About Direct Services

In 1965,The Older Americans Act* became the framework for a network dedicated to working together to serve the nations senior adults (ages 60 and older). Amendments added in 1973 resulted in the formation of over 600 Area Agencies on Aging, one of which is the River Valley Area Agency on Aging. River Valley AAA provides information and referral to elderly and disabled clients who need home-based services.

Direct Services was established in 1979 as a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization to provide services that
benefit elderly and disabled citizens who reside within the 16 Georgia counties of the River Valley Area.
The River Valley area includes Chattahoochee, Clay, Crisp, Dooly, Harris, Macon,
Marion, Muscogee, Quitman, Randolph, Schley, Stewart, Sumter, Talbot, Taylor and Webster counties.

Programs provided by Direct Services include:

  • Home-Delivered Meals (Meals-On-Wheels)
  • Congregate Meals
  • Senior Center Enrichment Programs within four counties
  • Homemaker Aid Service
  • Community Care Services Program

Annual Statistics

  • 330,261 meals are provided  through our home-delivered and congregate meal programs
  • 174 senior adults who attend our senior centers have access to a noon-time meal, nutrition counseling, exercise and other enrichment activities
  • 9000 units of homemaker service are  provided to seniors who have difficulties with activities of daily living
  • 315 disabled individuals receive comprehensive services that allow them to remain in their homes through the Community Care Services Program

* The Older Americans Act is intended to assist elderly Americans (aged 60 and older) by removing barriers to independent living through a variety of long-term care services in communities across the nation. Administered by the Administration on Aging in the Department of Health and Human Services, Title III of the Act authorizes nutrition services such as congregate (group) and in-home meals, as well as support services, including transportation and housekeeping.  The Administration on Aging’s mission is to promote the dignity and independence of older people (DTIC Online, 2014).

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