As we kick off a new year, DHS is proud to highlight the Area Agencies on Aging, also known as AAAs, for their work to help ensure that Georgia’s seniors and adults living with disabilities have all the resources they need to live stronger, live longer, and live healthier. Part of their efforts involve trainings and classes on fitness routines seniors need to maintain active lifestyles.
You may be wondering what kind of activities are taking place near you.
In the southwest region, the Sowega Council on Aging is hosting a new year open house starting January 9. The following classes will be offered weekly throughout the month.
Senior Stretch & Yoga – Tuesdays at 10 a.m.
Chair Fitness – Mondays and Thursdays at 10 a.m.
Line Dance Class – Mondays at 9 a.m.
Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention – Wednesdays, Beginner class at 10 a.m. and Intermediate class at 10:30 a.m.
Pickleball – Tuesdays from 8 – 10 a.m.
In addition to the above, the Sowega AAA will be hosting “Senior Strolls,” a new series of outdoor meet and walk events, which will be offered monthly in all counties. They are also kicking off free nutrition education classes focused on better eating habits with fresh produce. For more information, please visit sowegacoa.org/events/.
In the northeast region, several of the Northeast Georgia AAA’s senior centers are hosting nutrition and exercise classes.
Walton County Senior Citizen, Inc. is going to offer nutrition and exercise classes to improve health in 2023.
Elbert County Senior Center is walking its way into 2023. They recently started a walking club and are also offering exercise and dance classes for seniors.
Morgan County Senior Center is dancing its way into 2023 though line dancing.
Newton County Senior Services is offering exercise classes for all levels.
Oconee County Senior Center is offering Zumba and other exercise classes.
For more information and to sign up for classes, please visit negrc.org/aging.
In the coastal region, the Coastal Regional Commission AAA has plenty of options to jump start 2023 in a healthy way! The AAA has prioritized health and wellness-related activities and special outings for their seniors. Their activities include:
U-pick vegetables and fruit field trips
Virtual Bingocize class
Virtual chronic disease self-management class
Stretching class to relieve arthritis
For more information and to get signed up for some of these great activities, please visit coastalrc.ga.gov/aging.
In the Heart of Georgia region, classes are offered to seniors at all senior centers, including beginner and advanced Tai Chi for Fall Prevention. Classes are offered in-person and virtually. Bingocize for Fall Prevention is also available. To learn more, please visit hogarc.org/area-agency-on-aging/.
Follow the DHS Facebook page all month long as we share information about the Area Agencies on Aging and their work to start the new year off right!