Community support vital for Meals on Wheels program
March 31, 2017
A popular program that provides meals to seniors could take a hit under President Trump's proposed 2018 budget, and now its creating a renewed push for community support to keep the Meals on Wheels program going in southwest Georgia. The SOWEGA Council on Aging hosts several fundraisers a year to fund the Meals on Wheels program, but directors said a small portion of the program is federally funded with most of the support coming from others in the community. Read More...
Kay Hind leaving behind a legacy at SOWEGA Council on Aging
By Jennifer Parks
March 18, 2017
Kay Hind got into her position as executive director of the Southwest Georgia Council on Aging after landing a job in Albany working with senior citizens, which led to a passion on issues relevant to the elderly. Nearly 50 years later, she is preparing to clean out her office at the Senior Life Enrichment Center at 335 W. Society Ave. that bears her name and say good-bye. She said the decision to retire was one she made on impulse, but that it was the right one. Read More...
B. Smith's husband, Dan Gasby, speaks about living with wife's Alzheimer's
By David Rolfe
March 15, 2017
B. Smith doesn't know the day, or the month or the year. Early-onset Alzheimer's disease has robbed the former restaurateur, model, author and TV host of such luxuries. But her devastating 2013 diagnosis has created a national platform to address the disease that plagues an estimated 5.5 million Americans. “The brain is the most important thing in the body, the least understood and the most taken for granted,” said Smith's husband, Dan Gasby. “You can replace corneas, you can modify arteries, but the thing above your eyebrows you can't change.” Smith remained quiet throughout the interview Wednesday, while her husband spoke on her behalf about her condition. Read More...
Why 'dementia villages' might be the future of care for people with Alzheimer's
By Erika Stark
March 14, 2017
The future of Alzheimer's care might soon look less like a sterile hospital environment, and more like a cozy little neighbourhood. The concept, known as a dementia village, is already being tested in Holland. There, patients with varying stages of dementia live in homes of five or six residents. There's a grocery store, gardens and community gathering spaces. But behind the scenes, the village still operates as a nursing home, with trained practitioners there to take care of residents. Read More...
New study gives clues to aging in LGBT Americans
By Amy Wallace
February 9, 2017
Researchers from the University of Washington used data from the first national survey on aging and health in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, or LGBT, adults. The study examined data from the first national study of more than 2,400 LGBT adults ages 50 to 100 in 2014. Read More...
Fit older adults more likely to remain independent longer
By SPARC Athens
February 7, 2017
There can be no argument when it comes to discussing the benefits of exercise for adults, especially seniors. Put simply, its a must. A National Bioethics Committee in Iceland study indicated that older adults who follow a fitness regimen are more likely to remain independent (and out of institutions, like hospitals and personal-care facilities) and enjoy a better quality of life. Read More...
Bill targets ‘license to steal' from elderly, disabled adults
By Maggie Lee
February 7, 2017
The director of the GBI says a legal maneuver is being used as a “license to steal” from vulnerable Georgians, and he's looking for passage of a bill in the state Legislature to change that. “We want to stop the elderly and disabled adults having their assets stolen by family members and others who get that power of attorney,” Vernon Keenan said at the state Capitol on Tuesday. “When … they steal all the assets and they're confronted by law enforcement, they pull out that power of attorney and wave it around like it's their defense.” Read More...