Gerontology Agencies within Georgia

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Section I. Food Insecurity Aging Society: The United States is experiencing social issues related to food insecurity and hunger. Current research states that older adults are especially vulnerable to food insecurity. In a study published in the Journal of Urban Health states, “Among the 14.6% of American households experiencing food insecurity, approximately 2 million are occupied by older adults” (Chung, Gallo, Giunta, Canavan, Parikh, & Fahs, 2011, p. 1). Since the year 2011 the Athens Community Council on Aging reports, “Almost 9 million older adults in the United States are at risk for hunger, and Georgia is 8th in state rankings for older adult risk of hunger” (2014, p. 1). Fortunately, in North America, hunger seldom reaches…show more content…
Thusly, strategies need to be developed and utilized by the aged to overcome food insecurities. Such strategies that individuals and families are using to overcome food insecurities are receiving congregate meals, home-delivered meals, and other community based services from the Athens Community Council on Aging. Section II. Agency: Community centers such as the Athens Council on Aging provide nutritious group meals and deliver meals-on-wheels, which is funded by the Older Americans Act. The United States Congress in 1965 passed landmark legislation regarding the shortage of services provided for older American citizens. A new federal governmental agency was established named, Administration on Aging (AoA). This new agency was to oversee social services and community planning, research and development and personnel training in the field of aging. The Older Americans Act is a federal program that is the major vehicle for the organization and delivery of social and nutrition services to persons age 60 and above that meet qualifications for home delivery. The Athens Community Council on Aging receives funding from Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, and section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (AoA, 2014b). Block grants provided by the Federal government must be matched by the State and or local funds that use Federal grant monies. Additional funding comes from Federal, state, and local government contracts, grants, and

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