Where to Start


Aging is a time of adaptation and change, and planning for the future will make sure your needs, or the needs of a loved one, are fully met. Continuing to thrive as you age means learning how to maintain your independence for as long as possible. This may mean modifying your own home, or it could mean choosing from a broad array of housing options with more support options on site. 


Evaluating your (or your loved ones needs) is an important first step.  As you know, you can “Google” (www.google.com) and find just about any information you want.  For example, there are now on-line assessment tools you can use to help determine the best choices for you or your loved one such as mobility, transportation, nutrition, hygiene, housekeeping, dressing, toileting, medication, memory and emotions.


The Center for Positive Aging website is designed to provide you a variety of information to save you time.  Once you determine the area of your needs, you can SEARCH for providers that can assist you further to make sure you are making the best choice.

 

Please review items identified on the “How to Make Informed Choices” page to focus on physical and medical needs, social and emotional needs as well as available resources (e.g. financial, insurance, family & friends, government, etc.).


For more detailed information, look under the Resources tab, and click on Caregiver Resources for the following options:


Administration on Aging

 Ask Medicare

 Care Transition Program

 Caring From a Distance

 Eldercare Locator

 eXtension

 Extra Help with Prescription Cost

 Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA)

 Friends of Disabled Adults and Children (FODAC)

 GeorgiaCares

 State Health Insurance Assistance

 GA Department of Veterans Affairs

 GA Division of Aging Services (DAS)

 Adult Protective Services (APS)

 Aging & Disability Resource Conn

 Area Agency on Aging (AAA)

 Centers for Independent Living

 Community Care Services Program

 Elderly Legal Assistance Program

 Home & Community-Based Services

 Ombudsman Program

 National Family Caregiver Support

 Senior Employment Program

 SOURCE Program

 GA Hospice and Palliative Care Org.

 Home & Comm Based Waivers

 Home-Delivered Meals

 StrengthForCaring.com (SFC)

 Medicaid Program

 Medicaid Reference Desk

 Money Follows the Person

 National Alliance for Caregiving

 National Council on Aging (NCOA)

 BenefitsCheckUp

 Next Avenue

 National Transitions of Care Coalition

 New Freedom Initiative

 Long-Distance CaregiversHandbook

 Project 2020: Georgia For a Lifetime

 Relatives as Parents Program (RAPP)

 Senior Safety - Caring for the Ones You Love

 Six Key Tips-Navigating the System

 This Caring Home

 8 Websites To Help Caregivers Manage Money




In addition, under the Resources tab, you can find the following detailed information related to Senior Assistance Programs:


 Community Care Service Program

 disABILITY LINK

 Employment / Job Resources

 Georgia Counties Senior Services

 Georgia Food Banks

 Georgia Food Stamp Program

 Prescription Drug Discount

 Elderly Legal Assistance Program

 SOURCE Programs

 VOLUNTEER