CSRA Regional Commission, is working aggressively to meet the needs of older adults in the CSRA with a blend of technically enhanced regional strategy development and old-fashioned community teamwork.
The CSRA Area Agency on Aging was designated in October, 1974, to provide and coordinate programs for older adults in the Central Savannah River Area, located in east central Georgia and headquartered in Augusta, Georgia. From the beginning, the goal of the Agency has been to assure maximum independence and enhance the quality of life for older persons through home- and community-based services.
The CSRA Area Agency on Aging provides a variety of services and support to improve the lives of senior citizens in 14 counties of the CSRA. The Area Agency on Aging’s primary activities are:
- identifying and planning for aging-service needs throughout the region,
- connecting senior citizens and caregivers with needed aging services and information,
- providing staff support and leadership to outside agencies that address aging issues, and
- administering grants and contracts to quality organizations that provide services to older CSRA residents.
Established Priorities for the CSRA
Quality, accountability, and access continue to shape the AAA’s approach to planning and service delivery. During 2006, the AAA identified CSRA residents’ current priorities through a combination of written surveys and public hearings. Survey respondents’ top-ten needs are as follows:
- Help with Medication
- Home-Delivered Meals
- Wellness Programs
- Preventive Care
- Help with Disabilities
- Legal Assistance
- Help with Personal Care
- Other Medical Assistance
AAA Activities and Services
- The AAA’s One-Call “Gateway” to Aging Services - (706) 210-2018 & (888) 922-4464
- Home Aid Solutions (care coordination, meals, bathing, dressing, homemaking, etc.)
- Disability Services (ramps, rails, modification, assistive devices, education, and more)
- Caregiver Support (individual guidance, support groups, training, respite, adult day care)
- Wellness Programs (senior fitness classes, training for organizers, medication education)
- Georgia Cares (prescription cost solutions, Medicare and health insurance education)
- Ombudsman Program (preserving residents’ rights in long-term care facilities)
- Elderly Legal Assistance (individualized services for low-income seniors)
- Elder Abuse Prevention (public education about abuse, exploitation, neglect, and fraud)
- Civic engagement through our volunteer recruitment program (gives individuals the opportunity to donate their time to aiding seniors throughout the region)