Atlanta is a leader in area aging health centers
The Atlanta area is home to one of the fastest-growing older adult populations because of its booming, post-Great Recession economy. Industries have moved to the city, moving in most notably the film industry, and baby boom moving into avoid higher costs in the north and west. Atlanta is also emerging as an attractive place for seniors to age in place and receive long-term care. For persons living in the area or who are considering moving there, here are some excellent sources for finding Atlanta Area Aging Health Centers for seniors.
Atlanta area aging health centers:
Emory’s Wesley Woods Geriatric health center
Emory University, one of the premier scientific research universities in the United States, applies research into state-of-the-art healthcare. At the Wesley Woods Geriatric Health Center cutting edge geriatric health research is conducted to deliver to seniors good care, from nursing to physicians to public health expertise. Seniors can receive dental care, movement disorder treatment, neurology resources including those applicable to Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, and general geriatric care. Detailed information on each service of Atlanta Area Aging Health Centers offered is available at EmoryHealthcare.org.
Emory University’s Center for health in aging
Much like the Wesley Woods Geriatric Health Center, Emory’s Center for Health in Aging focuses on the multifaceted nature of senior care. Working with other universities and organizations in the Atlanta area, the center looks for ways to support healthy senior living beyond scans, tests and treatments. Instead, they seek social opportunities, medication management, and policy solutions to the problems seniors face. The center participates in multiple organizations that work to assure healthy senior living, including emergency elder abuse shelters, reporting organizations and the Georgia Fall Prevention Coalition. Visiting the center and its website can yield an abundance of resources for achieving care that goes beyond the doctor’s office.
Veterans Affairs Centers
With locations in several metro Atlanta counties including Gwinnett and DeKalb, the Veterans Affairs health centers in Atlanta offer military veterans the opportunity to receive excellent care at little or no cost to them. Senior veterans can obtain hearing aids and batteries, low-cost eye examinations and glasses, and referrals to specialists through the VA and much more.
Local senior centers, including those for seniors who still drive or remain active participants in their communities, are available in the Atlanta area. Many provide transportation, social and physical activities, nutrition and meal planning, and education on health and wellness. The Area Agency on Aging (AAA) in Atlanta has information on their locations and the services they offer. AgeWiseConnection.com provides information on the programs county governments may be sponsoring or subsidizing for lower income seniors.
Mental Health Resources
The Fuqua Center for Late-Life Depression offers seniors a link to mental health resources in the Atlanta area. Everything from counseling to geriatric-specific mental healthcare to geriatric psychiatry is offered there, with details on whether they accept Medicare.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have local research facilities and programs in the Atlanta area. They include the Health Brain Initiative, clinical preventive services that focus on preventing serious diseases, chronic disease management and more. Because it is part of the CDC with state-of-the-art equipment and persons focused on solving health problems, they often provide new advances in medicine and treatment research. The programs consist of educational resources, online learning and promotion and support of preventive care in communities across the United States.
Aging in Atlanta is becoming easier as community organizations and state-of-the-art healthcare combine to assure that the resources are abundant and good, augmented by the highly regarded schools of medicine in Georgia (most notably Morehouse School of Medicine and Emory University). These resources are available in nearly every metro Atlanta area and finding a nearby one is easy.
Seniors, their loved ones and caregivers who are looking for services in the Atlanta area should contact local and county agencies and web resources to find what is feasible and available, including the above resources. Then one can become satisfied in the knowledge that aging in Atlanta can bring to life state-of-the-art care and services.
AgeWise Connection. Senior Centers. Atlanta Area Aging Health Centers. Available at http://www.agewiseconnection.com/healthyliving/sr_centers. Retrieved July 28, 2016.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Healthy Aging. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Available at https://www.cdc.gov/aging/index.html. Retrieved July 28, 2016.
Emory Healthcare. Geriatric Health Center Services. Emory University. Available at http://www.emoryhealthcare.org/elderly-care-center/services/index.html. Retrieved July 28, 2016.
Emory Healthcare. Wesley Woods Geriatric Health Center. Emory University. Available at http://www.emoryhealthcare.org/elderly-care-center/. Retrieved July 28, 2016.
Emory University. Center for Health in Aging: Programs. Emory University. Available at http://www.aging.emory.edu/programs/index.html. Retrieved July 28, 2016.
Fuqua Center for Late-Life Depression. Find Services. Fuqua Center for Late-Life Depression. Available at http://fuquacenter.org/referral_detail.php?area=4. Retrieved July 28, 2016.
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