The Southeast Georgia Regional Development Center has served as the designated Area Agency on Aging since 1979, as determined by the Georgia Department of Human Resources Division of Aging Services.  And throughout the years, this agency has proved to be an effective and well-respected participant in the community outreach effort to improve quality of life for the elderly in Southeast Georgia.

     The mission of the Southeast Georgia Area Agency on Aging (SEGa AAA) is to develop a comprehensive, coordinated system of services to promote the independence and continued well-being of older residents in the eighteen counties of Atkinson, Bacon, Ben Hill, Berrien, Brantley, Brooks, Charlton, Clinch, Coffee, Cook, Echols, Irwin, Lanier, Lowndes, Pierce, Tift, Turner, and Ware.

     At least 250,000 hot, nutritious meals are served annually to senior citizens via home delivered meals and congregate meals at the numerous senior centers strategically located throughout the region.  Through its qualified service providers, the SEGa AAA furnishes seniors an array of services including Alzheimer's adult day care and respite, legal assistance, long term care ombudsman, homemaker services, and the Community Care Services Program (CCSP).

     As an alternative to nursing home placement, CCSP provides community based and in-home services for frail persons who meet Medicaid eligibility requirements.  Through a toll-free number, clients can access a nursing staff that evaluates their situation and, if needed, assigns them to a case manager who ensures they receive the services that help maintain their maximum independent functioning and prevent institutionalization.

     The SEGa AAA "aging network" fosters a continuum of care that provides services and information to older persons in their homes, in the community, and in long term care facilities.

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