CSRA Area Agency on Aging recognizes volunteers

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The CSRA Area Agency on Aging showed its appreciation for the people who support the well-being of the area’s senior citizens Wednesday.

Jay Jefferies, of WAGT, kisses Mary Helen McRae Sims,99, during the CSRA Area Agency on Aging conference.   ZACH BOYDEN-HOLMES/STAFF
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Jay Jefferies, of WAGT, kisses Mary Helen McRae Sims,99, during the CSRA Area Agency on Aging conference.

Jeanette Cummings, the aging director for the agency, said volunteers play a vital role in ensuring local senior citizens get the care and attention they need.

The agency’s volunteers work with organizations such as the Alzheimer’s Association and Meals on Wheels.

In return, Cummings said her volunteers tell her over and over that they feel grateful for being able to help those who have lived long, full lives.

“It makes them feel like they’re making a difference to the most vulnerable of society,” she said. “It’s self-gratifying.”

The agency recognized four Augus­tans who have reached their 100th birthday or will soon: Mary Helen McRae Sims, Lucy Moore, Frances Clark and Alma Hatcher.

“It’s truly a blessing to reach these milestones, and something I’m sure
we would all like to see,” said Lee Walker, the education and resource specialist for the agency. “We
want to honor them and
thank them for their contributions to Georgia’s families.”

June Stewart, a former television host for WRDW, spoke to the crowd about how her perspective on aging has changed as she has grown older.

“Aging is really and actually a privilege,” she said.

Stewart announced she is developing a new television show, Senior News
Network, to serve the
senior citizen audience of the area.

“We want to inform and inspire,” she said. “Our idea is to prove to seniors that we can still have fun.”

2012 AWARDS

PROVIDER OF THE YEAR: Right at Home, Inc.

VOLUNTEER GROUP OF THE YEAR: Community Outreach/Spiritual Support Team (COST Inc.)

CLARA WEST VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR: Michelle Matthews, Long Term Care Ombudsman Program


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