Senate Appropriations Hearings are underway and advocates at the Capitol are asking for additional funding. Senators need to hear from their constituents NOW! Please call or email to ask them to maintain the funding recommended by the Governor and the House and to increase funding for Respite and Elder Abuse.
Georgia Alzheimer's and Related Dementias Task Force
The Georgia Alzheimer's and Related Dementias Task Force held its final public meeting on December 19th at the State Capitol. The Task Force, working diligently since June, is comprised of a six member committee that includes, as its chair, Dr. James Bulot the Director of the Division of Aging Services, Senator Renee Unterman, Representative Tommy Benton, Representative Sharon Cooper, Commissioner of Public Health, Brenda Fitzgerald, and Commissioner of the Department of Community Health, Clyde L. Reese.
The Task Force will produce an Alzheimer's and Related Dementia State Plan to be submitted to the State legislature by March 31, 2014. At that time the Task Force will be converted into Council status, in perpetuity, where its role will be to move the State Plan forward.
Georgia Audit of Medicaid Home and Community Based Services for Elderly and Physically Disabled
The Georgia Department of Audits and Accounts released a Performance Report titled "Home and Community Based Services for Elderly and Physically Disabled" on June 29, 2012. Read the Report
CO-AGE Meeting Webcasts Are Available
Coalition of Advocates for Georgia’s Elderly (CO-AGE) met at The Classic Center in Athens on April 25th and at Mercer University in Macon on July 25th. The webcasts of both meetings are Available Here
Georgia Budget and Policy Institute--Annual Budget Analyses
The annual report states, "The governor’s budget proposals for the next 17 months do not meet the growing needs of Georgia’s most vulnerable children and adults. In some cases they place them even more at risk. The state’s spending plans will make it more difficult for the Department of Human Services (DHS) to fulfill its mission of protecting and supporting children, low-income families and the elderly." Learn More
"At Risk Adult Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation in Georgia: Review and Recommendations"
This white paper, submitted in May, 2013, by the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police serves to gather facts and provide recommendations regarding these crimes against the "At Risk Adult" population. To view the white paper click here.
Legal Needs Assessment
To see the results of the "Legal Needs Assessment of Vulnerable Seniors", completed by the Georgia Senior Legal Hotline through a three year grant from The U.S. Administration for Community Living/Administration on Aging (ACL/AoA) under its Model Approaches program (learn more)
"Elder Abuse: Hiding in Plain Sight"
If you missed this May 2013 Georgia Public Broadcasting program on elder abuse you can view it by clicking here (learn more)
Senior Issues Newsletters
To view the previous 2 years, including the most recent edition, click here
CO-AGE Meeting Dates
To view upcoming meeting dates click here
October CO-AGE Meeting!
Click below to view the live webcast of the October 3rd CO-AGE Meeting in Savannah:
July CO-AGE Meeting Award Winners
Representative Wendell Willard (51st – Sandy Springs) received the 2013 Outstanding Legislator Award for his dedication to justice for Georgia’s most vulnerable citizens. A dedicated legislator and chair of the Judiciary Committee, he achieved nearly unanimous support for House Bill 78, Protection of Disabled Adults and Elder Persons.
Vernon Keenan, Director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, was honored for Special Contributions in recognition of his leadership in the protection of seniors. In 2013, he convened the GBI At-Risk Adult Abuse/Neglect/Exploitation workgroup and began a collaboration with aging services and the judicial system which resulted in development of House Bill 78.
The Vita R. Ostrander Award honoring an older volunteer who has shown exceptional leadership in advocating for older adults was given to Ann G. Williams. As Chair of the GCOA Legislative Committee for nine years, she has led advocacy efforts at the Capitol during the General Assembly Session, testifying before committees and advocating with legislators for funding and legislation.
The award presentations can be seen in the webcast which is posted on the CO-AGE page.