Via Center Corona Virus Monitoring Statement
The Via Center leadership and staff are monitoring all developments with the Coronavirus. Like with the seasonal flu, older adults and those with chronic health conditions are at higher risk of being impacted if the virus does spread (National Council on the Aging).
The Alabama Department of Public Health has issued the following guidance:
- Get vaccinated against flu. While there are no COVID-19 cases in Alabama, there are other respiratory viruses circulating, including the flu. Since current respiratory outbreaks could make it hard to identify the new coronavirus, the public is asked to get flu vaccine if they have not done so.
- Wash your hands frequently
- Cover your coughs and sneezes
- Stay home with fever
- Clean and disinfect
- Know your office emergency plan
- Learn home care
- Call your doctor if symptoms get worse
- Stay informed
While there currently are no cases in Alabama, the Via Center is putting some additional measure in place:
- Anti-bacterial hand sanitizer and wipes will be available for our members at the Welcome Desk
- We have ordered a specialized cleaning product that keeps surfaces free of the virus for 24 hours. Staff will begin using this cleaner to disinfect common use areas of the Center.
*** Please Follow the ADPH Guidance ***
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Center for Generational Studies Livable Communities Project
The Center for Generational Studies (CGS) was founded in 2011 through a partnership with the Via Center and the University of South Alabama's Programs in Gerontology. The Via Center is used as a living laboratory to research and create solutions for similar issues (disease, social problems) among youth, older adults and families. Initiatives include: internships, and health and wellness programs, an annual resiliency conference and intergenerational activities such as a song ministry, art projects, dances and a yearly Mardi Gras parade.
The project, "Intergenerational Relationships, Livable Communities and Health Outcomes Impact," was funded by the Gulf States Health Policy Center (GSHPC) of the National Institutes of Health. GSHPC is led by former U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin. We have spent the last 16 months completing our research: conducting 300 interviews of seniors, 8 Town Halls and 6 Policy Maker Sessions. Our research identified a key policies/elements to make communities more livable for seniors and their families, including "access to health programming that will allow seniors to remain in their own communities." The Project Team has made presentations to state and national conferences and is currently in process of manuscript submissions.
Via Forms Partnerships to Increase Benefits for Members
In order to provide more benefits for our members, the Via Center has partnered with the following organizations. Click on the organization listing to access websites.