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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

COVID-19 Update - Senior Center Closings due to COVID-19:
The SOWEGA Council on Aging senior centers will be closed through April 30. All centers are closed to the public and all events are cancelled. Existing senior center congregate participants will receive a home delivered meal. The agency is monitoring COVID-19 developments closely and will provide further updates in the weeks to come. Individuals needing information, meals or other services may contact the SOWEGA Council on Aging's Aging and Disability Resource Connection at 1-800-282-6612.

Schedule of Events - Check out the PUBLICATION page and click on our NEWSLETTER for all updated events, classes and news.

Honor a Centenarian! - See our EVENTS tab to honor a Centenarian.

Georgia CO-AGE - Interested in the future of Seniors in Georgia?

SWGA Senior Hunger Coalition - Be a part of this meaningful step in fighting senior hunger. Contact us to get involved.

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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