Coastal Expansion of Evidence-Based Programs

Coastal Area Agency on Aging is one of 12 Area Agencies on Aging who offers the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP).  Coastal’s Wellness Program always seek organized, energetic individuals who are willing to lead a co-led class to help older adults in the local community remain independent, improve quality of life, and be a self-manager of their health.  In Coastal, the CDSMP is referred to as Living Well Coastal.

Recently, two new community partners joined the Coastal AAA in an effort of furthering program sustainability throughout the Coastal region; Savannah State University Department of Social Work and the Humanities Foundation. The Coastal partners with Savannah State University Social Work Department to train interns as lay-leaders who assist in facilitating workshops.  Interns facilitate at least one workshop during their field experience. Interns also support senior center managers with daily activities, present various nutrition education topics, and engage seniors with group activities. These interns gain valuable field experience as they tour the AAA and learn of staff roles and responsibilities. The Humanities Foundation also helps sustain the Wellness Programs by funding additional evidence-based programs in Bryan County. Living Well Coastal and the Powerful Tools for caregivers have been offered at Ashleigh’s Place Apartments.

Along with Living Well Coastal, the Coastal AAA offers other wellness programs such as the Diabetes Self-Management Program, Powerful Tools for Caregivers, a Matter of Balance, and Tai Chi for Arthritis & Fall Prevention. These programs largely depend on volunteers, center managers, community partners, ADRC staff, and the Wellness Program Manager to facilitate the programs.

Coastal offers training to energetic lay-leaders twice a year in the fall and spring. Training is either two (2) days or four (4) days depending on the program. For more information on becoming a lay-leader contact the Wellness Coordinator at 912-437-0843.   (Insert pictures of training)

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