The Habersham County Senior Center serves as a community hub for activities designed to help our county's older residents maintain their dignity, support their independence, and encourage them to stay active physically, mentally and in their communities.
The Senior Center program is an outgrowth of the 1965 Older Americans Act passed by Congress and signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson. The Act established the Administration on Aging, a national agency to oversee the development of services and opportunities for older people in every community across the nation.
The Administration on Aging provides funds under the Older American's Act to state agencies on aging to carry out this mandate. In turn, most states designate Area Agencies on Aging to further this mandate within planning and service areas across the state.
The Area Agency on Aging works with leaders of communities within its planning and service area to designate one or more community focal points for service and delivery. Services funded through the Older Americans Act, as well as services funded through other public and private sources, are coordinated through these focal points. In communities across the country, senior centers, town halls, churches, and other facilities have been established as focal points to provide information and access services for older persons.
There are several types of programs offered at the Habersham Senior Center including:
- Congregate Meals: Hot lunch is served at the Senior Center Monday through Friday. Therapeutic meals are available upon request by the client's physician. Therapeutic meals are based on a 1500-calorie diabetic, low-sodium diet. Clients must live in Habersham County and be 60 years or older.
- Home-delivered Meals: Hot meals are delivered to clients' homes Monday through Friday, and frozen meals are delivered once a week to the homes of clients who live in isolated areas (or upon request), who are unable to prepare meals and are 60 or older. Pet food may also be received for those participating in our Home-delivered Meals program. Funding for this is provided by www.banfieldcharitabletrust.org. Therapeutic meals are also available.
- Transportation: Two Senior Center vans operate Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., transporting clients to the Senior Center or to doctor's appointments, grocery shopping, prescription pick-ups, paying bills, and home. Vans are also used for recreational activities. Clients must be 60 or older.
- Wellness program: Comprehensive Wellness programs that address physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of life.
- Ombudsman: Available to nursing home and personal care residents, families, and staff to act as a mediator. 770-538-2685
- Outreach: Locating and identifying hard-to-reach older persons and assisting them in gaining access to needed services.
- Senior Community Service Employment Program: Work program for persons 55 or older with limited income.
- Community Care Program: Available to functionally impaired candidates for nursing home placement. Programs designed to keep clients independent and in their homes as long as possible. 770-538-2669.
- Information and Referral: Provides clients with information and follow-up concerning community resources.
- Legal Services: Attorney or paralegal consultations are available to individuals 60 or older at no charge.