About a•bridge: Aging Life Care Management
Nationally Certified, based in Athens, Georgia
a•bridge: Aging Life Care Management is a client-focused, results motivated, holistic care management agency based in Athens, Georgia.
Our focus is on improving client outcomes by ensuring high quality care coordination and monitoring while promoting client autonomy.
We strive to promote dignity, while advocating for our clients' unique wishes.
Taking a collaborative approach, we help guide families, clients and decision makers across the bridge of difficult decisions related to age and/or disability. We streamline the care coordination process by directing care through collaboration with local specialists.
Whether it's elder care coordination, special needs advocacy or caregiver coaching, we can a•bridge the 'to do' list by outlining steps and developing a professional team of support.
Let us guide the way!
**A percentage of our profits are donated to local charities serving our vulnerable community members.**
Masters in Gerontology, Care Manager Certified, Positive Approach to Care Independent Consultant, Managing Director
Abbie has been a certified Advanced Professional of the Aging Life Care™ Association since 2013 & is Care Manager Certified through the National Academy of Certified Care Managers. In 2020 she became a Teepa Snow PAC [Positive Approach® to Care} Independent Consultant, focusing on transforming what exists into a more positive dementia care culture.
Abbie began her career working as a caregiver for the elderly & other-abled in her teens. Since then, her professional experience in the field of aging services has placed her in numerous settings, including hospice, assisted living, dementia care, non-profit and home care administration.
She takes a creative approach when addressing her client's specific care requirements & incorporates an always flexible attitude when addressing challenges.
She has direct experience advocating for individuals with various forms of dementia, TBI, spinal cord injury, COPD, diabetes, vision loss, mental health issues, huntington's disease, parkinsonisms, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and other various movement disorders.
She previously served as the secretary for the Southeast Chapter of the Aging Life Care™ Association and the past president of the Athens Senior Resource Network.
After growing up in Austin, Texas, she lived and worked in north central (Denton/Dallas) Texas for ten years before moving to Athens, Georgia in 2015. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, beekeeping, spending time with her animals & making flavorful meals with her husband.
Candidate for Masters in Social Work & Bachelors of Sociology, Spring Social Work Intern
Jacklyn received her bachelors in Sociology at Grand Valley State University located in Allendale, MI. Currently, she is a social work graduate student at Jackson State University and is pursuing licensure.
Jacklyn worked for Milwaukee Public Schools as a special education paraprofessional tutoring children with special needs in all academic subjects and taught them social and life skills. She received the Outstanding Teacher Award and an award for enforcing Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) rules of Milwaukee Public Schools.
After relocating to Georgia, Jacklyn worked as a case manager with Oconee Center in Milledgeville. She worked with clients diagnosed with mental health illnesses providing crisis intervention and emergency shelter services. She delivered short-term case management and referral services in emergency situations, and assisted clients in locating and utilizing community resources.
Jacklyn has always known since childhood that she wanted to be of service to others. Her interest in social work developed due to overcoming personal challenges and adversity as an African-American and a woman, which ignited her passion for social justice and human rights. That same passion, concern, and care are what she will bring when serving her clients.
She has a great respect and admiration for the aging population, recognizing the challenges faced by this demographic and the need for effective advocacy and care management.
In her spare time, Jacklyn enjoys cooking, baking, exercising, walking in the park, studying about holistic health trends, creating herbal teas and beauty products, and spending time with family and friends.
Masters in Social Work & Bachelors of English Literature, Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Sarah received her bachelors in English Literature and her Masters in Social Work from the University of Georgia. She maintains her Georgia state license as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
In her almost ten years of professional experience, Sarah has worked primarily in the medical setting as both a hospital and dialysis social worker. Though most of her work experience has been in the Athens area, Sarah and her husband spent two years working as medical travelers, living and working in: California, New York, Pennsylvania, and Alaska.
Sarah joined the Abridge team in 2021. Her experience in the healthcare setting has allowed her to work with clients and families throughout a multitude of complex situations. Being able to provide a calm and supportive presence during a difficult time is one of the things Sarah enjoys most about being a social worker. Sarah enjoys serving as an advocate for clients and their families while navigating the complex healthcare system; as well as through the aging process.
Sarah enjoys traveling and seeing new places, hiking and being outdoors, writing, photography, spending time with her husband and dog, Biscuit, and reading (she even started her own Little Free Library!).
Masters in Spirituality & Applied Behavioral Science,
Certified Senior Advisor
Sheila has been an Advanced Professional member of the Aging Life Care™ Association since 2011 & is an active member of the nationally accredited society of Certified Senior Advisors.
She lived in Bluffton, SC and worked in Savannah before moving to Athens in 2019.
Prior to teaming up with Abbie, Sheila has an extensive history in various professional roles in senior care industry. She has specialized in the field of geriatric care management for over ten years.
Her career in health care began at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1991, and has included serving in hospital, home health, hospice, health care consulting, care management, and physicians’ practice settings. .
Sheila holds an M.S. in Applied Behavioral Science from Johns Hopkins University, as well as an M.A. from Mundelein College. She is an Advanced Professional member of the Aging Life Care™ Association and a Certified Senior Advisor.
Sheila offers caring, expert guidance and practical support to seniors and their families, particularly those affected by dementia. She is a writer and amateur photographer, and enjoys exploring the art, music, and outdoor beauty that the Athens area has to offer.
Athens Area Chamber Of Commerce
a•bridge: Aging Life Care Management is a proud member of the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce. The Athens Area Chamber of Commerce has been an important function in the Athens business community since 1906. We work with a range of partners from Economic Development and the Small Business Development Center to the Visitors Bureau and the Mayoral Office in an effort to help engage and connect the community.
In many aspects the history of the Athens business community is the history of the Chamber. Our board has consisted of community leaders including small business owners, prominent CEO’s and all levels of public officials.