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Senior Adult Ministry Guide

Introduction to Aging

“Aging 101 for Georgia has been developed and produced to provide key information people need to know about aging in Georgia. This video targets older adults and their adult children, as well as those who work with elders. It incorporates university experts on topics such as nutrition and caregiving, the Director of the Georgia Division of Aging Services, and a number of elders themselves, who share their wisdom and experiences.” – Institute of Gerontology

Aging 101 for Georgia was conceptualized and directed by Dr. Anne Glass, Assistant Director of the Institute of Gerontology in the College of Public Health, on behalf of a statewide collaborative initiative, the Gerontology Education and Training Alliance of Georgia (GET-AGE).

Click here for the Aging Resource List from the Institute of Gerontology.


Community Resources 

  • Athens Community Council on Aging: Click on “Programs” to find out more information about the available activities for Clarke County residents age 55 or older.
  • Home Instead Inc: An organization based in Athens that provides home care and elderly companionship services to the following Counties in Northeast Georgia:  Barrow, Clarke, Elbert, Franklin, Greene, Hart, Jackson, Madison, Morgan, Oconee and Oglethorpe.  Home Instead Senior Care serves clients 24/7, 7 days a week, including holidays with professional caregivers.  All caregivers are thoroughly screened, extensively trained, insured and bonded, and matched to your preferences.
  • Oconee County Senior Center: The Center is open to residents 60 years or older. Services include transportation, noon meal, outreach services, recreational services, health related activities, consumer information and volunteer opportunities.

Housing Resources 

  • Long-Term Care Calculator
  • ElderCareLink: A free internet-based referral service to help identify eldercare needs including information about touring nursing and assisted living facilities, Medicare and health issues.
  • Nurse Home Ratings: Research and reports on nursing homes across the US. Find survey and abuse reports on your local nursing home facility.
  • A Place for Mom: A free internet-based referral service to help identify eldercare resources.
  • Senior for Living: A free search engine to research, evaluate and compare your senior housing options.
  • UCompareHealthCare: Provides free reports to assist with researching and comparing hospitals, nursing homes, and doctors.

The AARP provides checklists and guides for the following topics:


Legal Resources 

  • Information about Georgia Power of Attorney Laws.
  • Five Wishes: One of America’s most popular living will resources because it is written in everyday language and helps to start and structure important conversations about end of life care.  Five Wishes meets the legal requirements in 42 states (including GA) and is useful in all 50 states.  It can now be purchased for a nominal fee.

Medical & Safety Resources

  • Talking to an Older Driver: A free online seminar called “We Need to Talk” to help families determine how to assess their loved one’s driving skills.  Tools are included to help families have this important conversation.
  • Personal Medication Record worksheet
  • Organize documents here
  • Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Facility: St. Mary’s recently opened its Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care facility in 2010 at Highland Hills Village.  Programs and amenities can be found here.
  • HTCare: Helps to create an interim phase called “Monitored Living” whereby a system can unobtrusively monitor your loved one’s Activities of Daily Living, then, based on rules that you establish, alerts you to any worrisome deviations.
  • Senior Drivers: A website portal for senior drivers, their families, researchers, and alternative transportation providers that provides information on general safe driving and tools for measuring driving skills.

Other Helpful Resources

The Georgia Department of Human Services, Division of Aging Services: The DHS-DAS administers a statewide system of services for senior citizens, their families and caregivers. They work with other aging agencies and organizations to effectively and efficiently respond to the needs of elderly Georgians. The DAS vision is to assist older Georgians in Living Longer, Living Safely, and Living Well.

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