As the Area Agency on Aging, ARC’s vision is to serve as a focal point for older adults and caregivers in the delivery and coordination of information, resources and services that support a healthy and enriched quality of life. ARC collaborates with county-based agencies, other government agencies, nonprofit organizations and businesses to design and implement an array of programs to serve older adults and caregivers. ARC also provides information and counseling on other government programs such Medicare and Social Security.
Senior Center Network
Senior centers offer a variety of activities including programs wellness and nutritional services. Each senior center is unique in the services and programs it offers. For information, find the local senior center in the county in which you live.
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Thanks Mom and Dad Fund
The Thanks Mom & Dad Fund® was created in 2001 by the Atlanta Regional Commission in cooperation with the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta. The fund works to improve the quality of life for older adults and honor the contributions older generations made to our lives and communities. Through its grants, the fund seeks to encourage innovation and increase services for older adults in Georgia. The fund makes one round of grants annually.
For more information about the fund, contact us at 404.463.3222.
Community and In-Home Support
Keeping older adults in the community as they become frailer is the goal of many programs offered through ARC. Community-based care is often less expensive than care in a facility as it draws on the older person’s network of friends and family for informal support. Community-based care also lessens the likelihood that the older person will experience depression. Experienced counselors with AgeWise Connection can help older adults and caregivers with questions about available services.
For individuals who are on Medicaid or who are Medicaid-eligible, there are two programs designed specifically to help older adults remain in the community:
For those who are not currently Medicaid-eligible, there is Support Options, a new demonstration program.
AgeWise Connection provides information and assistance to family caregivers. Our certified information specialists offer phone consultation for caregivers who need help making decisions or solving problems related to their caregiving role.
Health and Wellness
As the Area Agency on Aging for the 10-county region, the Atlanta Regional Commission offers an array of health and wellness programs to help the region’s older population remain healthy and independent. Numerous community partners collaborate with ARC in the development and implementation of these programs.
Aging & Disability Resource Connection (ADRC)
Aging and Disability Resource Connections are entry points to long-term care supports and resources across the life-span. Now caregivers, family members and individuals with disabilities can find the public or private services they need by calling the Aging and Disability Resource Connection.
ADRC resource specialists can help individuals with diverse needs:
- Older persons
- Persons with disabilities
- Family members and caregivers
- Person who would benefit from Options Counseling for long-term care/support
- Professionals in the fields of healthcare, education, social services and advocacy
- Local businesses concerned about the caregiving needs of their employees
One phone call opens the door to information about community resources for aging families with complex needs, grandparents raising grandchildren with disabilities and adults with physical or developmental disabilities. You can reach the Aging and Disability Resource Connection at 404.463.3333.