(Augusta, GA) — The Georgia Gerontology Society (GGS) held its annual conference recently in Augusta, Georgia at the Marriott Convention Center.
Joy Young Shirley received the respected Elsie Alvis Award for her service to the Georgia Gerontology Society and to gerontology in the state of Georgia.
The Elsie Alvis Award is presented to an “outstanding professional in gerontology with a minimum of 15 years of service” and was first given in 1970 as a Professional Award; it was named in honor of Elsie Alvis in 1980.
Elsie served as the Director of the Governor’s Commission on Aging and later, the State Commission on Aging; she served in this role well past the age of 70.
Joy has worked in human services and aging programs for more than 36 years. She started her career as a Human Services Planner for Three Rivers Regional Commission and in 1977, was promoted to serve as the Deputy Director for the Southern Crescent Area Agency on Aging (a Division of Three Rivers RC) and in 2007, she became the Director of the Area Agency on Aging where she leads a team of 21 staff.
She was instrumental in developing the Alzheimer’s Group of Carroll County that has served Alzheimer’s clients and caregivers for more than 25 years. Joy’s father developed Alzheimer’s in 1998 and fought the disease for six years until he passed; Joy has always been an advocate for all senior and disability programs but after the role of caring for her father she became an even stronger advocate for Alzheimer’s and those caring for someone with Alzheimer’s.
Joy has been elected and volunteered for numerous committees throughout her entire career due to the strong belief she has in the Aging Services Network and the clients we serve. She continues to participate and hold various titles with other groups and committees; she is the Treasurer of the Georgia Association of Area Agencies on Aging (G4A), Board Member of Georgia Gerontology Society (GGS), Secretary for the Alzheimer’s Group of Carroll County, and a host of many more too numerous to list.
She continues to be a great influence in Georgia’s Aging Network and devotes tireless hours in her role as Director. Join us in congratulating Joy and recognizing her attentive commitment to Georgia’s aging and disability population.