Friday, November 21, 2008

Georgia Association of Homes and Services for the Aging Announces Name Change

/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Advancing the Future of Aging Services in GA -- Aging Services of Georgia is the new name of the 35-year-old association representing the state's 150-plus nonprofit housing and service providers for the aging. The rationale for the new identity, replacing Georgia Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (gahsa), is to position the public-service organization as the leading advocate of quality senior living and care today and into the future, officials explained. The new name becomes effective immediately.

"Aging research, market analyses and government funding sources suggest baby boomers and future generations will reside in environments much different than those available today," said Walter Coffey, the association's President and CEO. "Our new name Aging Services of Georgia simply and more inclusively reflects these new alternatives for seniors, such as home-based care, adult day services and community services."

To complement its representation for providers of senior living and care, many Aging Services of Georgia's resources now are accessible to older Georgians and the general public through its website, www.agingservicesga.org.

Aging Services of Georgia members provide a wide range of options which include, but are not limited to, senior housing, affordable housing, continuing care retirement communities, assisted living, skilled nursing and home and community-based care and adult day services - that collectively serve more than 127,000 older Georgians across the state. The association's comprehensive activities include advocating public policies, providing excellence in continuing education via the Georgia Institute on Aging, strengthening leadership development in the field of Aging Services, and producing communications and other resources by conducting a statewide consumer education campaign via the Center for Positive Aging.

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