Georgia HealthMatters is a platform and brand developed, implemented, and coordinated through a partnership with the Georgia Department of Human Services’ Division of Aging Services (DAS) and the state’s twelve Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs).
Georgia HealthMatters includes a growing menu of more than 10 different evidence-based, life-enriching workshops coordinated and held across the state. Current programming falls into four health promotion categories: Health Management, Falls Prevention, Caregiver Support, and Aging with Intension.
These short-term (6- to 16-week long), community-based programs are co-led by trained and certified individuals, many of whom are volunteer, non-healthcare, and older adults living with many of the conditions the programs address.
Programs promote healthy aging by focusing on chronic disease management and healthy living related to nutrition, physical activity, and positive aging. The benefits of taking one of these workshops include better health, enhanced quality of life, increased physical activity, improved mood, and more confidence in managing health conditions, caregiving, and overall aging.
Georgia HealthMatters partners seek to provide access to these high-quality programs at little to no cost to older adults, adults with disabilities, and caregivers. Workshops are offered in person, and many are also available virtually through platforms like Zoom and Microsoft Teams.
How to get involved
To engage more workshop participants who may be at-risk of falling, mismanaging health conditions, or experiencing caregiver burnout, Georgia HealthMatters partners seek to establish working relationships with healthcare providers who want to refer their patients and clients to the workshops, complementing the care provided. For more information, reach out to your local Wellness Coordinator or Caregiver Specialist using the contact information here or submit a patient referral here.
Do you have employees, members, patients, or clients that you want to access a workshop? We welcome interested organizations to serve as hosts, providing space, covering registration costs, or making referrals. If your organization is interesting in partnering with Georgia HealthMatters to host a workshop, please fill out the form here and someone will follow-up with you.
Are you comfortable teaching, leading group discussions, and sharing your experience with others? If you answered yes, you have some of the qualities necessary to be a trainer. If you are interested in serving as a volunteer lay leader or workshop trainer, please complete the form here.
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