The Institute of Gerontology has several community partners that help the Institute fulfill its mission.
Founded in 1967 by local citizens, the Athens Community Council on Aging, a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization, aims to maintain and enrich the lives of older persons in the 12 counties of Northeast Georgia. ACCA’s programs enable older persons to live independently at home and offer opportunities for employment, volunteerism, and other activities. ACCA is a resource for education, information, referral, counseling, and general assistance.
Volunteering with the ACCA offers an important engagement opportunity for our gerontology students, reinforcing concepts they learn in the classroom related to healthy aging and wellness. The ACCA is also an active partner in IOG faculty research, providing a support to projects examining healthy aging and wellness. IOG faculty also share their expertise related to health issues that can affect older adults, such as loneliness, with the ACCA community via its quarterly publication, Connections.
OLLI at the University of Georgia is one of 119 lifelong learning institutes affiliated with The Bernard Osher Foundation across the United States. Our mission is to meet the intellectual, social, and cultural needs of mature adults through lifelong learning. OLLI@UGA is a member-based organization with more than 1,400 members. The organization offers 300+ non-credit courses per year as well as travel/study adventures, and more than 25 Special Interest Groups to address the diverse interests of our members.
IOG faculty and students teaches some of the OLLI courses in a range of topics, including healthcare advocacy and aging well in one’s home.
The Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS) Division of Aging Services (DAS) supports the larger goals of DHS by assisting older individuals, at-risk adults, persons with disabilities, their families and caregivers to achieve safe, healthy, independent and self-reliant lives. Georgia’s Aging Network provides an array of services to help older adults maintain independence and remain safely in their homes and communities through 12 Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs).
The IOG contributes to the many resources and tools this state organization provides to older adults and their families living in Georgia.