Three Rivers Commission seeks senior input

Published 10:00 am Thursday, November 30, 2023

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The Three Rivers Regional Commission Area Agency on Aging will host its first public hearing on Dec. 8 at West Point’s senior center. All city leaders, seniors and caregivers are invited to attend the meeting.

Three Rivers Regional Commission offers aging, workforce, transit and city planning services to 10 counties, including Troup County. The public hearing is to get input from seniors in the area about their needs.

“We need to hear from them on what they need now and for in the future,” said Waiver Program Manager Beverly Huguley.

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Huguley attended the West Point work session on Tuesday to invite the city leaders and officials to attend the program and get the word out to their community.

“West Point has been an amazing community to work with, and we look forward to serving to the best of our ability in the future,” Huguley said during the meeting.

The Medicare enrollment period will be going until Dec. 7.

Three Rivers Aging will be offering a free program to help seniors and caregivers with their Medicare.

“The procedure can be confusing,” Huguley said. “We want to remind you that we have experienced representatives in the State Health Insurance program to help seniors for free.”

Huguley said she hoped to get more information out to the community on the services that Three Rivers provides.

“We are fortunate that we receive calls all the time, but I know many of my colleagues in other programs often don’t have the same awareness,” she said.

Huguley said people often assume that Three Rivers services are only available for those of certain income levels, but many services are open to all.

“There are many services, especially when it comes to caregiving, that we can connect people with they have no special requirement or qualification,” she said.

The Three Rivers serves the West Central Georgia area counties of Butts, Carroll, Coweta, Heard, Lamar, Meriwether, Pike, Spalding, Troup and Upson. In addition to aging services, Three Rivers also offers free transportation for doctor’s appointments, grocery shopping and other needs.

There is also a division devoted to supporting the workforce with career centers and youth services.

The planning division of Three Rivers supports regional planning, economic development and developments of regional impact (DRI).