The CSRA Regional Commission Agency on Aging (AAA) serves seniors and persons with disabilities for Wilkes, Lincoln, Columbia, McDuffie, Warren, Taliaferro, Hancock, Washington, Glascock, Jefferson, Burke, Jenkins and Screven counties. CSRA Agency on Aging recognizes the importance of collaborating with other organizations to serve our communities. Two health and wellness collaborations over the past year include Comprehensive Health Management, Inc. (Wellcare) and Elizabeth Jones, Executive Director at Shiloh Community Center.
The CSRA AAA received a grant from Wellcare that provided the Chronic Disease Self-Management workshops to our local communities and Wellcare members. The grant helped to offset fees associated with the cost of workshop. The AAA was able to provide additional class materials including tote bags, pens, and pad folios to enhance the participant’s experience. This grant was meaningful to the participants, allowing the AAA to reach individuals who could not afford the registration fee. We also worked with Wellcare staff, providing monthly workshop information along with monthly member referrals from their case management nurses. The CSRA Agency on Aging was able to make a difference in 44 lives, thanks to the generosity of Wellcare. This wonderful referral partnership is still intact to this date even though the grant period has ended.
Another fantastic partnership has been with Elizabeth Jones, Tai Chi Instructor. Elizabeth has gone out to senior centers, churches, senior living communities, and assisted living facilities in many of our counties to provide Tai Chi for Health workshops. She has been an integral part in spreading the word for our falls prevention workshops and recruiting participants and host sites everywhere she goes! She stays up to date on the needs of each community and reports that back to the AAA. She also offers additional wellness activities after participants complete the 8-week Tai Chi workshop to keep them active and healthy.
CSRA Agency on Aging looks forward to expanding our reach with new partnerships with each passing year.