ALBANY — It is a busy season coming up for the SOWEGA Council on Aging, including four educational events taking place through the end of the year.
The Council on Aging will be hosting a free smartphone education class for Android users from 10 a.m.-noon on Thursday. This class is free and open to the public and will be provided by the city of Albany Technology and Communication Department.
Participants are asked to bring their own smartphones.
The Council on Aging will later host the annual caregiver lunch and learn at 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Nov. 9. The guest speaker will be Babs Hall, family caregiver and corporate compliance officer at Aspire Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Services.
November is National Caregiver Month and the Regional Caregiver of the Year Award winners will be announced during the event. The lunch and learn is open to all family caregivers and there is a registration fee of $15.
The registration deadline for the event is Nov. 6.
There is also a chronic disease self-management course taking place from 9:30-noon every Wednesday from Nov. 8-Dec. 13. Officials said the program is appropriate for any adults experiencing chronic health conditions such as hypertension, arthritis, heart disease, stroke, lung disease and diabetes. Their family members, friends and caregivers can also participate.
The program provides information through the Living Well Workshops, which teach practical skills on managing chronic health problems. It is meant to give people the confidence and motivation they need to manage the challenges of living with a chronic condition.
The registration fee for the six-week course is $10.
Docs and Dinners is set for 6 p.m.-8 p.m. on Nov. 14. Dr. Marla Morgan, neurologist with Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, will discuss dementia and then take questions from the audience. It is free, but reservations will be required.
It is being sponsored by the SOWEGA Council on Aging, the Alzheimer’s Outreach Center and Phoebe Physicians Group. Registration is required by Nov. 10.
All the events are taking place at the Kay H. Hind Senior Life Enrichment Center, located at 335 W. Society Ave.
The Council on Aging plans, provides, develops and coordinates services for all people 60 years of age and older in a 14-county, 6,000-square-mile area of Southwest Georgia. The administrative offices are open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Monday-Friday at the enrichment center, and can be reached at (229) 432-1124.
Those seeking reservations for the lunch and learn and Docs and Dinners should call (229) 435-6789.