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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

Senior Needs During the Holidays - Senior Hunger: Behind Closed Doors

2019 Empty Bowls - 9th Annual Empty Bowls event with Albany Area Arts Council!

Health Network Meeting for CCSP & SOURCE Providers
 
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Basic Computer Classes - Are you interested in learning basic computer skills? Come to SOWEGA Council on Aging for a class that can teach you about essential programs and ways to connect in the digital age.

Winter Tai Chi Dates! - Look at our new Winter Tai Chi dates!

Senior Hunger Coalition Meeting - SAVE THE DATE for our next Senior Hunger Coalition Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at 10 am. We will meet in the Board Room at the Kay H. Hind Senior Life Enrichment Center.

Please come with ideas and suggestions on how to move forward with our goals of 1) Identifying senior hunger concerns in the region, 2) Assessing resources, gaps, & duplications, 3) Identifying best practices, and 4) Developing a regional strategy to address senior hunger. We will try to establish work groups and focus on the following areas:

Today’s Seniors
Impact of Senior Hunger on Health
Food Access
Food Waste & Reclamations
Meeting the Needs of the Community

A Matter of Balance - Join this program if you would like to set goals to increase activity safely and also make changes to help reduce the risk of falling. Exercises to increase strength and balance will also be a part of the training.

Blakely Chronic Disease Self Management Program
 
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Donalsonville Diabetes Lunch & Learn
 
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Positive Approach to Care™ Training - Teepa Snow is one of the leading educators on dementia and the care that accompanies it, in the US and in Canada. Her Positive Approach to Care™ company was built to support and engage those experiencing changes in brain function. Learn with us on January 18th as a caregiver, and earn some CE credit if that is applicable to your profession.

Stockings for Seniors - We need your help collecting gifts and stuffing stockings for Home Delivered Meals ("Meals on Wheels") Clients around Southwest Georgia. These individuals are often forgotten around this time of year, and we want to brighten their holidays.

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

Indoor Cycling - Indoor Cycling Classes for Age 60+

Pedaling for Parkinson's - NEW dates! - Pedaling for Parkinson’s
Exercise Your Brain…Ride A Bike!
An exercise and support group for participants living with Parkinson’s Disease.
8 Week Sessions: September 10th-November 2nd, November 5th-December 31st
Monday, Wednesday, & Friday 2:00 p.m. in the Wellness Room.
Registration Fee: No charge for the participant's first 8 week session. For repeat sessions, fee is $30. Priority spots reserved for first-time participants.
Must have medical clearance to participate.
Class size is limited to the first 10 registrants.
Call Robin McCord at (229) 435-6789 to reserve your seat for this program!

Chair Yoga - Mondays at 3pm and Fridays at 9am, FREE!

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

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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