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The Albany-Dougherty Council on Aging was incorporated in 1966 to meet the physical mental and spiritual needs of older people in the area. In 1979, in order to accurately reflect the 14-county service area, the name was changed to the SOWEGA (Southwest Georgia) Council on Aging. At this time, the organization was designated an Area Agency on Aging by the State Office on Aging. Over the years, the agency has expanded to meet the needs of the ever-increasing number of older people in the public service area.

The Council on Aging (COA) plans, provides, develops and coordinates services for all people 60 years of age and older in a 14 county, 6,000 square mile area of southwest Georgia.

Ten percent of southwest Georgia's population is 65 years old, which includes some 59,368 people. Of this population, 30% are minority; 31% are low income, 17.5% are low-income minority; 25% live alone; and 62% are rural. With counties whose total population ranges from 4,074-96,065, it is easy to understand the challenges which must be met to provide services in a cost-effective, but fair manner. The flexibility in developing service plans, given to Area Agencies on Aging by the Division of Aging Services, permits this to happen.

SOWEGA Council on Aging is a non-profit organization

We depend on volunteers and donors to maintain programs and services in 14 counties of Southwest Georgia!  Please see the EVENTS, VOLUNTEER and DONATION pages for more information on how to get involved!

PHONE:  (229) 432-1124

TOLL FREE:  1(800) 282-6612

Serving Up Meals City Wide 2018 - SERVING UP MEALS CITY WIDE TENNIS TOURNAMENT is a partnership between the Albany Tennis Association, Doublegate Country Club and the SOWEGA Council on Aging. Proceeds benefit the Meals on Wheels program. PLAY TENNIS AND DO GOOD! Click on the EVENTS tab to register.

FREE Welcome to Medicare Class - Are you new to Medicare? Have questions about your Medicare benefits? Hollis Smith with GeorgiaCares, your local State Healthcare Insurance Assistance Program, can answer all of your questions at our upcoming FREE class. We will being going over all parts of Medicare, what your Medicare options are, and the latest fraud and scams.

Wine & Watercolors - Where fine art meets fun art! This event is for those closet artists wanting a little "liquid courage" to pick up a paint brush. Participants will have fun while they learn the basics of creating easy and successful watercolor paintings. No prior art experience needed.

Matter of Balance - Falls, with or without injury, carry a heavy quality of life impact. A growing number of adults are falling, and, as a result, limit their activities and social engagements. This can result in further physical decline, depression, social isolation, and feelings of helplessness. The risk of falls can be reduced. Join us to find out how.

Florida Trip - There are openings available for the SOWEGA Council on Aging Diamond Tours Bus Trip on Monday, April 23rd through Friday, April 27th, 2018. $500 includes motorcoach transportation, five days & four nights lodging, 8 meals: 4 breakfasts & 4 dinners; admissions to experiences in Orlando & Cocoa Beach, Florida and more! Please call (229) 435-6789 for more information.

Smart Phone Education - Learn more about your smart phone with the City of Albany Technology & Communications Department at the Kay H. Hind Senior Life Enrichment Center. Bring your iPhone on February 8th from 9am-11am. Bring your Android phone on February 22nd from 10am-11am. This is a free event. Please register by calling (229) 435-6789.

Chair Yoga - Mondays at 3pm and Fridays at 9am, FREE until February 2018

Line Dance Classes - Come enjoy yourself at this FREE class!
Beginners - Monday 11am
Advanced: Wednesdays 3pm

Monthly Caregiver Support Group - Join us monthly for information, encouragement and emotional support. See EVENTS tab for upcoming dates.
Call (229) 432-1124 to register.

MALL WALKERS-Blood Pressure Checks - The first Tuesday of each month is Senior Day at "Belk" department store in the Albany Mall.
FREE blood pressure checks:
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM


 
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