Georgia Council on Aging Members Recognized
At their 2015 Consumer Champion Award celebration this week, Georgia Watch honored Champions in four categories. Rep. Wendell Willard presented the civil justice award to Vicki Johnson and Joanne Mathis, for improving access to justice for older adults in Georgia through the passage of House Bill 72. Vicki and Joanne are both members of the Georgia Council on Aging. Together, they were active in drafting House Bill 72, a bill that expanded protections for seniors in Georgia. The other awardees were Rep. Penny Houston, Rep. Harry Geisinger and Dr Harry Heiman. Congratulations ladies. Job well done. Kathy Floyd. GCOA Executive Director is pictured here with the two awardees.
Save the Date: February 2, 2016
Our first Gerontology Student Workforce Day will be held at the Capitol to engage, inspire and educate gerontology students from across the state as well as inform our legislators about what gerontologists do! To read more or RSVP visit our dedicated page by clicking here.
Learn More about Elder Abuse, Neglect & Exploitation
Unfortunately Elder Abuse is a harsh reality. We have dedicated a page to keep you informed. Read about the most recent tools to combat elder abuse, read articles about scams identified in Georgia, check out news stories of local arrests and more. Please share this page with others! We must make more people aware of this plague so that we can continue to combat the monsters that perpetrate the crimes. Click here to visit our ANE page.
Advocates Gather In Columbus for the October CO-AGE meeting
Advocates from around the state gathered in Columbus on October 29, 2015 to learn more about the 2016 CO-AGE legislative priorities. Local legislators and Division of Aging Services Executive Director, Dr. James Bulot spoke to the crowd before the issues were presented. Advocates could choose TWO priority breakout sessions to learn more details and talking points that have been developed over the last three months in workgroup meetings. The meeting was held on the beautiful Columbus State University Campus in the Elizabeth Bradley Turner Center. In addition to learning more about the priorities, attendees could attend an Advocacy 101 training to help them understand the ins and outs of political advocacy. Thank you to all our advocates, members and partners who traveled to Columbus for this important event as well as the wonderful volunteers from River Valley Area Agency on Aging who helped us make this a successful day. Below are some highlights from our time together.