Mission: The chatham county council on aging was founded on july 8, 1974, as a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing services to the older population of chatham county. The council promotes and supports independent living, and the physical and mental wellness of persons aged 60 and older through a wide range of services that includes meals on wheels, in-home personal care, transportation, information assistance and options counseling, minor home repair, mobility and assistive equipment loan, and senior center programming. The council also supports family caregivers of elderly striving to remain living at home. In partnership with many other community organizations, the council is raising awareness about the aging of chatham's growing population and encouraging efforts to assure that chatham remains an age-friendly community where there are opportunities for social and civic engagement, continuous learning, fitness, and an appreciation for the life accomplishments of older adults and the
Programs: The information, referral, and legal services program helps older adults and their families and friends obtain information about available services and offers support in accessing those services. Staff help coordinate care and follow up with seniors to ensure client's needs are being met. The program provides access to legal consultation and legal services, such as document preparation for older adults.
the in-home services program provides in-home aide assistants at no cost to eligible seniors (contributions are welcomed). Personal care and respite services were provided to more than 80 seniors.
congregate meals: over 200 seniors participated in the noon time congregate meal program, which provides a healthy lunch daily at two locations in chatham county. Approximately 14,000 meals were served during the year. Home-delivered meals: hot noon-time meals were delivered to seniors who were unable to prepare their own. Volunteers delivered approximately 17,300 hot and frozen meals to over 80 seniors during the year.
other services: senior transportation services to and from the senior centers; senior center operations; activities; wellness and health; minor home repair; assistive equipment loans, medical transportation; and senior companion/sitter list.